< MINI CHALLENGE #8 Winner

shatchshatch lv2grinIdahoPosts: 798Registered Users Major grins
edited August 26, 2008 in The Dgrin Challenges
A lot of fun shots about mundane objects and activities. These are all the photos I pulled out of the contest that I felt were contenders for the voting and considering. So if you didn't happen to win, you did make my "Honorable Mention" section if you are in the following set. Congratulations!

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OK...so now on to the top 5!

At number 5
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Number 4...
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Number 3...
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And number 2; who if number 1 fails to start the next thread under the terms of the winning conditions shall become number 1...
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And finally...with a big congratulations!
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Continue to watch this thread as it will be the thread I will provide my feedback on the photos. Judging these was very subjective. I approached it from a three point front. 1) THEME 2) UNIQUE STYLE OR ANGLE 3) QUALITY OF THE PHOTO/TECHNIQUE.

And let me tell you...it was hard! 10 of the photos above were in the top 5 first cut.

Congratulations Paul. Look forward to you contest!!

Comments

  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Congrat's Paul! Great winning photo, personally I liked your burner shot even better, but your egg cooker shot was fantastic too!
    My congrat's go out to the top 5 and honarable mentions as well, good job everyone!
    Best regards,
    douglas
  • sunitasunita Major grins Posts: 210Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Congratulations, Paul! Superb entry! Congratulations to all the top 5 and hon. mentions as well.

    Cheers, Sunita
  • PaulThomasMcKeePaulThomasMcKee Ars Gratia Artis Posts: 429Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Steven,

    Thank you for the honor…and thanks for such a fun theme! It was interesting to see how folks used their cameras and imagination to transform the ordinary & mundane into the wonderful & striking! What a great bunch of photos and photographers. Congratulations to all who participated!

    The best part of this is that now I get to name the next theme! I’ve had a theme in mind for quite some time now that I’ve wanted to see this group’s interpretation of…Be on the lookout for a new Mini-Challenge thread.

    Thanks again,
    Paul
  • VelvtRideVelvtRide Clickerette Doofus Lovely CaliforniaPosts: 364Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Congrats, Paul! Well deserved! clap.gif
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    I talked to Gumby today, and he's glad that you remembered him, even though it was the shot taken during the worst time of his life.:D

    Congrats to all you finalists, a job well done.
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif those dang egg cookers get me every time.:D
    Aaron Nelson
  • OhEddieOhEddie Mere Mortal Posts: 337Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Way to go Paul clap.gif

    That egg cooker is sweet. And I agree with Doug, the burner shot is top notch too.

    Thanks to everyone for making this so much fun.

    I can't wait to see what Paul is "cooking" up for the next challengerolleyes1.gif
    Blessed are those who remain flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.
  • pyrypyry Way up north Posts: 1,733Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Congrats to the top players :D

    This was a difficult challenge, I went through 4 completely different themes and rejected all of them. My final entry felt like a rush job...
    Creativity's hard.

    http://pyryekholm.kuvat.fi/
  • jeffmeyersjeffmeyers Major grins Posts: 1,535Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Contrats, Paul. Well composed and exposed! Good work.
    More Photography . . . Less Photoshop [. . . except when I do it]
    Jeff Meyers
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Congratulations, everyone!!!! clap.gif
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,079Super Moderators moderator
    edited August 9, 2008
    Congrates to Paul and everyone for a fine showing! Ty for placing me in the mentionables.:D
  • cj99sicj99si Major grins Posts: 880Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2008
    Nice Paul! looking forward to your theme!
  • evorywareevoryware Major grins Posts: 1,330Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    Congrats and great shots everyone!

    Quite cool to see my photo in the top 5 even if it's just toilet paper!

    You'd be surprised how complicated that toilet paper shot actually was! rolleyes1.gif
    Was not a mundane task at all.
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  • OhEddieOhEddie Mere Mortal Posts: 337Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    evoryware wrote:

    You'd be surprised how complicated that toilet paper shot actually was! rolleyes1.gif
    Was not a mundane task at all.

    I liked the shot, and the fact that I can see your camera & tripod in the reflection.:D
    Blessed are those who remain flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.
  • redleashredleash Texas Grins San Antonio, TXPosts: 3,786Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    See, I knew the egg cooker would come out on top!! Congrats, very nice image!

