PDA

View Full Version : The APUG photo challenge - anyone up to it?



Pages : [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Ailsa
06-10-2004, 10:01 AM
Hi all

I was pondering the other day that I often produce my best work when given a brief or a project, whereas when an idea is self-imposed, I tend to just float around it and not really knuckle down. So I got to thinking, how about setting up an APUG photographic challenge thread?

It would work like this. A member goes onto the thread, and simply says, 'Tell me what to take a picture of.' The first idea to be posted by another member is the one that has to be fulfilled.

The suggestions can be anything at all, but here are some thoughts:
Interpret a line from a poem, film, book etc
Compose a still life using kitchen utensils
Get out of bed at 4am and catch the sunrise
Take a portrait of someone, but without showing their face

The list could go on and on.

The themes can be as open or as specific as you like, within reason - obviously there wouldn't be much point in telling me to photograph a tree in Yosemite, unless the person setting the challenge was willing to pay my air fare and accommodation...

The resulting photograph (or photographs - no reason why there has to be just one) could then be uploaded onto APUG for feedback - perhaps Sean might even create a specific gallery for it.

With a bit of luck, it might work! And it could be a great opportunity to break out of our usual styles and try something completely different.

So, I'm going to get the ball rolling...

Someone tell me what to take a picture of!

Ailsa

Jorge Oliveira
06-10-2004, 10:16 AM
Ailsa
Nice idea - but at 4am I'm so dizzy I can't even find the viewfinder...(-:
What about photos in a cold, cloudy, rainy day?

Jorge O

jovo
06-10-2004, 10:16 AM
okay ailsa, how about a person writing a poem about kitchen utensils at 4 a.m. ;-)

great idea, actually. although i think comments would be appropriate, it would be nice to avoid the rating and competitive mentality that is so prevalent on other forums. were that avoided, i for one think such a project would very likely be fun.

Jeremy
06-10-2004, 10:19 AM
Jovo, that's not a bad idea for the first topic, but how about a little more broad.

Ailsa, how about "the kitchen." Take this as specific or as broad as you like.

I will also do a shot with "the kitchen" as the title and we can both post our results :)

Ailsa
06-10-2004, 10:33 AM
Jovo, that's not a bad idea for the first topic, but how about a little more broad.

Ailsa, how about "the kitchen." Take this as specific or as broad as you like.

I will also do a shot with "the kitchen" as the title and we can both post our results :)

OK Jeremy, you're on. But, not having seen the state of my kitchen, are you SURE you know what you're letting yourself in for...?

Poco
06-10-2004, 10:53 AM
"'It smelled so bad, and I was thinking, "What am I getting myself into? I don't want to be here!"'

That's so weird ...my kitchen is EXACTLY the same! And I thought it was just me.

Interesting Idea, Ailsa. Could be fun (sez the guy who has NO idea how to upload a photo).

Jim Chinn
06-10-2004, 12:22 PM
I like the idea of suggesting broad themes and then seeing how people interpret that. Many years ago American Photographer (when it was a cool mag), had an assignment section where they would post a broad topic and then select 4 or 5 submissions and print them in the next issue. For example one 1989 issue has an assignment titled "Big". It had an image of someone with the hugest beer gut I have ever seen, the worlds largest cast iron skillet and a giant apple. They usually printed the more whimsical intrepretations but the idea is to be broad in scope and enjoy the diverse approaches.

So a theme like kitchen could include everything from utensil still lifes to a picture of the family around the dinner table, to kids playing in the sink, to a sterno can on a counter top.

Eric Rose
06-10-2004, 12:47 PM
Ok lets do it. No more talk, just get out your cameras and do a "kitchen" picture. Lets say the deadline is next Wednesday evening.

Sean buddy we need a special gallery. Call it "Ailsa's Whimsy". Whether she likes it or not she is now the chief poo-bah of this really cool photographic adventure.

Ummmm now if I could find a gal that is preggers ........

Jeremy
06-10-2004, 12:51 PM
So a theme like kitchen could include everything from utensil still lifes to a picture of the family around the dinner table, to kids playing in the sink, to a sterno can on a counter top.

Jim, shhhh! You're giving out my idea (though you can pick from the above which one it was) :)

This reminds me of the "assignments" that usefilm.com has, but here it's just fun and there aren't any ratings or winner... and no digital wunderkrap (not that all digital is bad, but most of what I see is horrible misapplication of photoshop, it's like when people discover special effects filters for their lenses and overdo it for EVERYTHING!)

Sean
06-10-2004, 02:48 PM
Sounds Awesome :)

I will 'sticky' this thread and get a dedicated gallery page for this..

Eric Rose
06-10-2004, 02:50 PM
Sean your the best!

Jorge Oliveira
06-10-2004, 02:53 PM
I'm a bit dumb - so kitchen is it?

Jorge O

bjorke
06-10-2004, 02:54 PM
There are several take on this sort of thing out in web-land. I'm a regular contributor to "the street salon" where topics are chosen, people fiddle for a couple of weeks, send a photo, and whoever is judged "best" is made judge and topic-picker for the next round. It's been going on for a while: you can see my pics and links to others here (http://www.botzilla.com/photo/salon/)

Another similar project is Marc North's PhotoFriday. (http://www.photofriday.com/) (I'll be trying to go to the Saturday mtg of the Bay Area photobloggers, btw -- see the link here (http://www.hchamp.com/bap/)).

Another is the ongoing contest at DigitalSucks.com (http://www.digitalsucks.com/)

Some dangers to these, IMO:
When topics are obviously physical, either physical nouns like "telephone" or physical adjectives like "green" or "high," the results tend to be highly mannered and predictable
When people start getting bent about rules and counting "wins," the results tend to be highly mannered and predictable. And people all get mad.
Excitement over the contest can tend to take over the rest of a forum or site, leaving everything else dried up on contest days.
As always, comments like "I liked that" and "I didn't like that one as much" are next to worthless. If there's to be judging at all, it ought to be taken seriously and as a responsibility for every shot made on the topic. Some sort of judging is a necessary evil though someone has to choose the topics!

bjorke
06-10-2004, 02:57 PM
Ha, beat you all.

http://www.botzilla.com/photo/salon/bjorke_suburb2.html


http://www.botzilla.com/photo/salon/bjorke_suburb1.jpg

Flotsam
06-10-2004, 03:10 PM
Ha, beat you all.

Looks as if the little fellow is anticipating his fate. :(

Thomassauerwein
06-11-2004, 12:03 AM
Well this would hve been fun, I'll have to join the next one, Where we're going to be their is not a kithen. I love this Idea and hope we do it monthly.

mark
06-11-2004, 01:09 AM
I really like the idea but do not have access to a scanner except everyonce in a while. Plus I don't like the whole be the first, or best thing, is it really necessary? I would just like to see what people come up with. How about giving a broader time line?

Jeremy
06-11-2004, 01:27 AM
I think the point should be to push us as photographers to go out and shoot something new and not dig through our archives--this is just my repsonse to Kevin's photo as it's from 2002. Anybody can do whatever they feel like, but I am personally going to try and shoot new work.

David A. Goldfarb
06-11-2004, 02:11 AM
I like the idea. The requirement should definitely be for new work only. At usefilm.com it was tough to enforce this, so there was a lot of the same stuff from people's files that they would put up over and over again on every site they could just to get exposure, and often the work didn't even follow the project guidelines. I'll sit out for a few weeks, though, until I'm back home and have access to the darkroom.

Jorge Oliveira
06-11-2004, 08:27 AM
Let's define a point:

Is this a fastest gun in the west style contest or is there a deadline?

Jorge O