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Zuiko
20th October 2014, 09:16 AM
Welcome to the first competition in the revamped Photo Challenge. :)

Subject: Creative Autumn. I want to see your autumn pictures, but particularly those that use a creative technique, such as limited depth of field, or slow shutter speed to capture a sense of movement in wind-blown leaves. Or you may have captured some great light and atmosphere - the possibilities are endless!

Closing date: Midnight (UK time) on Monday 3rd November.

Here are the rules, which should be copied and pasted into the opening post of each round:-

1) The winner of each round becomes the Curator of the next challenge and is resposible for setting the theme and making final judgement of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Ideally he/she will make a few comments concerning what they liked about the winning pictures and why they were chosen, but this is not compulsory.

2) A separate thread should be started for comments with each new round and all discussions should take place there, not in the main thread, which should feature pictures entered for the competition only.

3) Each round should be open for entries for two weeks, with the Curator posting the results as soon as possible after entries have closed and the winner setting a new challenge as soon as possible sfter that.

4) If for any reason a Curator is unable to complete judging their challenge, or a winner is unable or unwilling to become the next Curator, they must contact a moderator immediately so that alternative arrangements can be made.

5) The Curator's decision is final and cannot be disputed. The challenge is designed to be a light-hearted and fun way to encourage friendly competition.

6) All entries must have been taken on an Olympus digital camera, including compacts. Third party lenses on E-System bodies are acceptable. The Exif data should be preserved for every entry. The exception is for processing techniques where the exif for the final image is lost, i.e. for montages, HDR, focus stacking, etc and in this case all that is required is for one of the original images used to be available to the Curator to check Exif, if needed. It is not anticipated that this will be needed except in the case of a complaint from a forum member. Remember, this is not a competition with prizes at stake and the main purpose is to encourage members to showcase their favourite shots whilst having a bit of fun and friendly rivalry, at the same time demonstrating what a talented bunch we all are!

7) There are no time limits on when a picture was taken, provided it meets all other criteria.

8) Only one entry per challenge, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that's OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement picture that this is what you intend doing.

9) The Curator cannot enter his or her own challenge.

Good luck!

See this thread (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=35113) for comments

Janet
20th October 2014, 11:28 AM
Autumn on Grove Lane

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2546/4120474686_a8e97342ef_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/7h7vz1)GROVE LANE, PADIHAM (https://flic.kr/p/7h7vz1)

Barr1e
20th October 2014, 03:04 PM
Autumn Reflections popped
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/Autumn_Reflection_12.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/28970)
Taken with the brilliant Olympus E-5 etc

StephenL
20th October 2014, 03:08 PM
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/autumn_misty_munden_ford_A4_for_card.jpg
Morning Mist

andym
20th October 2014, 03:41 PM
Wide

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PB104208.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54232)

art frames
20th October 2014, 04:00 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Autumn_berries.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78512)

sponner
20th October 2014, 05:24 PM
ivy seed head

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14783063/ivy.jpg

PeterBirder
20th October 2014, 10:41 PM
Dewdrop lenses on a spider's web.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA220025_DxO_2-e.jpg

tomphotofx
20th October 2014, 11:17 PM
Taken in a local country park processed and hand painted in Photoshop using mixer brushes.

Photo-Painting of an Autumn Scene

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1522/A132579.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78530)

Tom

Ralph Harwood
21st October 2014, 10:56 PM
Hiding his Nuts

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Hiding_his_Nuts.jpg

E-PL3 and 40-150mm

OlyPaul
22nd October 2014, 07:53 AM
The Reds and Golds Of Autumn

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1767/Red_And_Gold_Of_Autumn.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78559)

OM USer
22nd October 2014, 02:16 PM
Chestnuts in Autumn

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/PA228088b3.jpg

birdboy
22nd October 2014, 10:15 PM
Golden Rain
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/508/MA091192.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78593)

benvendetta
24th October 2014, 07:43 PM
Emergence

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Emergence.jpg

greenguru
25th October 2014, 08:41 AM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Autumn_Walk_Small.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78638)

DavyG
26th October 2014, 02:01 PM
Wrinkled Peach:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PA150562b.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78669)

rawclicks
26th October 2014, 07:14 PM
Caring
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5603/15448913957_67084689a5_b.jpg

macmcgill
26th October 2014, 10:48 PM
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1538/1034248b.jpg

