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Digital Camera Speed Challenge #436 Symmetry and Balance

 
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Oct 20, 2016 02:02 |  #1

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RESULTS AND CRITIQUES have been posted below in post #8.

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Enter an image which you think best exemplifies the concept of symmetry, or balance, or both.

The challenge begins when posted, and will end at 8PM Pacific Time, Wednesday October 26, 2016 The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

CHALLENGE RULES:
1. Camera: Any DIGITAL CAMERA is allowed, (not just DSLR)
2. Time: Any on-topic photo taken at any time is eligible, although photos that have won other competitions should NOT be entered.
3. Size: See standard P.O.T.N. Image Posting Rules.
4. Post Processing: Do whatever you like and the host will decide if it works.
5. Posting: ONE PHOTO per photographer in each challenge.
6. Details: Show camera model & lens used. Post brief EXIF data including ISO, shutter speed and aperture used.
7. Commenting: Please, NO COMMENTING DURING CHALLENGE but feel free to make comments in this thread after a winner has been declared.
8. Content: Keep it clean, and both Family and Work safe.
9. Have questions? PM me.
10. Have FUN!

* THE WINNER ALWAYS SETS THE THEME FOR THE NEXT CHALLENGE, POSTS IT AND JUDGES IT - BE PREPARED! A new challenge should be posted ASAP after you have been declared the winner.

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"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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Oct 20, 2016 12:50 |  #2

Dome interior of West Baden Springs Resort, IN.

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Oct 20, 2016 13:31 |  #3

Honestly M-Six... not trying to be a copycat here but...


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Oct 22, 2016 23:09 |  #5

Sandpiper Couple

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Oct 23, 2016 04:54 |  #6

Bit of fun, long time ago.

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Oct 24, 2016 16:43 |  #7

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Oct 26, 2016 23:49 |  #8

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#1 The winning nod goes to Ian W. I love that you captured symmetry in such a unique way, finding it in a reflection. The composition within the reflection is rather amazing.......you must have looked at that from every possible angle, and been delighted when you saw this particular view. I especially like the way that the next building in the row is shown (on the outside of the sphere); that frames the main building quite nicely.

#2 Runner up goes to Sibil. I really like how you created this unique still life to exhibit both bilateral symmetry and balance. Balance, employed not only aesthetically, but literally! Also, I especially like the colours and the way they work together. The surface the objects are on - is that some type of fabric? I assumed a countertop, but then it looks softer than that.....so I am curious to know what it is. I really like the way that the pinkish light from the bowls reflects down onto the turquoise-bluish surface. And that particular turquoise color is a great complement for the other colours in the image - especially the pinkish tones - and also goes quite well with the black background.

The others, in no particular order:

Darkslinger - A splendid example of radial symmetry! I like the way that the stem is shown - it gives an obvious means of support for the flowerhead, ye the extent to which it is blurred does not interrupt the flowerhead's form. I also like how the background, while primarily dark, has some variation within the darkness.....much more appealing than a solid dark background would have been.

Teekay - Love it! The fact that the bird's bills are in alignment makes it work so well! Also, the one bird appears smaller than the other, due to the angle at which it presents itself to the camera. And then the one rock appears smaller than the other, due to the extent to which it is submerged..... creative use of symmetry in the way that like objects appear to be different sizes in the photograph. And as far as balance is concerned, well, the subjects themselves are taking care of that!

M Six - What brilliant colours! And what a classic display of radial symmetry. Even the supporting beams in the background appear to be radiating from a common center. Even the light itself appears to be radiating out from the center, as its intensity is greatest in the center and seems to fade away as it moves outward. What I like most about the image is the very center, which is so obviously off-center. The eye expects everything to line up, and then that centermost element doesn't play along - which fact creates a bit of interesting tension.

Hye 5 - What a complex subject, from a geometric standpoint. There is really a lot here to look at and process (I mean mentally process, not edit). The camera captures things in a way that flattens them out, but we know that in fact the 4 walls are at an acute angle (probably 90 degree) to the ceiling. This gives the eye and the brain a little bit of tension, as we know that things are not the way our eyes are seeing them. This is, of course, caused by the extremely wide angle at which you photographed the scene, which allowed you to get quite close tho the ceiling and yet still include the 4 walls. A wonderful use of perspective distortion, used to exploit the symmetry of the subject. Most interesting indeed!


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"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
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Oct 27, 2016 21:15 |  #9

Congrats to all... there were phenomenal images in this competition!!


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Oct 27, 2016 21:51 |  #10

Great images, everyone. Sibil, I loved your shot. Very nicely done.

Kudos to Ian W. That's a mind-bender if ever I saw one.

And thanks to Tom for taking the time to produce such extensive and well written reviews of each shot. Hats off to you, sir.

If you're ever passing through southern Indiana, the West Baden Springs Resort is worth a visit. The hotel interior is stunning in its immense space.

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Oct 27, 2016 23:40 |  #11

Congratulations to IanW & Sibil - and in fact everyone else for their excellent entries! I'm sure glad I didn't have to judge this challenge.

Tom, thanks for your kind words re my small shot of the Yellowlegs Sandpipers, but it was rather a "desperation" entry as I couldn't think of anything else.




  
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Oct 28, 2016 12:41 |  #12

Thank you Tom for the runner up title. Also, I really appreciate how you analyze each picture and are able to so eloquently put your thoughts on paper. I wish I was that good with analysis and words.

To answer you question, the bottom part is a glass cutting board with the smooth surface on the top, and textured surface in the bottom. The color comes from the combination of the bluish tint in the glass and the LED lights I used which also have a blue tint to them. The background is black cloth.

By the way, I thought everyone had great entries. If anything, I though mine would be in the last place. As people always say, you never know which way the selection will go.




  
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Oct 28, 2016 13:29 |  #13

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Thanks for the info on the base you used.......very interesting and creative!

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By the way, I thought everyone had great entries. If anything, I though mine would be in the last place. As people always say, you never know which way the selection will go.

Last place??? There is no last place!

As you said, all of the entries were great! Any one could have been first. Really! That is because they all portrayed the theme - symmetry and balance - in multiple ways. I appreciated the diversity in the way that each entrant interpreted the theme.

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Oct 28, 2016 13:34 |  #14

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18169652 (external link)
Last place??? There is no last place!

I should have said least likely to meet the challenge requirement. Didn't mean it in a negative way.:oops:




  
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Oct 28, 2016 18:54 |  #15

Great shots everyone, like teekay, I'm glad I didn't have to judge it! Congratulations Ian W and Sibil. :-D

Looking forward to the next challenge.


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