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Marko
10-25-2010, 11:27 AM
It's time to think of next month.

One idea I had was 'show where you live'. We have people from all over the world and I thought it would be neat to have an assigment for them to show where they live. The idea is open to interpretation but I think it should convey some info to the viewer about what it's like to live in, say, Sri Lanka.

just a thought.

What about;
-yellow
-surprise
-body parts

I was going to suggest an iron photographer type of assignment (A combination of three elements). Looks like Marko beat me to it.
Wow Marko that is an interesting combination you suggested.

I'm all about yellow this month

Maybe a fall theme? The colors should be gorgeous this time of year in the trees and sunsets... Especially up there in Canada with all them maple trees I wish I was back up in Vancouver...

Maybe a Yellow/red/oranage theme?

How about composing a shot with opposing colors of the color wheel. These are just a few ideas I can conjure up after studying... I'm running on mental fumes :)

actually what i suggested were 3 different choices. We also have a 'level2' photography assignment for harder assignments.

Please remember the theme with the most support becomes the theme so feel free to show support for what was suggested or suggest new possibilities.

many thx!
Marko

a thread related to a season is difficult as we have people from all over. it is now spring in Australia, for example.

The other one I thought of was emotion not necessarily involving people. Portray an emotion or emote a feeling using either live or inanimate objects, or via processing.

How about "Time" - no clocks.


What about;
-yellow
-surprise
-body parts

One could get in trouble with this combo

I like time no clocks for the level 2 assignment.


Portray an emotion or emote a feeling using either live or inanimate objects, or via processing. very cool +1

Just curious do members think we should have a separate thread for regular versus level 2 assignment suggestions?


Just curious do members think we should have a separate thread for regular versus level 2 assignment suggestions?
I think it might make things less confusing if we do.

I'm open to all ideas but I still think the level 2 should be not just different but a challenge on the first. For instance, if the regular challenge was "time" then the level 2 would be "time - no clocks". This would make the level 2s harder. That lets those of us who are not so great work towards the level 2 but if we don't feel we've achieved it we can enter the regular level 1. Do I make sense?

I like your thinking on this Iggy, it makes a lot of sense to link the two.


It's time to think of next month.

One idea I had was 'show where you live'. We have people from all over the world and I thought it would be neat to have an assigment for them to show where they live. The idea is open to interpretation but I think it should convey some info to the viewer about what it's like to live in, say, Sri Lanka.

just a thought.

I like Bambi's Idea!


I'm open to all ideas but I still think the level 2 should be not just different but a challenge on the first. For instance, if the regular challenge was "time" then the level 2 would be "time - no clocks". This would make the level 2s harder. That lets those of us who are not so great work towards the level 2 but if we don't feel we've achieved it we can enter the regular level 1. Do I make sense?

I like this as well. That way the assignments will always be related.

what do others think?

I do not see why they need to be related myself. For instance "time, no clocks" is not much different from "time" as I don't expect that if 'time" were chosen we would see 30 photos of clocks, anyway. Also it could be something a little more advanced, like say an HDR creation or creative edit photo.


I do not see why they need to be related myself. For instance "time, no clocks" is not much different from "time" as I don't expect that if 'time" were chosen we would see 30 photos of clocks, anyway. Also it could be something a little more advanced, like say an HDR creation or creative edit photo.

Maybe my example was a little overly simplistic, however, the gist of it is that the regular monthly challenge be straightforward so that everyone can participate and have a chance at being successful with it. The level 2 challenge should mean that you have to bring something extra to the table to participate and be successful. Maybe the level 2 requires panning which is a skill not everyone has been able to do well or maybe it's a lighting challenge for those with the right gear to participate. Whatever the level 2 is I would like to see it linked so that one can aim for the level 2 but if you can't quite make it then your effort is not wasted as it will fit into the regular challenge.

Having two separate and distinct challenges like this month, "What's in your scrap?" and "Selective Focus" just gives me two challenges to work on and makes it easier for me to get confused about what I'm doing. The level 2 challenge should make me have to go the extra distance to get the shot or why bother to call it level two?

I really don't see how this month's selective focus is a "level 2" challenge. I take a photo with some things in focus and other things not in focus. Did I do it well? Do I really understand what "selective focus" means? I think the challenge should do more than just give us a topic to shoot but should rather get us to push our boundaries a little bit - not that I'm any good at that

Anywho, that's my

Likin' Bambi's idea of show where you live. It will not only be a challenge of the month, but give others a way to relate to who we are through our surroundings/areas in which we reside. Maybe for the level two you could take something that some may find mundane/normal from your immediate surroundings, and make it artistic through manipulation/Post-processing technique.

