Weekly Photo Contest: FEB 12th - FEB 19th "S Curve"

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  1. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    We have had a few excellent examples of images using an S Curve to lead the viewer into the image. So for this week’s challenge, let’s expand on that theme. For this week’s challenge, show me your S Curve images.


    The rules are as usual:

    · 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 a week and starts now!

    · 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.

    · If the Judge is unable to complete the selection within 48 hours of the deadline for close, then a vote will be carried out to select a winner. This will be based on the number of "likes" each image has. In the event of a draw, the second place winner from the previous week will choose the tiebreaker.

    · 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).

    · Please update the Weekly Contest Master List when you post a new contest
     
  2. stillcrazyman macrumors 68020

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    Several years back, I rode a motorcycle for my "escape". I had a little point and shoot camera with me while I went riding.
    This is the result of reckless abandon.... Taken at speed. Holding the camera low down. Wearing heavy gloves.
    Lucky capture.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68030

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    A placeholder till I actually take the image I have in mind at the local estuary!

    There's an S in there somewhere....

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  5. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Well... Here we go again... stitched myself up again... Cracking shots so far!
     
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    I am so stuck on this one. I can't find a single image I have ever taken with an S curve, and since I live in suburbia, everything is on a grid. I've even looked at some plant photos trying to think outside the box.....hopefully I'll find something soon.
     
  8. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    It's cool, it's just for fun, what about a picture of a creatively positioned garden hose... take a macro which you are so good at of some fruit in a line composed to accentuate the s curve through their outlines. Is your pool a curvy one rather than a square one (we dont have pools in scotland)?

    Swooping line of a car... go for it...
     
  9. Robotti macrumors regular

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    This has nothing to do with leading lines... but there is an 'S' there!

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  10. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    OOOft! that has got to hurt her feet surely?!
     
  11. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    Okay. Found one from years back. Might try a new photo tomorrow, but my son was home sick today, and my husband only worked half the day, so no time to really play.

    FB_April_03_2011_001.jpg
     
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    That’s a killer.
     
  16. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    Struggling a bit this week, and pretty sure I know the top two already!

    It does have an s curve in it!

    [​IMG]_DSC3309 by apple fanboy1, on Flickr
     
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    Closing this bad boy down tomorrow morning UK time so get them in if you want to torture me some more...
     
  18. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    If you want, we can all submit a second image.
     
  19. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Right I am calling it... back soon with my comments...
     
  20. kenoh thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    OK so I thought this one would be a topic that not many would go for. I may have been playing the “make it simple for the judge” game. That backfired in style. In a word, incredible. The images this week are as I keep saying, yet another step up in quality. Wow!

    So, onto the painfully difficult task of trying to give meaningful C&C on the images of people I aspire to be as good as.

    @stillcrazyman – Way to kick off this contest in style. This is exactly the image I had in mind when thinking of the topic. I love the sweeping curve and imagine taking the racing line through it in a 911. I think the tilted horizon gives it more punch and it is just lovely exposure and composition as we have come to expect from you.

    @Alexander.Of.Oz - Oh my word! Fabulous detail, gorgeous textures, spot on lighting and a willing subject. Fantastic moment in time captured to maximum effect with the strong S coming up through the neck. Wonderful. If I had to criticise something, and I am struggling to pick something here, I would say it is only the DoF, that maybe just maybe the feathers on the birds body could have been a tad sharper but actually as I sit here and type this, I don’t think this is really valid. Splendid.

    @Hughmac – Nice! Lovely sunset capture. I like how the gorgeous red light is captured in the grasses in the bottom left. The long sweeping road is beautiful and there is detail aplenty in the sky. I suppose my only wish in this would be to darken the grass and to have maybe found an angle that didn’t have the trees break up the curve. This is nitt picking though. Lovely.

