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Tue Oct 29, 2013, 04:30 PM

November Contest Information

I'll be trying my best to have this contest run smoothly but I can't give any guarantees.

The Theme for the November Contest is: Metaphor Abstract

Submissions will begin Friday November 8 and go through Friday November 15.
Submissions will be open which means you will post your entry to a specific thread.

Preliminary Voting will start on November 16 and go through November 19.
Finals Voting will start on November 20 and go through November 23.

Voting will last for 72 hours in both the Preliminaries and the Finals


Dates are not written in stone and could vary.



Anything goes regarding the processing of your photos. We're talking Abstract here so there really are not any boundaries on your creativity.

Have a question? Just ask.

Thanks!

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Reply November Contest Information (Original post)
postatomic Oct 2013 OP
Blue_In_AK Oct 2013 #1
postatomic Oct 2013 #4
alfredo Oct 2013 #2
alfredo Oct 2013 #3
postatomic Oct 2013 #5
alfredo Oct 2013 #6
Callalily Oct 2013 #7
Mz Pip Oct 2013 #8
postatomic Oct 2013 #9
NYC_SKP Nov 2013 #10
postatomic Nov 2013 #14
Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2013 #11
postatomic Nov 2013 #15
Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2013 #18
postatomic Nov 2013 #21
mnhtnbb Nov 2013 #19
postatomic Nov 2013 #20
Celebration Nov 2013 #26
postatomic Nov 2013 #27
Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2013 #12
postatomic Nov 2013 #16
mnhtnbb Nov 2013 #13
postatomic Nov 2013 #17
trusty elf Nov 2013 #31
Mz Pip Nov 2013 #22
postatomic Nov 2013 #23
Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2013 #24
postatomic Nov 2013 #25
CC Nov 2013 #28
Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2013 #29
teamster633 Nov 2013 #33
Mz Pip Nov 2013 #30
mnhtnbb Nov 2013 #32

Response to postatomic (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 05:40 PM

1. Oh, crap, you're going to make us THINK

Darn you...

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 09:41 PM

4. Just a tiny bit

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 07:34 PM

2. You devil. :)

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 07:52 PM

3. That site is great.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 09:46 PM

5. One of my fave sites/magazines

They usually have a link where you can download the entire annual.

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Response to postatomic (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 11:31 PM

6. I guessing ought to bookmark it

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 06:51 AM

7. Wow! Interesting topic!

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:11 PM

8. Looks interesting!

Are enhancements allowed? 🎆

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 09:23 PM

9. Enhance all you want

Like I said; no boundaries.

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2013, 08:08 PM

10. Monochromatic only, B/W? Or, are color monochrome or full color OK.

 

Since the samples you posted are exclusively black and white, I thought I'd ask.

Thanks!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 09:18 PM

14. B&W, Color, B&W Tones, Color Tones, etc

Sorry. Should have made that clear. Any color (or non-color) works.

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 01:03 PM

11. Postatomic - Unorthodox Idea - Hope all would weigh in

Just throwing this idea out there... I have wished at other times that we could add a couple sentences of explanation to our entries.

With this month's contest, the theme just seems to scream for that ability. I have noticed many photographs on websites and in books allow the taker to do this.

I know it's never been done here.

Thoughts?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 09:25 PM

15. I think that is an excellent idea

An 'Artist Statement' would be very beneficial. My concern is that since this isn't part of the regular time tested rules I'd hate to force people to do something they are uncomfortable with or something they aren't sure how to do.

A confession. I had thought about eliminating the preliminary voting. I would pick out the 10 photos that go into the finals. But then I had this vision of pitchforks and torches.

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Response to postatomic (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 09:35 PM

18. Dear Postatomic

break every rule there is....just for November 2013

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 04:06 AM

21. Total Anarchy!!! I love it

I think the Theme is as adventurous as I want to get. Maybe just a little tweek here and there though.

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Response to postatomic (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 02:30 AM

19. Ummm, I really enjoy seeing everyone's photos.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 04:03 AM

20. As do I

Could still share all the photos without using the skewed prelim voting system.