    Lauren
    "But ask the animals, and they will teach you." (Job 12:7)

    Lauren Blackwell
    www.redleashphoto.com
  • evorywareevoryware Major grins Posts: 1,330Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    OhEddie wrote:
    I liked the shot, and the fact that I can see your camera & tripod in the reflection.:D

    Thanks! Among other hurdles, Originally I was in the reflection but I was clearly in my boxers. Then I realized all the different colors I had in my bathroom and things would have to disappear. Then when I thought I was done and shut the tripod down, my wife went to the bathroom and said, "clean the dust off the chrome!" Time to re-open the tripod and re-shoot!
    Canon 40D : Canon 400D : Canon Elan 7NE : Canon 580EX : 2 x Canon 430EX : Canon 24-70 f2.8L : Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM : Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 IS : 18-55mm f/3.5 : 4GB Sandisk Extreme III : 2GB Sandisk Extreme III : 2 x 1GB Sandisk Ultra II : Sekonik L358

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  • shatchshatch lv2grin IdahoPosts: 798Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    The Every Day Mundane Feedback...
    Finally got around to it. Sorry for the delay! If more than one photo was entered, I will pick my favorite of the three and provide feedback on it, unless inspired for some other reason to say more...and remember, these are just my thoughts which probably don't mean much, but I hope it helps.

    Jag
    Congrats. Top 5. I like Girlie Toes painting. For some reason, the photos for this that really appealed to me were the black and white photos. I don't think I have ever entered a bw before so it was interesting to see me leaning that way that day. I like the use of selective coloring and your DOF. The big toe could use a little cleaning up and the object behind the foot is a little distracting. But overall...great photo.

    Mycaptures
    Your cookie photo was amazing! I just struggled making it mundane. Every time I thought about cookies, I got hungry and excited. I guess to many "non" mundane memories of cookies and milk. I also love your Elegant Cooking photo. It may have been a strong contender if the book was more readable with less reflected light.


    idkudk
    My favorite of the three was a Cup. Simple composition, good use of 1/3rds. I would have like to see the crop in tighter...maybe even fill a full third or more of the frame with the cup. I like that you got down on the ground for the shot. The angle works well. DOF is good as well.

    VelvtRide
    Freshly Washed. Got my attention early on when I first saw it. I like the visual flow of the photo, the angle is appealing, the PP adds to it as well. Great shot.


    Evoryware
    This is a great photo. I like it. Advertising quality. Very simple, but engaging. The tones and shapes keep your eyes working the photo. Well done!


    AaronNelson
    washing machine glory
    Your creative approach to this shot was fantastic!! Made me want to throw some stuff in the dryer and take pictures. The colors are vibrantly cool! The only part I don't like is the noisy greyscale portion. I wonder if it would work better if it went to black or nearly black. It doesn't lend to the photo. A gradation to black may make the photo more mysterious and engaging.


    Davev
    Bonus points for the great story! Loved the simple photography, but the middle shot had that extra umph. The laughing while viewing points got you in the Honorable Mention. Definitely made something quite mundane become engaging.


    jeffmeyers
    Very mundane subject, well executed technique with a great conversion. I like it. Would make a good postcard...just don't know for what state.


    Blaze Z Blaze
    I think you were on to something with this photo. I don't know that selective coloring worked in this case. I love the point of view and how you really got in on the subject. The angle of the photo doesn't seem deliberate enough. Was it suppose to be level, or leaning. It is at that angle that I can't tell. I also wonder if in this particular case, focus may have worked better on a more front bottle.


    cj99si
    Home run! Uniqe. Mundane. Engaging. Great photo. Wouldn't change a thing. Love the light to dark and the play with light. Great photo.


    Douglas
    Down a six pack
    Nice use of photos to illustrate your work day. Your photo of the bottles was top notch!! Stock photography quality. I'm not a drinker, but I still couldn't make that a "mundane" activity. Every time I have seen people engaging in drinking, it was something they looked forward to and enjoyed quite a bit. Amazing photo.


    RocketMan
    Great simple photo. Would like to see it more "in your face!" Also, the debris just next to it is distracting to my eye. Good thought, nice DOF, Great angle.



    Tentation
    You have a nice series of executed photos. They didn't make my cut because they were not mundane objects. Your briquetts made my mouth water, the hair was cool, and although I don't drink coffee, I know how passionate people are about their coffee. It was my favorite of your three. I like the angles in the photo and the repetitive shapes.


    Photo-Do
    Mundane subject, great photo. I like the angle, DOF, PP. Wouldn't change a thing...great photo.


    redleash
    I like your creative thought process on the photo. I was glad you shared the story. But had I not read it, I wouldn't have figured it out. The selective color on this photo doesn't work for me. I was unable to figure out what the spread was until I read your comments. I love your angle and how close you got in on the shot. That really works. One major thing against you on this subject however, is that I eat a peanut butter and honey sandwich nearly every day...so it doesn't classify for my "mundane" category. Sorry!


