Weekly Photo Contest: Aug 4-11 - CHAOS

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  1. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    And on to the next………

    Given the tone of this year’s election cycle in the States, the new theme seems obvious….


    CHAOS


    Interpret it as you will, but you are warned that images of Donald Trump will be judged harshly. Use your imagination and have fun!


    Rules:

    • The photographs must be your own work.
    • Be creative and have fun.
    • You may only submit one photo per contest.
    • Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.
    • The contest runs for one week, starting NOW! (see time/date stamp at the start of this thread.)
    • 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.
    • 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, after that it defers to 2nd place).

    This contest will close on August the 11th around 10pm EDT time.
     
  2. Alexander.Of.Oz, Aug 4, 2016
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    A Golden Orb Weavers chaotic web. (Sorry @MacRy )

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    At a computer festival. Chaos or order, it's debatable.
     
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    This was supposed to be the center shot for a stitched panorama which didn't work out, but the crowd at the lower edge seems to fit nicely with the theme.

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    Street in Delhi

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    Actually this picture should be with sound and live view or what Apple calls this on the new iPhone. If you haven't been to India you cannot image the chaos in the streets.
     
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    I got home home late yesterday after 4 days in the hospital. It's all good, but I am tired and trying to catch up. I am extending the contest to tomorrow (Friday) at noon US Eastern time.
     
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    Sorry to hear that; hope you feel better soon :)

    Cheers :)

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    I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell. Nothing wrong with extending the deadline or you can always delegate to the runner up if you're too tired.
     
  15. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    That makes for one chaotic contest! :p

    Rest up, hope you feel better quickly.
     
  16. deep diver thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the good wishes. I will do the judging later today. For now, the contest is closed.
     
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    Okay folks. Here it is. First the usual disclaimer: I do not really know anything about this stuff and I am making it up as I go along. Others have said that the judging is continually becoming more difficult as the quality of the submissions gets better. True that. As I started looking at the images while in the hospital (a great setting to think about this theme) I realized that the images that most resonated with the theme for me were the ones that were in some way the most unsettling, so I did consider that in my choices.

    Alexander.of.Oz: A great image, as I would expect. This is one of several images that illustrate how something can be both orderly and chaotic at the same time. Each time I look at this, I see something new. My eye keeps getting pulled back and forth between the abdomen, which is the point of critical focus, and the red/orange of the cephalothorax. Normally, I would see that as an issue. In this case, however, it adds to the sense of chaos.

    MacRy: VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are all wondering how you got a photo shoot with Homer. You nailed the theme but fell a little short of the “your own work” rule. Enough said. :rolleyes:

    inkmich: This bus looks like it came right out of the late 60s or early 70s which, at least in the States, was an extremely chaotic period. The bus itself reminds me of when my own life was a lot easier, but it does trigger those other thoughts. My only issue with the image is the line of cares behind. You had no control over that so I cannot be critical.

    Robotti: I absolutely hate places like that. The rows of table only pretend to be orderly. Rarely can I handle that number of people and the noise. The open space in front draws me into the crowd where I then feel trapped. In other circumstances, I would see the scene as being too dark and want to see the shadows lightened up a little. Here, however, that dark is part of what makes it work.

    dwfaust: There is not much to say here. You certainly nailed the theme. Not only are the wires so chaotic, they are also emblematic of a very chaotic part of society/culture. The almost monotonal quality of the scene adds to the sense of chaos.

    georgeinnj: I love the scene, but it does not work for me for this topic. I understand what you are looking at with the crowd, but it is too minor of an element in the frame. I do like the scene and am very interested by such a mix of architectural styles on one street corner.

    bigsid: I get what you are going for here. It is fascinating how branching patterns can be both chaotic and orderly at the same time. That is one of the beauties of fractals. The overall scene is bright, clean, and a little secluded. I actually feel very calm looking at this image.

