Dgrin mini-challenge #132 - inside out/outside in

bdcolenbdcolen CaptureRealityPosts: 3,804Registered Users Major grins
edited December 9, 2011 in The Dgrin Challenges
Here we go - For this mini-challenge you need two images; one shot from inside a place, a space, looking out at the world; and one shot outside looking in. Either or both images can show us something of both the interior and exterior worlds, but doesn't have to. Here are two quick examples:

Inside out -
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And outside in:
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Oh, because this is my challenge, and I get to set the rules:

No tilted horizons; no homeless people; no post processing beyond contrast and exposure, adjusting white balance, sharpening, and/or conversion to black and white. ;-) (And I'm not going to debate, discuss, explain, or modify these rules; they are what they are.):rofl

The challenge closes on Dec. 3. So get shooting!

P.S. You get extra points for ambiguity - a good image should make us think.



Okay, so having said that, let me put myself out of my misery and declare a winner:

Tatiana, you have two nice images, but in the first you lose the kids in shadow, and the second seems a bit busy without purpose, and the color strikes me as, well, odd. But both are good catches;

Davev, nice shot of the Tetons, but just too much dense shadow across the bottom; the deer are nice, but that really isn't an outside-in shot. (good try with that. :rofl;

PedalGirl, you were definitely headed in the right direction with that lovely first shot of the 'butterfly' trapped inside - really nice, but you totally lost me with that second shot;

WhatSheSaw, really nice inside-out - very National Geographicish, but sadly, the second shot is just too much of a jumble of reflections;

EvanLavine, I'll take your word for it that those are minors. It's weirdly good, or goodly weird, and I think it would have been a real killer with less defocusing. Unfortunately, you took it a bit too far so that we don't know what it is without explanation;


Ben, Ben, Ben... You have two great possibilities here, but didn't quite work your magic with either. The first needs post processing work so that we don't lose the head of the figure on the left in the shadows, and the second needs more of an inside-out sense, and I must say I'd prefer to see the figure more to the right, or way over to the left. But both are really close;

Paul (Froch) IF you had entered two images as strong as the one bar shot you entered, you'd have won in a walk. That's an excellent, slightly weird, shot;

Liz, if your outside-in image had been as strong as Jeeter 2, you would have beaten Froch. I loved that image when I first saw it, and it has only improved with time. Very, very nice. The other is "okay," but it would not be instantly identified as a "Liz," and you are at the point where you have set that high bar for yourself;

DsrtVW, the shot from the blacksmith shop is nice, but not a "wow." If only there'd been someone in that window;

DoingCool, you broke my heart. The first image is quite strong, though it could do with a bit of burning in of the people outside, and a bit of dodging on the interior - but it is an excellent inside-out. And the second shot could be a world-beater, but. Between your tilting for no reason, and your weird color post-processing, you leave me wondering if it really is as good as it seems to be. If it is - if the kid looks as weird as I think he does; if it is as other worldly-Stephen Kingee as I think it is, it would have been much stronger shot with a horizontal horizon and posted in its original color, or real black and white. Sorry;

Saphire73, you have a nice inside out, but it definitely needs dodging to bring out the sneakers on the ground, which make the image, and I'm afraid your outside-in, while close, is just too busy to have real strength;

Rainbow, the second of your new images is a winner, the first is 'okay' - and similarly, the second of the old images is terrific, but the first is just too damn busy, but busy without a real purpose. (But you knew I wasn't going to just pass this back to you, right? );

Billseye, if you had shot your inside-out from closer to the pile of clutter, you might have won. The first image is a definite winner - well composed, with a high WTF factor. But, unfortunately, the inside-out is just too loose.

So where do I end up? I end up with one set I want to make the winner, but just can't make myself do it:

Jen, the outside-in is really stunning - the color, the composition, the geometry, the mystery - it's one of your best. The second one? Well, I want to love it; I like the layering, but at the end of the day I have to ask, 'so what?' So you get the Silver Award.

And the winner - with caveats - is....my buddy Tony Cooper! Congrats, Tony. But don't spike the ball too quickly. . Seriously, you have two potentially great images, but both need post-processing work to make them real black and white rather than gray and gray. But you've seen to really nice scenes, and have composed and framed them extremely well. So you get the Gold, are this round's champ, and now it's up to you to mount a challenge.

