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    Photo Assignment 07/13/08 "Celebrating the Fourth of July"

    OK, so I’m going to give this a shot, note that I can't promise the great reviews/critiques as provided by Tom and Alex, we shall see, (perhaps I'll try doing it in verse! Then again, maybe not! Ha Ha!)

    Since I’m posting this a bit early, to give you all a chance to think about how you’d like to interpret the theme, I’m going to let this one run for two weeks so the closing date for entries will be the Sunday of the weekend following the fourth, or the 13th of July.

    With the upcoming holiday, namely the Fourth of July when we celebrate our Country, friends and family, as well as remember those who have served to help keep us free, it seems fitting to have this next challenge about the many ways we celebrate this event.. You had a whole month to rest and digest the results of your last efforts. It's time to break out the camera again, but again as always remember these simple rules:
    • Photos must be shot between Saturday June 28 and Sunday July 13.
    • You must provide the EXIF information if asked (we'll help you, if you'd like to know how to get it).
    • No photoshop alteration (we're looking to improve your skills with your camera, not software).
    • Your photograph must adhere to the theme, which will be described below.
    • Post only one photo per post, so that commentary can be easily provided for that photo. You may post more than one photo, but try to keep it to a handful.
    • Title your photo so it can be referred to later.
    • Post two or three of your best photos in this thread. Please post series, experiments, and photos for comment and criticism in the PHOTO COMMENTARY thread.
    • And, the most important rule: have fun! We're looking to spread the joy that many of us derive from taking pictures, particularly ones that tell a story of some kind.


    This fortnights theme: "Celebrating the Fourth of July"

    This can include anything from time-lapse photography of the fireworks displays in your neighborhood to pictures of a family gathering to a spending a quiet day of reflection of what the fourth is all about. Or perhaps it could be photographs of the preparations for the oncoming holiday, which is another reason I decided to post this a bit early. Remember this should be your interpretation of what the fourth is about so don’t get stuck thinking just fireworks or some other “traditional” symbol of what the fourth is.

    As Tom often reminds us:
    Remember Ansel Adam's admonition, "You don't take a photograph, you make it."

    As you search for something dealing with the Fourth of July, remember some of the principles we've been working on:
    • Rule of thirds
    • Think foregrounds
    • Shooting during the "golden hours"
    • Look for a focal point
    • Consider a high or lower vantage point
    • Seek diagonal lines
    • Frame your subject


    NOTE: Please use the Commentary Thread to post multiple efforts and to discuss techniques, ask questions, make comments, etc. Please reserve this thread no more than three of your final efforts, the photos you're really proud of and want feedback on.

    Thanks!

    Have fun and show us Your Fourth!

    RM
    Last edited by rocketman; 06-28-2008 at 01:12 AM.

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    OK I guess I'll go first in hopes of getting the ball rolling...

    Here is how the old Civil War era Bacon Race Church Cemetery is getting ready to celebrate the Fourth, they place small flags around the gravel parking area. Bacon Race Road was built to help move troops during the war era, like so much of this area, you can hardly go anywhere without finding some tid bit of history.



    So, come on folks, lets see the fourth in your 'hood!

    RM

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    and now I have to immediately disqualify myself since.....



    they weren't actually taken outdoors at the actual event

    I was at home watching "A Capitol Fourth" on my big screen TV with Jeanne and her folks! Ha Ha!

    still, they did come out nicely,

    That is unless you zoom in on the images to closely, then you can see the pixels of the screen start to stand out individually.

    RM

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    A very late post but one taken on time

    Sorry so late, summer is too much fun! Here's how our family spent the 4th:






    and how else could a 4th of July end?

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