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billybobsky
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2010-06-22, 17:53

Photographs are often processes in finding uncommon virtue in common sights. Some of the most intimate and interesting photographs I have ever seen add a poignancy to the everyday... and what is more everyday than respiration and photosynthesis?

As most of you know I am a scientist who works on the interface between biologic understanding of respiration and photosynthesis, and the energy capture and conversion application of that knowledge. Indeed, while I am ensconced in understanding these common acts, in my every day life they have become plain -- a passing curiosity. Plants used to fascinate me, the simple act of breathing was once amazing; but they are no longer as inspiring as they should be and I need your help to regain that inspiration.

Your mission if you choose to accept it is to take a photograph in the next month (before July 23, 2010) that encapsulates what photosynthesis and/or respiration means to you. I do not want to see heavily processed photographs (no cloning, hdr, etc) as submissions, but I am willing to accept minor touch ups as long as the original is included. If some of the technically astute photographers want to provide photographs that go beyond this guideline in support of their formally complacent submission, that is perfectly acceptable.

Very good photographs will include both respiration and photosynthesis; but the best (even those including only respiration or photosynthesis) will surprise me. I want you to stretch your photography palettes; give me stories not snapshots...

Good luck!

-Bruce

PS I will hold off on providing an image matching these criteria until the end so as not to bias your thinking...
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2010-06-22, 18:34

First of all, Bruce? I thought your name was, um, Billy. Or Bob. Or Billy Bob.

"Hi, Bruce..." /findingnemo

Second of all, this is pretty much the weirdest PCT topic ever. But I like it. It's very appropriate for summer.

Third of all, it's vacation season. Maybe we could make this PCT run for five weeks, too, sort of like the last one? Then all subsequent PCTs could begin on the first of each month, which probably makes more sense anyway. Deadlines like the 23rd are harder to remember. What do we think?

Just rambling is all.

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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billybobsky
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2010-06-22, 18:40

Yeah the name has a bit of a back story... Starting with my middle name (Robert) and my geographic origins both in my own life and ancestrally, throw in some lab humor and voila...

As for time, I am perfectly happy to let this go to July 31...
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2010-06-22, 19:24

Would that be Bruce as in Banner ie The incredible hulk? or am I totally off the beaten track.
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2010-06-22, 19:30

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Would that be Bruce as in Banner ie The incredible hulk? or am I totally off the beaten track.
Or as in Campbell? Or as in Springsteen? Or as in Wayne? :O

I'm sure billybobsky just loves that we're comparing him to other Bruces. Between these and the Finding Nemo quote, I think we've covered all the "he must get that a lot" bases.

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2010-06-22, 20:09

Well that's a challenge!
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2010-06-22, 20:33

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Would that be Bruce as in Banner ie The incredible hulk? or am I totally off the beaten track.
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Or as in Campbell? Or as in Springsteen? Or as in Wayne? :O

I'm sure billybobsky just loves that we're comparing him to other Bruces. Between these and the Finding Nemo quote, I think we've covered all the "he must get that a lot" bases.

I know a Bruce Wayne ... . People tend to prefer the hulk reference given the anger associated transformations...
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2010-06-22, 20:33

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Well that's a challenge!
Ah, but it let's you be pretty creative... at least that's my goal...
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2010-06-22, 21:51

Well I'm in and certainly going to work to figure something out. One idea has already come to mind, but don't know if it fits in your challenge *really*.

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2010-06-23, 13:47

To cover both the respiration and the photosynthesis angles, I'm going to take a picture of a couple, but then have their hands turn into trees and intertwine. What do y'all think?

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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2010-06-23, 14:10

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Or as in Campbell?
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2010-06-28, 00:52

My humble submission, partially in honour of impending Canada Day:



I kind of liked the idea of a picture "about" photsynthesis that doesn't have any green in it.
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2010-06-28, 00:54

The clouds look like a face, eating the top of the tree. NOM NOM NOM
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2010-07-10, 06:46

Anybody...Anybody? Hello?
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2010-07-10, 09:32

I have an idea, but didn't have the time yet execute it. And the current heat wave doesn't help with the motivation ...
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2010-07-10, 11:04

I think I am going to follow Robo's suggestion and make the end date of this PCT August 1... So there's still time heat wave or no...
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2010-07-10, 14:42

OK, If I understand the rules then we have to take the pictures after you have posted the entry - ie, cannot grab them from old images we already have.

Although I only read this today, technically I took this picture after you posted on the 22nd, so I think it's a valid entry - even if it was by chance.



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2010-07-12, 00:30

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I think I am going to follow Robo's suggestion and make the end date of this PCT August 1... So there's still time heat wave or no...
sweet! the awful rainyness finally left the southeast texas area so hopefully I can get out and get shooting in the coming weeks
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2010-07-21, 23:41

finally got one! Took about ten minutes after walking outside for the condensation to get off my lens (holy water vapor batman, it's humid in houston!), but after that took this shot. Might replace this with another shot but I found it pretty funny and apt for the contest, hope you guys enjoy!

Is this a house or a forest? Not sure...

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2010-07-23, 22:10

I am seeing a lot of Photosynthesis, any respiration?
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2010-07-24, 01:11

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I am seeing a lot of Photosynthesis, any respiration?
I feel like I understand respiration fairly well (wikipedia helped supplement my 4-years-removed Biology AP class), but can't for the life of me think up a creative way to show it on film. Still have a week left though...
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2010-07-25, 17:02

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2010-07-25, 18:03

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I am seeing a lot of Photosynthesis, any respiration?
You are seeing it! Plants respire too.



I really do need to take some more pics from work. There are some absolutely beautiful things blooming right now.
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2010-07-25, 19:40

but net only after dark...

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2010-07-25, 20:51

Heh, sorry, I didnt read your first post for this thread. Nice to know there are other botany geeks around these parts!

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2010-07-26, 19:18

Alright people, you've got less than a week. get those shutters shuttering or else...
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2010-07-28, 09:42

Only A Few Days Left Aahhhhhh
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2010-07-28, 11:06

Got a new camera yesterday and will take a bunch tomorrow. Can't wait!

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2010-07-28, 12:17

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Got a new camera yesterday and will take a bunch tomorrow. Can't wait!

great feeling what kind of camera?
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