Weekly Photo Contest (Oct 14-21): US History

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    Welcome to this weeks photo contest thread!

    In the spirit of Columbus Day, this week's theme is US History. Please feel free to interpret the subject matter in any way you like. It's always fun to see how creative others are when they pick their subject for the weekly theme!

    REVISION: SORRY BUT AS A MACRUMORS BLOG NEWBIE I COMPLETELY DISCOUNTED THE FACT THAT THIS IS A GLOBAL CONTEST. ESPECIALLY SORRY TO OUR MANY UK PARTICIPANTS. UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIMITED SUBJECT MATTER AVAILABLE RELATED TO US HISTORY, THIS WEEKS THEME WILL BE HOME COUNTRY HISTORY. THAT WAY THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ENTERED THIS WEEK'S CONTEST WILL BE UNAFFECTED. AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONFUSION AND INCONVENIENCE!

    Rules:
    You may only submit one photo per contest.

    Please do not comment or use voting button on photos until after the judging has taken place.

    The contest runs for exactly 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. (Judge has 24 hours to make decision).

    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)
     
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    Ah, it's always good to see people conforming so closely to their national stereotypes...

    Right, back to my book...

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    I believe that we can all agree that Yosemite is a piece of US History, considering its role as a foundational element in the US National Park system. Here we have some of that lovely trademark Yosemite granite.


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    Fort Michilimackinac - It may not technically qualify as US History, since it was first a French and then British fort before they abandoned it in 1783. I'll let the judge decide. :)

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    The Mullet

    Perhaps it wasn't us who invented it, but we sure embraced it.

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    Mullet by drtruett, on Flickr
     
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    Historical spots around Louisville, Kentucky. Thomas Edison house, Confederate Soldier monument, and site of the original Galt House.

    **Don't vote me into the contest. Just sharing in case someone was interested. Topic related.
     

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    Fall's Guardian

    Taken last Saturday in New Ulm, MN at an Octoberfest celebration. Sony NEX-6.
     

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    Taken at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial outside Rome (circa 2011). Hand shot panorama stitched with Hugin.
     

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    Cabot Tower, Signal Hill - St. John's Newfoundland:

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    While I now live in Toronto, Canada, it has not always been this way. To cover some non-English speaking ground, here goes my entry for Greece.

    The temple Erechtheion in Acropolis, with the modern city of Athens in the background.

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    The Long House , Mesa Verde

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    Safety Harbor, FL. A small, but absolutely gorgeous town, right in the heart of Tampa Bay.


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    St. Peter's Basilica

    St. Peter's Basilica within Vatican City. Designed by, among others, Michelangelo and Bernini.

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    This Week's Contest

    Well the week's photo contest is officially over. Thank you for your many wonderful entries. I will post the results within the hour.
     
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    Results of this Week's Contest

    I love the concept of this contest. Just because one person liked my photo a bit more than they did everyone else’s, qualifies me as the judge of the next weeks contest! How much fun is that? Thank you all for your many wonderful photos. Every morning I would look at the previous day’s postings and write critiques on those photos. That way I could spend more time reviewing each image.

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    pmxperience – I love that you interpret US History with photo of Corvettes! The Corvette itself is an iconic image of American manufacturing and one of the longest running US car models. The subject is easily evident and I like the way it is placed in the frame. My eye is drawn by the endless line diagonal line of vehicles. I do like your position directly on the road. I don’t feel like a spectator on the curb but rather feel like I stand a better chance of being run over. The focus is nicely done so that background distractions are kept to a minimum. My eye is draw a bit to the bright green street signs. There is probably little you might have done about that unless you could reposition yourself somewhere else along the route. This photo would make a nice banner for a website by cropping it right above the car tops.

