Dear Dynax Digital Members.I have been given kind permission by Gaz to start a shiny new challenge. Learning lessons from previous challenges, both good and bad, this one has a few simple rules which must be adhered to.Rule 1:
The title is Feathered Friends
, which means photos of birds
are allowed in any shape or form. Birds are everywhere and I’ve seen bird shots from so many people on this forum that surely everyone’s got one. If you haven’t then now is the time to try. A detailed close-up of an eagle, a distant silhouette of a nightingale, a flock of seagulls, a farmyard chicken, a beautiful parrot, a goose (Clive) or the local cheeky robin, post whatever you like, as long as it’s got feathers and a beak. They can be unfriendly too!Rule 2:
Strictly a total of four images are allowed per member, although quality, not quantity, will win the day, so choose wisely. You may not change an image once it is entered. Please note that this is a photography forum, not a digital art forum, so blatant digital mock-ups like this: http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4600265
are unwelcome. No major cutting and pasting, no silly Pshop filter effects, and no collages; unless the collage is of all four images at once. Dodging, burning, healing, sharpening, colour adjustment, cropping and all such gentle things are perfectly okay of course - use your common sense. You can also frame your photo with a border and put your name on it, that’s fine. May I suggest that you spread multiple entries roughly over weekly intervals between now and the closing date. Don't saturate the thread with all your images in one go, or you may miss out towards the end. That is a suggestion, not a rule. Rule 3:
Photos will be judged on Image Quality, Composition and Difficulty.
The closing date for entries is around midnight on Monday 24th July.
The thread will be locked on Monday night, or thereabouts, and the judges will narrow things down to three images from separate candidates. Once that is complete a judging thread will be opened with the top three images on display. A poll will be set up and members will have their chance to vote for their favourite
. The results of the poll will remain secret until voting is over to prevent bias.
The vote will run for the following week and a winner will be declared on 29th July
Please state the following from the EXIF; optional, but interesting for others. Camera
Also any notes on how/where you were. If you don’t have a 5D or a 7D you will not be penalised for using something else.Rule 5:
Have fun and join in!
Oh, and there is a prize
which I shall supply myself, so a little incentive there.
To kick off...
KonicaMinolta Dynax 7D
Minolta 400/4.5 AF APO
A cute wader bird called a Redshank, taken in Norfolk.