    PaulThomasMcKee
    bowdown.gif I'm not worthy to comments on any of these. They were all worthy of winning. I admire your great simplicity. We can all learn a lot from your work. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations!


    Sunita
    I don't remember your work being so simple and clean! I love it!! All three of your photos are great. I really like the grater! I love the casted shadow. Perfect!


    KarrieMcD
    This is a hard photo to take and still be safe. I like the idea a lot! I love the view in the rear view mirror...awsome! It would have been fun to have motion blur in the shot as well.


    Kevin
    Amazing photo! Excellent execution, great use of thirds, engaging angles are nice as well. Easy to look at for some time. I just didn't find birds "mundane". I can watch them for hours. Great shot!!!


    Pyry
    Very good interpretation on the theme. Story included in a single photo! Nicely done. What would have put it over the top for me and made it a winner was to have a shadow of "wife or mom" cast onto the wall behind with her hands on her hips like she had just caught you "napping on the job".


    darkdragon
    It is always hard to be the second with a great idea because the first tends to get the fame of the idea. Subject is mundane, shot is nice. Dirt on the keyboard is distracting, and a little different angle may be more pleasing. Great interpretation and subject!


    ic4u
    This is a fantastic photo! Repeating shapes, nice close in shot...love it. Just too fun! Couldn't see the mundane.


    RocketMan
    Wishing I was there now. Doesn't reach my "mundane" category. This would be a fun location to try and get higher up to shoot looking down a little more. Horizon seems a little off to the right as well.


    Tom
    You nailed the theme on this. White bread is mundane and bland to me. Nice photo, good angle, like the repeating shapes. Just beat out by other entries.


    spb13
    I don't know what Chipotle is...maybe if I did, I wouldn't have picked it since it wasn't mundane. But ignorance may have helped you in this photo. I saw it as a simple drink cup. Boring and mundane. But ypur ligting treatment and simplification worked very well for me on this. I would have like to see the bottom of the cup in the shot and maybe a strong tilting angle. Overall...liked it!


    OhEddie
    Great series of some classic photos. Simple subject, great color and shots.


    BeemerChef
    The first time I saw it...I didnt get it. About the third or fourth time, I reread your photo name and "BAM!" it was deep!! Your photo has to be able to give the viewer that "BAM" at the point they see it. So...on this shot, I think you should have pulled back just a little bit more so the viewer could immediately identify the object as a satellite dish. Great thought!


    webnana
    I love your "Sunday Afternoon" photo. Great architectural shot. I just enjoy and look forward to my Sunday nap that I couldn't get mundane out of the subject.



    Alright. Thank you to everyone for being patient with me. I enjoyed your entries. Hope this provides some info to think about...if you want more thoughts or have questions, feel free to post or PM me.

    Have a great day!!!
  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    AaronNelson
    washing machine glory
    Your creative approach to this shot was fantastic!! Made me want to throw some stuff in the dryer and take pictures. The colors are vibrantly cool! The only part I don't like is the noisy greyscale portion. I wonder if it would work better if it went to black or nearly black. It doesn't lend to the photo. A gradation to black may make the photo more mysterious and engaging.

    yup, wish id thought of it dang it!thumb.gifthumb.gif
    Aaron Nelson
  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    btw, OhEddies "lock" shot was my fav....thumb.gif very interesting to me. well done.
    Aaron Nelson
  • TomTom back again Posts: 22Registered Users Big grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    shatch - thanks for all the feedback! I usually don't photograph white bread... these mini-challenges really encourage me to try new things. :D
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,079Super Moderators moderator
    edited August 12, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    Jag
    Congrats. Top 5. I like Girlie Toes painting. For some reason, the photos for this that really appealed to me were the black and white photos. I don't think I have ever entered a bw before so it was interesting to see me leaning that way that day. I like the use of selective coloring and your DOF. The big toe could use a little cleaning up and the object behind the foot is a little distracting. But overall...great photo.

