Weekly Photo Contest 28th April - 5th May -- The Surreal

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Laird Knox, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Welcome to this weeks contest.

    Let's have some fun this week. I know there are lots of creative people here with wonderful visions. Take a step outside of the comfort zone and create something surreal. Bring that dream to life.

    As a bit of a departure post production work and composites are completely acceptable. Kudos for work done in camera but show us what you can do. It doesn't have to be complex to be surreal.


    Contest ends: 5th May 2015


    Rules:

    1. Be creative and have fun.

    2. Please submit only one photo per contest.

    3. Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.

    4. The contest runs for exactly one week, starting NOW! (see time/date stamp at the start of this thread)

    5. At the end of the week, The judge (last week's winner) will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photo, providing as much feedback as possible. (Judge has 24 hours to make decision)

    6. The 1st place Winner will start a new thread with the topic/theme of their choice, and act as the Judge for that contest. (Winner has 48 hours to create new theme)

    Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.

    In camera double exposure (zero post on this one):
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    360 pano using "little world" technique:
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    composite from several images:
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  2. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Took image of ice on a window, built a composite of a side by side mirror image of them then polar distorted them.
     

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    My latest creation....

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    EXIF Summary:Canon T5i 20s f/11.0 ISO100 18mm
     
  7. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Still a bit more time, let's see what ya got. Don't let the topic scare you off. It doesn't have to be a complex setup or edit. :)
     
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  10. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I didn't check the date when I started the contest. Tonight is finals night for class. I will be a bit late in judging this one. (More time for you stragglers. ;) )
     
  11. NeGRit0 macrumors 6502a

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    Already? There is still a week and a half in the semester.
     
  12. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Heather likes to be different. ;)

    We are doing half the critiques today and the other half next week. However, they are all due today. In fact we have already hung a bunch of them up on the Cheyenne campus.
     
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    Thank you for your patience. Without further delay:

    fireman32
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    Haha you are just messing with me, right? ;)

    Seriously though, while I said this image was too busy in the Nightlife contest I do like it as an entry for The Surreal. The gears and clocks work well and I like the way they follow the walls. I think the LEDs in the corners don't really add to the composition - the Pixel Stick graphics provide nice leading lines by themselves.

    The framing of the steel wool is spot on and works well with the shape of the clock faces. The rabbit head just adds a bit of WTF? that really pushes it over into the surreal.

    One thing I might try in post is pushing up the contrast a bit. The colors seem a bit faded and I would like a bit more contrast between the gears and the background of the BMP.


    kenoh
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    I thought this was an interesting image until I looked at the enlarged version. Looking at the larger image I find it to be fascinating. The patterns of the ice crystals are wonderful.

    The biggest issue I have with the image is the focus plane. In the original image the focus runs through the center of the image and works well with the highlights behind it. However, when it is warped the center focal point of the image is soft. I love the detail and want to see it nice and crisp.

    The colors work really well with subject. If you get the opportunity to shoot something like this again I suggest doing some more. I could see a version of this hanging on somebody's wall. If you redo the polar warp leave a bit of room at the top of the image so that the sphere doesn't touch the sides of the frame.


    needfx
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    I love it. Sometimes technology failures can be wins.

    The framing and angle work with the surreal subject. It really makes you want to explore the image and figure out just what you are seeing.

    The only critique I would give is that it is slightly flat. I don't see any true blacks. I would try pulling up the black levels a bit and/or adjusting the contrast.

    This picture made me happy.


    logista
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    I don't know what to say. I don't have a clue what I am looking at. :)

    At first I was thrown off by the light color ring around the central Sentinel. But as I looked closer It looks like this is a continuation of the water(?) in the lower left. I would really like to see this one larger as I think there is some fun detail to be found.

    The large, empty expanse works well. This image look alien and familar at the same time.


    Apple fanboy
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    Great perspective. It really does make you do a double take. The angles and proportions are spot on.

    I would like to see some cropping and straitening. There is way too much grass and the zebra gets a bit lost in all that open space.

    The limb removal could use some clean up. On first glance it is not noticable but then jumps out at you. Try adding a second layer and mask off the parts you want to keep then use the clone stamp to rebuild the background.

