Mini-Challenge #68 *Winner*

BenjerBenjer BegrinnerPosts: 275Registered Users Major grins
edited January 21, 2009 in The Dgrin Challenges
This challenge was inspiring to me on many levels, especially seeing all the different takes on the theme and the thought and reflection (in images and words) that went into the submissions. Thanks to everyone who participated! :clap

It was really hard to pick a single winner (and harder still to get all my favorites in, until I finally figured out how to make a contact sheet in Photoshop)! My top picks really gave me a sense or feeling of "home," which of course is a highly subjective thing, but the best ones I felt were pretty universal.

First, the "Honorables," in no specific order:
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Really great stuff here - some humorous, some poignant, and some plain awesome shots!



Next, the "place holders"

4th manfred - "Autumn"
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love the early morning mist all around, and that Euro-style camper just makes me smile


3rd Cuong - "Mommy Is Home"
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a great capture - this home was built by hand - er, beak - complete with hungry mouths to feed!


2nd ic4u - "Winding Down"
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the setting sun through the trees and evening calm help convey this backyard swing as a place to relax and reflect


And finally, bringing "home" the gold is:



1st coscorrosa - "Shelter from the snow"
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I love the contrast here between the icy blue cold of the snow outside and the inviting, golden glow of warmth inside these winter homes. Just coming in to a warm fire and the cozy comfort of home makes the short days and frozen nights of winter worth it!

Congratulations Ron! :thumb

And thus, I gladly pass the baton to you, to judge Mini-challenge #69! YAY!!!

Great job everyone - looking forward to joining you all again as a participant in the next challenge!
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Comments

  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,026Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 16, 2009
    Oh good choice Benjer! I loved that one too! Congrates Coscorrosa!

    Thank you also Benjer for including my pics in your honorable mentions! There were so many spectacular shots....you must have had a heck of a time deciding!
  • BenjerBenjer Begrinner Posts: 275Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 16, 2009
    JAG wrote:
    Oh good choice Benjer! I loved that one too! Congrates Coscorrosa!

    Thank you also Benjer for including my pics in your honorable mentions! There were so many spectacular shots....you must have had a heck of a time deciding!

    Judging this challenge was really eye-opening -- a fun learning experience and definitely harder than I thought! Thank you for being a part of it! thumb.gif
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  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 16, 2009
    that winning image has some magic to it!thumb.gif

    great work Ron. whats next?
    Aaron Nelson
  • CuongCuong SoCal grins Los Angeles suburbPosts: 1,508Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Thank you Benjer for the theme and judging. Congrats to Ron for a deserving top pick. All the entries are terrific as usual.

    Cuong
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  • leaheleahe Shooter Chick Posts: 168Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Congratulations everyone! Great job. So many different ideas on what home is. This inspires me to see in different ways. Thank you!
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Congratulations Ron clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

    Great photo and idea for the theme!

    Congratulations all winners and participants - fantastic entries!!!
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  • coscorrosacoscorrosa Major grins Posts: 2,284Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Wow, thanks! :D There were a lot of deserving entries and any of them could have won. I'll throw together an idea for the next challenge by Sunday night / Monday morning (I'm currently in Olympic National Park getting ready for some shots of the beach at dawn otherwise I'd do it now).

    Again, thanks Benjer, it's a tough job judging all of those entries, and if I don't believe that now, I certainly will in about two weeks :D
  • cj99sicj99si Major grins Posts: 880Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Great photo Ron, I'll be interested in your theme.

    Thanks Ben for the time you put in.
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Thanks, Benjer, for including my shot in your honorable mentions.

    Ron, your shot was superb!

    Manfred, that humble little trailer caught my eye as soon as I saw it. There's something very comforting about that photo.

    What a fun mini challenge this was! I loved seeing all the different takes on the theme.
  • Karrie McDKarrie McD Major grins Posts: 372Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Congrats Ron!!
    A fun round!! It was great to see everyone's take on "home".

    The winner is a beautiful photo!!! clap.gifclapclap.gif

    Thanks for giving me an honorable mention iloveyou.gif
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  • BenjerBenjer Begrinner Posts: 275Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Karrie McD wrote:
    A fun round!! It was great to see everyone's take on "home".

    The winner is a beautiful photo!!! clap.gifclapclap.gif

    Thanks for giving me an honorable mention iloveyou.gif

    And thanks again to you for inspiring the theme for this round!
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  • ic4uic4u Major grins Lago Vista, TXPosts: 1,455Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    Love your image Ron! Congrats to all, always nice to see how the themes are intrepeted! Thanks Benjer, ya done good! I am honored to have been included in your top picks:D
    Karin


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  • coscorrosacoscorrosa Major grins Posts: 2,284Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 17, 2009
    that winning image has some magic to it!thumb.gif

    great work Ron. whats next?

    I just posted challenge #69, have fun everyone!
  • Karrie McDKarrie McD Major grins Posts: 372Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 18, 2009
    Benjer wrote:
    And thanks again to you for inspiring the theme for this round!
    Unintentional inspiration, I love it!.... No seriously though, thank you and your family for have a sense of humor.... even in a devastating moment.
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  • FrascaFrasca Big grins Posts: 11Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 18, 2009
    Great pics! thumb.gif
    Ron, where was your picture taken?
  • coscorrosacoscorrosa Major grins Posts: 2,284Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 18, 2009
    Frasca wrote:
    Great pics! thumb.gif
    Ron, where was your picture taken?

    Thanks, that photo was taken in Bellevue, WA (about 15 miles east of Seattle) at Meydenbauer Park looking across Meydenbauer Bay on Lake Washington (needless to say, those are some expensive houses!). Most major roads were iced and snowed over here a few weeks ago so I was limited to shooting places within walking distance, that park is only 1.5 miles away, it was definitely worth the walk in the snow to get there :D
  • rajdeeprajdeep Big grins Posts: 29Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 19, 2009
    Thanks Benjer for the honourable mention, great chice for the Winner picture.
    Congratulations to all the winners!!!
    Still looking for a good signature...
  • manfredmanfred Big grins Posts: 29Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 19, 2009
    wow made 4th !! can't believe it. super pictures and idea's congrats to everyone.
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  • pyrypyry Way up north Posts: 1,733Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 21, 2009
    Congrats Ron!

    And thank you Benjer for selecting my picture as an HM :ivar
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  • OhEddieOhEddie Mere Mortal Posts: 337Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 21, 2009
    Thanks for the HM. And yes, it was the warm glow from the windows, in the winning shot, that got me too. great image.clap.gif
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