    Thank you Shatch for taking the time to post critiques. Also glad you liked the picture. I stuggled with the "nail clippers" in the background to show or not to show. In my decision I left them in there as more of a stopping place for the eye not to get sucked into the light grey nothingness in the top right corner. My lil one had come in the house barefooted when I thought of this idea. She used a wash cloth on her foot but there was some dirt left in creases. Again this was intentional as a little nine year old will not do as good of a job cleaning or painting the nails...thus making it seem more realistic than a set up. Thanks again for your comments and putting me in the top 5.wings.gif
  • pyrypyry Way up north Posts: 1,733Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    Finally got around to it. Sorry for the delay! If more than one photo was entered, I will pick my favorite of the three and provide feedback on it, unless inspired for some other reason to say more...and remember, these are just my thoughts which probably don't mean much, but I hope it helps.

    Pyry
    Very good interpretation on the theme. Story included in a single photo! Nicely done. What would have put it over the top for me and made it a winner was to have a shadow of "wife or mom" cast onto the wall behind with her hands on her hips like she had just caught you "napping on the job".

    Dang! Why didn't I think of that!

    Thanks for the feedback :D
    Creativity's hard.

    http://pyryekholm.kuvat.fi/
  • spb13spb13 Major grins Posts: 133Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    spb13
    I don't know what Chipotle is...maybe if I did, I wouldn't have picked it since it wasn't mundane. But ignorance may have helped you in this photo. I saw it as a simple drink cup. Boring and mundane. But ypur ligting treatment and simplification worked very well for me on this. I would have like to see the bottom of the cup in the shot and maybe a strong tilting angle. Overall...liked it!

    Yeah I guess maybe Chipotle isn't all that mundane, well there food isn't anyway, but it is a simple drink cup. :D Thanks for the honorable mention and the feedback!
  • Photo-DoPhoto-Do Big grins Posts: 17Registered Users Big grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    Congrats Paul! Your photo is great!
    This was so much fun and I got an honorable mention. :D Thanks for the feedback and remarks. I'm so excited for the next challenge.
    (I'm grinning from ear to ear.)

    Denise
    Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
    What have you learned today?
  • sunitasunita Major grins Posts: 210Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    Sunita
    I don't remember your work being so simple and clean! I love it!! All three of your photos are great. I really like the grater! I love the casted shadow. Perfect! [/quote]

    Thanks for your comments! really appreciate it. It was a fun round and much as I wanted to, couldn't quite get an oomph shot out ne_nau.gif glad to have made it to the HMs, though :D

    Cheers,
    Sunita
  • OhEddieOhEddie Mere Mortal Posts: 337Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    btw, OhEddies "lock" shot was my fav....thumb.gif very interesting to me. well done.
    Thanks Aaron, I now feel redeemed wings.gif
    Blessed are those who remain flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.
  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    Douglas
    Down a six pack
    Nice use of photos to illustrate your work day. Your photo of the bottles was top notch!! Stock photography quality. I'm not a drinker, but I still couldn't make that a "mundane" activity. Every time I have seen people engaging in drinking, it was something they looked forward to and enjoyed quite a bit. Amazing photo.

    Thanks alot for feedback shatch, its much apreciated!
    Best regards,
    douglas
  • VelvtRideVelvtRide Clickerette Doofus Lovely CaliforniaPosts: 364Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 14, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    VelvtRide
    Freshly Washed. Got my attention early on when I first saw it. I like the visual flow of the photo, the angle is appealing, the PP adds to it as well. Great shot.


    Thanks for the feedback, shatch! Yanno, I sat here and tried and tried and tried to be creative this time but I when I got to that photo, it was like a light bulb went off over my head - too easy! I think I'll quit trying and just let it happen. :D
  • BeemerChefBeemerChef Food colors on 2 wheels Posts: 265Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 14, 2008
    BeemerChef
    The first time I saw it...I didnt get it. About the third or fourth time, I reread your photo name and "BAM!" it was deep!! Your photo has to be able to give the viewer that "BAM" at the point they see it. So...on this shot, I think you should have pulled back just a little bit more so the viewer could immediately identify the object as a satellite dish. Great thought!

    Thanks for the feedback! Yes, that Dish is what keeps us connected having been camping for 2 years almost now! I forget that not everyone has it!!!
    Glad that you liked it... I liked its "purpose"... from here to there to here!!!
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  • ic4uic4u Major grins Lago Vista, TXPosts: 1,455Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2008
    shatch wrote:
    ic4u
    This is a fantastic photo! Repeating shapes, nice close in shot...love it. Just too fun! Couldn't see the mundane.


    Thanks Shatch for your kind critque! I'm still new to these challenges and didn't catch onto the separate thread for feedback, so I just now read it. I see what you mean about too fun not mundane! Oh well, I shall try again. I'm learning alot from these critiques!

    Karin
    Karin


    "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth." — Mark Twain
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