One of the best learning tools with photography (IMO) is being able to critique photos. The Host is basically just an Office Worker. Not that's there is anything wrong with that. I just think doing something that gives the Host a more active role in the process would be beneficial to everyone.

Would the decision be biased? Absolutely. Just as it is in the off-line world of photo evaluations.

I seriously doubt I'm going to do that. Feel like it should be something discussed at a later date. Change is good. A routine that is always the same can make things a bit stale. It'd be nice to add a little 'spice' to the contests.

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Response to postatomic (Reply #20)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:47 PM

26. Here is what you could do without the pitchforks

Arrange the photos in the preliminaries in such a way that your favorites have the best chance. I am pretty sure that would be okay with everyone. It is like seeding a tournament................you don't pick the finalists but you don't put all the best entries into the same batch to compete against each other in the preliminaries.

I haven't done that in the past but it has occurred to me.

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Response to Celebration (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 05:28 PM

27. Thank you

My original thoughts were directed at removing the prelims from the voting. I've seen 'Photo A' get the most votes in one prelim group only to totally tank in the finals, or a photo gets screwed in the Prelims because of the other photos in that particular Prelim group.

Your suggestion is a nice alternative. I'll consider it.

Again, thank you.

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 01:04 PM

12. No rules - but what about size ?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 09:26 PM

16. Ahhh - not sure we should mess with that one

I don't have a problem with larger photos. Honestly the 800 x 533 images are too small some times to be appreciated.

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 05:11 PM

13. I got one!

We are traveling--in Vienna right now--and today hubby and I were in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. If you saw the movie, The Museum Hours, that was it. Found my subject among the exhibits!

Very cool that they let you take photos--no flash--in most of the rooms. Credit goes to the museum for the lighting!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 2, 2013, 09:28 PM

17. Cool

Going across the pond is on my bucket list. I don't recall the movie 'The Museum Hours'. Will have to check it out.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 6, 2013, 09:27 AM

31. Great museum-and yes, very cool that one can take photos.



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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 07:00 PM

22. I'm really going for the "no boundaries!"

This one is turning out to be quite fun! I'm really looking forward to seeing all the entries.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #22)

Sun Nov 3, 2013, 11:38 PM

23. Excellent. I think I know what you're doing



Glad you are having fun with this. That's the bottom line. Do something maybe a little out side your comfort zone and have fun doing it.

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Response to postatomic (Original post)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 12:06 PM

24. Just so I am clear - Metaphor - Abstract....the entry needs to be both ? It's pretty rare

to find a subject that is both....that is unless you find a good metaphor and then doctor the pic up? Or take an
abstract photo and then hope you can find a metaphor?

Just brainstorming here.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 4, 2013, 02:05 PM

25. Either or Both

Ideally it would be both but I don't want to stifle entries. An abstract metaphor shouldn't be that difficult but I guess it all depends on what you are doing.

No stress. Do whatever works for you.

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Response to postatomic (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 08:18 PM

28. Way up there when you were talking about adding

an artist statement. I don't see why you couldn't have people do that since you are the host. It would add a bit more work and checking on your part though since you would have to copy & paste the title, photo and statement into the prelims and finals. Now as to skipping prelims, that might cause a stir. When the contest was first started there were no prelims and only the 10 spots. The 10 spots were filling in minutes if not seconds. That is why it was expanded to 30 and prelims then finals.





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Response to CC (Reply #28)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:04 PM

29. Now, I know this isn't Postatomic's responsibility to correct all ills...but it strikes me like

something should be done to increase viewership/voting. Only an infinitesimal number of people
view and vote - compared to total viewers/posters.

Maybe he is on to something with only one vote

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #29)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 07:52 AM

33. Is the contest poll only posted in General Discussion?

I seem to remember some time back that cross-posting to the Lounge was mentioned. I rarely, if ever, go there, so I have no idea if the contest is seen there or, if it would make that much of a difference. In any event, I agree that it would be nice to somehow increase the voting pool.

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Response to CC (Reply #28)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:25 PM

30. Title

I think it's possible to use the titles to reflect the metaphors.

That's what I'm doing. I think I have my entry and will title it with a metaphor.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #30)

Thu Nov 7, 2013, 11:54 AM

32. That's my plan, too.

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