Weekly Photo Contest (Aug 27 - Sept 3) Topic - Inspiration

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Juanbond, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Juanbond macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009

    1. You may only submit one photo per contest.

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

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

    4. 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)

    5. 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)

    Topic: Inspiration

    The interpretation of this theme is up to you; I intentionally chose a broad topic. Post a picture that inspires you—maybe a baby, architecture, something from nature, a religious theme, etc. I am anxious to see what you can come up with!


    Just so everyone is aware I will be traveling next Saturday morning to a family event. My travels will not affect the judging, however, I will not have a chance on Friday night or Saturday morning to warn everyone the contest is drawing to an end…but I will judge the contest on time. One of the judges a few weeks ago, I think it was Chappers, judges the pictures as they come in instead of waiting until the end of the contest, I will try and do the same.

    Have fun with the contest!
  2. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    I think entries for this topic should include a description of why their pic inspires them. But I'll leave that for the judge to decide and edit my post if necessary.

    Sydney Sunset by kevinfl2011, on Flickr
  3. Juanbond thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009
    I always make a point to write a sentence about MY picture when I submit. If the reason you chose the picture isn't obvious and you would like to explain I would appreciate the help. I will say, however, the judging will only be on the picture. For example, an improperly exposed picture with a deep philosophical quote won’t win. As long as you don't comment on other pictures and leave a simple explanation I think we will still be within the rules.
  4. Razeus, Aug 28, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2011
  5. Tracheotomy Bob macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Captain and horse 1 by Tracheotomy Bob, on Flickr

    Actually I wanted to take pictures of Lego but I only had Playmobil at hand when I bought the macro lens. Saying that I find Playmobil can be easier to take picture of. Lego is cool but everybody is doing it whereas Playmobil is not quite a popular. The very best people for Lego pictures are people like Avanaut or Blockaderunner on Flickr, they're really worth taking the time to find.

  6. Blakeco123 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2010
    Lifes boring, photography helps.

    Attached Files:

  7. rekud300 macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2009
    My Sons Tribute


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  8. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
  9. Melizard macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2011
    Oh, I just posted this in photo of the day... but to me it fits the topic so well!

    It is a man who is dancing for change in Vienna. I took this photo last week. Many people stopped to watch, but few actually gave him change. It inspires me to take a moment to consider those less fortunate than myself.

  10. Juanbond thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009
    The contest is now over. Give me a little while to finish up the judging.
  11. Juanbond thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009
    I am all done with the judging. I wrote a small response to each picture. Does anyone know how to quote thumbnails rather than the full size posts? I am having a difficult time with the quoting.
  12. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    <TIMG> tags instead of <IMG>
  13. acearchie, Sep 4, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011

    acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Here is an example.

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    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/acearchie/6108402083/]Everything Around
    Us[/urlby [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/acearchie/]acearchie[/url], on
    When you quote you should see the above text.

    If you find the [​IMG]
  14. Juanbond thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009
    I would like to preface the following reviews by saying I don’t have any professional judging experience and just take pictures as a hobby. My critiques and comments are solely based on how the entries speak to me visually.

    I really liked this picture. The way the sunset colors fade into a dark blue is a nice change from the stereotypical orange and red sunsets that you always see. The clouds in the 1/3 of the picture right above the buildings are very dramatic and add to the essence of the picture. I realize it was out of your control but the dark clouds in the upper left of the picture are a little bit distracting as it forces the focus of the picture to the lower left corner of the picture. Overall, a great shot.

    I clicked on the picture, went to flickr, and realized this was taken in Bridgetown. My brother in law has lived there for about a year and, from what I hear, it is a pretty incredible place. I like this picture because of the different textures between the sand, water, and sky. The picture is also very sharp. Great use of the rule of thirds. The only two comments I have would be that the picture feels kind of “flat.” The sand, water, and parts of the cloud are all roughly the same shade of gray. Also, the boats in the water are all focused in a tiny, off-center, part of the picture. I think, visually speaking, moving to the right a bit and getting a little bit of symmetry would enhance the shot.

    I think this is a great idea. The picture has a very peaceful and romantic feeling. I don’t know if you did this intentionally but the shadow from the rink looks like a heart, a cool effect. The depth of field also enhances the picture because it pushes my eye to the highlighted text. I think the shot could be improved by moving just slightly to the right. That way you get a more defined heart shadow and the reflection off of the light won’t interfere with the text which can be a challenge to read. If you ever do wedding photography this would be a really, really cool shot with the bride/groom rings, the heart, and perhaps a scriptural verse about love. Well done.