Jim Gordon
27th October 2014, 04:16 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/autumn_1_of_1_2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78692)

hruissen
30th October 2014, 07:43 AM
Fungus beauty

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/HA169227.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78721)

bilbo
30th October 2014, 05:58 PM
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3956/15481955318_024bdba391_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pA64W7)

Bengeo
2nd November 2014, 01:40 PM
Lichen

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15562180176_ec9a352b33_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pHbeZj) on Flickr

Andy

IainMacD
2nd November 2014, 09:37 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20141010-Glen_Affric-RA105840.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78303)

RogerMac
2nd November 2014, 10:59 PM
http://www.macdon.demon.co.uk/NewPhotos/November%20colours%20(stacked)%2020.jpg

JohnGG
2nd November 2014, 11:37 PM
Autumn Ivy

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1671/PA131968_600x800.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78829)

Cheers,

JohnGG

snaarman
3rd November 2014, 08:42 AM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/614/EM515558.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78831)

Chevvyf1
3rd November 2014, 09:25 AM
Brighton 21st October, 2014 - taken with Dramatic Tone Art Filter (in camera) to accentuate the "Storm" on the Trafalgar Day Anniversary when the first Storm of Autumn arrived with the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, buffeting our shores.



http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/a_sm_pano_PA210075_2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78568)

stoates
3rd November 2014, 07:56 PM
Aspen Trees in autumn plumage at Glen Cannich:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/1210Glen_Cannich76-Edit_Small.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/78836)

Tordan58
3rd November 2014, 11:12 PM
Marigolds

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1139/PA099628.jpg

Zuiko
4th November 2014, 12:41 AM
The competition has now closed. A big thank you to everyone who has entered. I'm too tired to make a decision now (it really is bed-time) but I will approach the difficult task tomorrow, with a fresh head. :)

Zuiko
4th November 2014, 10:14 PM
Oh golly gosh, it's decision time, do I really have to pick 3 from this wonderful collection of photographs?

Well, I've made my choice and in doing so have been forced to pass over some cracking shots that would grace any calendar. I must emphasise that these are my personal choices and that anoher judge might have reached an entirely diffeent but equally valid conclusion. One thing that I have tried to keep in mind during my deliberations is that the emphasis of the theme is creative autumn photographs. So here goes:-

1st Stoates. Steve has made an excellent job of blurring by vertical movement of the camera during a slow exposure to create this stunning impressionistic abstract. One of the best of this type of picture I've ever seen.

2nd Art Frames. Peter has made a superb composition of autumn berries, sharp where it matters and wonderfully diffused by the limited DOF to help emphasise the main group of these fruits. There is also a beautiful creamy bokeh to the totally defocussed background.

3rd macmcgill. My first reaction was "what's a boat got to do with autumn?" But then I remembered that autumn gales happen at sea, too. In fact, I think this dramatic scene is wonderfully evocative of a rough November day on the North Sea. You can almost hear the wind howling, ripping at your sou'wester as hands numbed by the stinging cold attempt to grip tight in anticipation of yet another crashing blow from the angry sea.

Congratulations to all, now over to you for the next challenge, Steve. :)

bilbo
4th November 2014, 10:31 PM
Congratulations to the winners. :)

What's next Steve?

Ralph Harwood
4th November 2014, 10:36 PM
Congratulations to all the winners!

birdboy
4th November 2014, 10:44 PM
Congratulations to the winners and to John (Zuiko) for a well chosen subject which gave wide scope for presentation of images. That was a really good turnout.*chr*chr

IainMacD
4th November 2014, 11:18 PM
Very well done Steve a great image that meets the 'creative' aspect of the challenge perfectly.
Well done to the other winners, all who took part and John for pulling it all together.
Now I look forward to Steve's challenge :D

stoates
4th November 2014, 11:27 PM
Help! - I wasn't expecting that John; many thanks for the vote and kind appraisal and also for setting it all up in the first place.

Need to get my thinking cap on now - be back to you all shortly. :eek:

tomphotofx
4th November 2014, 11:27 PM
Congratulations to the winners, it's pleasing the challenge was so well supported with a wide range of interesting images, well done all.

Tom

Zuiko
5th November 2014, 12:03 AM
Help! - I wasn't expecting that John; many thanks for the vote and kind appraisal and also for setting it all up in the first place.

