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    I'm just dying to give this a try.

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    Anyone else having problems with uploaded images not looking 100% in size?

    Just comparing my last upload to same image displayed at same rez and zoom in Irfanview and they look totally diferent!

    Dunno what's happening with APUG, but the image is slightly different from what I loaded. In particular, I'm getting reticulation of small detail while on Irfanview it's perfect.

    Wonder what I'm doing wrong?
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    Well, it is now precisely midnight on the South Pacific island of Samoa (GMT-11), the last time zone on the planet, and the final chance for an MSA submission has come and gone.

    A big thanks to everyone who decided to give this a try with my admittedly more difficult than usual theme. My hope was that it would give everyone a chance to step back from some of the more easily found traditional subjects and instead put on their thinking caps.

    I am very pleased with the results. Glancing through the gallery it is easy to see the mental wheels turning behind just about every submission. Those submissions range from unique takes on traditional subjects to very personal images to highly conceptual abstracts. Congratulations to all on your refreshing efforts.

    I decided last evening to sit down for a few hours and take an extended look at each entry, followed by an attempt to put into words my thoughts on each of the photographs.

    My disclaimer is that I am not an art critic, nor do I play one on television. What follows are simply my personal reactions to each of the photos. The ultimate worth of those reactions is for each to decide for themselves. Just don't take me too seriously.

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    [Solitary Leaf] (attachment only)
    Fireguy2002

    A very well seen photograph, I think. Shallow DOF does its 3D thing very effectively. Keeping the angle of the stem parallel with the background lines such that the leaf can cut directly across the trend of those lines creates a nice tension that compliments the DOF isolation. And the simplicity of the statement is stark and overwhelming. Lots of clarity here. My compliments to you.

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    Doel, the end of a town (1)
    Bertus

    I liked this one from the beginning. It's my favorite of the set of three. The figure lends an incongruous touch of the unexpected to the composition, drawing the eyes very strongly and lending a sense of mystery. The textures and tones work well together. My only wish might be for parallel verticals on the left. But that is only my large format bias making a pest of itself. I can imagine this as wonderful full-scale print. Well done.

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    Doel, the end of a town (2)
    Bertus

    Another mystery here, but one more related to curiosity than uneasiness. The words say "letters," but I do not ever remember seeing anything quite like this before. Are they a makeshift memorial? Letters of protest? The background spire subtly implies a graveyard tableaux. But all I am really certain of is my curiosity.

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    Doel, the end of a town (3)
    Bertus

    This one is probably closest of the set to meeting the theme. My sense here is one of sadness. There are some very personal items visible within this piece of furniture. Books, gloves at the bottom, perhaps a pair of sandals next to the gloves. Each of these - especially those books - represents a carefully made choice by someone at some point in the past. The significance of those choices has now faded. And the cabinet sits out in the overgrown grass.

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    The End Of Life...
    barbara ann

    A very personal montage and accompanying description. Together they serve to forcefully remind us all of the fragility of life, as well as its brevity and finality. I read somewhere that if the age of the Earth were represented by the length of an American football field (300ft/91m), then the average human life would be less than 1/50th the diameter of a human hair. Sadly, some end up even shorter than that.

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    Sadly, Morgana Vanished...
    nsouto

    Yes, the universal sign of a nearby illicit business. But also a very effective photograph. This is another of my favorites. The strong angles and quirky but sharply focused subject matter combine to create a very dynamic composition. And where I live if the police drive by, more than just Morgana will probably be vanishing pretty quickly. Good job, Noons.

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    End Of The World
    nsouto

    Very strong perspective, suddenly terminated without a visible vanishing point. Another creative interpretation. I am drawn to the crispness and regularity of the forms. But I am not sure I like the figures as they compete with and dilute that regularity. Regardless, a well-seen and executed image.

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    Gone...
    nsouto

    In this photograph DOF forces the eye and imagination is left to do the heavy lifting. We see not the end, but its aftermath. We know nothing for certain, other than that whatever was happening is no longer. And seemingly never will be again. Another good interpretation.

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    No Chocolate on my pillow??? (attachment only)
    stradibarrius

    It sure doesn't get any more final than this, does it? Gives one pause to think as well. An effective use of corner and edge burning to force us to look at something we'd rather just ignore. Like automobile accidents, I know it happens to others, but I also know that it's just never going to happen to me. Right?

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    Really, Things Are Just Beginning.....
    sly

    Well now if this isn't just THE End, I sure as heck can't imagine what else would be. What a wonderful angle to take on the theme. And made all the more so by the fact that it's one of the few positive angles taken. My compliments for showing us all that there's more than one way to look at both beginnings and endings. I like this one a lot.

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    Msa - The End (of the Path)
    MattKing

    A visible vanishing point illustration of the theme combined with a seasonal illustration. The trees are barren, while the path is covered. This photograph speaks to those, myself included, who treasure the melancholy that is autumn. Step outside. Daylight is ending. Warmth is ending. Color is ending. Even movement seems to slow down. That is what I see in this photograph. Very effective, Matt.

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    Msa - End Of The Road
    nsouto

    I believe this later submission truly nails the "or will wake up one day when we least expect it" portion of the assignment. Really not much more to be said beyond that, other than now I understand better why my food is so expensive.

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    MSA: The End. Into The Light...
    barbara ann

    What do I see here? That I was with my father the day he died. And moments before he passed, after having been silent for over twenty-four hours, he raised up on his bed, reached with his right hand and called out to something in front of him. Then he was gone. I never knew what it was he saw...

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    So that about covers it. And as far as picking my favorite?

    I gave this a lot of thought. I think the one that jumps out at me the most is the 'nsouto' (Noons) photograph of Morgana's hanging shoes. Secondary illicit interpretations aside, I think it says The End in a wonderfully quirky and abstract way, while at the same time standing quite on its own apart from the MSA theme as an otherwise visually interesting composition.

    Second place? By a thinner hair than you can know is "Really, Things Are Just Beginning" by 'sly'. Bonus points here for seeing a positive interpretation of The End while most others, myself included, went the other way.

    And honorable mentions go out to 'Fireguy2002' for "Solitary Leaf", 'Bertus' for his "Doel #1", and especially 'barbara ann' for being willing to step further outside the box than anyone else with her "Into The Light..."

    So congratulations, Noons. The March-April 2010 Monthly Shooting Assignment now falls to you.

    And as for January-February 2010, it's all yours Matt...

    Thanks again everybody,
    Ken
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    Thanks Ken, and congratulations to all who participated in this round - there were some great submissions.

    Congratulations in particular to the winner, nsouto.

    The next Assignment is up and running. The theme is "Brilliant", and you can find the thread here:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum195/...tml#post918281

    Matt

    P.S. a request to the moderators (or alternatively, the project owner, david b) - it might be best if the "Sticky" designations were removed from the two threads at the top of the forum.

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    Yikes! I'm in trouble again...

    Thanks heaps Ken for the great theme, only hope I'll be able to come up now with something equally interesting!

    And thanks to everyone who participated. I love these bi-monthly "challenges" to our creativity, they're a great way to give some direction to my feeble photographic efforts.

    And this one had some really interesting entries, particularly in the interpretation of the theme. I absolutely love sly's bottom-line approach to the subject!

    Barbara's entries touched me more than I cared to show. Been on the receiving end of some missing family in the last few years and I could well relate to the feelings shown... May your God bless you, top lady.

    Ah well: onwards to infinity! And beyond!
    Cheers
    Noons (Nuno Souto)
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