Weekly Photo Contest Dec 12-Dec 19: The Shopping Experience

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  1. anotherscotsman macrumors 65816

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    Something a bit seasonal. Most of us have the (mis)fortune of shopping for the holiday season. Let's see what shopping means for you!

    It doesn't have to be a take on the traditional Christmas shopping mall, it doesn't have to be anything to do with the season of good cheer: just as long as it relates to shopping or the shopping environment.

    Here's a non-Christmas example (shops are at the building margins) that I think captures a bit of the bustle associated with people in a shop environment but please don't be constrained by it:

    [​IMG]The Oculus by another scotsman, on Flickr


    • 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).
     
  2. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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  3. anotherscotsman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Only if it qualifies as an original work of artistic merit in its own right...bit of copyright there for you:)
     
  4. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Original I can do... artistic merit? I would have to withdraw every entry ever from myself! :)
     
  5. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    That would be the only shopping that I could offer. On the other hand Christmas Markets are all around city centers now and they are kind of an important part of the Christmas Shopping. Not sure if Christmas Markets would count?
     
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    At least in the States, there is not much "good cheer" in the shopping experience. Walmart can be hell this time of year.
     
  7. anotherscotsman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sure would if that's what you fancy.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 12, 2016 ---
    I know the feeling....capture it!
     
  8. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    That feels like you are challenging me, and I can never resist a challenge. I will do my best to get out this week.
     
  9. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Shopping experiences for me are all about the food. So here is a foodie heaven shopping experience from Heathrow T5.

    [​IMG]L1002477.jpg by Ken OHagan, on Flickr
     
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    Nuernberg Christkindlesmarkt.jpg

    Nuernberger Christkindlesmarket. All items are for sale.
     
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    There is no time to get out and shoot. Walmart will have to wait. (Going there at this time of year triggers the PTSD anyway.) I wanted to get something in. This is from Cleveland's West Side Market.

    I am looking forward to comments but have to take myself out of the running because I would not be able to fulfill the responsibilities of judging in the next week or two.


    Gottlieb - Westside Market - 04 resize.jpg

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    LAST CHANCE NOTICE : I'll give it another couple of hours then close the competition.
     
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    Sat in the car waiting for Mrs AFB to pick something up. About as close as I get to shopping!
    Taken last year in a real German market (Karlsruhe).
    IMG_2582.JPG
     
  19. anotherscotsman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Competition now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered: I'll get back with comments shortly.
     
  20. anotherscotsman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks again for everyone who entered. Please remember all of the comments are simply my personal opinion and should be treated accordingly...

    Kenoh : really like the retro-style look of this one with nice use of B&W with lovely tones throughout - almost reminiscent of the days when flying was a glamorous event! As someone who travels a lot on business, this sort of environment is unfortunately like a second home. Perhaps would have had more impact if it had more diners or perhaps cropped to make more of the two guys on the left.


    Pmxperience : like a lot of Las Vegas, the Venetian mall is certainly an example of taking a shopping environment to the extreme and is remarkably well done even if not my personal cup of tea. I’ll be there again myself early next year. I like the composition you’ve gone for here and the almost staged-looking shoppers give the feel of a promotional shot (take that as a compliment). A difficult environment to get good exposure but other than a touch of bow-out in the artificial sky, nicely exposed.


    CmdrLaForge : a great shot of a traditional German Christmas market. Nicely exposed to get the best out of the various baubles and give that warm, intimate feeling : can almost smell the gluhwein and roast chestnuts!


    Someoldguy : these are the sort of specialist grocery/deli stores that we have sadly lost in many parts of the UK. The blue shelf unit and floor somehow emphasise the almost monotone beige/brown of the rest of the scene. Nice diagonal composition with tempting products on offer but perhaps a little flat on the contrast front leading to some lacks of “energy” but that perhaps reflects the unhurried nature of shopping here.


    Deep diver : this could be a street market almost anywhere in the world and certainly reflects daily shopping for many. Looks like the stallholder is having a good haggle with the customers. I like the composition with the strong diagonal customer-stallholder axis. A good mix of colours (green/yellow/orange) in the foreground veg but a nice red pepper or tomato two here would have spiced it up nicely.


    Jkramerbob : the antithesis of our seasonal shopping excesses and really brings home some of the contrasts in wealth around the world. Particularly poignant location given Christmas. I like the almost monochrome impression (natural browns and beiges) broken only by the somewhat incongruous man-made-blue cardboard box remnants.


    Hughmac : great idea for a triptych with each panel capturing some aspect of the Christmas shopping experience in much of the UK (damp and dismal :)) – perhaps reminiscent of the way stories are told by panels of stained glass in churches. I like the way the shoppers are focussing on the satellite provider in the RHS. Good balance of colours and tones between the three scenes brings them together nicely.


    Needfx : great balance of exposure between inside and outside of store. I like the way that the closer of the two passers-by seems to be looking at the guy in the store: what point is he trying to make and to who? The way the passers-by are talking to themselves and in-step with each other emphasises two environments: the store and outside the store with a closed door between.


    Applefanboy : like you, I’m usually with the other husbands sitting or leaning on the nearest convenient and comfortable prop. A little too much contrast in the lighting to take a casual shot that gives enough detail to see what is going on. Would have been nicer to see the throng of people presumably enjoying the market but unfortunately a bit too dark.

    To the judgement:

    1st place : jkramerbob
    2nd place : CmdrLaForge
    3rd place : Hughmac
    Worthy mention to Deep diver


    From a photographic perspective, my winner would have been CmdrLaForge's German market scene but the winner goes to jkramerbob for the way the topic has been addressed.

    Best wishes to everyone for the holiday season and hope the New Year brings prosperity and happiness to all of you. Money doesn't make you happy but I'd rather be rich and unhappy than poor and unhappy....

    Over to you for the next one jkramerbob.
     
  21. needfx macrumors 68040

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    Conrgats winners!!
    I would have chosen @jkramerbob as well! excellent NG image!!

    However, best image in the thread in my opinion is yours @anotherscotsman - you should def get an honorable mention as well :D
     
  22. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    Wow, thanks for the 3rd. This is the first time I've tried a triptych, and I spent absolutely ages putting it together.

    Congrats to 1st and 2nd places, and well done to everyone !

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
  23. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Yep agreed. He set the bar high right out of the gate this time!
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    Congrats to the winners! well done all...
     
  24. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the nod. That was a great day to be out shooting.
    Congrats to jkramerbob. 40 years ago, I lived in the center of Jerusalem for a year. Your images of Israel consistently capture the feel of the people, place, and culture. Nicely done.
     
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    Congrats to the winners , and thanks for taking time to comment on each entry . The place in my pic has been around over 100 years , probably 50 in this location . It's my goto place for real coffee at a reasonable cost . Unfortunately ( or maybe fortunately) it's not around the corner , so when I make a caffeine run I usually end up getting 4 or 5 lbs. .
     

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