IMO this is starting to sound much more complicated and over-thought than it needs to be.
I personally like it the way it is now. I guess I will leave it as when the decision is made as to what route to take just post the topics and I will take part when able.

I prefer it of course when we all can agree on these themes...but when we can't, as Admin I'm prepared to 'make the call' so we can move forward.

I hope members are okay with that.

So the way i calculate it...
The theme "Show us where you live" is the regular assignment and Time, no clocks is the level 2 assignment.

Thanks!
Marko

Marko
11-01-2010, 11:20 AM
Hi everyone! The suggestion posts have been merged and the theme this month is show us where you live. Of course you can shoot your front door, but you could also shoot other aspects of where you live i.e your community, park, backyard etc. Okay then, who will post first?

aubintbay
11-01-2010, 12:50 PM
Here are a couple of pics of the Sleeping Giant and one of the several grain elevators taken just before sunst. These are all taken down at Thunder Bays waterfront.

Wicked Dark
11-01-2010, 01:04 PM
Although it's called the Manchester airport, a lot of it is actually in Londonderry where I live.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/4032175740_d450cd900b_o.jpg

We have a lot of apple orchards which are a lot of fun to shoot -

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2677/4362513062_90b5951294_z.jpg

We have some old cemeteries, too -

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2485/4098991896_2d37fde534_z.jpg

And our conservation area called the Musquash is my surrogate back yard -

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/4364988031_a04bb03884_z.jpg

This is the end of my street -

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2698/4288243461_a4b53b7794_z.jpg

and a bird on my bath -

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3413/3486325647_22ea6b9a0a_z.jpg?zz=1

I'll have to see what else is out there.

Marko
11-01-2010, 01:25 PM
What a beautiful set and excellent start Wd!

Richard
11-01-2010, 04:51 PM
Here are the cross roads looking across into Congleton high street

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Marko
11-01-2010, 05:13 PM
Wow, really cool image there Richard!

Iguanasan
11-01-2010, 10:02 PM
What a beautiful set and excellent start Wd!

It is a nice set, WD, but Marko, you missed aubintbay who actually started the thread with the sleeping giant and grain elevator. Nice to see everyone jumping into the throng including Richard with his cross roads.

Donna
11-01-2010, 10:12 PM
Nice shots , aubintbay , Wicked Dark and Richard . :) ... Very interesting to see!

Marko
11-02-2010, 01:06 PM
woops I did miss aubintbay's set - nice set, i really dig the grain elevator shot!

Bambi
11-02-2010, 08:18 PM
I chose this photo because to me, it sums up the older attitude of Nova Scotians: it's not dead until it's dead. If you have a shack and it's leaning prop it up with a 2 x 4 wedged against a stump and it will be good a few more decades. I loved how the shed is actually bending around the board. :)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/5140866753_5d2e5d5383_b.jpg

kat
11-02-2010, 09:12 PM
Very sweet so far! Here the first of hopefully a couple

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1054/5141610964_9745e84c23_b.jpg

Iguanasan
11-02-2010, 10:31 PM
I chose this photo because to me, it sums up the older attitude of Nova Scotians: it's not dead until it's dead. If you have a shack and it's leaning prop it up with a 2 x 4 wedged against a stump and it will be good a few more decades. I loved how the shed is actually bending around the board. :)

Come on, now, Bambi. A 2 x 4 would only have lasted a couple of years. The 2 x 8 that they are using there will definitely last a couple of extra decades. I mean, it's twice as strong, eh? ;)

Bambi
11-03-2010, 07:27 AM
Come on, now, Bambi. A 2 x 4 would only have lasted a couple of years. The 2 x 8 that they are using there will definitely last a couple of extra decades. I mean, it's twice as strong, eh? ;)

I stand corrected. :rolleyes:;)

aubintbay
11-03-2010, 12:20 PM
He!he!he!! Thanks for the compliments there Marko and Iggy....much appreciated.

Kat. Nice shot there.:thumbup: The colors are great and the light on the moss on that tree neat. When I look at this pic I can can see it poster-sized on my rec room wall:).

aubintbay
11-03-2010, 12:22 PM
OOps!! Really....I don't can-can.