    I’ll start by saying that my age puts me on team Lego. I don’t remember having any Playmobile toys growing up. However, I won’t let that bias my review of the picture. I am guessing from your comments you were trying out a macro lens. I think the depth of field is good and, considering how close you are, the picture looks sharp and clear in all the right places. You could improve the picture with some brighter lighting. The depth of filed sharpens the toy’s face, but it is dark and in shadow. I am not quite sure how it fits the theme of inspiration. Is the toy itself inspiring, or is it the soldier the toy represents?

    I think this is a good idea. You are able to convey your message and use dramatic lighting. There are a couple of things that I think would improve the picture a little bit. The lens of the camera is almost entirely black and the paper is white. When I was scrolling through the pictures I thought this one was cut in half. Also you have lots of white paper space in the bottom right corner of the picture but the camera lens actually cuts into the wording. You have a great idea here and I think with a little bit of adjusting you might be onto something.

    This picture really stands out to me because of the colors. I love the contrast between the bright clean flags and the rusty towers. This is another picture of the bunch where my focus is pushed in the wrong direction. The flags and towers almost feel like a border around a smaller picture. I find myself drawn to the upper left part of the picture where there isn’t much substance. All you need here is a little bit of balance. Perhaps a tower on the left side, a tower on the right side, and some flags in the middle will make it feel more symmetrical. You then could use those items to frame the fluffy clouds and give it a more consistent feel. Well done.

    I think this really fits the theme well. There were a couple of small things I think would help the picture a bit. I don’t know what the lighting situation was around the picture at the time but perhaps this would be a good situation where you could do a long exposure. That way you might get a better exposure out of the flags in the background. I realize, however, that you were probably travelling and didn’t have access to a tripod. Another thing I would recommend is giving more focus to the “I beam main support World Trade Center” sign. I didn’t know what the picture represented until I saw the sign and it was a little out of focus. Again, this might be something out of your control because if you focus on the sign the beam is going and rosary are going to be out of focus.

    my favorite parts of this picture are the lines and symmetry. The composure of the picture and all of the lines force my attention to the heavens which I think is the idea. The picture also appears to have been desaturated a little bit which is more dramatic. The only thing I would alter in the picture is the background. The trees are dark enough that they drown out the cross and make it more of an “after thought.” Overall, great job.

    This is a cool idea. I am sure if you were doing this in your backyard your neighbors wondered what you were doing, but I think it’s a great idea. Clearly this is something that required some thinking and pre-shot planning. I don’t know if you did a timed exposure for the clouds and then stepped in and fired the flash, but I think it works. The message of the picture feels something like “we are just a small speck in the infinitesimally large universe.” Exactly what you were going for, right? Give me a break,…I’m not a philosopher. The only thing you can change in this picture is burning and silhouetting the tree in the bottom right hand corner of the picture. Also, I think the picture could benefit from a little cropping off the bottom. I want to be inspired by the vastness of the heavens and not worry about looking up your shirt or catching the top of your pajamas/underwear. Very cool idea and execution though.

    I was really impressed with this picture. I like how you put the subject of the picture off to the right so you can see what he is looking at. You also note in the picture how none of the other people in the frame are paying attention to the street performer at this moment, which you said was the message of the photo. I would step back just a bit so you don’t cut off the bottom of the radio and the base of the stand he is on. Great job.


    3rd Razeus
    2nd AlexH/dslade09 ( I really couldn’t choose between the two shots)
    1st fitshaced
    Great job. As usual I enjoyed the process. I apologize for the delay in judging.


    It looks like I was able to make the pictures smaller. They are just too small to see. I need some more practice with the quoting
  15. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    Great job judging Juanbond - it is tough.

    Big congratulations to fitshaced
  16. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    Ditto. Congrats to all who entered.
  17. Blakeco123 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2010
    Thank you for your input, i agree with you on how it almost looks cut in half, and the second i posted it thought "oh i should drawn something at the bottom of the paper"

    p.s. congratulations fitshaced
  18. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    Oh dear, I didnt expect to win it. Thanks very much. I'd like to thank the clouds, the sun, the camera, etc.

    Really good pics this week too.

    Now, to think of ideas for next week.
  19. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Interesting judging again this week. Congrats to the first place winner. The photo I quoted above was a unique photo that I expected to take 1st place. I love the processing and the lighting in this photo. Given the dynamic range, I'm impressed you kept the windows from getting blown out.

    Of course this shouldn't take away from the member who did win. Congrats to fitshaced again.
  20. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    Thanks Razeus! Kind words. There were some great shots posted, and I really like fitshaced's photograph. Nice work and congrats!

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