    Bump up the colors a touch and I think you will be onto something.


    NeGRit0
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    I am struggling with what is the surreal part of this. It does look a bit like a drawing but outside of the traffic trails I'm scratching my head. I did just notice the exterior lights of the Grand are off and that is a bit surreal but wouldn't be for somebody that doesn't live here. :)

    As far as the image itself it is really well executed. You have a nice balance between the highlights and shadows. There is detail pretty much throuhout the image. The color is good and it really does show a nice portion of the skyline.

    I really like this image.


    Indydenny
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    The use of selective color is interesting in this one. I would like to see more attention to detail. There are a few areas on the serpent that are missing color. For extra points it would be amazing if the leaves in front of his face were B&W while the color was still behind them.

    The framing makes for a whymsical image. I'm sure most pictures of this guy are taken a bit too the right so that the branches don't obstruct his face. In this case I like the branches. They make the picture a bit more dynamic. I might try changing the framing a bit while keeping the angle. By turning a bit to the right you would lose a bit of the left edge and some of the darker mass of leaves. This would also let the bottom on the second arch fall within the frame.

    It is a fun picture.


    alexxk
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    There have been quite a few long exposures shot from the car recently. :)

    This one is really well done. A bit reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon entering ludicrous speed.

    You held the highlights really well in the exposure. There isn't any detail in the black on the passenger side but it still works with this image. Might want to try opening them up just a touch to see if it makes a difference.

    I'm a bit torn on the warning stickers. Normally I would hate them but given the shot they kind of work.

    What is happening on the ground? It looks like a low fog. Whatever it is it works.


    Hughmac
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    You just had to go with glassware. Two entires assignments in the CSN lighting class deal with lighting glassware. ;)

    The blue is a very pleasing tone and there is a bit of chiaroscuro going on with the light in the base of the glass.

    Overall the image seems a bit soft. With the details of the glass so close you really need to nail the focus. The glass also looks a bit hazy. For a picture like this it has to be spotless.

    It is an entertaining image you just happened to pick a demanding subject.

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    Even though there were not many entries this week I find it difficult to pick only three.

    In the end the three I keep coming back to are:

    Third place: alexxk
    Second place: logista
    First place: kenoh

    Well done everybody on a bit of a tricky subject. I hope you continue to explore these images. I believe there is some real gold in this thread.
     
  15. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    NO WAY!!!!! WOOHOO!!!! YEASSSS!!!

    This is absolutely fantastic, made me up today this has! Thank you kindly for a great critique of other pictures. I thought it was a good effort but no biscuit again compared to some of the other entries which are awesome this week by the way!

    I know what you mean about the focal plane. The ice was laying on our skylight window and I shot it at 45 degrees to perpendicular so the focal plane is a bit screwy.

    I was messing with panoramas of Disney Infinity characters but there just wasnt a buzz about it.

    Thank you for coming up with the contest, like last weeks, it was a great one to test the skills in a new way. Geat idea.

    I will post a new one up shortly.

    Aw man, chuffed to bits here thanks.

    Ken.
     
  16. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

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    Kenoh well done its a fantastic image. I forgot I submitted that photo in another contest. I have lost my mind.
     
  17. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Not handing the badge back... but my favourite this week was Alexxk's... awesome!
     
  18. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    Well done Ken! and great runners up too :)

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
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    Excellent entries and highly respectable critique!!

    Congrats Ken, Winners & Contestants!!

    To the next one.. which is already posted

    Cheerios

    ps
    image I entered was done on purpose after realizing the tech failure by accident earlier on a trip. got a small series on the subject
     
  20. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The instructor in the class I took this semester has been experimenting with phone panos like that. Sometimes a mistake turns into a great series. :)

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    What is funny is that I have only judged two contests and it was those two that you submitted the image for. :D
     
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    Well done everyone. I like it when the contest challenges us like this one. Shooting outside of our comfort zones is good for us me thinks.

    And yes I could have done better with the cloning out of the legs. My LR skills are not that good.

    On to the next (hope it's post your best Tiger shot!)
     
  22. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Well... You may be in luck. Classic elements. That tiger snarling could be argued to be Earth and fire - in its attitude... Maybe...
     

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