Marko
11-03-2010, 02:16 PM
Really nice additions bambi and kat!

Bambi
11-07-2010, 08:14 AM
this relentless rain has made it difficult to get out and take pictures. But this is one I took on Oct 31 so I'm putting it in. It's a shot of a lobster boat at anchor in a harbour. I processed it this way as I believe that it shows how close we are to the past in NS. Traditional industries in NS are fishing and logging.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/5152666330_045ccd7a78_b.jpg

Iguanasan
11-07-2010, 10:48 AM
Bravo!! What a wonderful capture.

Iguanasan
11-07-2010, 11:03 AM
Spring Garden Road, Halifax. This is where I live...

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edG
11-07-2010, 03:08 PM
a few of shots from around town from the car - the first is Fallsview Ave. (shot through the windshield balanced on the steering wheel,parked), where the newest casino is, the second is Queen St. and the final is a shot of the new casino's rotunda

light50
11-07-2010, 11:56 PM
Completed in 1834 and consecrated in 1838, St. Luke's is Burlington's oldest church
Time permitting, I will post more pictures of Burlington...

aubintbay
11-08-2010, 12:16 PM
I haven't posted in a few days and you guys are getting ahead of me here.
Nice shots Bambi. The picture of the shed being propped up says alot. I like it. I also liked the old photo treatment of the boat anchored in the bay.

Iguanasan......nice to see some of the local sites like that. You're giving me some ideas.

Edg.... the night shots are great. Looks like a busy place at night.

Light50.... nice views of the church. Looks like a very nice spot and nicely done.

Marko
11-08-2010, 03:36 PM
Nice additions Bambi, iggy, ed and light50!

Peter
11-08-2010, 05:26 PM
I love this it’s like taking a tour around the world from my home.

kat
11-09-2010, 11:17 AM
hahaha..I got one without realizing I got one :P Last nights sunset I would of loved to have been able to shoot. This shot is taken from my steps/

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1068/5161116083_d87846d3c0_b.jpg

kat
11-10-2010, 01:29 PM
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1438/5164826008_8ca44c24c3_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5164220765_df6fc758c8_b.jpg

Iguanasan
11-10-2010, 02:10 PM
Very nice additions, kat.

Bambi
11-10-2010, 08:27 PM
we've been having record rainfall this week. I took the dogs to our usual trail for a walk. Part way along I came upon this:
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so what do you think? Did I keep going or head back to the car? :confused:

Iguanasan
11-10-2010, 08:58 PM
I know I'd be heading back to the car unless I had taken hip waders! :)

asnow
11-10-2010, 09:03 PM
I've seen on the TV the terrible flooding and your picture really shows what you are having to endure. I assume that is a road under all that water.

Andrew
11-10-2010, 09:32 PM
Whether your a resident or tourist there's two places everyones been. The parliment buildings are lit up every night. The walkway to the lighthouse at Ogden Point is usually packed but as you can see, it was closed today.

Bambi
11-11-2010, 08:21 AM
I know I'd be heading back to the car unless I had taken hip waders! :)
lol I did have on my rubber boots so kept going. I was rethinking that when the water reached within an inch of the top but by then I was more then halfway through so I kept going.

I've seen on the TV the terrible flooding and your picture really shows what you are having to endure. I assume that is a road under all that water.
snow this is a trail that was created when they pulled up all the railway lines. they maintain the old lines are trails for recreation. normally there's a 2 foot drop on either side with wetland on either side.

Bambi
11-14-2010, 08:42 PM
Andrew- those parliament buildings are neat. I took this at the nov 11 ceremony. in a small town everyone comes to the cermony- why block the street with barricades when you can use a firetruck? And of course, the truck attracts children to look at it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4126/5177085126_fc735a4ab2_z.jpg

Iguanasan
11-16-2010, 07:44 PM
The Halifax Public Gardens' Bandstand had the roof replaced with this red fiberglass roof in the 1970s. Monday was the last day of 2010 for that roof as they are replacing it with copper while the park is closed over the winter months to give it a more authentic Victorian style.

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asnow
11-16-2010, 07:48 PM
Hi Iggy. I don't know if it is just me. You picture is not showing up.

Iguanasan
11-16-2010, 07:53 PM
Thanks. All fixed up! :)

QuisutDeus
11-17-2010, 02:40 AM
I live on the outskirts of Phoenix where there is still farmland. About this time of the year the local farmers grow these fields of flowers. It's a site to see driving by with the windows open and smelling the fragrance.