And thanks to everyone who entered.
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"He not busy being born is busy dying." Bob Dylan

"The more ambiguous the photograph is, the better it is..." Leonard Freed
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  • toragstorags Major grins Posts: 4,383Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 19, 2011
    Nice bd. The copy looks a lot like titles???

    You set a high standard
    Rags
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 19, 2011
    Wooow Now I got it...

    - You are the famous B.D.Colen the PhotoJournalist from the PJ forum!!! clap.gifclapclap.gif

    For those who don't know here is one link: http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=133406

    ... and here is another: http://www.bdcolenphoto.com/

    What a great challenge theme and examples! Should ours be B&W too?
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • bdcolenbdcolen CaptureReality Posts: 3,804Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 19, 2011
    Wooow Now I got it...

    - You are the famous B.D.Colen the PhotoJournalist from the PJ forum!!! clap.gifclapclap.gif

    What a great challenge theme and examples! Should ours be B&W too?

    Black and white is most definitely not required. I am a black and white kinda guy, but I acknowledge that ours is a colorful world. :D
    [email protected]
    "He not busy being born is busy dying." Bob Dylan

    "The more ambiguous the photograph is, the better it is..." Leonard Freed
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 20, 2011
    Here are mine:

    1. Inside out

    - February

    2. Outside in

    7 May 09  Sevilla restaurant window.


    More of my inside out/outside in photos
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 21, 2011
    Inside out.
    IMG1901-the-tetons-window-view-XL.jpg

    From the outside (of the forest) looking in.
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    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 21, 2011
    Not sure what you mean by tilted horizon?
    Does this shot work for your rules?

    #1 Inside Out

    MG6813-XL.jpg

    I will have to find a shot looking in :)
    Jeromy
    http://snaptx.smugmug.com/
    Light is everything in life and photography.
  • bdcolenbdcolen CaptureReality Posts: 3,804Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 22, 2011
    CHANDLERJA wrote: »
    Not sure what you mean by tilted horizon?
    Does this shot work for your rules?

    #1 Inside Out

    MG6813-XL.jpg

    I will have to find a shot looking in :)

    I'm referring to the fad favored by lazy photographers of tilting the horizon to add "drama" to an image.rolleyes1.gif
    [email protected]
    "He not busy being born is busy dying." Bob Dylan

    "The more ambiguous the photograph is, the better it is..." Leonard Freed
  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Posts: 794Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 22, 2011
    Seems like we all are lacking photos "looking in"! Will have to shoot something...

    Inside Out
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    Outside in:
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    Pho-tog-ra-pher (n) 1. One who practices photography 2. one obsessed with capturing life with their camera. 3. One who eats, sleeps and breathes photographs. 4. One who sees the world in 4x6.
    www.lisaspeakmanphotography.com
  • WhatSheSawWhatSheSaw Major grins Posts: 2,221Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 22, 2011
    Outside In
    691598800_aLeEf-L.jpg

    Inside Out
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  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasPosts: 1,652Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 22, 2011
    I hope a window is not required! Maybe a bit of a stretch, but since these are two of my favorite shots of my daughter, I thought I'd throw them in. :)

    From the inside out
    PC148662-XL.jpg

    From the outside in
    PC160358-XL.jpg
    ~Lillian~
    A photograph is an artistic expression of life, captured one moment at a time . . .
    http://bartlettphotoart.smugmug.com/
  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Posts: 2,159Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 22, 2011
    Inside Out

    44236819_Ypa95-XL.jpg

    Outside in

    44236809_sAou8-XL.jpg

    Keck Telescopes. Mauna Kea, Hawaii
    Chris
  • evanlavineevanlavine Big grins Posts: 72Registered Users Big grins
    edited November 23, 2011
    The Miners Return (looking through glass and defocused)
  • bfjrbfjr Which Way Did They Go Posts: 10,980Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 24, 2011
    Outside In

    OutsideIN-XL.jpg

    Inside Out

    InsideOutGirlRunning-XL.jpg
  • billseyebillseye Major grins Posts: 847Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2011
    1. Outside - In
    MG0062-Edit-Edit-Edit-2-Edit-L.jpg

