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    Alex Grossjohann - Empire State Plaza

    Wow! I gotta go with this one as my Fav. While there are some nice entries, the candle, the lock, the straws and even my beer can shot all fit the "simple" theme well, as does the old BMW motorcyle fit the simple, (machanically speaking) theme, yet each have multiple elements, but this one, now this has but one element, planes, period! Talk about minimulist and plane or (plain) . Plain and Simple, it capture both elements nicely, Very striking, nothing to distact and I love the angles, the way the picture is divided by the plane running corner to corner, very very nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bricciphoto View Post
    I love this shot beerteam! It speaks to me. A tough shot to take because light like that lasts only a few minutes and you certainly had to make a decision to wait for the contrail in the reflection to dissipate or snap it while the getting was good. Very nice.

    Thanks bricciphoto,

    That shot was taken about 20 miles from West Bend, Wisconsin at Harrington Beach State Park. The photo was shot at a 45 degree angle down from above the water on the Quarry's ledge. Looking down on the water, the water was a mirror reflection of the blue sky and the clouds. The sun was going down in the western sky, which put the low sun on the tree.

    bricciphoto you have a well trained eye. An untrained eye would make the assumption that the simple shot was taken looking up and the blue cloudy sky was sky, not a reflection in the water.

    Thanks for the review. BTW, I did not know the contrails were in the sky. The photo took less than one minute to take, I was in a hurry cuss I did not want that family with little kids catching up to Buddy and I on the walk around our Quarry Lake.


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    Lots of great photos, this week!

    In an attempt to make our unpaid reviewers job easier, I'm going to play thread nanny and remind everyone to post one photo only, and send the rest over to the "photo assignment anarchy" thread. Please post them there though, because I still like seeing them... but having everyone post multiple photos is going to make SNC1923's reviewing a lot more work than it already is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    Lots of great photos, this week!

    In an attempt to make our unpaid reviewers job easier, I'm going to play thread
    nanny and remind everyone to post one photo only, and send the rest over to the
    "photo assignment anarchy" thread. Please post them there though, because I still
    like seeing them... but having everyone post multiple photos is going to make
    SNC1923's reviewing a lot more work than it already is.


    Yeah, the way I originally read it too was only one photo per person.
    But the stipulation morphed in either my understanding of it, or the
    rules themselves to be one photo per post.

    I think, IMHO, the true discernment of a "competitive" (I know, we're all just
    having fun here) photo thread, is in the photographer being willing to stand in
    front of all their shots and say "Hey! Only one of these is really the best, in my own opinion,
    so which one will I submit for 'judging'?"

    But what do I know.
    I'm not much for "rules" and I certainly have a distinct weakness for bikerotica.
    Nice one Mr. Dean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandallIsland View Post
    Yeah, the way I originally read it too was only one photo per person.
    But the stipulation morphed in either my understanding of it, or the
    rules themselves to be one photo per post.

    I think, IMHO, the true discernment of a "competitive" (I know, we're all just
    having fun here) photo thread, is in the photographer being willing to stand in
    front of all their shots and say "Hey! Only one of these is really the best, in my own opinion,
    so which one will I submit for 'judging'?"

    But what do I know.
    I'm not much for "rules" and I certainly have a distinct weakness for bikerotica.
    Nice one Mr. Dean!

    Well, I'm not trying to call anyone out, and it's probably worth noting that Mr. SNC posted more than one photo, as well.

    Like I said, I like the photos people have posted. I think part of the challenge is picking the "best" for posting. It takes me back to high school photography where we would share a camera between three people (totally manual, black and white), each get 8 shots, and then have to choose one for the assignment. From there, of course, we developed the negatives, did some "test exposures" (photo paper covered by cardboard; moving the cardboard a little bit and doing a bunch of 2-second exposures on the photo paper so we ended up with "2, 4, 6, 8, 10 second exposures - sometimes going back and doing 1-second exposures) and then choosing the best and developing the photo. It was hard work, and you really had to commit to your best photo because you didn't have time to try all the photos.

    Anyhow, I think I got off track. I'm being long-winded, today. I'm not big on rigid application of rules for the most part... although in this case I think one per person makes it more of a challenge. See? I want it both ways, no rigid rules, but rigid rules. I'm perfect for politics.
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    I hemmed and hawed , but here it is. I guess I don't work great under a deadline. I really thought I had imagination too. Dang!
    Here it is, pure and simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    Well, I'm not trying to call anyone out, and it's probably worth noting that Mr. SNC posted more than one photo, as well.

    Like I said, I like the photos people have posted. I think part of the challenge is picking the "best" for posting. It takes me back to high school photography where we would share a camera between three people (totally manual, black and white), each get 8 shots, and then have to choose one for the assignment. From there, of course, we developed the negatives, did some "test exposures" (photo paper covered by cardboard; moving the cardboard a little bit and doing a bunch of 2-second exposures on the photo paper so we ended up with "2, 4, 6, 8, 10 second exposures - sometimes going back and doing 1-second exposures) and then choosing the best and developing the photo. It was hard work, and you really had to commit to your best photo because you didn't have time to try all the photos.

    Anyhow, I think I got off track. I'm being long-winded, today. I'm not big on rigid application of rules for the most part... although in this case I think one per person makes it more of a challenge. See? I want it both ways, no rigid rules, but rigid rules. I'm perfect for politics.

