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POTN G-series Speed Challenge #190 - SIMPLICITY

 
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Sep 22, 2008 22:16 |  #1

Challenge #190 - SIMPLICITY - WINNERS -
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From my original description of the theme, I assumed that all the entries will contain images with simple, uncomplicated graphic content. As usual, another possible interpretation was found by the participants, and some images are not visually simple, but transmit or suggest a simple idea: lovely, simple life, essential, simple pleasures.
Another group shows both a simple image and a simple idea and at least one, with simple shapes deals with a complex concept as liberty.
This multifaceted criteria and the quality of the images brings me to another contest difficult to judge. Here I go:
  • Maureen Souza – Pro1 – Simply Lovely
    The strong colors, the contrast of the green with the reds and yellows and the sensation of volume produced by the shadows make this an eye catching image. Really beautiful.
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  • WMDunkin – G9 – Hanging
    The detailed green sepals in sharp focus and the furry bee of sorts are nicely enhanced by the blurry close background. The blown up white distant background is a good idea, but I am not too fond of the overexposed petals, but the overall image is still a good picture. Welcome to this challenge and stay here for many more.
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  • etal – G7 – SYMPLICITY
    The pattern of lines formed by the clear and dark greens is the kind of simple image I was looking for. The lines converging to the center right with only one darker leaf breaking the symmetry are interesting composition elements. The withered yellow petals add some color contrast, but are slightly detrimental to the main pattern in my opinion.
    Welcome to the challenges, let this be the first of many participations.
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  • Kevan_G9 – G9 – Good Boy!
    The shape of the bone is simple enough for this challenge, I also like its texture and the bass relief is nicely enhanced by the angled light from the left. I think it would be even better with a less cluttered background (a paper without the letters, for example). Nice picture.
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  • macroshot – G7 – birds on a wire
    I love the lighting (i. e. the shadows) on the wires and the way they run on the main diagonal of the picture. A bit of luck placed the main subject and the bright sky within the dynamic range of the sensor, but that also required a carefully planed exposure that tells about the artist skill. The only minor complain is the placement of the turtledoves far apart toward the corners of the frame. What about just one of them place on the upper right or the bottom left thirds? Lovely simple picture.
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  • BobsYourUncle – G9 – Simple Life
    Those long legged mosquitoes and the way their legs interrupt the vertical pattern of the wall are a great subject for a simple image. A tighter crop of the left side or even a vertical framing to avoid the over exposed far foreground may help to the composition and exposure control.
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  • IainB – G1 – ‘Mind your head...’
    Nice title. I love the placement of the pole and the sign that account for the simplicity of the image. The dark sky and the distant line of trees and the wooden pier (can I call it a pier?) complete the composition nicely. A slightly blurred far background would be great, but we know that it is a hard task for the powershots. I would say infrared, but the dark leaves are against my guess. A filter or channel mixer post processing? Tell us the tale :)
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  • teekay – G1 – Abandoned
    An almost mathematical rule of thirds for the horizon and the silhouetted lonely home placement, the sparks of white on the overall dark ground texture and the clear sky with just a faint cloud on it are the keys to the simplicity depicted by this beautiful picture.
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  • Randall n LV – G9 – Sandstone lamp
    Great capture. The key feature, of course is the light spreading around the flames to show the fabulous texture and colors of that particular sandstone. The reflection of the flames glaring in the central bottom starts the sensation of perspective and volume that continues with the barely visible elements (another stone?) of the dark background. Very nice picture.
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  • Gloubiboulga – G9 – Simply... essential
    Yes, the little calf is carefully looking the photographer to be sure he can continue with his bare necessities. The framing, including only the essential parts of he and his mother to describe the scene makes it a simple photo. The contrast between the grass and the furry skins is nice.
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  • marie – Pro1 – simply stoned in the distant past
    That is the capture of images from a wonderful dream. The camera aimed to produce an almost architectural ‘lateral view’ flattens the building, but the lines of light created by the glow in the air restore the lost volume. The light also enhances the pattern of the stones in the roof and separates the whole structure from the diffused trees in the background. The tree at right provides the illusion that there is a solid glow behind the building. The narrowed and uniform colors palette makes simple the otherwise complex capture. Awesome shot.
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  • PicBug – G9 – What remains
    That was unexpected! Of course, a pair of humble sneakers call for a simple picture. :), the sand and its texture look good and the contrast with the shoes is nice. I know the shoes are not a head nor they have a face, but I keep thinking that they are showing us their rear and that their ‘nose’ is pointing right, so I’m expecting to see more sand to the right than to the left of them. Do any of these comments make sense? Thank you for sharing an original idea.
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  • Gary W. Graley – G9 – Liberty
    I like the beautiful and dramatic lighting. The textured background progressively going to pitch black provides a complete separation of the coin from it. There are complex lines from the face and the writing, but the complexity is lost because of the clean and pure line of the circle enclosing them. It is a picture with a nice concept and composition.
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  • Michael Wells – G9 – Simple Pleasures
    The ground with the pebbles in the foreground and the grass gradually fading to black frame the dog nicely. The picture is somewhat soft and noisy; while those can be seen as defects, I think they actually add to the mood of the picture and the pet looks good on it. It may be a simple pleasure, but he looks quite proud of guiding himself.
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  • Car – G7 – The sky's the limit
    It is a beautiful composition of the repetitive pattern of similar squares and circles with a different shadow on each of them. I think it was an interesting exposure decision to shot the interior relatively underexposed and the ‘oculus’ absolutely over exposed to show the sun bean entering the dome. Very well done.
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  • Boutty – G6 – golden harvest
    It is really a beautiful cob with golden grain. The composition or the crop limited to just part of the grain and part of its cover with the texture lines running in different directions is a clever decision to keep the image simple and interesting. The lighting is great. A wonderful closure of this week challenge.
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Winners

