Weekly Photo Contest (Jan 6th - Jan 13th) - Drink

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  1. firestarter macrumors 603

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    This week's challenge - Drink

    From a cup to tea to an intimate portrait of a single malt. From a bird table to a water reservoir. What does drink mean to you?


    previous contests here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=580184


    Starting now (6th Jan, 22:30 GMT) ending 13th Jan, 22:30 GMT


    Rules:

    1. You may enter only one photo.

    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 stamp)

    4. At the end of the week, The Judge (last weeks 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)

    Good luck, and cheers!
     
  2. mikshayne macrumors member

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    Bottled

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  3. magnetdoc13 macrumors newbie

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    A New Year's toast!

    Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
     

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  4. gnd macrumors 6502a

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  5. nomad01 macrumors 68000

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  6. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    Nectar - a hummingbird hawk-moth takes a drink.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    A neglected glass of water left to chill in the freezer
     

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  8. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    Let's get this party started

    ... great stuff here !!
    No Flash, High ISO :)
     

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  12. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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  13. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816

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    Birthday drink

    Nothing special but why not...some Irish coffee (Jameson of course!) for my bday

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  14. deep diver macrumors 65816

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    So much water. So little to drink.

    Cleveland, OH has had a full week of non-stop snow. The storms dumped about 3 feet in my part of the city. This was taken mid-week.
     

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  15. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys,im new to this forum.just want to join and share in this weekly photo contest.
    my share
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  16. maddagascar macrumors regular

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    newbie, but worth a shot and want to have fun! :)


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  17. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Was walking around a park by my house and was really thirsty. Only thing I came across was this.
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    I decided to stay thirsty and wait until I get home :p however, my camera broke like 10 shots after this (error 99 :confused:) so I had to go home anyway.
     
  18. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

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    This contest has now ended - no more entries please!!
     
  19. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

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    Some comments:

    mikshayne: I think this is a really effective composition. Great use of perspective, depth of field, colour. Sharp and well shot - fits the brief perfectly.

    magnetdoc13: Again, a well executed picture that makes great use of depth of field and colour. Nice and sharp - but I feel that the composition lets it down. Centering the glass as a subject robs the picture of interest, and the glass and straw feel truncated.

    gnd: I'm feeling a wonderful warmth from this picture - well done. Nice use of selective focus and colour. For me, the picture does lack a strong element that's in focus, and the background doesn't contrast enough with the subject (white would work better), but overall it's very effective.

    nomad01: Nice shot. I was in Rome this summer, and really identify with this... the city has drinking fountains on every street corner - carry an empty bottle and top up as you go! I feel the shot is a bit let down by the cluttered foreground and background - try to get in closer.

    Chappers: Good take on the competition topic. A well composed shot of a difficult subject. Improvements could be made both with the sharpness (the flower seems a little soft) and with the lighting - which is quite harsh (flash gun from above?). Good effort though.

    El_Cabong: I'm liking this - good subject matter, nice and sharp. Good lighting too, with the black background. Suggestions I would make would be to be careful about unwanted items in the picture (something hiding behind the glass?) and maybe take a look at the composition - I'm not sure that the blank space on the right adds to this.

    joepunk: Really like this. The child is an interesting subject for the picture - good and sharp. The drink looks enticing and really draws the viewer in. I love the interesting array of bottles and jars on the table. To criticise, where there's a person in a picture I would always make sure their eyes are clearly in focus. Sharpness here is OK, but focus was on the drink.

    liljohnny51: Simple and to the point. Who doesn't like a fresh cup of joe in the morning?

    flosseR: Lovely picture - the little guy is clearly in charge here. Going to be a handful when he grows up! :) Clearly an un-staged snap, I think you could make a few improvements to this in post processing. Although it's nice to have Mom(?) in the shot, her head's truncated, and that detracts. It would have been nice if a wider aperture had been used to make her more blurred. Personally I'd crop in on the little guy with a square composition, and increase the colour temperature to compensate for the warm tungsten light this was shot in.

    mpr131: A simple but effective composition. Nice use of selective focus - but with the full frame of a D700 I'd expect to see even better blurring of the background with the use of a wider aperture. I'd be inclined to crop in closer, edit out the distracting green sign and increase saturation a bit for more 'pop' to the image.

    JDDavis: Absolutely beautiful image. I think the composition works well, the background is suitably out of focus and neutral to really highlight the foreground. Nice and sharp too. I think you could boost the saturation on this a little... and a prime lens or a dedicated macro lens might give slightly better 'bokeh' to the background grass on the right hand side, but these are minor points.

    dmmcintyre3: Nice sunlit shot, lovely cat - good interpretation of the competition theme. For an animal picture, as with a human subject, the head and eyes are a natural central point - so it would have been good to take several photos of this scene to see if the cat would turn around, or bring its head out of shadow.

    OrangeCuse44: I'm liking it. Strong composition - great use of selective focus. Nice complementary colours. I can almost taste it!

    deep diver: Nice shot - sharp, good composition and well captured. I'm not feeling the 'drink' theme too strongly with this one though :)

    zildjansg: Great shot. Really sharp - this screams out 'drink' for me! Loads of detail and good lighting. If you shot RAW, and if your editing program allows (I know lightroom does), I'd be tempted to take some of the luminance and saturation out of those pink cones - they look a bit unreal, and distract a little from the photo.

    maddagascar: Technically this is interesting. You've shot up at ISO 3200 and at a long 1/8th of a second (I guess you've got IS on your lens, which is why the picture is sharp). I think it's good - by slowing the shutter right down it's a great way to highlight motion, which you've done well. I think it would benefit from a bit of work in 'post' - increase the colour temperature slightly to compensate for the very warm lighting, and maybe rotate 1/2 to 1 degree counter clockwise to correct the slight tilt.

    SmileItIsTravis: I'm a cat lover, so I can't get enough of cat pics :) . The cats eyes are in focus - great expression and makes for a good pic. I think there are two things you could do to make improvements here... be careful with background objects (the bird table looks like it's growing out of the side of the car). Even better, switch to aperture priority and choose the widest aperture possible to take those distractions out of focus and add a blur.

    Patriks7: I like this - it certainly says 'drink' to me! :) . I'd give you the same advice as SmileItIsTravis though - be careful to take notice of the background (in this case the trees are too similar in colour to the pipe, and the pipe therefore gets a little 'lost' in the picture). Either recompose with a more neutral background, or really open up the lens aperture to make the background blur.

    Well done all... some great shots here, which is going to make it difficult to decide a winner!
     
  20. firestarter thread starter macrumors 603

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    Third place: JDDavis
    I really like this picture - from the composition to the technical execution, I think it's very effective and it really embodies the theme 'drink'.

    Second place: mikshayne
    Wonderful composition, I feel like I'm there. Technically good, compositionally strong, great use of colour - well done.

    First place: joepunk
    Although I feel there are more technically accomplished photos in this week's contest, there's a great deal of humanity to this picture which makes it the winner for me. It reminds me of the sort of 'found lifestyle' type pictures taken by the Magnum agency photographer Martin Parr. Great subject, with lots of interesting background details.

    Well done joepunk... the contest is in your hands now!
     
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  22. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Thanks firestarter and great job judging. I agree that a nice prime or a macro would've improved the shot. Unfortunately I have neither at the moment but both are on my list. Actually the 105 2.8g Micro Nikkor is next on my list....some day.

    Looking forward to the next contest,
     
  23. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the comments :D I'll certainly give it a try next time I go there. For some reason I thought I shot it wide open, but looking at the data right now it was at f20. Looks like I'm still getting a bit lost with the "M" sometimes.
     

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