Fortnightly Challenge March 16 - 29: Beauty in Unexpected Places

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  1. AxisOfBeagles macrumors 6502

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    The purpose of the Challenge is to provide a venue where photographers of all skill levels can work to improve their craft by shooting along a common topic for two weeks - one fortnight. Helpful comments and critiques are key to reaching the intended goal - better photography.

    About Your Photos

    Shoot for the topics listed on the schedule. You may shoot for upcoming topics, but post photos only to their matching Challenges.

    You may post as many photos as you wish for any one Challenge.

    About Your Comments

    Comments are critical to the success of the Challenge. If you post a photo, add a comment to another one. If you are only viewing, please add your comments, too.

    Comments should be meaningful, something that the photographer can use to improve his/her work. Explain why you like or dislike a photo. Spend a moment looking at a photo before commenting on it. Try to answer the question "I like this photo because…" It really helps the photographer.

    The Topic Schedule

    this is the last of the three topics we previously agreed upon. Would someone care to open a new poll in a separate thread to get us working on the next 3 topics?
     
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    A detail of a planter at a produce shop in Tacoma.

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    EXIF Summary: 1/500s f/5.6 ISO100 Tamron 28-75@55mm

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  3. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I like the detail work shown here. I'm a big fan of up close details of something much larger.

    I think what is missing, which is a problem we had with the nature theme, is why is it unexpected? Without your text we wouldn't know where the planter is. Sorry, but that's what immediately struck me when putting the picture in context of the challenge.

    Regardless the challenge context, I love the picture.
     
  4. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    I see the "nature" in the flower bud patterns of the planter. However, the bottoms are cut of by the bottom of the frame and the bottom right hand corner. A nice rosette pattern along the bottom frame would enhance the photo, IMO. ? take a half step back? I do like the earthy tones of the composition as well.
     
  5. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the comments. Remember that we are out of Nature in Expected Places and in Beauty in Unexpected Places. :)

    I have a version of this with the rosettes more fully included, but I didn't like the circles they formed at the base. The image seemed more solid to me with a flat bottom.

    I can reshoot this within the Challenge. At least "they" tell me that the rain will stop for a moment or two...

    Here is the setting that I found it in. It's not in this group, but you get the idea. The one on "wheels" is here too. This one and the one I posted to open the Challenge need a tripod and greater DOF.

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  6. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I found it. Challenge over. Next one please. :)

    Actually, I'm was surprised how not boring this picture is. I saw the sign while at the mall for lunch today and was certainly not expecting it. I took the picture with my iPhone and framed to get the wording in just right (it's a Disney store ad) and ignored what was in the rest of it. When I got home and looked at the picture I found the lighting and lines rather interesting looking. All processing has been done using Camera+ on my iPhone 4. It could stand a little noise reduction, but otherwise I'm rather pleased with the outcome.

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  7. Master-D macrumors member

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    I have posted this in the photo of the day before, but I think it fits the brief pretty well. Maybe not beauty, but I find it quite striking.

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  8. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    I like it, punchy colours and interesting variety of shape, line and tone.
    Like Keleko mentions, I think it's interesting to capture and represent your surrounding up close in a way not normally seen.
     
  9. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    This was also my daily photo for today. I really liked how the roots really stand out after I darkened the reds and use mostly blues for the B&W conversion. The original shot was ugly red clay. I found the beauty by de-emphasizing the clay.

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  10. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    It is very striking indeed. Graffiti has it's own sense of beauty to me. I took some graffiti shots last weekend at an abandoned industrial site myself.
     
  11. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    I really like these expected photos. You have something mundane in mind and snap the shutter, then load it up and something pops out on it's own and changes the photo completely. Great shot.

    The lighting makes this quite striking. Is that a natural effect or a filter/post processing effect?

    Great to see a touch of B&W in here. The roots of the tree create interesting lines with the contrast offered by B&W. This would not hold together in color. Nice choice.


    Another pot photo. This has been seen before.

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  12. jamswirl macrumors regular

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    Ikea knives, look almost like fish or waves. Put a blue filter over my desk lamp to get the cast.
     

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  13. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    I think you composed it quite well. The ceiling and the round lights really make it work for me. I actually don't mind the graininess. I don't think it detracts from the shot at all.
     
  14. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    That's very cool and a great idea. Why did you position the knives on the far left in the opposite direction. I'd like to think it may be stronger visually if they were all in the same direction. Perhaps the handles start to get in the way?
     
  15. jamswirl macrumors regular

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    I put them backwards because it didn't quite stack up for balance when i put them facing in the same direction. I'd tried all kinds of arrangements but feel this came out best in terms of total composition.
     
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  17. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I remember it. I really like the vibrant blue around the edge. It still looks like it can be liquid at the bottom edge, too. If I had one wish it's that the background above the blue of the pot was not so bright. It is brighter than the in focus pot. Is it worth trying to apply a burn to that area?

    I really like it. The blue really gives it a interesting cast. Did you try a composition of them angled from bottom left to upper right? I'd like to see that version to compare.

    This is a pretty good take on the unexpected beauty theme. I like the abstractness of it. I'd like to see the colors a bit more vibrant, though. They're a little dim for me (at least on my screen). I know that's probably how they are on the LCD itself. That's just my preference, of course.
     
  18. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I'm going to add one more from an abandoned concrete business site. I just noticed I need to adjust for lens distortion to straighten out the vertical lines...

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    One of my older slides, a restauration project in Athens, Greece :

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    I like the green cast in the toilet photo. Normally I should give the advice to set the white balance of your camera to tungsten light but in that specific shot it adds a certain atmosphere to the picture.
     
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    Salt On Sea

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    Photoshoot at Salton Sea in California. We found an abandoned mobile home, and we wanted to contrast the decay with some beauty.
     
  22. Designer Dale, Mar 23, 2011
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    Hi, folks,

    Time to start thinking about new topics for the Challenges that start March 30.

    Here is the link to the thread:Challenge Topic Thread 2

    Dale
     
  23. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    I missed the DOF on this one a bit, but I kind of like it. Been way to busy these past few weeks.
     

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  24. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Interesting and a good take on the topic. A closer crop on the detail of the dead flower and perhaps a bit more exposure would help.
     

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