    2. Inside - Out
    SD-DSLR-Escondido-Shoot-036-L.jpg
    Bill Banning

    Check out billseye photos on SmugMug
  • KinkajouKinkajou Major grins Posts: 1,240Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 28, 2011
    evanlavine wrote: »
    The Miners Return (looking through glass and defocused)

    Love iloveyou.gif
    Webpage

    Spread the love! Go comment on something!
  • KinkajouKinkajou Major grins Posts: 1,240Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 28, 2011
    1. Fallen Sequoia
    110911Sequoia27-L.jpg

    2. Window into Apollo Capsule
    1201072147_HMbkR-L.jpg
    Webpage

    Spread the love! Go comment on something!
  • TonyCooperTonyCooper Major grins Orlando, FloridaPosts: 2,239Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 30, 2011
    Inside out & Outside in at the Dog Track
    First time I've had to choose between several shots. I went to the dog track earlier today and found several inside-looking-out and outside-looking-in scenes. You can second guess me if you want and go to http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/Animals/Dog-Track-2/ and tell me which ones I should have chosen.

    Also, the color versions looked good to me, but this is BD's party so I went black and white:

    From the Inside Looking Out

    2011-11-30-01-X2.jpg

    and from the Outside Looking In

    2011-11-30-02-X2.jpg
    Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
    http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/
  • rainbowrainbow Major grins Posts: 2,765Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 1, 2011
    Outside in:
    i-GsbFt5T-XL.jpg


    Inside out:
    i-kMMTP5s-XL.jpg

    Above two shot for this challenge.

    And from the archives:

    Outside in:
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    Inside out:
    826090190_sjp3e-XL.jpg
  • doingcooldoingcool Major grins Posts: 265Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 2, 2011
  • JennJenn Major grins Posts: 1,009Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 2, 2011
    wow ... so many beautiful shots! Great job everyone.
    Jenn (from Oklahoma)
    Panasonic Lumix 10x DMC-TZ3 :photo
    Leica Mega O.I.S./28mm WIDE :smile6
  • DsrtVWDsrtVW Light Stalking Posts: 1,990Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 2, 2011
    Dont have many in this category. He is two that might work
    256729325_qw5Rz-XL.jpg

    248333657_bwpy2-XL.jpg
    Chris K. NANPA Member
    http://kadvantage.smugmug.com/
  • lizzard_nyclizzard_nyc Zygote Grinner Posts: 4,056Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 2, 2011
    I tried for fresh imagery to no avail.
    From the archives.

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    705390709_XKRHq-L.jpg
    Liz A.
    _________
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 2, 2011
    1. Inside Looking Out
    i-4sRmJ7J-L.jpg

    2. Outside Looking In
    i-D7vJSbK-L.jpg

    Reprocessed from the RAW files to make sure the processing was minimal.
  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Posts: 571Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 3, 2011
    20110401Frolicv3Orig-XL.jpg
  • StueveShotsStueveShots Major grins PNW MountiansPosts: 542Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 4, 2011
    Great images, everyone!! I don't know if I'm too late, but here are a couple (don't even know if the posting will work...my smugmug site is really having problems tonight--but I'll post the links and hope for the best!):

    1. Outside in

    1148055143_PV9gP-L.jpg

    2. Inside out

    667022982_VMfv4-L.jpg
  • michswissmichswiss Stuffed Animal Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 2,235Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited December 4, 2011
    You Decide...

    1)
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    2)
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  • silversx80silversx80 I like noise Posts: 604Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 4, 2011
    I know I'm a day late, but here's to hoping for an exception.

    London-8116557-M.jpg

    831579801_G9TmX-M.jpg
    - Joe
    http://silversx80.smugmug.com/
    Olympus E-M5, 12-50mm, 45mm f/1.8
    Some legacy OM lenses and an OM-10
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,020Super Moderators moderator
    edited December 4, 2011
    Inside reaching out...
    660394609_BGT2C-L-3.jpg

    outside looking in...
    659066937_WVSk6-L-2.jpg
  • bdcolenbdcolen CaptureReality Posts: 3,804Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 5, 2011
    The challenge is ended...
    Thanks one and all. Results coming soon.
    [email protected]
    "He not busy being born is busy dying." Bob Dylan

    "The more ambiguous the photograph is, the better it is..." Leonard Freed
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 7, 2011
    Will a winner ever be crowned?

    Nobody knows. :D
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
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