    Indydenny: The scrap heap is certainly chaotic. My eye, however, is drawn to the clean open space at the top of the image. This would have work better for me had you cropped the frame to be completely focused on the scrap.

    CmdrLaForge: I know that corner……… Or at least the ones exactly like it in Jerusalem. They are noisy, dirty, cluttered, and chaotic. I miss living there. You captured this one perfectly.

    Laird Knox: This is one of my favorite images in the bunch. I love the intensity and saturation of the colors, and the way the different kinds of light pull my eye in every direction across the scene. The use of the fisheye lens transforms what might be an otherwise uninteresting structure. I do not feel chaotic looking at this. I do want to go and explore it.

    Hughmac: What could possibly be disturbing about a pile of stuffed bears. To the contrary, this feels cute and comforting. The bear at the center top third is staring right at me. Some vignette to draw my attention there might have helped in terms of the theme.

    Apple fanboy: Not much to say here, either. Very nicely done. I appreciate your double use of the theme, and the very ominous feeling created by the lighting and making this B&W.

    rx7dude: No one can deny the chaos in this. My eye has no idea where to go, and I just get stuck in the middle of the mess. I have three boys (all now at college or on their own), so this is a very familiar pile. I hope I do not have any nightmares tonight.

    NeGRit0: This is a great nighttime cityscape that is busy but does not say chaos to me. It was a great stroke of luck the way the fire works and tower on the left mirror one another. Having said that……….. I had never been in Las Vegas until 2 weeks ago. We went to Utah to see one of my boys and had to change planes in Las Vegas. We stepped off the plane into the huge casino that pretends to be an airport terminal. That was overwhelmingly chaotic. To make this worse, our flight out was delayed 4 hours.

    Choosing a winner is tough.
    1st: dwfaust
    2nd: Alexander.of.Oz
    3rd: CmdrLaFrige, Robotti, and Apple fanboy

    dwfaust, it is now up to you.

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  18. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Well done everybody and great feedback for everyone. Thanks for the third place.
    I was struggling to find an image for this weeks theme and came across the one I posted when looking for another.
    On to the next.
     
  19. Laird Knox, Aug 12, 2016
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    Thank you.

    Actually it isn't a fisheye lens. This is part of a series I shot over the spring using a 14mm Rokinon on a full frame D800 -- so ultra-wide but not fisheye. It is a pano stitched from seven (I think) images. The tripod was intentionally not level so that the camera would arc up and down, not just sweep left to right.

    I then experimented with different projection models in Autopano Giga. In this case I used the small world projection instead of a traditional cylindrical projection. I then drug around the focal point until the wall was jutting out in such a crazy way. I was really surprised with final result. This project was all about experimentation and doing something incorrectly. I also liked that the right hand side of the image went completely into a star field but there is a satellite captured as well.

    The final presentation is in the form of a diptych but I thought it would work better for the contest as a single image. This is part of a show I will be doing in September at the Arts Factory here in town. I'm not sure how the space is going to work out but there will be four to six of them in the 24" size and several in 12". They are all diptychs and triptychs with the larger panels being 24 x 36 and the smaller panels 24 x 16. The 12" versions will be single images like the one above. 12 x 26 and 12 x 34 for what would be either a diptych or triptych in the larger sizes.

    This is what the diptych would look like:
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    Here in the bottom center you can see what one of the non-stitched images looked like. Using the 14mm lens I was only about a foot or two in front of the building. These six images were working proofs used for a competition at school last spring. Actually, now that I think about it the image below isn't a frame from the pano. I setup a straight on shot as well but it gives you an idea of how much the small planet projection warped the image.

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    Thanks for taking the time to critique all the entries.
     
  20. deep diver thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Very well done. Good luck with the show.
     
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    Thank you @deep diver for the great theme and feedback. Congratulations to the winners. I too really like dwfaust submission as well. I wish I would have had the time to shoot something better but alas, life gets in the way sometime. As you noted there are issues with the bus picture but I found it interesting and somewhat chaotic.
     

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