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    Photography contest Mark X

    Our awesome contest is rolling along nicely! We've even reached our tenth contest! I'm actually glad people are interested in this, as seing your interest makes me interested in keeping theses "contests" coming. So, without further ado, our contest!

    What are the rules?

    *BIG EDIT*
    All submissions should be in black and white.
    Do not post the colour photo.
    No sepia/tinting.
    Black and white conversion can be done either in camera, or in Photoshop/Lightroom/whatever. (or by choosing B&W film!)
    Don't go nuts on contrast enhancement/exposure adjustment. Minor adjustments are allowed.
    Don't get arrested by taking photos of things that will make you look suspicious
    *END EDIT*

    No photoshopping allowed, besides cropping and changing a picture to B&W or Sepia, and making panoramas.
    Post production editing is allowed. The editing done should be global, such as contrast, brightness, or overal tonal balancing (i.e. no sponge/dodge/burn, no brushes, vignetting, etc). Filters are prohibited. Any global editing should be used only to enhance the features that were captured in the shot to begin with. The only exception is converting to B&W or sepia.

    Tell us what you did, unless it's staring us right in the face, in which case you probably shouldn't have done it ^^

    Tell a bit about your image, and how you approached taking it.


    What equipment do I need?

    Well, as long as it can capture light and produce an image you can share with others, be it a analog camera, digital camera or maybe a cellphone camera, you are good to go.

    How do we submit the pictures?

    To make things easier for all of us, the kind and superior being that is mr_charism has supplied a 3dbuzz photo contest script that magically makes your images 3dbuzz-forum-friendly! I suggest using that, but you are of course free to choose any imagehost you like!

    For those that intend to use the magic that mr_charisma conjured, the link is http://www.20papercups.net/image_upload


    The theme

    As decided by mr_charisma, it's black and white street photography.

    It is almost a photographic documentary. The key here is the shots should be candid, with or without people, in public spaces. As with the film maker in a nature documentary, the photographer should not affect the world they are documenting.

    Black and white is all about light and contrast. You have to think about composition in a different way. Black and white has this ability to really convey emotion

    DEADLINE
    The deadline will, as usual, be 3 weeks, meaning we end on August 30th, 23:59 GMT +2.

    If there are any questions, just ask here.

    Now let the photography commence!
    Please, call meg Johnny.


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    I was just out taking a stroll..

    I think this will be my entry:


    Slightly larger image

    A few other shots from my walk:
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    Great photos rflx!

    I think my approach for this contest will be to put on the 50mm f1.8, leave it on manual focus, shoot in b&w on the camera, and just wander around. At least black and white can hide some of the sensor noise at high ISOs, so night shooting becomes a better option...
    Last edited by mr_charisma; 08-09-2010 at 06:38 PM.

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    That's pretty much exactly what I did, mr_charisma... 30mm F/1.4 though.
    The best option for nightshooting is obviously bringing a tripod with you, but really, who wants to lug such a thing around.

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    I'll use the tripod

    I just got a new CPOL filter for my 10-22mm lens, so I'm looking forward to putting it to use with some long exposures

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    If my picture happens to contain stuff that, well, maybe I shouldn't be posting so freely on the internet, can I photoshop some of that out?
    For example, if a licence plate is legible, may I slightly blur that out so it can't be read?

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    Marscaleb Guest
    Okay, this isn't my official entry just yet, but I just want to upload a couple so I can forget about them and then come back and choose which one I want.

    Also I'm at work now, and don't really have time to fiddle with these much and make a decision.




    (decided against. link. )


    EDIT: If I don't post anything different before the contest ends, this picture will be my official entry.


    (decided against. link. )
    Last edited by Marscaleb; 08-15-2010 at 07:38 PM.

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    I'd say license plates are ok to blur out. But not much else.
    Please, call meg Johnny.


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    Nice photos.

    Regarding license plates - the only reason people blur out plates is because it is their car, and they don't want to be identified.

    Taking a photo which happens to include random cars isn't a risk to anybody, any more than the fact they parked their car on the street in the first place. If you had to blur out every license plate it would be impossible to take photos outside.

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    I figure it's just a courtesy sort of thing.
    One of my pictures had a phone number displayed on it, and I was about to ask specifically about that, but partway through I realized, a durr, they were advertising their business, so why would they be opposed to having that advertisement on the internet?
    I figure a license plate is sort of a grey area, and it may come down to an individual photo, but I'm also thinking that, well, there could be all kinds of things that people might take pictures of that could be inappropriate to post online without permission. Even having people's faces in your photo is something you could get in trouble for in some places. I'm just thinking... if the situation arises, better safe than sorry.

    ...Hmm, after a little bit of time I don't like my second picture so much; it doesn't work with the B&W feel, and the fourth one is merely "adequate."

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