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  • 1st - Boutty – G6 – golden harvest
    Because just two elements, the ordered grains and its cover describes the whole cob nicely.
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  • 2nd - marie – Pro1 – simply stoned in the distant past
    Because the treatment of colors and light convert the picture in a simple and beautiful painting.
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  • 3rd - Randall n LV – G9 – Sandstone lamp
    Because the whole perspective is achieved by the simple interaction between the light and the texture of the stone.
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  • Mention - teekay – G1 – Abandoned
    Because of the simple and classical composition with a minimum of elements.
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Some notes:
  • WMDunkin wrote the title in the message body and not in the in the subject row. This is his first post in these challenges, so I considered it a valid title. The title box will appear clicking 'advanced mode' when posting.
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  • Michael Wells posted an image 798 pixels high. I think there was a clear intention to obey the 800 pixels rule and considered the 2 pixel difference just a minor technical problem while resizing.
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  • An additional comment, not strictly related to the host duties:
    The avatar of macroshot, blown up to the correct size, will do a great entry for this particular challenge :). I mean the one copied below for archive porpouses, just in case he decides to change avatars in the future.
    http://sites.google.co​m …roshot_avatar11​9467_5.jpg (external link)
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Many thanks to everyone; 16 interesting submissions of high quality standard, as usual.

Remember, all my comments are my own subjective appreciation of your work; some may be wrong, some inaccurate. I did my best to be as fair as possible.

Regards

rafael

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I started by thinking: the theme for this week should be something simple….
and that was my last thought about it :)

The theme for this week is SIMPLICITY

Show us a picture that is simple, uncomplicated, uncompounded.
Go even further, if you like: show us a picture that can be described as naïve,
or just pick some description from the dictionary and put into your picture directness of expression, clarity, restraint in ornamentation, austerity.

Another word about it, and this description will lose its simplicity, so pick your camera and go for the picture as you understand it.

Enjoy
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Sep 22, 2008 23:51 |  #2

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