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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto
    Losing a bit of color and vibrancy somewhere between iPhoto, hosting, and post. Not exactly sure how to get it here in the best condition. Suggestions?
    I don't know iPhoto at all, but if it's anything like Lightroom, you need to watch what color space you're exporting in. For web images, choose standard RGB over Adobe RGB or ProPhoto's colorspace.

    That could be it, but again, I don't know iPhoto so it's just a guess.
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    Watti,

    Nice work! I'm glad you found some time to get some stuff in here!

    "They Might Be (Red) Giants" is a great example of some of the extreme captures that point-and-shoot cameras are capable of. I'm surprised by the relatively low noise in the image! Definitely an interesting take on the theme. And I think that might be Mars, but I'm not certain. Astronomy class was forever and a day ago.

    "STOP!!!" illustrates the theme quite well with the vibrant red and the circle pattern of the light's lens. I like the fact that you cropped it nearly square, as I think it helps translate the circles to the viewer better.

    "Inflammable/Flammable" is a good illustration of color and shape. It seems just a tad fuzzy to me in most areas of the image, though. Even in your apparent focus-point, there's a touch of camera shake visible. Composition-wise, it is definitely interesting.

    "Myris" - Dude. Visine is your friend! Another illustration of some of the interesting things that P&S cameras are capable of! I'd respectfully disagree with blurker and say that I think the reflection of your light source helps give the subject depth.

    I don't exactly know what to say about "National Park." The image is very very cluttered, leaving me wondering what the real subject is. I will say that it appears that your fill-flash worked well, though!

    "Finally, A Use" is your best image of the lot! A great concept (though it looks as if it was somewhat inspired by another image I've seen somewhere, which is allright by me ). It's a little too fuzzy in parts, so I'd suggest a tighter f-stop if you decide to try it again. A stronger light source would have made it a bit bolder and more colorful. Other than those two things, though, I think you made a great image!

    "Cow Stitches" is a close second, in my opinion. I'm blown away by the composition! GREAT! The soft lighting really works to bring out the texture of the leather. I also really like your depth-of-field control. Nicely done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    I don't know iPhoto at all, but if it's anything like Lightroom, you need to watch what color space you're exporting in. For web images, choose standard RGB over Adobe RGB or ProPhoto's colorspace.

    That could be it, but again, I don't know iPhoto so it's just a guess.

    Whoa... just logged in on my work computer and they look terrible. Especially the 2nd. Hmmm. I'll have to work on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    "They Might Be (Red) Giants" is a great example of some of the extreme captures that point-and-shoot cameras are capable of. I'm surprised by the relatively low noise in the image! Definitely an interesting take on the theme. And I think that might be Mars, but I'm not certain. Astronomy class was forever and a day ago.
    Actually the red one is Betelguese, a red suuuupergiant in Orion. I had no idea that I could leave my little Powershot lens open for as long as 30 seconds, but once I found that out this was the first subject I had in mind to test it on, and I'm thrilled with the results, though I need to get out and try it again and avoid the slightly oval look the stars have... the wind must have slightly moved my camera. I too was surprised how quickly the noise in the shot cleaned up with a slight bump in contrast.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets
    I don't exactly know what to say about "National Park."
    Hehe Me neither...

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets
    "Finally, A Use" is your best image of the lot! A great concept (though it looks as if it was somewhat inspired by another image I've seen somewhere, which is allright by me ). It's a little too fuzzy in parts, so I'd suggest a tighter f-stop if you decide to try it again. A stronger light source would have made it a bit bolder and more colorful. Other than those two things, though, I think you made a great image!
    Hehe Wasn't intentional, but yeah, I suppose it does bear a bit of a resemblance...

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets
    "Cow Stitches" is a close second, in my opinion. I'm blown away by the composition! GREAT! The soft lighting really works to bring out the texture of the leather. I also really like your depth-of-field control. Nicely done!
    Thanks!

    And now on to the Herculean task of catching up on constructive feedback for all y'all...

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    FBJ - Awesome shots as usual. I didn't notice the LGK reference in the blocks picture until another poster mentioned it.... clever

    I really like the tricycle picture. It perfectly captures a kind of nostalgic, whimsical feeling with the saturated red, glistening rain, and shallow depth of field.

    I also prefer the zoomed in version of the crayon picture, mostly due to how it brings out the texture of the paper, like another poster said. It too brings out a sort of nostalgia... as does the blocks picture...