    Tough class. It's hard to be best judge of your own work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapid_Roy View Post
    I hemmed and hawed , but here it is. I guess I don't work great under a deadline. I really thought I had imagination too. Dang!
    Here it is, pure and simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grossjohann View Post
    Tough class. It's hard to be best judge of your own work?
    Indeed it was tough. I really enjoyed it; the challenge kept me interested. I need to find all my old photos and negatives from that class; they're probably in a box at my parents house, in the attic. For the most part I agonized over picking a photo, but I still remember one that was very obvious. Our theme was people, and I took a picture of the two people I was sharing the camera with. At the time it didn't seem like anything special, but it came out JUST RIGHT. There was no doubt in my mind that it was THE photo. Came out really well, and people were asking me for copies of it. It was just one of those rare photos. I wish I was good enough to do that all the time... or even 1/4 of the time.

    Most of the time with these photo assignments I don't really like the photos I post (though I liked my "blue" submission). I almost didn't post last weeks, and SNC1923 thought it was OK; I agree with the criticism and suggestions, too. This weeks was interesting because I didn't get around to taking it until Sunday evening. At the time I had a pizza in the oven and realized I had 16 minutes to take a photo while it baked. I used a combination of different lighting in the room (behind me) and a flashlight being moved around, and no flash on the camera. It's ironic, for "pure and simple" I went to the most trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    Indeed it was tough. I really enjoyed it; the challenge kept me interested. I need to find all my old photos and negatives from that class; they're probably in a box at my parents house, in the attic. For the most part I agonized over picking a photo, but I still remember one that was very obvious. Our theme was people, and I took a picture of the two people I was sharing the camera with. At the time it didn't seem like anything special, but it came out JUST RIGHT. There was no doubt in my mind that it was THE photo. Came out really well, and people were asking me for copies of it. It was just one of those rare photos. I wish I was good enough to do that all the time... or even 1/4 of the time.

    Most of the time with these photo assignments I don't really like the photos I post (though I liked my "blue" submission). I almost didn't post last weeks, and SNC1923 thought it was OK; I agree with the criticism and suggestions, too. This weeks was interesting because I didn't get around to taking it until Sunday evening. At the time I had a pizza in the oven and realized I had 16 minutes to take a photo while it baked. I used a combination of different lighting in the room (behind me) and a flashlight being moved around, and no flash on the camera. It's ironic, for "pure and simple" I went to the most trouble.

    Some complain about three days... You gave yourself sixteen minutes

    OK, I accept the challenge. I'll only post one picture to the photo assignment thread next week.
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    Statdawg, believe me when I say, you are something!

    I appreciate everyone's concern about my workload. It's really nice. I would remind everyone that I'm not the only voice here. Ya'll are welcome to chime in. If you don't feel qualified to talk about photo technique, etc., you are welcome to comment on the photo's suitability for the theme. Begin with both of mine--they're not even close!

    And a clarification on the "rules." As originally conceived, I think the rule is "one photo per post" and not "one photo per photographer." It would be nice if we each limited our submissions to make it somewhat manageable, but I think it's fine if someone posts a few photos. We have a few prodigous shooters here, and they may be shooting all weekend. If you've got some gold, show it.

    Having said all that, if you've got some that aren't real winners (in your opinion) but you want to air them for some comment, the "Anarchy: Photo Assignment" thread is a great place to do that.

    When and if I don't have time to comment on the photos, well, I'll burn that bridge when I come to it.

    Keep shooting! Keep posting! As long as this continues to be fun, I intend to keep doing it and hope you all do, too.

    My wife and I are riding over to Carmel this weekend, so I'm thinking next week's theme will be "Carmel."


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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    And a clarification on the "rules." As originally conceived, I think the rule is "one photo per post" and not "one photo per photographer." It would be nice if we each limited our submissions to make it somewhat manageable, but I think it's fine if someone posts a few photos. We have a few prodigous shooters here, and they may be shooting all weekend. If you've got some gold, show it.
    Oh sure; I try to help you out a bit and here you go proving me all wrong. Well that's it. I have a whole memory card full of photos coming your way, buddy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post
    Statdawg, believe me when I say, you are something!

    I appreciate everyone's concern about my workload. It's really nice. I would remind everyone that I'm not the only voice here. Ya'll are welcome to chime in. If you don't feel qualified to talk about photo technique, etc., you are welcome to comment on the photo's suitability for the theme. Begin with both of mine--they're not even close!

    And a clarification on the "rules." As originally conceived, I think the rule is "one photo per post" and not "one photo per photographer." It would be nice if we each limited our submissions to make it somewhat manageable, but I think it's fine if someone posts a few photos. We have a few prodigous shooters here, and they may be shooting all weekend. If you've got some gold, show it.

    Having said all that, if you've got some that aren't real winners (in your opinion) but you want to air them for some comment, the "Anarchy: Photo Assignment" thread is a great place to do that.

    When and if I don't have time to comment on the photos, well, I'll burn that bridge when I come to it.

    Keep shooting! Keep posting! As long as this continues to be fun, I intend to keep doing it and hope you all do, too.

    My wife and I are riding over to Carmel this weekend, so I'm thinking next week's theme will be "Carmel."

    Oooooooooh, Carmel. One of my favorite places on earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    Oh sure; I try to help you out a bit and here you go proving me all wrong. Well that's it. I have a whole memory card full of photos coming your way, buddy.



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