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Title: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: AScot on October 05, 2014, 05:29:02 AM
New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open.

Please present your interpretation of the theme 'Water' as you see it and post it as a reply to this post.

All entries must be in accordance with the posting rules here (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/forum-posting-guidelines/forum-posting-rules-read-this-first/msg201851/#msg201851) and here. (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/monthly-challenges/standard-rules-for-monthly-challenges/msg12081/#msg12081)

The Challenge will close at Approximately 7:00 PM EST on November 6th 2014.
(Note the late close as we are starting late.)

This Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now closed. We have decided that it would be best if the members voted on who should be the winner. Therefore, please send a PM to AScot (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/pm/?sa=send;u=45) or chappo1 (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/pm/?sa=send;u=1638) with your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices. Voting will close on November 14th 2014 at 7PM EST.
                                                                 
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: REX (aka TG) on October 05, 2014, 06:22:14 AM
Here my 1st one

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/DSC02931.jpg)
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Faldrax on October 05, 2014, 11:40:56 PM
Entry #1, About to Blow

(http://Faldrax.Org/Images/Water/Water-1.jpg)

Sony A900, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM @ 35mm
ISO 200, 1/2000 @ f/8.0

Taken at Geysir (Iceland), this Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-10 minutes.
This is the instant before eruption.



Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Faldrax on October 06, 2014, 10:47:27 PM
Entry #2, Light over the Sea

(http://faldrax.org/images/water/water-2.jpg)

A900, Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 USM @ 130mm

ISO 200, 1/640 @ f/11

A view out over the English Channel from Downderry, Cornwall, Christmas Day 2013
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Chris82 on October 10, 2014, 02:16:32 PM
 Entry #1
Hermitage pool and bridge
(http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g419/mpschris/untitledshoot-006-2-Edit-2_zps053d5b89.jpg) (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/mpschris/media/untitledshoot-006-2-Edit-2_zps053d5b89.jpg.html)

Sony A99, CZ16-35mm @ 16mm, iso200, ƒ16, 123secs

Foam swirling around in the pool at the Hermitage, Dunkeld, Perthshire
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Chris82 on October 10, 2014, 02:34:35 PM
 Entry #2
 
Autumn reflections
(http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g419/mpschris/dynax%20digital/CL14_007_zps262d1a65.jpg) (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/mpschris/media/dynax%20digital/CL14_007_zps262d1a65.jpg.html)

A700, Sigma 24-105mm @ 70mm, iso100, ƒ16, 1/15s

A broken old jetty on Loch Tay near Kenmore, Perthshire
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: retoohs on October 15, 2014, 12:59:41 AM


(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag92/retoohs/Alpine%20Lakes/DSC05254_zpsff73338a.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag92/retoohs/Alpine%20Lakes/DSC05329_zps5fa6315e.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag92/retoohs/Alpine%20Lakes/DSC05208_zps62c1d01f.jpg)

(http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag92/retoohs/Alpine%20Lakes/DSC05197_zps9d07c476.jpg)
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on October 18, 2014, 02:48:10 PM
1/
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8296976917_9a55081ffc_b.jpg)
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8296976917_9a55081ffc_b.jpg

2/
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8298026506_f3518cf675_b.jpg)
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8298026506_f3518cf675_b.jpg

3/
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3391/3533552058_b0dd2688ab_o.jpg)
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3391/3533552058_b0dd2688ab_o.jpg

4/
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3104/2862737562_95647e790c_o.jpg)
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3104/2862737562_95647e790c_o.jpg
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Chris82 on October 24, 2014, 03:01:17 PM
 Entry #3

Waterfall
(http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g419/mpschris/dynax%20digital/CL14-214_zpsd9f49a06.jpg) (http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/mpschris/media/dynax%20digital/CL14-214_zpsd9f49a06.jpg.html)

A99, CZ16-35 @ 26mm, iso50, ƒ16, 25secs
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Faldrax on October 30, 2014, 10:51:15 PM
Entry #3

Morning Dew

(http://faldrax.org/images/water/water-3.jpg)

Sony A900, Sony 100 f/2.8 Macro

ISO 200, 1/6 @ f/5
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 03, 2014, 07:35:11 PM
2nd
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/DSC00353.jpg)

3rd
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/DSC00100.jpg)

4th
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/DSC08762.jpg)
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: CHOLLY on November 05, 2014, 04:50:48 PM
All shot with the A77 and Sony Lenses:

(http://imageshack.com/a/img538/2862/mUNuHF.jpg)

Abstract: "Escambia Bay Sunset"

70-300mm G, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 200


(http://imageshack.com/a/img674/1932/oXAgT8.jpg)

Color Study: "Sunset on the Escambia River"

