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Next Contest

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:28 pm
by alisonb
Any suggestions for our next contest or would you all like to take a break until the New Year?

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:50 am
by slick4591
We did a Christmas one back when we first started the contests. My suggestion is we do it again. We could have the deadline and vote after the first of the year.

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:38 am
by alisonb
That's an excellent idea Slick...we can leave it wide open, just call it 'Christmas'. Could be a tree, meal, decorations, church...anything 'Christmasy'.

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:11 pm
by alisonb
Any suggestions on our March contest theme? :D

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:24 pm
by M-5
alisonb wrote:Any suggestions on our March contest theme? :D


March "Winds" bring April "showers " that brings May "flowers"

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:26 pm
by alisonb
So we would be sorted for the next 3 months :D

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:28 pm
by Putangitangi
Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:49 pm
by alisonb
Good one Putangitangi :D

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:29 pm
by greybeard
Putangitangi wrote:Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)


I had always assumed each PHOTO contest was exactly as you describe. Otherwise it becomes a 'best looking calf, most impressive tractor, ugliest child, mangiest cat, prettiest flower, cutest grandchild' judging. (Not that I'm very good at focus, lighting, etc)

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:34 pm
by Putangitangi
greybeard wrote:
Putangitangi wrote:Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)


I had always assumed each PHOTO contest was exactly as you describe. Otherwise it becomes a 'best looking calf, most impressive tractor, ugliest child, mangiest cat, prettiest flower, cutest grandchild' judging. (Not that I'm very good at focus, lighting, etc)
I used to think, then hope, that too. Turns out that if you put a cute dog or baby or a flag in the picture, even if it's not a very good picture, it'll get the votes. That's why I thought it might be interesting to constrain the subject and look at the actual photography.

It could be that I'm biased and only think it's that way. I don't like dogs, don't really like babies and I live in a country where flying flags isn't really a thing we bother doing.

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:34 pm
by Nesikep
greybeard wrote:
Putangitangi wrote:Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)


I had always assumed each PHOTO contest was exactly as you describe. Otherwise it becomes a 'best looking calf, most impressive tractor, ugliest child, mangiest cat, prettiest flower, cutest grandchild' judging. (Not that I'm very good at focus, lighting, etc)

Somehow "ugliest child" seems to be the ticket to winning every time!

I do try to judge them based on how well it's pictured, as well as how well it suits the topic for the month. You can still take good pics with a cell phone, I just found that they lose sharpness on long distance more than a good camera does, but they take great pictures of near subjects.

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:18 am
by ohiosteve
I think it's a combination of the subject and the quality of picture that decides the winner. Everyone is different but personally the subject usually is more important to me than the quality of the photograph, but not always. I would venture to say that most folks on here feel the same way as me. I think the best contests are the ones that are the most vague. They definitely get the most entries. I think a contest simply titled "Hand" would be a really good one.

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:16 am
by alisonb
Nice one too Steve :D

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:24 am
by alisonb
Okay, we are sorted for the next 5 months. They are as follows -
March - Winds
April - Showers
May - Flowers
June - Dung(concentrating on technique)
July - Hand

So now you know, keep a camera on hand at all times. Thanks for the suggestions folks :D

Re: Next Contest

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:07 pm
by Putangitangi
June's a bit crap.