    @rx7dude – A lovely image of another bird. What on earth is it? It looks like it has gorgeous colouring and plumage. I like the low key lighting. It is a shame the ripple pattern in the water wasn’t a little higher up to get more of the circles in. The image begs me to ask for more information about the setting. Was this a wander out with the bins and dash back for the camera? Or was it in captivity?

    @Janichsan – OK, not quite all of the S visible but a beautiful narrow street with character. I love shots like this. I suppose my obvious criticism has to be the lack of detail in the sky. It is begging for a gorgeous blue or late afternoon pink sky. Having said that, you have captured lovely detail in the frontings. These images always fascinate me as without a clue (like the motorbike) then they are timeless.

    @deep diver – Is this a macro of a semi-precious stone or is it a creative hue added to a puddle of ice maybe? Mysteries mysteries. I love the patterns that nature presents to us on a daily basis. There is a beauty to it in all shapes and forms. I like the pattern and the mind tries to make shapes in the pattern. A lovely capture, though a shame that the fault line is there on the right.

    @The Bad Guy – ahem! Nice. Bit too muscly for my liking. A lady should have smooth curves in my book. As always, a beautifully lit, wonderfully posed image of a pretty lady.

    @Robotti – Another, beautiful young lady. I like the low-key monochromatic effect in this one. The shadows give just the right amount of drama but it is painful looking at her toes. That has got to hurt!

    @mollyc – A double helix. The S curve of all S curves. DNA as a climbing frame. A lovely picture of a father helping his little girl make the step. The concentration on her face is fantastic and speaks to me having been in that position numerous times myself with my little ones. I think my only criticisms would be the image is tilted so would be better straightened and then dad’s hand is too close to the edge so it has been cut off.

    @anotherscotsman – Scalextric racing with trains on the L. Another nice example from the series but I think one of the others last week was stronger in composition. Fantastic crisp details, lovely position. Loittering in a car park (that’s right isn’t it?) is certainly delivering the goods in this shot. If I have to criticise it, it would be to have waited a half second longer so the left hand train was just separated from the building (I think I see the driver to give directionality).

    @oblomow – Well wow, Marylin. I hope that is the real name not you being cheeky! I certainly know why the name is used lol… I love the tones and the curves in this one. The changing reflections and the overall liquid feel of the statue is beautiful.

    @akash.nu – SQUIRREL!!!! Love squirrels. They are so cute, but as someone else on here will testify, they will give you a good hiding if you mess with them in a closed space. I lovely composition, lovely detail in its tail, a cheeky wee fella. Interesting post processing as the DoF looks a little strange. Have you been playing with it in photoshop to blur out the tree and make the Squirrel pop by making it the only thing sharp? There are some halos I think.

    @Mark0 – Wow! What on earth am I supposed to say about this image. The S curve in this is sublime. The leading line from foreground through the line of rocks to the distant island (is it Ailsa Craig) is just beautifully executed. I think for the brief, I would have liked more of the foreground rock in image to just make the bottom of the S more obvious, however, without the brief giving extra scrutiny, I just think it is a phenomenal image. This is proof Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on earth!

    @Apple fanboy – A lovely image of the valley. There is a lovely feel to this image and it is great to see you getting some air in your lungs. I know you struggle to make it happen. This is an image that makes the trip worth the effort. Lovely. I just wish that Nikon of yours could give you some depth of field to play with. The distant hill could maybe have done with a second exposure to blend with this one to get more detail front to back. Lovely, makes me want to get out there!


    OK, so some tough commenting, a lot of which I don’t feel qualified to make but this is just for fun so no harm. As usual you can all feel free to ignore me.


    The important bit however is the podium positions so here we go.


    3rd – @Alexander.Of.Oz

    2nd – @anotherscotsman

    1st – @Mark0


    So in closing, another great set of images. Thank you as always to everyone for submitting images. I hope you enjoyed the subject this week. Now over to @Mark0 for the next one.
     
  21. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    Thank you for the lovely comments, and congrats to MarkO for an unbeatable shot; the other two podiums for getting pretty close ;)

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     

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