16-50mm, 20mm, f/5, 1/100, ISO 100

Both shot near Pensacola Florida...
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: CHOLLY on November 05, 2014, 04:59:57 PM
A77 & Sony Lenses:

(http://imageshack.com/a/img746/7605/09DYke.jpg)

Color Study: "Port Saint Joe Boat Ramp"

16-50mm 45mm, f/6.7, 1/250, ISO 100


(http://imageshack.com/a/img540/9916/NOs4oq.jpg)

Lighting Study: "Pelicans and Indian Pass Sunset"

70-300mm G, 300mm, f/18, 1/500, ISO 100

Both shot near Port St. Joe Florida...
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: AScot on November 07, 2014, 05:57:35 PM
This Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now closed. We have decided that it would be best if the members voted on who should be the winner. Therefore, please send a PM to AScot (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/pm/?sa=send;u=45) or chappo1 (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/pm/?sa=send;u=1638) with your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices. Voting will close on November 14th 2014 at 7PM EST.
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: CHOLLY on November 07, 2014, 09:26:42 PM
Judging criteria please. :D
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: chappo1 on November 07, 2014, 09:46:04 PM
I thought I responded Cholly but my post disappeared.  (yea I know complain to the mods !!)
The criteria used in our camera club are

Impact- does it jump out of the pack 5 points
Artistic merit 5 points
Technical expertise 5 points
We tally out of 15
You of course can use any criteria you wish and vote for you own.
BUT it will only work if we all take an interest and vote ..
Please get going and sent us your 1st second and third choices.....john
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Faldrax on November 07, 2014, 11:33:00 PM
Are there any restrictions on the 3 choices?

EG
Should they be from different people?
Is voting for your yourself prohibited (I would suggest yes, but if so there should also be a rule that to be eligible to win you must have voted!)?
 
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: chappo1 on November 08, 2014, 04:22:36 AM
Voting for yourself is allowed and all three choices can be from the same poster.

There are two requirements for the challenges to work

1. people obviously posting some images
2. Equally important is for everyone to vote.

AScot and I want to be inundated with votes. PM either of us

I have picked my three and sent a copy of my choice off to AScot.... john
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: CHOLLY on November 08, 2014, 05:05:53 AM
I thought I responded Cholly but my post disappeared.  (yea I know complain to the mods !!)
The criteria used in our camera club are

Impact- does it jump out of the pack 5 points
Artistic merit 5 points
Technical expertise 5 points
We tally out of 15
You of course can use any criteria you wish and vote for you own.
BUT it will only work if we all take an interest and vote ..
Please get going and sent us your 1st second and third choices.....john

Cool!

Thanks.
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: retoohs on November 09, 2014, 06:13:49 AM
Do we vote here?
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on November 09, 2014, 09:05:52 AM
Hi retoohs
you send a pm to Ascot or chappo1 - the information is near the bottom of the 1st page of this topic. I think it will be hard to choose.
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 09, 2014, 09:42:03 AM
I agree  with Faldrax the moderator must & before we vote :)
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on November 09, 2014, 10:49:53 AM
Please don't make what is meant to be a "fun" forum challenge difficult to have members voting on.

Surely the easiest way to do the vote has to be on which image/s members feel/felt best met the challenge theme criteria; Water.

I apologies to the members and the mods (should they get any complaints about me and this post) but Water was the challenge... all submitted images contained 'water' but did other 'content' distract from the main theme?

The same way for voting on any other challenges - first meeting "Theme brief" - and then if the image grabs you has to be the easiest way to use to cast a vote.
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: CHOLLY on November 09, 2014, 04:46:09 PM
^^^^Ahhh; a good point has been raised!

I think the limits should be outlined when the challenge is issued. For instance:

"This months theme is water. Water must be the central theme of the image. Creativity is encouraged, but the focus of the image must be water and nothing else."

^^^Something along those lines, strictly delineating content of the image.

For instance... water was the theme of all my entries, but there was a LOT of other content in each image that either highlighted the water or was enhanced because of it.

My suggestion for future challenges to avoid the issue raised by Frank is to more closely define what the goals of each challenge are, and outline the general criteria for meeting the goals.

Just a suggestion. :)
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: AScot on November 09, 2014, 06:32:32 PM
As I said in the starting post, Please present your interpretation of the theme 'Water' as you see it. We do not need to elaborate on what the criteria is and we certainly do not want to impose limits, doing either may cramp a members creativity. It does of course go without saying that water must be in the entries.

