Fortnightly Challenge October 1 - 14 : Soft/Sharp

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Designer Dale, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Welcome to the Fortnightly Challenge

    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. Try to avoid using photos from your archives just for participations sake. If you really want input on an older image that fits the Challenge topic, please let us see it.

    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


    Transparency: September 18-30

    Soft/Sharp: October 1-14 This is an And/Or topic. Deal with the concepts of "sharp" and "soft" either separately or together. Be creative with your interpretation.

    Timing: October 15-28

    Dale
     
  2. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

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    I will start this one off. Taken today at the photo walk[​IMG]
    DSC_2503 by dspector32, on Flickr
     
  3. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I actually wanted the kid inside to be in focus, but getting through the mesh was rather difficult. I liked how it turned out that way, though.

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  4. Melizard macrumors 6502

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    I love the color of the water in that one!


    Here are a couple I took while I was working in northern Canada:

    Cool fungus:
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    Waterfall:
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  5. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    A leaf dangling from a single strand of a spider web on the trail behind my house.

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    Meig Creek Falls, TN

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    Just a week before all of the rhododendron finally came into flower.


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    Don't know if this works or not, anyway took this about a month ago, my dog ran up and almost knocked me over while i was taking this so the lavender (which wasn't supposed to be in the shot) slide in, unfocused.
     

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  12. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nice approach to the concept. I like the coors and framing here. Very interesting effect caused by the action and shallow DOF.

    The lighting flattens this one out too much, but I really like the pastel color pallet in the background. Nice framing and use of curves.

    Cool minimalist shot. The flow of the lights from top right to lower left is an example of good composition.

    This is the kind of photo that I have found very hard to execute sence I don't have a strong filter. This comes off well, but could still use a longer exposure.

    This is mine from a while ago. It's from the old Western State Hospital cemetary that I posted over in POTD a few days back. I didn't do any post processing to get the flare effect and I'm not really sure how it got there.

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    EXIF Summary: 1/2000s f/2.8 ISO100 Tamron 28-75 f/2.8@28mm

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  13. Ravaroo macrumors 6502

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    Dale, thanks for the feedback
    I stumbled upon this area on a hike towards the end of golden hour..will have to get there earlier next time;)
     
  14. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if this is allowed but I would like to change my entry.
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    DSC_2607 by dspector32, on Flickr
     
  15. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's not a contest. No winners (or losers)...

    You didn't really need to change the photo, you can post as many as you want as long as they stick to the challenge theme. The idea is to shoot on a theme and learn from the feedback you get. You can't post multiple photos in Photo of the Day and you can't post comments in the Weekly Contest. We fill that gap.

    Very nice photo. I really like the warm colors of the glowing elements in the tubes. "Old" stuff like this has so much more visual appeal over solid state components.

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    Hey, any feedback welcome :)
     

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    Interesting effect of shapes and colors. Kind reminds me of the plant in "Little Shop of Horrors." :)
     
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    Hope this isn't too late to add to the thread...C&C welcome as always.
     

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  21. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just got around to the new Challenge. It's Here.

    It's time for a new discussion regarding future topics and I want to bring something up for thought. We have done a lot of Challenges on topic choices, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a series of photography rule based challenges? They tend to vary depending on the source, here is a sample of a Wiki search.

    http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/10-top-photography-composition-rules

    http://www.digital-photography-school.com/break-the-rules-of-photography-and-take-stunning-images

    http://www.colorpilot.com/comp_rules.html

    On Breaking the Rules

    http://blog.lorrifreedman.com/index.php/2008/11/10/basic-rules-for-better-photography/

    This is a great everyday site: http://www.pixiq.com/

    If you have an iPad or other iDevice, check out PhotoVerse.

    PhotoVerse developer Page

    Dale
     
  22. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I like that suggestion. I've been trying to stick to the rules myself, so it would be a good chance to try breaking out of them in ways I haven't done yet.
     

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