    AlexH – Nothing is probably taken for granted more in the US as the right to vote. I like the “Vote Here” sign because it is bit tattered, possibly a symbol of a battered but still standing political system. The subject is unmistakable and even more prominent due to its bright red color. You took time to get the camera angle so that you were on the same level as the sign. Focus is nicely done so the blurred political signs in the background provide a bit of interest. If there is any improvement to be made, you might have considered slightly elevating the camera so that the people in the background would become slightly more visible or even dropped even lower and had the people and political signage below the “Vote Here” sign.

    sidefx – Thank you for sharing your stirring photograph. Also, thank-you for providing an photo excellent lesson! Upon arriving at a point of interest, I have stood in a line of people taking photos until I arrive at the front of the crowd where quickly snap a half-dozen pictures which all look alike and probably look like those that everyone before me took. You took the time to carefully examine your surroundings and think about how you could tell a story. Your photo was most likely taken mid-day however the texture on the rusted ruins are excellent and the flag has a nice “out-focus” level. If there is a weakness in the image it is that without a title, it would be difficult to know exactly what we are looking at. Still, it is an excellent and well executed photo and would make a nice cover for a photo book.

    Doylem – And now, for something completely different.. With so many Brits on this blog it would be difficult to not stumble upon someone with a sense of humor. Whilst you came away with nil on originality the composition is brilliant! Your photo seems a bit over processed to the point that the people appear almost cartoonish, however I must say The Price of Wales has never looked better. As a follow-up, I might suggest the author’s other offering, “The Big Book of Underweight Americans.” It’s a quick read. Cheers!

    twitch31 – Large structures are difficult to photograph and the Lincoln Memorial is no exception. Oftentimes you are so close you can only capture a portion or you move back far enough to capture the entire memorial that it almost disappears in the landscape. I believe you have done an excellent job with your image. Most people simply stop at the bottom steps of the memorial and snap a photo. You walked around it, used a wide angle lens so you could get close enough to capture the entire massive structure. You need to be careful here that the wide angle lens and the low viewing angle does not distort the structure to the point you get a keystone effect. This is noticeable in the left side of the building in your photo and is a bit distracting. This distortion can be corrected with Photoshop or probably with other editing software. The subject is placed against a high contrast sky. I believe big things look good against a big sky because they don’t get “lost” and this image demonstrates that. The sky adds so much drama that this would be a so-so photo without it. I’m not sure if this is an HDR image or not but regardless it is very effective. Nicely done twitch31!

    sim667 – Now that’s a photo that oozes with history complimented by fantastic natural lighting, warm colors and textures. I’m impressed that you found an intimate area to photograph in the cavernous York Minster and didn’t get caught up taking only photos of the expansive public areas. I’m drawn to the light coming from the partially open doorway. You nailed the difficult exposure as it would have been easy to overexpose the room behind the door or underexpose the outer hallway. I love reflections from the worn stone floor and the brass on the wall, although it looks like your reflection appears in the engraved brass plate. It’s difficult to say if you could have moved enough to not appear while still maintaining the same approximate camera angle. Regardless, that’s a pretty small detail in very nice image.

    Evil Spoonman – Yes. It would be hard to argue Yosemite’s place in US history. It’s also easy to see a deep geographic history in the weathered rocks in your photo. Your photo appears to be taken mid-day. The deep textures of natural features including rock faces are greatly accentuated by the warm horizontal light of early morning and late day. Sometimes as we travel we are not afforded the luxury of being at these fantastic locations at the ideal photographic time. Also, when I look at your photo, it is difficult for me to grasp the size of the rocky slope. You might have considered including a climber or hiker to provide a scale of the slope and a bit of drama. I did enjoy your image and am jealous as I have not had the opportunity to visit Yosemite. Also, you get first place for the best MacRumors username.

    MacRy - Often times in this weekly photo contest as I scan the many entries there is one that jumps off the screen. Two weeks back it was Parkin Pig’s Times Square photo. A couple weeks before that it was Schtumple’s composite Man on the Hill image. Your Underground image this week was the one that caught my eye. The drama of the overhead lighting, the pattern of the windows, and the highly contrasted platform with the deep window wells. There are many “rules” of composition but quite simply, does the culmination of elements in the photograph add to the overall effectiveness or do they detract. In this image they all come together. However what makes this photo most enjoyable to me is not just its mood but the people. They are such a small part of the photograph but such a large part of the story. If I were to find a flaw in the image, I think the security cameras are a bit of a distraction. Thank-you MacRy for sharing your photo.

