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    Monthly Shooting Assignment - September/October: High Noon

    Okay, now we shift from the night (previous MSA) to the light of day. Recently I was reading some text about photography and encountered the usual statements about the best light occurring in the early and late hours of the day. True, but... screw that. Our next MSA is "High Noon". (Also inspired by my recent viewing of the classic, original version of "3:10 To Yuma" - a very "High Noon"-ish Western in some regards. And one of the most strikingly photographed Westerns, ever. Check out the recent BluRay release from Criterion).

    Please create new pictures, shot between 12 noon and 1 pm (or as close as possible... honor system in effect here, of course.) in your locale. Isolate interesting patterns created by the noon-day light and architecture, perhaps purposely exploit characteristics usually associated with harsh ("bad") overhead lighting (deeply shadowed faces and such), whatever. (And, for the conceptually minded... if you can come up with a photograph that somehow conveys the plot points of the famous "High Noon" movie - a lone hero, up against impossible odds, deserted by all the other townsfolk, except the loving companion - without being too literal in the interpretation - well, step right up, partner!)

    Color or monochrome is fine, doesn't matter.

    Preferably, please post your entries (one or multiple okay) in the MSA Gallery.

    Have fun!

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    I like your assignment, Martin. Our fall rains have started already, but there should be some more sunny days. I'll do my best. Or maybe a noon photo from a gray and overcast day?

    Here's a high noon shot from a number of years ago. A long time favorite of mine.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=17089

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    Great idea Martin.

    Here is the link to the guidelines thread, for those with questions: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum195/...uidelines.html

    And shouldn't the "window" of times be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.?
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Congrats on winning by night time!

    I'll see if I can join this round, if I can get up this early ...
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    I keep thinking I'll try this one of these days, and I really like your assignment. Hopefully I'll get out and do this one!

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    so thank you for the information on

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    Great concept! Hopefully I'll come up with some ideas to be able to contribute (I always want to for the MSA, then find I've run out of time!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Great idea Martin.

    And shouldn't the "window" of times be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.?
    Good point... oh, well... as long as it's generally around the noon-time area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    I like your assignment, Martin. Our fall rains have started already, but there should be some more sunny days. I'll do my best. Or maybe a noon photo from a gray and overcast day?

    Here's a high noon shot from a number of years ago. A long time favorite of mine.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=17089
    Hey, Sly, I like your linked picture!
    You know, it occurred to me that this assignment might be viewed a bit differently by people in various parts of the world who may already be entering a season less conducive to the types of imagery usually associated with the "high noon" idea (i.e., bright, harsh, overhead light). But, perhaps this will lead to some even more interesting interpretations. In any case, everywhere in the world the clock reaches 12 noon at some point in our earth's rotation... let's see what we can see (and photograph)!

    It's evident you have a good eye. I look forward to your submission(s)!

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    NedL, you are in Sonoma County. It's beautiful... there must be many interesting photographic motifs available!
    I'm counting on you! Let's do this.

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