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AnnF
01-05-2009, 06:59 AM
January's contest theme is "Evening/Night Photography with Natural Light".
Evening begins when there is limited natural light (typically resulting in longer exposures). For those in the city, street lighting is permitted since there is no way around that.

Some compiled suggestions for future contests will be reiterated:

One of the objects of these contests is to get the creative juices flowing and allow the imagination to run free, resulting in more 'out of the box' thinking.

Try tackling the subject of each contest without a camera in mind in the first instance and then give considerable thought as to how to depict the subject matter with a camera.
Because we won't be using a flash, try experimenting with different exposures and speeds, etc.

Also, show the photo(s) in the photo forum and ask for some critique to see if improvements could be made. If the shot can be taken again, try shooting at different angles and don't be afraid to experiment with other techniques to produce varying results. Ask yourself if it really fits the theme of the contest and if it's creative enough to really stand out.

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Please reduce your entry to approximately 800 pixels in width.
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The photo must be taken in the month of the contest. You are allowed to submit one (1) photo. You can resubmit another one, but be sure to include your user name again and PM me so I can remove the one previously submitted.

Please include a title with your entry, along with your user name (or PM me so I know who it belongs to).
We must be able to see the exif, so please make sure it is attached to the photo. If you need help with that, PM me. If the original exif is not there, I will contact you asking for the original photo so I can retrieve it.
The entry must also be from a 4/3 SLR camera, which includes (but not limited to) the Olympus E-3, E-1, E-300, E-330, E-400, E-410, E-420, E-500, E-510, E-520, Panasonic L-1, L-10, etc.

The entries will be judged according to these criteria:

Subject: Does the subject fit the theme?



Creativity: How effectively/dramatically/interestingly is the subject presented?



Composition: Has the subject been composed appropriately/interestingly?



Lighting: Has lighting been used appropriately/effectively for the subject?



Technical: Has the subject been exposed, focussed, etc appropriately/correctly?

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There will also be two who place 3rd and 4th, and they (along with 1st & 2nd place winners) will have a chance at the end of the year for the Photographer of the Year.

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assafx
01-06-2009, 04:30 AM
Ann,
We don't have a POTY for 2008?

Assaf

AnnF
01-06-2009, 05:12 AM
I'm sorry, we wanted to get this up before it was too late in the month.
We will be working on that, plus having the December judging take place very soon.

Thanks,

Ann

zbahu
01-06-2009, 01:25 PM
I'm not sure what counts as evening for this theme, do you mean after the sun has set or, say, up to an hour or so before?

Either way, a nice theme I think :)

Colin

AnnF
01-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Well, I guess it doesn't matter whether the sun has set or not, as long as there is limited natural lighting (in the evening or night). The idea is to use your imagination with no flash, which will most likely result in a longer exposure.:)

Ann

NrthrnHrse
01-06-2009, 05:28 PM
Oh I can't wait....I have tons of pictures I just took and posted on the -40 thread (http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=43233).

zbahu
01-07-2009, 01:32 AM
Brrr - Nice shots!

I hope shooting at -40f is not a requirement for this contest...:cool:

So I guess a scene with man made light, in the form of street lamps, signs etc is OK but the photographer must not add his own light (flash) for this one?

Colin



Oh I can't wait....I have tons of pictures I just took and posted on the -40 thread (http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=43233).

AnnF
01-07-2009, 10:35 AM
Oh I can't wait....I have tons of pictures I just took and posted on the -40 thread (http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/showthread.php?t=43233).
Nice shots.

So I guess a scene with man made light, in the form of street lamps, signs etc is OK but the photographer must not add his own light (flash) for this one?

Colin
No, this is about using whatever natural lighting is available during the evening night time hours.:)

Ann

tomsi42
01-07-2009, 10:43 AM
Hi,

I am new on this forum, an have a question regarding the competitions. The rules are easy to understand, but there is nothing about whether I can publish the picture on the forum at the same time. Or use it on other forums as well. Are there any restrictions on that ?

Tom

tspore
01-07-2009, 11:08 AM
I have moved the End of year POTY back to March, to get it away from the holidays when people hopefully have a bit more time.

AnnF
01-07-2009, 11:58 AM
Hi,

I am new on this forum, an have a question regarding the competitions. The rules are easy to understand, but there is nothing about whether I can publish the picture on the forum at the same time. Or use it on other forums as well. Are there any restrictions on that ?

Tom
Hi Tom,

No, there are no restrictions on that. As a matter of fact, we encourage showing them in other forums (3rd paragraph down in red in 1st post). Although, it's preferred they not be posted in this thread.:)

Ann

tomsi42
01-07-2009, 12:03 PM
Hi Tom,

No, there are no restrictions on that. As a matter of fact, we encourage showing them in other forums (3rd paragraph down in red in 1st post). Although, it's preferred they not be posted in this thread.:)

Ann

Ok, that's good. I have an idea that I want to try out with the E-420, but I need som snow first. And it is a good idea to try it out on a few forums first.

I can understand why you dont want the pcitures here :)

Tom

holmesworks
01-10-2009, 08:31 AM
Nice shots.

No, this is about using whatever natural lighting is available during the evening night time hours.:)

Ann

I'm confused. So none of the images posted up by Northern horse on the -40 thread would qualify?
Only starlight, moonlight and ambient skylight (no city light-domes) with no artificial light at all? That certainly makes it tougher - but a great challenge none the less. :cool:

cosmonaut
01-12-2009, 04:31 AM
I guess natural light means, sun and moon. Are parking lot lights and other sources excluded?

bg2b
01-12-2009, 06:17 AM
I was kind of assuming "natural" meant nothing that you're directly controlling at the time of the shot (e.g., a flash). If you live in a city, it's pretty limiting if you can't have ANY man-made light in the scene.

AnnF
01-21-2009, 05:21 PM
Hi all. I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. I hadn't been getting notices and I've been swamped with end of year stuff.

I spoke with Tony and he said street lights will be allowed.

But remember, this is evening or night time photography where there is limited light, no flash (most likely resulting in longer exposures).

Thanks,

Ann

AnnF
02-04-2009, 04:11 PM
I am missing info on the following contest photos for January:

Got the info I needed, thanks to those who responded.

NrthrnHrse
02-24-2009, 02:15 AM
Decision coming soon?

AnnF
02-24-2009, 09:14 PM
Yes. Will tally up the votes as soon as the final ones come in.