Weekly Photo Contest: Sep 15-22 (TEXTURES)

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  1. MCH-1138 macrumors 6502

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    This week's contest theme is "Textures" -- I'm thinking of photos that emphasize the texture in the subject (or perhaps even where the texture is the subject).

    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).
    The contest will close on September 22 at 7:30 AM GMT.
     
  2. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    Maintenance Shop 111
    by Alex, on Flickr

    The textures of the wall and the fading gritty piece of wood above the door drew me in to this scene. Then the door itself is a completely different texture than its surroundings.
     
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    Another image from my day at Western Reserve Historical Society's Hale Farm and Village. Taken with the Daguerreotype lens with an f/5.6 round aperture plate. This is a soft focus lens, with the softness increasing as the aperture size increases.

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  7. The Bad Guy macrumors 6502a

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    Yo dawg, I heard you liked textures, so I brought you some textures on textures dawg. Here, have some fur, some feathers, some satin, some skin...heck, I even threw in some netting.

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    Emma
    by Adam Campbell, on Flickr
     
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    IMG_0507.JPG May not be a full on texture, but I love the patina on the flaked rust on this drainage flap control wheel, at Ightam Mote, Kent.
     
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  10. MCH-1138 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Contest closed! I'll be back later on today with judging and comments.
     
  11. MCH-1138 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, everyone, for the entries -- quality stuff, as usual. Here are my amateur thoughts and comments:

    Wood can have so many amazing textures and there is plenty of variation here. I like the tight framing. I think the cut marks could be emphasized even more, maybe with some strong lighting across the surface and maybe a boost in clarity.

    Really a strong photo. Lots of different textures to take in from the rough wall and the peeling paint to the smooth(er) door. The composition really works for me, and I like the combination of colors.

    I think this is the type of image I had in mind when I posted the brief -- gritty and really inviting the viewer to reach out and feel the texture. Black and white works really well here and, again, the composition really works for me.

    Doll hair just waiting to be played with. I like the unusual perspective, but would consider cropping in even tighter so that the hair fills the entire frame. Something seems a little overcooked with the processing -- I’d dial back the saturation and sharpness.

    I like the experimentation with the Daguerreotype lens, although I think the soft focus works against you here in terms of texture. Looks like an interesting area to photograph.

    Another image that might have worked equally well for last week’s “Wood” theme. All sorts of interesting textures to explore. As much as there is going on across the frame, I like the balance created by the various highlights and shadows and how the focus starts to fall off. Again, I think black and white works really well here.

    Er, thanks, dawg! Another really strong photo with lots of different textures to take in, especially with the fur and its subtle highlights and shadows and rich colors. Texture-wise this image reminds me a little of this photo of yours from last year with the dark red sofa. Great lighting and great portrait, as usual.

    Welcome! Great patina on the control wheel. The rock and flowers are a bit distracting to my eye -- maybe consider cropping or reframing the shot to omit the rock starting just beyond the clamp?

    Grass just waiting to be touched. Nice bold color. The depth of field is a little too shallow for my taste, but I do like how you are using it to focus the eye on the narrow strip of grass.

    Yikes -- looks cold and prickly! My initial impression was that the image seemed a little underexposed or could use the white levels boosted, but I can see it working as a dark wintery day, as well, so I’m undecided. I also think this one could work well in black and white, but I like how the greens subtly creep through.

    Nicely done, and with the 200-500, no less! Great subject isolation and plenty of prickly texture. A little more depth of field might have kept the bristles at the top sharp without losing too much of the bokeh in the background.

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    Thanks again, everyone, for participating. Without further adieu...

    3rd: kenoh
    2nd: AlexH
    1st: The Bad Guy


    Over to you, dawg...
     
  12. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Great topic and great entries guys! Well done everyone. Thanks for the podium finish and congrats to The BG...
     
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    Thanks @MCH-1138 for the weeks contest, judging and feedback. Congrat's to the winners.
     
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    Very nice pictures everybody. I really like the black/white bricks one.
    You mentioned that you recommend I use something like a bright light across or boost in clarity. But I didn't want to fake the picture and photoshop it, stick to it's natural light. A compromise I am okay with. :) I understand what you say though, and I am glad your feedback was not 'this is just .. no, just die'. ;)
     
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    Thanks for your comments. Great judging. Congratulations GB
    Can't wait to see what he comes up with.
     
  17. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Thank you for the nod. The brick wall caught my eye as the rendering was coming away and I thought it was a nice contrast of the textures.
     
  18. The Bad Guy macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the nod, dawg. Quite surprised to be honest. Although I did give you a lot of textures...and a hot chick.

    Anyway, new competition is up, y'all gonna hate it. ;)
     
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    Yup! I can never decide on my 10 best!
    I'll give it my best shot.
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    Well done everyone. I was out looking for a mushroom to shoot but didn't find one. However as Mrs AFB was with me (a rarity), I left my macro lens at home (hence the weird choice of glass!).
    Great feedback to.
     
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    Guess!!!
     

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    Pretty sure this contest from last year is closed!
     

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