Iguanasan
11-17-2010, 07:10 AM
Looks like a very beautiful place and this is an interesting composition. If you get a chance to shoot it again, you might want to try it when the light isn't quite as harsh so the colour will be a little more lush. It looks a tad washed out.

mbrager
11-17-2010, 11:58 PM
I just spent an hour shoveling snow off our driveway. Thanks for the picture and the reminder that there is better weather. Mike

light50
11-20-2010, 07:50 PM
The boardwalk at Spencer Smith Park, developed in 1967

Iguanasan
11-20-2010, 08:32 PM
What a fine looking walkway and park!

rabs
11-21-2010, 12:22 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5190232628_baae89ef49_b.jpg

This is where i currently live. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. This old miner barrack has been fixed to house technology and geoscience students specializing in Arctic topics. At 78 degrees north the climate is very harsh, but some times it is really nice with northern lights.

This picture shows a lone barrack alone in the beautiful Arctic wilderness.

jude01
11-21-2010, 04:34 PM
This is where I live ... Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island.
This is one of the marina's

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l189/selenaxrt123/Selena%20Rhodes%20Scofield%20Photography/marina.jpg

The Fish Market

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l189/selenaxrt123/Selena%20Rhodes%20Scofield%20Photography/fishmarket.jpg

And a sun set from behind my house in the school field

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l189/selenaxrt123/Selena%20Rhodes%20Scofield%20Photography/whitecloudHDRfinal.jpg

Bambi
11-21-2010, 05:15 PM
wow guys!
Light: I've never been to Burlington but it looks nice. I love the walkway.
Rabs: your location is incredible. I would love to visit there (but I doubt I could live there).
Jude: I love the sunset shot. very nice clouds.

Iguanasan
11-21-2010, 06:48 PM
rabs, wow! It's like looking through a window. Very nice :) Had to nominate it! Cheers :)

Iguanasan
11-21-2010, 07:32 PM
I live where friendship lives.

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Marko
11-23-2010, 11:37 AM
Wow - Loving seeing all these images!
Here's one that sort of defies the (local aspect of the) theme. It's a pic taken on the Way to Jasper Alberta from a fast pickup...
Even though I'm from Montreal, QC - I consider myself a proud Canadian as well as a proud Quebecer!
So this shot shows that i live in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, Canada!
I have another local shot that I'll post soon as well.

Marko
11-23-2010, 02:15 PM
Here's a local one - Montreal Skyline at night.
What do I hate about this photo? The fact that i forgot my tripod.
What do I like most about it? The fact that I jacked the ISO to 10,000 and I can live with it.

Bambi
11-23-2010, 04:25 PM
wow Marko- that's lovely.

asnow
11-23-2010, 05:48 PM
Wow Marko. That amazing for ISO 10,000. Must be nice to be able to jack your ISO that high. My rebel has a max of 1600 and at that it is very noisy.

Iguanasan
11-23-2010, 08:08 PM
I agree, wow! 10,000 ISO. I hit 800 and I don't like the noise I end up with. :(

Iguanasan
11-23-2010, 08:12 PM
A couple of more photos from where I live

Graffiti Stairs

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Refinery

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mbrager
11-27-2010, 12:00 AM
After a week of -20 degree weather, today was a Chinook day, clear skies, melting snow, and +6 degrees. This hilly neighborhood, Bankview, overlooks the downtown, but there are a lot of homes, trees and power lines to give a photographer nightmares. Mike

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5210326531_cc3fb6e387_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5210340123_869254cf50_b.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5009/5210927530_87111e5850_b.jpg

phonehom
11-28-2010, 12:14 PM
Show us where you live...

A short paddle From where I live...
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...Capital city, Nova Scotia
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(sorry for cheating -- I'm new to the forums, so am using photos on hand from my wallpaper folder.)

Bambi
11-28-2010, 04:42 PM
hey! another nova scotian!!!! :thumbup:
Welcome

Iguanasan
11-28-2010, 07:21 PM
Show us where you live...
A short paddle From where I live...

...Capital city, Nova Scotia


Welcome to the forums, fellow Nova Scotian.

Richard
11-29-2010, 01:14 PM
A couple more.
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first dusting of snow this weekend, with more to come. (nothing compared to what some of you guys are used to though :D)
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