    The only criticism I can offer is in the neon sign picture... for some reason the color in the tubes doesn't seem to me to have quite the punch that it could have. I don't know if it's an issue of contrast or what, but it would be cool if you could bring out a little more brightness from the main lights without losing the rest of the image. What stands out to me in the picture for whatever reason is the reflection of the tubing on the sign itself.

    What flavor were the cupcakes, exactly?

    Unruely - To me your first image captures perfectly the strength of a point and shoot camera... It's an excellent snapshot. There's a certain grittiness and realness (if that's a word) to the lighting, the dirt on the ball, etc. It's almost as if that photo tells more of a story than if you were to take the same picture with a higher end camera... When I can eventually afford to upgrade to a DSLR, I'm still going to make sure to carry my P&S around as well for these very reasons. I hope that made sense.

    Your second picture reminds me of high school and the third one makes me want jelly beans.

    Big Joe - I'm confused as to why your radio glows bluish purple... Perfect for the theme

    I really like the picture of the bricks. It seems such a simple concept, but there's something about it that's different... the only way I can describe it is that they look cold to the touch. You mentioned that it took 15 minutes to render, what do you mean by that? I want my pictures to look cool to the touch too

    Of course your dog picture counts. It does look like there's a little camera shake, but I like the depth of field. Just a little sharper focus and maybe a notch or two up in contrast and that's an awesome shot.

    Otto - I really like your entries, especially the tack attack series. Brilliant interpretation of the theme! I think the 3rd is my favorite (tacks3-1.jpg), because the colors are really saturdated and stand out.

    As far as the elephant matchbox, I prefer the one that shows the matches... What if you were to tilt it to something like a 30-45ļ angle and include a little bit more of the matches? Great colors, regardless.

    I really like the traffic light with the washed-out white background.

    You're trying to win this competition, aren't you? Awesome job!

    Monsta - Great idea for this topic. I need to look into that lomo style, I love the colors in your shot.

    Deuce - Reminds me of my successes at the past couple Frozen Furies.... Perfect use of a lightbox. If you had tried to include a background it may have looked too cluttered... the scheme of the chips have enough going on as it is. Great job!

    ValleyFan - Wow! I really like the contact sheet idea... Reminds me of a Van Halen video And I'm always trying to take decent pictures of food and can never get anything close to what you're offering...

    I really don't feel like I have nothing constructive to add... maybe the tree in the background of the traffic light shot makes it a little busy? Not really, though, because the colors (thanks to your technique) really force the focus back on themselves... if this were a competition you'd be right up there in the running.

    (more to come)

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    Added a few to my set. Link

    You all have out done yourselves again. Sorry for the lack of critic.

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    OK, the party is over. Thanks to all who indulged my concept. Again, a lot of really good stuff, and again, I personally learned some things along the way. Hopefully everyone else did as well.

    So it is on me to pass the torch from this challenge, and although the decision was not made easy for me, I did conclude that FlyBoeingJets had the best overall collection of the theme. When I selected the colors and shapes theme, it was images like Glenn's that I was hoping to see. Colors and shapes, without the implication that we were seeing a study of colors and shapes. Great images all around, but Glenn stayed on theme even as the challenge evolved/devolved. Nice stuff Glenn.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated. And to those who have been just lurking, please, I would encourage you to jump right in. This is some fun stuff here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    OK, the party is over. Thanks to all who indulged my concept. Again, a lot of really good stuff, and again, I personally learned some things along the way. Hopefully everyone else did as well.

    So it is on me to pass the torch from this challenge, and although the decision was not made easy for me, I did conclude that FlyBoeingJets had the best overall collection of the theme. When I selected the colors and shapes theme, it was images like Glenn's that I was hoping to see. Colors and shapes, without the implication that we were seeing a study of colors and shapes. Great images all around, but Glenn stayed on theme even as the challenge evolved/devolved. Nice stuff Glenn.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated. And to those who have been just lurking, please, I would encourage you to jump right in. This is some fun stuff here.


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    Thanks, PM.

    This was the harder of the two Challenges so far, for me. I wish I'd had the ideas some others in here had. Everyone had interesting things to contribute, and everyone else's images gave me ideas of things to shoot in the future. So in essence, everyone else may just have acted as my muse for future photographic ideas. For that, I have to say THANKS!

    I'll get the next Photography Challenge up by the end of the day today, hopefully. It won't be any later than tomorrow. In the mean time, I'm going to pare this thread down, create .pdf files of it for archive purposes, and unstickify it.
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    Couldn't agree more with PuckMonkey's decision. Great shots and true to the theme, you make it look too easy, FBJ. Bastard!!

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