    Keleko – The French and British influence on US history is undeniably important. Of course this photo qualifies! Your photograph is composed quite nicely and the release of the shutter timed perfectly to capture both the chamber and muzzle smoke discharge. Although not unpleasing, I find the background a bit distracting. You might have considered shooting with a wide-open lens. This would give the photo a less flat and more 3-dimensional appearance. Personally, I might have zoomed very tight so this would be a head & shoulders shot. Good photo though.

    truettray – We may not like to admit it but yes, there’s a little Billy Ray in all of us. Probably not the brightest moment in American grooming history but no the less important. Actually your photo is nicely framed. The background is out of focus but not so much that you cannot tell it is a graduation ceremony. Possibly beautician school? Regardless, thank you for sharing!

    LuckyDuck69 – Thank-you for sharing a bit of the rich history of Louisville (or Luhvullogg if you are a local). The Thomas Edison home is small but also a duplex! The Gault House has a rich Civil War history. I have driven through Louisville on many occasions but until today was unaware of these sites. I enjoy your photos LuckyDuck.

    Ambulater – Your photo is a bit of a mystery. There is a portion of what appears to be a memorial or some other imposing structure that you are standing below and trees in the background. Possibly a public park? The camera angle accentuates the size of the structure and the autumn trees break-up the vast expanse of sky. As far as any improvements on the photo, it appears to be taken during the mid-day sun. This makes for a beautiful blue sky however the trees are a bit overexposed. Their colors would be even more dramatic in the early morning or late day. Thank you for sharing your photo Ambulater. If possible, please share the name or a little history about the structure.

    astroboy907 – This is a very nice photo, well exposed and composed. I cannot suggest any improvements to camera position or angle. The sprinklers in the background are a bit of a distraction however there is probably little you could have done to eliminate this. I like the photo and would do little or nothing to change it but I would like to play around with other shots of this area. Maybe a tight close-up of one cross with a lens opening that would blur the background crosses with an angle that would eliminate all of the background trees. Regardless, this is a well done photograph.

    Cheese&Apple – I enjoy photos that have a “mood” and your image is a good example. The dreary sky, the rocky landscape and the stone tower all contribute to a cold atmosphere in the photo. The black & white treatment also works well with the contrast of the dark tower against the overcast sky. Even in my favorite photos, I always think of things I might change. In this case, during processing, I might darken the upper left corner of the sky a bit so that it isn’t such a flat gray and to balance the image a bit. It wouldn’t greatly improve the photo but I always like to tweak things a bit. Wonderful photo Cheese, or Apple, whoever took the photo!

    themumu – It would difficult to argue that Greece does not command a prominent spot in history. I like the contrast between modern day Athens and ancient Greece in your photo. The photo includes some additional ruins in the foreground and is nicely balanced. The temple contrasts well against the bright blue Greek sky (I have yet to see a photo from Greece that the sky isn’t abnormally blue). There is a steel post in the lower left of your photo which makes it appear that you were rather restricted with your composition. It disappoints me when you are not allowed to poke around for atypical camera positions and are relegated to the “tour” path. Nice photo. Makes me wish I could someday visit this beautiful country.

    someoldguy – We would miss a key element of US history if we didn’t recognize the rich heritage of our native Americans and the Pueblo people. I’ve seen many photos of Mesa Verde but they are typically in color, showing off the rich yellow sandstone and bright blue Colorado sky. You provide a black & white image which provides an undistracted interpretation of the amazing architectural detail. This was a tricky exposure with many deep shadow areas transitioning to the bright sun-lit space. However you pulled it off quite well as details are not lost in the shadows nor blow-out in the sunny area. The progressive layers of shadows to sunlight provide depth to the photograph. A good photo for someoldguy!

