Fortnightly Challenge - Feb 18 thru March 4 - Topic: Beauty in the Ugly

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  1. JohnMC macrumors 6502

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    Fortnightly Challenge - Feb 18 thru March 4

    Challenge topic(s):Beauty in the Ugly

    The challenge will run from right now until : 11:59PM March 4

    Be sure to visit and post your images in our Flickr group.

    Rules:
    1. Photos should be your own work.
    2. Produced within the challenge period if possible.
    3. All positive feedback and criticism is encouraged and welcome if you posted or not.
    4. There is no real limit to the number of photos you may enter.

    Challenge topics:
    1. Suggestions for the bi-weekly's challenge are made in a single thread which will be set up the week before.

    Lets have fun!!!
     
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Nisqually Delta Wildlife Refuge near Olympia, Washington. Taken today.

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    EXIF Summary: 1/8s f/8.0 ISO100 30mm

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  3. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    Dale - very clever - highlighting a beautiful blue sky and trees in the ugliness of the stream. Yep, just very clever.
     
  4. compuwar macrumors 601

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    An older pic, but I haven't had the chance to shoot much lately...
     

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  5. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Homeless...

    Dog in parking lot behind gas station somewhere in Sonora, Mexico.

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  6. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    It has always seemed to me that the first post sets the bar for everyone else. You set the bar very high with this one. Great image.


    Chappers -- I still really like this one. Every time you post it you crop it closer. Before too long we will be looking at individual spores. :D:D:D
     
  7. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Also a repeat. I'm working on taxes today (talk about ugly without beauty) so I do not have time to work on anything new for the next few days.
     

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  8. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Phil -- I am disappointed by this one. I do not think it is up to your usual standards. I get the beauty in ugly thing but the composition is lacking. The colors are too flat and the wall cuts right through the middle. The dog is static and looking away so I'm not really able to connect to it. What is it that you see that I'm missing?
     
  9. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    I'd have to agree. The wall cutting across the middle makes it impossible for me to focus in on the picture. Any chance of a shot with the dog facing the camera?
     
  10. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Nice. He doesn't look too happy to have his picture taken. The crop is a bit close to me on the left, it kind of distracts me a bit.
     
  11. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Great idea and well done. I think it would've been even better if we were in the spring time already and there were leaves on the trees.
     
  12. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    This is from a few months ago at Great Falls, VA. Nothing super special but the canal was really ugly and the algae was incredibly bright green. The algae was growing where the logs had created a dam and slowed down the water. I haven't been able to think of anything to shoot new yet.

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  13. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. I agree about the crop. It was actually closer in the camera. I'm not quite sure why I shot it that close. I built out the left side with PSE. Perhaps I'll add a little more.
     
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    Thanks guys... I guess it didn't work.

    I guess what I was thinking was the "ugly" part is all over the picture; the composition, the starkness, the setting, the overall scenario of the dog's plight (but that part doesn't work if you don't know the specifics, I'll concede.) The beauty (from my perspective, I'll grant that) is seeing the life there that represents so much potential companionship and love contrasted with the detachment and loneliness that won't even allow a human to get close enough to offer friendship. This dog struck me because she, like so many others there, wouldn't even accept water or a dog treat, but chose instead to seek the "safety" of distance when we approached her. She wouldn't even look at us... which was sad. I guess you had to be there.

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    I'll try a few others also.

    I really do appreciate the feedback deep diver and jd. :)
     
  16. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Interesting approach. Knowing what you want to accomplish, it all makes sense. I do like the composition in the second one better. The whole idea of potential beauty is both encouraging and sad.
     
  17. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Berlin Wall
     

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  18. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    ^^^ Sorry ;) But then it is a Challenge, right?

    ^^^ Thanks. This location is 20 miles from my front door. You will see more as time goes on. This was the first day of sun in more days than I can remember. The Nisqually Delta is a haven for birders and there were all these people walking around with 400 mm L lenses on tripods just slung over their shoulders like a sack of potatoes...:eek:

    ^^^ Wonderful colors. Love the brightness of the green.

    ^^^ Interesting. I like the colors and use of shallow DOF. I do wonder what the heck that is, though. Gum??

    ^^^ I've followed your shelter dogs and Mexico rescue dog stories so I got the pic from the emotional angle you were working from.

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  19. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    That's disgusting....but a nicely executed photo. Where is this memorial to chewing gum?

    BTW (Designer Dale)...when you quote a post how do you get the photos to show up as thumbnails instead of large shots like my post here?
     
  20. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Old Rail Car

    Ugly paint, beautiful car, ugly car beautiful paint?

    Shot yesterday, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Stitched with AutoPanoPro.
     

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  21. Maxxamillian macrumors 6502

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    Designer Dale: Yes, this is gum. :D

    JDDavis: This is the Pike Place Gum Wall in Seattle, WA. You can make the image a thumbnail by changing [​IMG] to [TIMG]link to picture[/TIMG]. Just type in the "T" in both places and be on your merry way...
     
  22. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the "T"ip. I should've known where that was. I've actually been by it once and I knew a lot or your shots are from Washington. I can't wait to get out west again. We spent a week in Seattle once and the Pacific NW is high on our list of places to settle down....so far.
     
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    Forgive

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    Taken under the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, MN.
     
  24. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Life amongst death. Life is short. All that stuff...


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