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Camera Club Competition

The Camera Club I've recently joined has an interesting competition in a weeks time called The One Neg Competition. Everybody has been given the same raw file to process, manipulate etc, no rules or restrictions up to 3 variations to be submitted as a PDI (Projected Digital Image). On the projection night each photographer talks through the process etc briefly on how they got from the original to the modification.

An interesting challenge as well as a great way to share information about thought processes in the making of a modification and techniques used.

We have all been given 3 separate images to play with and here is my first attempt at image One, I'd be interested in any feedback please.

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My modification




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Re: Camera Club Competition

my initial reaction is that you will win
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Re: Camera Club Competition

Nice Tom and as a surreal image it stands a good chance of winning depending on the competition.

The photographer in me thinks you would never see lightning with that mackerel sky.
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Re: Camera Club Competition

Like it Tom.
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Re: Camera Club Competition

Thanks Sponner, Paul and Dave for your positive comments. I'm working on another variation which I should upload later today. An exercise like this certainly makes the Right Brain tingle with excitement .

My first thoughts with the 3 raw images was to take them in a different direction to how they were first perceived by the photographer who took them, I hope I succeed in this.

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Very interesting. Always quite difficult to come up with new ideas for photographic clubs.

Hopefully you will be able to show us your winning entry and some of the others if possible.

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Re: Camera Club Competition

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The photographer in me thinks you would never see lightning with that mackerel sky.
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My first thoughts with the 3 raw images was to take them in a different direction to how they were first perceived by the photographer who took them, I hope I succeed in this.

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I cant imagine the the tog who took that shot was thinking it was going to end up looking like that. I am sure you will acheive your own aim at least.
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Re: Camera Club Competition

Thanks Alf, I know nature can be very unpredictable at times, well in my mind's eye anyway and I'm guessing the tog who took the original would have been extremely pleased in the result they achieved, I know I would have been.

Pushing the boundaries afterwards is a whole new world of dreamscapes. Here is my second consideration of raw No 1, a slightly different technique to retain some of the original colour tone.

My modification No 2



All comments welcome.

I shall move on to raw image No 2 next and post here maybe tomorrow.

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Re: Camera Club Competition

Thanks Graham, it's a great idea for a camera club evening, I'll post a selection of club members interpretations once the competition has been held.

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Re: Camera Club Competition

I agree a very interesting and challenging competition. Those two manipulations are great but to me they both miss having some evidence of the special sky elements (lightning in 1 and speckled pink sunset in 2) reflected in the wet beach. I think that would just add the icing on the cake.
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Re: Camera Club Competition

I think that such a competition is a great idea. However, I would say that the competition is not very inclusive as it favours those with a good level of post processing skills. In my club, there are many people who just wouldn't feel confident enough to enter a competition like this.
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Re: Camera Club Competition

Just to clarify The One Neg is loosely called a competition, it's an exercise starting from a level playing field (everybody has the same 3 raw images) then to process, develop the images etc, on the night the competitors will talk through the process used, and hopefully a lively discussion will take place between the members. It's an excellent way to stimulate enthusiasm amongst the club members and ultimately over a period of time raise the standard of the club overall.

I think it's a great way for advanced workers to help some of the beginners to improve their levels of Post Processing. Everyone was a beginner once and I see it as a great way for the club to raise the bar in future inter club competitions.

It doesn't matter which image comes 1st it's all about the journey that takes place and the skills learned along the way and for advanced workers to share their skills to benefit all club members.

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Re: Camera Club Competition

Thanks for your comments Phill, the competition is next Monday so plenty of time left for any tweaking, thanks for your appreciated input.

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Thanks for your comments Phill, the competition is next Monday so plenty of time left for any tweaking, thanks for your appreciated input.

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I rather like the original, but Tom's two versions are imaginative and interesting. I know that it's crossing the boundaries of reality (the lightening in particular) but I guess that is the whole point. A great way for club members to share techniques and have a lot of fun!
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Re: Camera Club Competition

This seems a great idea and the "lightning" shot is very imaginative, which is, I suspect, one of the things they were looking for.
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