    fireman32 – This is a nice photo of what appears to be a working grist mill. A quite stream, wonderful textures on the wood mill and rocky outcropping set on a backdrop of beautiful fall colors. It almost feels like that today where I live. There is good detail in the photo and everything appears very natural with the exception of the sky. As in many of my HDR photos, the sky has turned a bit muddy and the outline of the tree tops a bit unnatural (especially the tree directly above the mill). HDR often takes more patience and experience that I have. Regardless of the details, I like your grist mill photo and would love to see a series of images from this angle, each taken at different seasons of the year.

    Die RoZ – Safety Harbor is a quaint area nestled in Tampa and while tourists flock to the beach, these areas provide great spots for photography. Thank-you for posting your clock photo. I like that you filled the frame with the subject. It isn’t a too difficult to figure out that you took your photo at 11:10am on a bright Florida day. This photo might have been better suited for the warm light of early morning or better yet during the dramatic “blue hour” just after sunset.

    filmbufs – Yours is a beautiful photo of St. Peter’s Basilica. Not just because it showcases the amazing style and huge scale of the structure but it radiates this history of this architectural masterpiece. The layers of light and shadows give the photo depth. I really like the angle at which this photo was taken. Although the cross is one of the smaller details in the room, it looks like you took time to carefully position the light behind it so that my eye is immediately drawn to the subject. Sometimes I get tired of sepia tone photographs but I do like the treatment in this photo. To me, if there is a distraction, it is the large serpentine column on the left side of the photo. In a way it is good that it is there to block the second light from overtaking the photo. Well executed photo.

    JDDavis – Your Jefferson Memorial photo is feast of colors. Like many of the better photos entered this week I can tell you “worked” hard for this photo. Probably up before sunrise lugging your camera and tripod around the DC mall can be fun but it’s still a lot of work. However it’s also good to see when your effort pays-off. Personally, as with many photographs of water, it troubles me when the waterline isn’t perfectly horizontal. I see many images where the artist has intentionally placed the horizon at an angle and it does not bother me (only with water). Nice photograph JD!

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    As I do not have the credentials to accurately “judge” the quality of each and every photo I will use the purely subjective method of picking this week’s winner based solely on what I like.

    My third favorite photo(s): sidefx, Twitch31, Cheese&Apple, someoldguy – I know, this might appear as though I am evading a decision but I like all of the photos. The thought and effort that was put into each one is evident.

    My second favorite photo: filmbufs – A well planned and nicely executed photo.

    My favorite photo of the week: MacRy – I love it when a photographer sees something inspiring in everyday life. A train station, bus stop, restaurant or street corner.
     
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    Thank you for your feedback and choosing me as this week's winner. It's my second time winning and I'm as surprised by it as I was the first time as the entries are always so good. My particular favourite this week was the Corvettes. A really clever interpretation of the brief and I'm a bit of a car but to be honest :)

    I occasional use Baker Street station when attending London for meetings and always take my camera but never seem to get a shot I like there. That particular day however I lucked out with the people there as every alcove had a person in it and it just took a short walk to get the person standing in front of one of his own. I really liked the eye contact for the first three people and that's why I didn't crop the CCTV cameras out as I liked the idea of me watching them, them watching me and someone secretly watching us all. Plus it gave a nice juxtaposition against the old architecture.

    Thanks again and I'll get another competition up and running in a little while.
     
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    Thanks very much jkramerbob for the outstanding job you’ve done with judging…much appreciated!

    Well done to all for the great shots and congrats to MacRy for the beautiful shot and the win.

    My shot of the Cabot Tower - St. John’s Newfoundland, is an attempt at a historical recreation of a view of an important part of Canada’s history.

    This is the RAW image out of camera:

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    And this is the image after 11 adjustments including over 2,100 strokes of cloning-out unwanted objects that appeared around the tower over the last few decades for the tourists.

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    I don’t recommend this to everyone but it was fun to push my limits of processing.
     

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