View Full Version : Monthly Shooting Assignment, January and February 2008: Two People Doing Something

John Bartley
01-01-2008, 07:57 AM
Stay tuned folks ... Sly is picking a winning victim for the last MSA and once that's done (not before ...) I'll get FilmSpocket in here to get us going on this one, so sit back and ... wait a bit:)

cheers eh?

Marc Akemann
01-06-2008, 11:27 PM
Well, after Sly's great choice for the Nov/Dec '07 monthly shooting assignment (Portals), and seeing how many exceptional entries there were, I thought, "Hmmm, I'm not sure I want to have to choose between so many excellent photographs, so I've got to think of a MSA that is either too difficult to shoot or something that nobody wants to do." Unfortunately, John rejected all of my ideas, such as, "Crime As It Happens" and "Kids Pulling Their Uncle's Finger", and, John was probably right in doing that. In reality, these two ideas can be used with the assignment we are about to embark upon, which is................."Two People Doing Something".

The possibilities are endless and I hope you all enjoy the assignment!


Marc Akemann
01-09-2008, 02:35 PM
Oops, must have picked a dud for this month's MSA. Well, I didn't say it was going to be easy. I know taking pics of people is not the easiest thing for some people, especially when a specific number of subjects are called for. I also couldn't think of a better title, but 'two people doing something' is all I could come up with. I don't know,...take this on as a challenge and see what happens. You might like it! :)

Right after this message I'll enter four photos in the Monthly Shooting Assignment gallery as examples of what I had in mind. And one of them even illustrates how you can get away with having more than two people in the image! Now isn't that exciting? (I know. It isn't.) These aren't the greatest shots in the world, and I know it's still early yet, but I hope they will spur a few folks into giving this a try.

The following I copied from one of John's messages:

For any new readers, here's the basic idea of the MSA :

1. Read the MSA assignment
2. Take your photo according to the assignment guidelines
3. You can post your photo in the MSA Gallery : Click Here or,
4. You can host your photo elsewhere and link to it in this thread or,
5. You can post it right in the message here and it will show as a clickable thumbnail.
6. It's all for fun, there are no prizes, but at the end of the MSA, Sly will choose a "Victim" to lead an MSA in a couple of months time.
7. If you have any questions, please email or PM me and I'll be happy to help.

Good luck and have fun!


01-09-2008, 04:13 PM

It was really handy having the last Assignment's theme included in the thread title.

Hint, hint :)


01-18-2008, 05:12 AM
I've uploaded my entry for them MSA to the gallery, 2 people argueing at Speakers Corner in London

Uncle Bill
01-18-2008, 12:03 PM
I was invited to submit from my personal gallary, since I have no clue how to post the the MSA gallary, I am posting to this thread.

I used a Nikkormat FTN, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens, Kodak Tri-X @1600 and processed in Diafine. This is a negative scan and shot back on Wednesday January 16, 2008.

01-20-2008, 04:59 PM
Here's mine. I hope I done this right. First time to enter.

John Bartley
01-20-2008, 05:37 PM
Hey guys :)

Thank you for posting these photos!! They're both great, and posting here in the thread is just fine.

Cosmo ... those are pretty wild cycles ... any story to go with the photo?

cheers all

Marc Akemann
02-27-2008, 12:32 AM
Well, we have a whole 3 days left for this edition of the "APUG Monthly Shooting Assignment". There are some really excellent entries in the Monthly Shooting Assignment gallery right now, which is here: http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=508 , along with a couple of photos shown as attachments to messages, which are here: http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=9567&d=1200675686 , and here: http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=9591&d=1200866293 . It would be great to see a few more entries, though. I really wouldn't mind! It's tough enough as it is to have to decide on a winner so a few more images isn't going to hurt anything.

If you're new to this particular member organized function, just scroll up to message #3 of this thread for the basics. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Any question is a good question!



Marc Akemann
02-29-2008, 10:49 AM
Wow! Thanks for posting these latest photos everyone! They're great! Today is the last day to enter and a few more images are okay with me.

John, I have to leave at 11:30 this morning (EST) to photograph my daughter who will be competing in the Michigan High School Indoor Track State Finals today at CMU (sorry, had to brag about her a little bit), and won't be back until late tonight. I'll contact you then.

I'll have picked a new victim,...I mean, winner, no later than Sunday night because I have to leave first thing Monday morning to go out of town for a week. Thanks again to all who have entered!


John Bartley
03-01-2008, 11:06 AM
Many thanks again to everyone who entered this latest MSA!!! The photos are great again, and Marc is going to have a tough time picking his victim:) I've been in touch with AJ, and once Marc has announced who the winner of this session is, we'll get started on the March/April session - stay tuned eh?!!


Marc Akemann
03-02-2008, 07:11 PM
Alrighty,...I knew this was going to be difficult, but I didn't think it would be this hard! I went back and forth with several of the images and have finally come up with our Jan/Feb '08 Monthly Shooting Assignment winner.

The winner is,....well, let me just say first that (in no particular order) Sly's "Dancer", Bertus' "Climb Every Mountain", GeoffHill's "It Takes 2 To Argue" and "Pigeon Man-1" by copake_ham were all on my final list, along with the winner, who is, wildbill with his photo entitled "67ar4-willie_erik1"! If you can't tell by the title, it's a very well done photograph of his dad and brother-in-law working together cutting some molding. Obviously, the image shows two people doing something but I was fascinated by the composition and it was technically well done, too. My comments below wildbill's image in the gallery go into more detail. Here is a link to the winning photo: http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=31329

All the submitted photographs, including the two that were not on the gallery, UncleBill's and Cosmonaut's (I didn't forget them!), fit the assignment of "two people doing something" very well and I really did like all of the submitted images. Thanks to all for participating!

Congratulations wildbill!


Kevin Caulfield
03-02-2008, 07:20 PM
Of the ones I saw, I thought the pregnancy one was a stand-out winner.

John Bartley
03-03-2008, 07:29 AM
Congratulations to "WildBill" for an excellent photograph. Tank you also to everyone who participated in This last session of the MSA. We'll have a new session starting soon, so stay tuned for a announcement, and we'll be in touch with WildBill to organise his May/June session.

cheers all

03-03-2008, 07:38 PM
Congrats to WildBill and thanks, Film Sprocket for the honorable mention.

Looking forward to March/April.