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turtle
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2009-12-30, 23:04

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Favorite winter activity? Parents-to-be? I am trying to find the connection.
Well I sure did!
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2009-12-31, 00:11

When I first saw turtle's entry, the day it was posted, I agreed with Chinney, but it works just fine if you think about it. If the first two entries are any indication of what we are going to see (not 3, mine is just the example, someone has to judge the first round), then we are in for a good month.
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2010-01-09, 21:37

Just a reminder that there are 5 days left in the challenge, don't forget to post your entires!
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2010-01-09, 23:53

Oh well, I'm completely predictable and boring, but at least I'm honest:



And here's the only thing I've consistently stuck to actually doing this winter:


The quality of this board depends on the quality of the posts. The only way to guarantee thoughtful, informative discussion is to write thoughtful, informative posts. AppleNova is not a real-time chat forum. You have time to compose messages and edit them before and after posting.
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2010-01-13, 17:32

Family snowshoeing outing this past weekend at the Arboretum here in Ottawa. The photo is of my 13-year old daughter.



I like cross-country skiing even more, but I don't have a pic of that from this month.

When there's an eel in the lake that's as long as a snake that's a moray.
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2010-01-14, 17:16

One day left! I hope we get a few more entries!
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2010-01-14, 19:37

Here's my entry:



It was taken on Christmas Eve in a flat in Timi┼čoara, Romania. It shows one of my favourite winter activities: putting up the Christmas decorations!
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2010-01-15, 17:37

Playing with my dog in the snow


(RAW-File opened in ACR, cropped and saved as JPG without further processing)
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2010-01-15, 17:40

A few more hours to go, closing at 12:00AM PST. Looks like choosing a winner will be tough!
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2010-01-16, 02:24

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Bold.
You have my respect.
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2010-01-16, 19:20

Thanks to all who entered, I hope we get more people in this months challenge! Even with only 6 entries this was tough, I like all these images, but I did have to pick the one I liked best
so here goes, from last to first.

6.Dorian:
This photo brings back memories of putting up, or down, the Christmas tree. I think the colours and light are great, but I marked this down because it seems busy, if you have focused on the decorations, or just the man with the tree, I think it might have been better.

5.Brad: I love your honesty about this shot, not boring at all! I think working on my computer is my second favorate winter activity to going for a walk in the snow, when we have some. I like the way you composed this shot, for the most part, looking up at your work, knowing that you enjoy listening to some tunes as you sit back and type away on your MBP. Its hard to say, but I think a slightly, and I mean slightly, wider composition might have put this higher up.

4.GSpotter:
It must be great to go for a walk in the snow with your dog, I can see that your dog had a great time! I love the exposure and the emotion on the dogs face, and the snow as it was kicked up. In some ways I think a tighter composition would have helped me like this image more, or if the dog was more to the left of the frame.

3.Turtle 2472: This would be a great photo to send to a company that sellls stock photos, seriously. I like the overall feel of the image, simply because I can feel the emotion that comes from the decoration, and what it means. At the same time I marked it on the lower side, because I felt that it could have used a little bit more depth of field.

2.julesstoop: I like this photo as well, even the lens flare that is in the corner gives it character. I like the light, the composition and the mood of the people is understood. I almost put this one in first place, but Chinney's photo just edged it out of 1st place

1.Chinney: The moment I saw this photo I remembered how much fun it was to go snowshoeing. The composition, the colours and just the feeling I get from this photo makes it stand out to me.

Chinney, the door is open for you to pick our topic for the January 15 - February 15 Challenge: Enjoy!
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2010-01-16, 19:43

Wow. I would not have expected to win, but I'll take it just the same. Thanks PB.

As for the topic, I've thought of a few potential ones for our thread over the past month. I've settled for what might seem to be a bit of an odd topic, but one that might just work, and that might be a bit of fun:
Abstract (or, in other words, "What the heck is that?")
I'd like to see some pictures that are not clearly representational of anything, but appeal simply from the point of view of texture, patterns, colour, shading, depth of field and/or general visual interest. It could be the opportunity for close-ups/macros, but it does not have to be (mine will not be, because my little Sigma does not have a macro lens). You can do a few Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture adjustments if you want to do so, but nothing too heavy again, given the original guidelines that PB put out. Also, I want to emphasize that all photos are welcome. You do not need to have a professional camera to take an abstract shot. Finally, I'd like to have some fun guessing what the heck the shots actually are.

When there's an eel in the lake that's as long as a snake that's a moray.
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2010-01-17, 20:49

Here is an example, from a shot I took last year (and is not actually an entry for the contest). This one is not completely abstract, but within the parameters of what I have in mind for the contest this month:


When there's an eel in the lake that's as long as a snake that's a moray.
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2010-01-17, 21:14

Oh good, I was going crazy trying to think of what I would photograph. This will be tough, I am really bad with abstract.
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2010-01-17, 21:28

Me too. I'll see what I can figure out, it should be interesting to say the least!

Though his image looks like the ceiling of a shopping mall.
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2010-01-18, 02:42

this will be muchofun
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2010-01-18, 14:09

Well done, Chinney. A good win and a good choice of topic for this month.

Dorian: must try harder.
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2010-01-18, 20:49



This is one of those happy accidents with my iPhone camera.

Last edited by BuonRotto : 2010-01-19 at 09:45. Reason: more info
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2010-01-18, 23:37

I played around with a few ideas, and this is what I came up with. RAW file, brought into Lightroom, no adjustments. If anyone wants to know what I did, PM me.
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2010-01-19, 20:39

Cool pics.

I must say that it is hard to say exactly what Rotto's is, but I would put it into the general category of 'moving camera and bright lights'. The effect is almost etched though.

As for PB, I have no idea, other than I think that it is liquid. Maybe looking down into one of those 'harvest gold' 1970s sinks, full of hot water?

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2010-01-20, 02:51

Nope, its tile on a wall! It is a 10 second exposure, at F22, and I just turned the camera slowly from vertical to horizontal.
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Chinney
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2010-01-23, 17:13

Cool. In any event, a message to all potential contestants:

"Enter early. Enter often."
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Chinney
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2010-02-09, 22:15




Here's my 'symbolic' entry. 'Symbolic' because the judge, by definition, is disqualified.

I sure hope we get more entries. Perhaps I chose too out-there a theme for this month's contest. In any event, what's done is done. Enter your ABSTRACT photos 'Novans! All entries considered. Top prize is pride!

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2010-02-09, 22:29

I think it would be best to start a new thread, for the new challenges, that might prevent possible confusion.
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2010-02-09, 22:49

Yes...and maybe with the month's theme in the title.
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2010-02-09, 23:09

Yup. Each thread would have the theme in the title and the rules. Which most likely need clarification anyway.
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2010-02-09, 23:34

Would be great if the titles could contains a prefix to simplify the search. Like if you want to see all Photos Challenges Threads.

Like "PCT : Some cool theme"
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2010-02-09, 23:49

Opps, I still need to get one of these shots done before the deadline.
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2010-02-11, 09:22

Don't forget to post your photos, if you want to enter. Just a few more days. This month's contest closes at midnight, NA Pacific time, on the 15th of Feb.

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2010-02-12, 17:02

I was a bit busy recently and almost forgot about this challenge. Here's my quick & dirty entry:

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