View Full Version : Monthly Shooting Assignment - Mar/Apr 2009: Why you like where you live

03-01-2009, 04:53 PM
Hi folks. After agonizing over what would be a suitable theme for the next monthly assignment, I'd like to propose you take images that showcase why you like the place where you live.

I'm hoping to NOT see images of the Burj-el-Arab, Statue of Liberty, Brooklin bridge, Big Ben, Sydney Opera house!

No indeed.

Rather show us the little park where you go for a stroll, the beach you go to for meditation, the little shop you like to get the groceries from, the view from down the street, the "feel" of your suburb/city/town.

And above all try to show us "why", rather than "where".

Enjoy the assignment. I know for me at least, it's going to be a challenge!

03-02-2009, 05:21 AM
Wow! This is an interesting assignment. And a challenging one, no doubt.

I've not been active in the assignments lately, but... I will set my mind and eyes to work, I hope to give it a try this time.

Steve Smith
03-02-2009, 05:25 AM
Probably one of the best assignment ideas I have ever seen. And we can all get there... so no excuses!

Showing the 'Why' rather than the 'Where' will be the challenge.


03-02-2009, 03:48 PM
This is a challenging assignment nuno! I certainly know why I love my place, but not how to make a picture of it? As I said; it’s challenging.

Ian David
03-02-2009, 07:14 PM
Looks like a fun challenge. Is there any statement of the current rules/guiding principles for these assignments anywhere? I gather each participant submits just one photo, taken during March and April, right?

03-02-2009, 08:32 PM
Looks like a fun challenge. Is there any statement of the current rules/guiding principles for these assignments anywhere? I gather each participant submits just one photo, taken during March and April, right?

This explains it reasonably well:


And this adds a little extra info:


Maybe someone could put together a one post thread with the rules, and then a moderator could make it a sticky?


03-03-2009, 05:13 AM
Personally I have nothing against more than one photo per person.
The more the merrier, I reckon! So if you got more than one, go for it!

Unless everyone objects, of course.

Yes, the "why" is the hard bit. I've often been asked by folks at the site where I have my gallery, to take shots of where I live, to showcase why I love this place.

I find it extremelly hard to do. In fact I've failed miserably, so I must confess an ulterior motive to this choice: I intend to learn from your entries!

My only excuse is I see the purpose of this type of context as also a learning opportunity for all entrants: hopefully we all learn a bit more with each iteration. I hope to learn to better "talk" through my images.

In my defence, I'll submit the first one. Out of context as it was taken in late January. But it's scenes like this that make me love the place where I live.

barbara ann
03-05-2009, 08:20 AM
I really like this assignment because I adore the house and town I live in! Now,how do I show everyone WHY I love it ??

03-22-2009, 05:23 PM
Wow I like this...but I think it sounds easier than it is...WHY?

Uncle Bill
04-03-2009, 10:30 AM
This shot was taken two months ago in downtown Oakville on a Friday afternoon. To your left where the woman is look in and deciding whether to indulge is one of the best ice cream/lunch spots in town in the upper right is the Green Bean which brews the best cup of coffee in the west end of Greater Toronto.

In the Summer this square is hopping with events including performances during the Oakville Jazz festival. In short a great people place that makes living in the 'burbs bearable.

04-27-2009, 12:52 AM
Post that shot in the gallery spot, Uncle Bill!
It's worth an entry.

Hurry up with tis assignment, folks: running out of time!

I'm spending some time scanning the latest stuff as well, to try and make at least one more entry.

04-30-2009, 06:50 PM
This one is over. I was hoping for a few more entries...

Maybe I did set the sights too high with the difficult subject.

Doesn't matter, what is important is that we all had an opportunity to enter meaningful images.

I'm flat out at work at the moment, will post my choice and why on Saturday.

Then it's over to Barbara Ann for the May-June subject. I'm looking forward to that one.

05-03-2009, 06:59 AM
OK, here we go:

I liked a lot the two entries from bertus, "typical dutch" and "small street".

And Barbara Ann's "where I live" also rang a bell close to home.

Sly's "the birding chair" is a lovely image, only missing some outside content to be the winner. If it had been facing the window or in a veranda, it'd have been the winner in my heart.

But Sly's "Millstone River, March" really brought home the "I want to go there and see THAT!" feeling.

So, it's now Sly's turn to pick a theme for the July-August assignment!

Well done!

Barbara Ann, please stake the stage for the May-June assignnment.

05-03-2009, 07:40 AM
Congratulations Sly, with this beautiful "Millstone River, March", it's really a great image!

- Bert

barbara ann
05-03-2009, 07:52 AM
OK folks. May/June are busy months for most of us, as we get our homes and gardens ready for summer. So, an easy to fulfill subject is in order. Thus I have chosen: WATER!
It comes in many forms and all are eligible. From rain to dewdrops to tears to rivers and oceans, water is literally everywhere! Let's see if we can come up with some unique photos with water as the primary subject. I'll try to post a couple of sample shots soon!
barbara ann

05-05-2009, 08:56 PM
I was off at a family wedding and missed this announcement. Thanks nsouto. I'll put on my thinking cap for a new topic in a couple of months time, and take some more pictures of the river for barbara ann's topic.