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      02-17-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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Exclamation Official BimmerPost Photo Contest #31: Pick 3

Official BimmerPost Photo Contest #31: Pick 3

BACKGROUND:

So, I picked this unusual and broader theme because I hope that more photogs (amateur or pro) can submit to this contest. Perhaps that was wishful thinking on my part... we'll see. I also wanted to steer your submissions towards taking new photos, as opposed to digging through your archives. The ice is finally thawing outside and hopefully spring is around the corner, but this theme gives plenty of room to think creatively indoors as well. I'm interested to see which "3" you come up with.

THEME:

The theme for this contest is to photograph 3 objects that begin with the same letter of the alphabet in a single photo or in a triptych. If you do a triptych, you must make sure that the objects relate to one another in some way, so it doesn't seem disjointed. These objects must be nouns (e.g. places, things). We do not want adjectives (words that describe a noun), verbs (words that express action), or proper nouns (e.g. people's/pet's names).

As a caveat, you may not simply use 3 of the same objects, like 3 pens or 3 pillows. They must be different! Remember, don't clutter your photo with objects that don't fit this theme. Also, to help in the judging process, title your submissions with the names of the 3 objects.

Examples of allowable objects in the same photo:
beans, berries, bowls
straw, string, salt
pens, paper, pencils

Examples of objects not allowed in the same photo:
seth, strawberry, stone <--- (proper noun violation)
bunny, bouncing, ball <--- (verb violation)
black, barn, boar <--- (adjective violation)

Now here is where it gets interesting. Choose the 3 objects based on what you can creatively photograph. Only photos that meet the required conditions above will be considered for the contest. As far as judging goes, I envision that the photos should be judged on creativity, technical merit, and composition.

Remember, be creative with your composition! As an example, obviously anyone can take a photo of a straw, piece of string, and a salt shaker. That would be boring if you just laid them out on your kitchen counter. But, what I would do is tape the piece of string inside the straw, have someone blow into the straw horizontally while having them empty some salt in front of the straw. Take a picture of that, and it might look pretty cool.

I apologize for the lengthy description of the theme, but I wanted to make it clear since it took me a while to wrap my head around it as well. Since this is my first one, please discuss the theme and let me know if this is too general, boring, or you would like something different. Thanks and good luck!

IMPORTANT DATES:

Entries must be submitted to this thread no later than Sunday, February 27th @ 11:59 PST. Voting begins the following day and ends on Thursday, March 3rd.

RULES:

1. Any interpretation of the theme that falls within Bimmerpost.com rules is welcome.
2. You must be the person that took the photo. Previous photos are acceptable as long as you are the one that captured the image.
3. One submission per contest.
4. Images must be no larger than 800px in any direction. Links to larger images are allowed but you must have one that is under 800px for the poll.
5. All contestants must host their own pictures (which includes hosting them on Bimmerpost).
6. All images must have a title.
7. While post processing in Photoshop is allowed, adding or removing parts of the picture is not. In the event a photo is suspected to be "photo-chopped," the contestant will be asked to provide the original picture.
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      02-17-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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wow, lots of thought!!!

only concern is the level of thinking to go into this piece.

I say this because we ended up doing shorter contests, but this one is going to take a lot more staging and would have been more appropriate for a longer contest.

I like the idea, I like the ingenuity, I think it will be lots of fun, But i think there's going to be a lot of people submitting last second because they didn't have enough time to collect, produce, test, and supply the demand.

I'll give it my best shot, but if i don't have something at the end of the week, life got in the way.
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      02-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
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now THATS a contest theme. Nice work.
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      02-17-2011, 11:40 AM   #4
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and of course you use my name in the what not to do examples...

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I wasn't too descriptive... I didn't say photograph Seth holding some strawberries as you throw a stone at his crotch.
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wow, lots of thought!!!

only concern is the level of thinking to go into this piece.

I say this because we ended up doing shorter contests, but this one is going to take a lot more staging and would have been more appropriate for a longer contest.

I like the idea, I like the ingenuity, I think it will be lots of fun, But i think there's going to be a lot of people submitting last second because they didn't have enough time to collect, produce, test, and supply the demand.

I'll give it my best shot, but if i don't have something at the end of the week, life got in the way.
Yeah, I thought about that too. Keep in mind pretty much anything goes here. You don't have to complicate things unless you want to. For example, you can do some pretty cool shots with just a pen and paper (unusual perspective stuff, bokeh, etc). If you use water as an object, you can have it flowing with your other objects, stagnant, etc. Many times simple is good. Remember, you got 2 full weekends bro
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should have looked at a calendar, more time then i thought..... sorry, being slow today.

I'm looking forward to trying to find something, but we'll see what i can come up with.
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I wasn't too descriptive... I didn't say photograph Seth holding some strawberries as you throw a stone at his crotch.
and Seth is going to be walking around with a jock on for the next week just in case anyone takes the stone idea seriously...
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Yeah, I thought about that too. Keep in mind pretty much anything goes here. You don't have to complicate things unless you want to. For example, you can do some pretty cool shots with just a pen and paper (unusual perspective stuff, bokeh, etc). If you use water as an object, you can have it flowing with your other objects, stagnant, etc. Many times simple is good. Remember, you got 2 full weekends bro
maybe to make it easier to plan out take out the same letter thing but stipulate they all must relate to each other some how.

Still challenging but not as mentally draining in the planning stages.
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maybe to make it easier to plan out take out the same letter thing but stipulate they all must relate to each other some how.

Still challenging but not as mentally draining in the planning stages.
Well, the reason I chose same letter is because you can get something very interesting by pairing 3 completely different objects not related with one another. Such as... possibly blueberries, bowl, bullets. It could create something pretty cool and abstract. Keep in mind nothing has to be moving, just placed interestingly.
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I like the idea...makes you think instead of just throwing something together (and the not using your existing photos part...in that way the idea is genius! )
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WOW, very interesting. This is going to be a good one as long as everyone follows the rules.
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Well, the reason I chose same letter is because you can get something very interesting by pairing 3 completely different objects not related with one another. Such as... possibly blueberries, bowl, bullets. It could create something pretty cool and abstract. Keep in mind nothing has to be moving, just placed interestingly.
yeah just throwing it out there.
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I like the idea...makes you think instead of just throwing something together (and the not using your existing photos part...in that way the idea is genius! )
Thanks. I'm sure some people have archived images that may work with this theme. But, it's probably easier just to shoot a new photo instead of finding and old one.

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WOW, very interesting. This is going to be a good one as long as everyone follows the rules.
Thanks. I'm just hoping someone submits to this contest... seems like it'd be fun to do. I'll get a little worried if I don't see a single submission by the end of this weekend though.
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I think submissions may take a while because we don't want to rush and submit something sub-par and then we are shafted....
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nobody has a pic up yet?

I'm out of town, so it will be some time for me.
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great theme!! I'm having trouble figuring out which 3 items to take pix of though.
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It's not a race... still got ~10 days.
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good thing ive been taking photos of things with the same letter of the alphabet for years, time to dig through my coffers of photos
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Wifey took one of our cats to the vet today. I was thinking of grabbing a picture of the cat in a cage in a car but didn't have anywhere near enough time to get my camera. Wouldn't have been all that interesting anyway. Still, the opportunities are there.
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