Need to get my thinking cap on now - be back to you all shortly. :eek:

It was well deserved, Steve, but winning can be a double-edged sword! :D

StephenL
5th November 2014, 07:44 AM
A worthy winner. I wouldn't have liked to make the decision, so well done to John for his judgement.

Chevvyf1
5th November 2014, 08:43 AM
C o n g r a t u l a t i o n 's :D to ALL THE ENTRANTS because it still takes "some special stuff to enter" and this was an amazing lot of entries :)

John has done a great job as Curate :D

and

we have three terrific and worthy winners, Congratulations to Steve, Peter and Mac :)

A great way for 4M'ers to go into winter :)

DavyG
5th November 2014, 08:45 AM
Congrats to the winners, well done to the entrants and thanks to John for the difficult task of judging.

Here's to the next one.

Dave

RogerMac
5th November 2014, 09:45 AM
There is now a short pause before the next challenge so could I suggest that we use it to define the rules where entries are made using multiple images. I entered a focus stacked image from 15 "frames" and I assumed that as long as I was transparent about it there would either be no problem or at least it would be tactfully ignored. However it would be be a good idea to define how these are handled in future - I can think of at least three cases, HDR focus stacking and montages, where some definition would be a good idea

Roger

Chevvyf1
5th November 2014, 10:06 AM
There is now a short pause before the next challenge so could I suggest that we use it to define the rules where entries are made using multiple images. I entered a focus stacked image from 15 "frames" and I assumed that as long as I was transparent about it there would either be no problem or at least it would be tactfully ignored. However it would be be a good idea to define how these are handled in future - I can think of at least three cases, HDR focus stacking and montages, where some definition would be a good idea

Roger

Roger, is there a problem ? I do not see one ? please explain ?

I thought any image, any time within the "Theme" :confused:

RogerMac
5th November 2014, 10:20 AM
In fact the image I submitted was made up of 15 separate images stacked together and being stacked had lost its exif. In a note I offered to submit one or more of those images for exif examination and I assumed that would be OK but I was actually breaking the rules in submitting an exif less image

Roger

StephenL
5th November 2014, 10:23 AM
I understand your concerns, Roger. My take on this would be that such images are fine, as long as at least one of the original images used in such a "compilation" retains its exif and is able to be made available to a judge in case of a dispute.

PeterBirder
5th November 2014, 10:59 AM
Many congratulations to the worthy winners.*clap

A great selection of images and styles.

Many thanks to John for coming up with a format that makes participation easier and therefore more inclusive.

Regards.*chr

ps. Interesting that two of the winners spend much of their life at sea. Not significant, I think but just interesting.:)

OlyPaul
5th November 2014, 11:44 AM
Congrats to the winners and a great selection of images which could have not made Johns job easy.:)

tomphotofx
5th November 2014, 01:52 PM
There is now a short pause before the next challenge so could I suggest that we use it to define the rules where entries are made using multiple images. I entered a focus stacked image from 15 "frames" and I assumed that as long as I was transparent about it there would either be no problem or at least it would be tactfully ignored. However it would be be a good idea to define how these are handled in future - I can think of at least three cases, HDR focus stacking and montages, where some definition would be a good idea


Lets not complicate our competitions with lots of rules that take away our creative expression when we are in the process of making photographs.

It will be a very sad day indeed if we do, it doesn't matter to me if the image is SOOC, montaged, focus stacked, HDR, over processed, overlaid textured, warped, twisted or pulled, the end result is what we see and then make a judgement if we like the picture or not.

Tom

Chevvyf1
5th November 2014, 01:53 PM
Lets not complicate our competitions with lots of rules that take away our creative expression when we are in the process of making photographs.

It will be a very sad day indeed if we do, it doesn't matter to me if the image is SOOC, montaged, focus stacked, HDR, over processed, overlaid textured, warped, twisted or pulled, the end result is what we see and then make a judgement if we like the picture or not.

Tom

Totally agree Tom :) *chr

Zuiko
5th November 2014, 03:20 PM
I've ammended Rule 6 to hopefully clarify the validity of processed images that do not retain Exif. It is not a requirement of the Curator to routinely check the Exif for entries in any case (I certainly didn't!) and I would only expect it to become necessary in truly exceptional cases, such as a complaint from a fellow competitor. :)

macmcgill
5th November 2014, 10:03 PM
Thanks for that, really pleased, you wanted movement, I thought that one had loads of that. Now to figure out how to top it for the next one