Some of our mods in past challenges would show an example photo of the theme (their interpretation?). I found that doing so resulted in a lot of copies of the example being entered. Much better to leave the interpretation to the entrant.
As Frank has pointed out 'Water was the challenge... all submitted images contained 'water' but did other 'content' distract from the main theme?' That is where good interpretation comes in, where creativity can be expressed and where all votes should be carefully considered.

I hope you all will vote, just click on the PM links AScot (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/pm/?sa=send;u=45) or chappo1 (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/pm/?sa=send;u=1638) here or in the starting post and enter your chosen winner a second and a third place. Please do not discuss the merits of the entries until after the winner is posted.

Please take note that Novembers challenge, 'Amour', is open here. (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/monthly-challenges/new-challenge-4-november-2014-%27amour%27/) You are all welcome to participate. Do not be shy, you cannot win if you do not enter and having entered once you will find it easier the next time. :D


 
Title: Re: New Challenge #3, October 2014, 'Water' is now open
Post by: CHOLLY on November 09, 2014, 08:18:19 PM
Well... that works too. :D
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: chappo1 on November 15, 2014, 05:00:41 AM
Drum Roll please..................................
The winner of the October Challenge of "water" is Chris 82 with his image "Autumn Reflections"

Congratulations Chris. 

You may now all comment on the images if you wish.

john
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: Chris82 on November 15, 2014, 01:13:36 PM
Wow!! what a surprise.
 Thanks guys, some really good entries here and i'm surprised to have won with this image
 
 I personally really liked the first image from Rex although i felt it was a little underexposed for my 'eye'. Your action shot and droplets also caught my eye as did CHOLLY's sunset images as these are the sort of image i often take myself.

 Thanks again and lets keep up the great standard and hopefully more people will join in.

Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on November 15, 2014, 03:29:57 PM
Well done Chris.  Great composition. :)
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 16, 2014, 04:04:41 PM

 
 I personally really liked the first image from Rex although i felt it was a little underexposed for my 'eye'. Your action shot and droplets also........

 Thanks again and lets keep up the great standard and hopefully more people will join in.

Congratulation Chris82 for winning the monthly challenge. I personally didn't vote for the winning picture but for the ( Entry #3Waterfall).

Yes lets hope for more interest in future challenge. I really enjoy it  participating and hope the same for more people.
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: Faldrax on November 16, 2014, 08:44:13 PM
Congratulations Chris82.

It was a tricky challenge to vote on this time, as there were a number of very different images to compare.

Like Rex, I personally preferred Waterfall to Autumn Reflections - I did like Autumn Reflections, but felt is was a little too 'head on' - making a number of the posts (all of them in the left had row) merge, which reduced it's impact for me.

I particularly liked Cholly's Sunsets, 'Pelicans...' being my favourite of them in terms of this challenge.
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: CHOLLY on November 16, 2014, 09:47:24 PM
I was one of those that voted for the eventual winner as my 1st place selection.

I thought the framing, balance, and content were perfect. And the theme... the reflective properties of water... was extremely well done.

I also voted for other images for other places. I really liked Rex's 3rd showing the droplets of water; that took a good degree of technical expertise and execution to pull off successfully and he did. I also liked Faldraxs' first entry, "About to blow", showing TWO phases of water... liquid and steam...  well lit, perfectly framed composition.

Alans' 3rd image... another study of reflections... was also beautifully captured. And Franks' 4th entry showing the dabbling duck represented water as a habitat that provides sustenance and safety.

I thought the entries all had merit, both artistically and from a technical point of view... and the winner was the pick of the bunch. ;)
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: chappo1 on November 16, 2014, 10:49:33 PM
Good to see folks now expressing a "why" as we all learn from this.  I have been involved with the local camera club now for 7 years and we have monthly competitions.
It is interesting listening to the judges comments and, of course, listening to fellow members dis-agree with the judge when chatting to each other over supper.
For those of you who have not experienced this, I personally have had two instances where I did not agree with the judge (not awarding me any award) and re-entered in a later competition to get a first.
There are also instances where an awarded entry is  put into an interclub and passed over.
It is very much a personal preference and also what other entries yours is competing with.....john
 
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: Faldrax on November 17, 2014, 09:42:13 AM
Good to see folks now expressing a "why" as we all learn from this.

Agreed - I think it makes it more interesting, and that the variation in opinions will help encourage more people to enter, as it shows that it is not a 'one horse race'.

... re-entered in a later competition ...
But...But... Rule 6, No Recycling!  :lol:


 
Title: Re: RESULTS of October 2014 Challenge, 'Water' are posted
Post by: chappo1 on November 17, 2014, 10:32:57 AM
But...But... Rule 6, No Recycling!  :lol:

Very funny Jonathan.... in the historical past mods used to enter the monthly challenges..... not any more--- you guys are too good !!!!!!!!!  john :grin: