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kerso
10th February 2011, 10:34 PM
Hi Guys,
I would like to run a prize competition for a bit of fun. Prize can be a 4GB memory card or a photographers vest.
PLease give me some themes and we can run after weekend. Ian.

stevednp3
10th February 2011, 11:38 PM
Hi kerso, thanks for the competition and for delivering my e5 so quickly ;)

Seeing as there is a lot more cameras around with art filters, how about a theme based on using them ? Might actually make us use them ;)

kerso
11th February 2011, 12:06 AM
Steve, some members may not have them still but we could try that another time. Pick a couple of themes to get us started and we can do competition at weekend. Will look at all themes offered and pick one once we have some. Hi kerso, thanks for the competition and for delivering my e5 so quickly ;)

Seeing as there is a lot more cameras around with art filters, how about a theme based on using them ? Might actually make us use them ;)

catkins
11th February 2011, 12:36 AM
Well, with all the discussions and worries perhaps about the future for the Olympus brand, during these times of constant worry about recessions, jobs, etc., maybe you need to have a theme that links to looking to a positive future.

So my first theme would perhaps be a little predicable in being called 'The crystal ball' (and definitely no crystal balls photos allowed!!) - images entered would be an interpretation that would show creativity to give a positive message about the future.

My second theme suggestion would perhaps be a celebration of Olympus and its cameras, thus linking in with you Kerso and with us as its 'devoted' users.
And I use the devotion term on purpose as the theme would be actually based on the Twelve Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Hermes).
You could either run this as a one off competition or over twelve months.
The entries would perhaps use the Wikipedia interpretation of what each God represented (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Olympians) - so for example "Apollo - God of light, music, poetry, prophecy and archery" would invite entries that showed the best combination of at least two or three of those headings, to thus encourage perhaps an image that combines good lighting with a musical instrument or piece of poetry!

All the best and great idea to 'sponsor' a competition - I haven't used you to date but I commend your thought in giving something back to the Olympus owners.

Regards
Chris

kerso
11th February 2011, 12:40 AM
Cheers Chris, I like your idea, let's see what we have over weekend then will decide. I can keep a note of all ideas. Regards Ian. Well, with all the discussions and worries perhaps about the future for the Olympus brand, during these times of constant worry about recessions, jobs, etc., maybe you need to have a theme that links to looking to a positive future.

So my first theme would perhaps be a little predicable in being called 'The crystal ball' (and definitely no crystal balls photos allowed!!) - images entered would be an interpretation that would show creativity to give a positive message about the future.

My second theme suggestion would perhaps be a celebration of Olympus and its cameras, thus linking in with you Kerso and with us as its 'devoted' users.
And I use the devotion term on purpose as the theme would be actually based on the Twelve Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Hermes).
You could either run this as a one off competition or over twelve months.
The entries would perhaps use the Wikipedia interpretation of what each God represented (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Olympians) - so for example "Apollo - God of light, music, poetry, prophecy and archery" would invite entries that showed the best combination of at least two or three of those headings, to thus encourage perhaps an image that combines good lighting with a musical instrument or piece of poetry!

All the best and great idea to 'sponsor' a competition - I haven't used you to date but I commend your thought in giving something back to the Olympus owners.

Regards
Chris

Zuiko
11th February 2011, 12:53 AM
Hi Ian,

This is very nice, thank you. :)

How about "The Olympus Advantage."

The idea would be to submit a picture that was made easier by the use of an Olympus E-System DSLR or Pen camera. It might be art filters. It could be the x2 crop factor for a great telephoto shot. Maybe the increased magnification of a macro image or a shot taken in really wet weather by the E3/E5. Then again it could be a candid street shot made possible by one of the discreet Pen range. It could be a low level (or high level) shot made easier by live view on the fully articulated screen or it might be a lowlight shot made easier by an f2 zoom plus sensor image stabilization. Maybe the built in level has aided a perfectly straight horizon in a seascape or the ability to use a legacy lens with an adaptor has contributed to a great image. Then, of course, is the huge depth of field available, particularly when using one of the fantastic ultra wide zooms. The facility for remote off-camera multiple unit flash control is another big plus. Even the unique (amongst DSLRs) 4:3 aspect ratio can often be an advantage.

Let's celebrate the many advantages that our Olympus cameras bring us! Our cameras are limited only by our imagination! :)

kerso
11th February 2011, 01:45 AM
John, will probably make the first competition simpler . ie just name a theme such as winter, speed, red etc etc. Ian. Hi Ian,

This is very nice, thank you. :)

How about "The Olympus Advantage."

The idea would be to submit a picture that was made easier by the use of an Olympus E-System DSLR or Pen camera. It might be art filters. It could be the x2 crop factor for a great telephoto shot. Maybe the increased magnification of a macro image or a shot taken in really wet weather by the E3/E5. Then again it could be a candid street shot made possible by one of the discreet Pen range. It could be a low level (or high level) shot made easier by live view on the fully articulated screen or it might be a lowlight shot made easier by an f2 zoom plus sensor image stabilization. Maybe the built in level has aided a perfectly straight horizon in a seascape or the ability to use a legacy lens with an adaptor has contributed to a great image. Then, of course, is the huge depth of field available, particularly when using one of the fantastic ultra wide zooms. The facility for remote off-camera multiple unit flash control is another big plus. Even the unique (amongst DSLRs) 4:3 aspect ratio can often be an advantage.

Let's celebrate the many advantages that our Olympus cameras bring us! Our cameras are limited only by our imagination! :)

shenstone
11th February 2011, 07:56 AM
Hi Ian

Thanks for adding to the site

Given where we are at this time of year about about "Sprinigng into the future" should alow a wide enough interpretation for some none obvious interpretations

regards
andy

davidsa
11th February 2011, 11:30 AM
Surely most enigmatic technical term that has been invented is: "circle of confusion".

How about that? Could be something based on its actual meaning, or, for example, someone looking puzzled blowing smoke rings, or an anarchic game of "ring a ring a roses", or reflections or something round in rippled water or ....:D

MotoCroz
11th February 2011, 11:48 AM
How about contrasts. Either a pair of pics that contrast with each other. or a single showing both.
:cool:

kerso
11th February 2011, 12:12 PM
Thanks for themes, keep them coming. Ian.

benvendetta
11th February 2011, 12:59 PM
If you want as many people as possible to enter the competition, the theme needs to be as open as possible.
Folks in camera clubs know all about this!

I like the theme Contrasts, as already suggested with the theme in one image. This should inspire some serious thinking as well as some more conventional thinking.

Who were you thinking as a judge, or were you planning on throwing it open to voting from the masses! The second method you are likely to get the favourite image rather than the best image - not necessarily the same thing IMO!

kerso
11th February 2011, 01:07 PM
Dave, thanks for your input, I have run a lot of competitions over at another photo site so have a good idea and agree with what you say regards the judging. I need to think about how it will be judged. If this competition is successful I will be offering more. Once a theme is chosen I will start 2 new threads. One for images only and the other for discussing the images. It works well and makes it quicker to view images if thats all on that thread. I am looking forward to starting this new competition for members I think we should get some great images.
Thanks again. Ian.
If you want as many people as possible to enter the competition, the theme needs to be as open as possible.
Folks in camera clubs know all about this!

I like the theme Contrasts, as already suggested with the theme in one image. This should inspire some serious thinking as well as some more conventional thinking.

Who were you thinking as a judge, or were you planning on throwing it open to voting from the masses! The second method you are likely to get the favourite image rather than the best image - not necessarily the same thing IMO!

Janet
11th February 2011, 01:58 PM
If this is anything like the threads you've run before on another site, then it should be a lot of fun!

Janet

kerso
11th February 2011, 02:10 PM
Same idea, should be fun Janet. Please be sure to enter.
If this is anything like the threads you've run before on another site, then it should be a lot of fun!

Janet

kerso
11th February 2011, 03:40 PM
Themes at moment I will choose from

Olympians
Macro
Low Level shot
Spring
Circle
Confusion
Contrasts

Please send more ideas! Ian.

Kiwi Paul
11th February 2011, 04:12 PM
How about "Any colour you like" theme?


Paul

Falk
11th February 2011, 04:40 PM
My brainstorming got me first to rust or oxydation (of any kind) - and from there somehow to
trust - which might show up as dog & cat playing, an old couple on a bench or a rock climber securing an other one by means of a rope etc. etc.

BTW kerso, I sent you a PM regarding the price list

Falk

kerso
11th February 2011, 05:20 PM
Themes at moment I will choose from

Olympians
Macro
Low Level shot
Spring
Circle
Confusion
Contrasts
Colour
Oxydation
Trust

Please send more ideas! Ian.

Makonde
11th February 2011, 05:33 PM
the one and only
odd one out
innocence
wind and rain (has to be plenty of opportunity...)
commuting
secret of life

photonutter
11th February 2011, 05:34 PM
With so much speculation going on these days, how about 'the future'?

kerso
11th February 2011, 05:49 PM
Themes at moment. Think we should have enough here now. Will start competition tonight / tomorrow
Olympians
Macro
Low Level shot
Spring
Circle
Confusion
Contrasts
Colour
Oxydation
Trust
The one and only
Odd one out
Innocence
Wind and rain (has to be plenty of opportunity...)
Commuting
Secret of life
The Future

Janet
11th February 2011, 06:19 PM
Is it going to be the same sort of format/rules as the ones on TP?

I particularly liked the rule that photo's only have to be taken in the past year and not in the current month...I notice some superb images in our Gallery that have never been posted on the forum. It would be great to let folk share some of those images if they fit the theme of the competition.

Janet

kerso
11th February 2011, 06:23 PM
Janet, I am happy that photo can be as old as you want as long as the entrant took it. Is it going to be the same sort of format/rules as the ones on TP?

I particularly liked the rule that photo's only have to be taken in the past year and not in the current month...I notice some superb images in our Gallery that have never been posted on the forum. It would be great to let folk share some of those images if they fit the theme of the competition.

Janet

Janet
11th February 2011, 06:37 PM
I'm looking forward to it Ian...I entered a few on TP...never did particularly well, but the fun was in taking part. Although I used older images in some of them, for each one I did at least try to take something specifically for the challenge.

I'm sure you'll get good support on here. I also think that many of us need a bit of motivation at the moment with these days of overcast skies and miserable weather - what better than a friendly photographic challenge to get us out and about?

Good luck with it.

Janet

kerso
14th February 2011, 03:13 AM
Guys going with theme "Odd one out"
Start posting please at
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?p=102763#post102763