Mini-Challenge #163 - Sense of Place

fjcvisualfjcvisual Major grinsPosts: 201Registered Users Major grins
edited May 5, 2013 in The Dgrin Challenges
Welcome to Mini-Challenge #163!

The theme of this challenge will be Sense of Place.

This is a theme I really like and try to accomplish but am not always successful. Essentially I am looking for images that really evoke a sense of where the picture was taken. It should draw the viewer into the image such that the place can be felt, like you could really picture yourself right there in the picture.

It is not always easy and I don't think there is any one way to accomplish this. A combination of angles / perspective, layers of lighting or motion can all contribute to this. Very challenging for SOOC, but consistent with the rules post processing is allowed.

In keeping with the last challenge we will keep this to about a week and a half. So, this challenge starts now and WILL CLOSE AT 9:00 PM (Pacific Time), May 3rd, 2013.

*** Fresh photos are welcome. If you haven't thought about this subject before, please feel free and take some photos during the challenge period.

OUR UN-OFFICIAL GENERAL RULES
1. Have fun sharing and seeing what others share!
2. The host supplies a topic and YOU POST 1-3 IMAGES. The host judges the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and is not eligible to enter. The 1st place winner becomes the next host, chooses the next topic and becomes the next judge.
3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
4. Any amount of post-processing is allowed. However, it is helpful if you list your camera and lens along with your photo.
5. You may comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you some critique or criticism, just ask within your post.
6. The winner has up to three days (72 hours) to begin a new mini-challenge, or the honor goes to the #2 finisher and so forth.

Guidelines:
1. Enter 1-3 photos and put them in a single post.
2. Either embed your image in the thread or, if you must, supply a link to it. Keep in mind, however, most people don't want to click to open photos hosted elsewhere (i.e. on your website).
3. Also try and resize your photos prior to posting so they're sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll (~800 pixels on the longest side works best.)
4. Give each image you enter a title.
5. Enjoy discussion with members about their images, don't let this just be an entry thread!
6. When quoting a post, change the IMG urls to a 200x200 size picture so it is clear your post is feedback and not another entry. (See here for help).
7. Don't be hesitant; share 'em and enter!

Mini-Challenge pointers:
1. Upon winning a mini-challenge round, your first step is coming up with a new theme and starting a new thread using the same format as others have used.
2. Make sure to notify the admin of this thread to update the main thread links with your entry thread.
3. Feel free to watch the thread as it grows or wait to the end time and look at all the entries all at once.
4. After the time/date has passed, then officially close the thread with a single post notifying everyone of the fact.
5. After you're finished judging, start a new thread (again using the prior formats) and post your Winner and runners-up. It is important to have runners up in case the winner does not show within the 72-hour window.
6. PM the winner with this info above and let them know they have 72 hours to set up the next mini-challenge.
7. If the winner does not show/start the next mini-challenge after 72 hours, notify the next runner-up and post a message on the Winner thread of the fact.
8. Remember, if you're the Winner, you run the next mini challenge!

I was inspired last year when National Geographic included this category in the 2012 contest. Here is a link to some of the editors pics:
http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2012/entries/gallery/sense-of-place-week-14/#/0

Some other much less impressive examples:
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I like this theme and l am looking forward to learning how others achieve this composition.

Good Luck!!

Jim

Comments

  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Posts: 377Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 23, 2013
    Hmm... very interesting challenge. I like the Nat Geo stuff a lot. I "think" I get it. How's this for a start? Will update later..

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    One more for fun.
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    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • fjcvisualfjcvisual Major grins Posts: 201Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 23, 2013
    Superduckz, i think your post is consistent with the theme. I agree this can be a challenge and I hope I described it well enough to be understood.

    The first image give me a sense of isolation, being alone in a wide open space. Along with the darker edges with the softening of the area around the subject works well.

    The second one makes good use of the perspective. As if I could put my hands down on the rails to help peer over the hill.

    This is also a good example of how both shallow deep DOF can work.
  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2013
    1. Winter Trees

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    2. Temperence River

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    3. Oregon Coast

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    Kate
    www.katetaylor.smugmug.com
    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain
  • GrayPlayerGrayPlayer Big grins Posts: 26Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 24, 2013
    Meandering.
    Alaska #1
  • GrayPlayerGrayPlayer Big grins Posts: 26Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 24, 2013
    Vista
    Alaska #2
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2013
    OK Jim - great theme - here are a few...


    1. black forest waterfall
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    2. the river seine
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    3. the trail through paklenica
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2013
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    Arizona - 1966

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    Lighthouse

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    Alaska
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2013
    kentwaller wrote: »
    OK Jim - great theme - here are a few...

    1. black forest waterfall

    That's my favorite waterfall in the area!
    Hiked there last summer and will go back when the weather allows it!


    Personally I am down to 11 photos. The problem is that I am not objective. When I look at the picture I remember the feeling of being there even if the photo does not give you that sense. So it is difficult to separate both. Do you have the same problem?
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

    Travel Blog English: http://www.zigzagonearth.com
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  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2013
    Balboa Park
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    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
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    Windansea Beach
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    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 25, 2013
    #1 - Luray Caverns
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    #2 - Folly Beach, SC
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    #3 - Folly Beach, SC
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  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2013
    Here are my entries for the moment.
    However thanks for the theme. Made me think a lot and hopefully it will help me during my week in Jordan starting next saturday, and especially Petra!

    1. I hope you removed your shoes
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    2. Me, a bird and the road
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    3. Let's not disturb nature
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    I hope you'll get the feeling I got when I was in all those places, because that was pretty amazing.

    Claire
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

    Travel Blog English: http://www.zigzagonearth.com
    Travel Blog French: http://zigzagvoyages.fr
    Infoproduct Creation Blog : https://structurinfo.com
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2013
    That's my favorite waterfall in the area!
    Hiked there last summer and will go back when the weather allows it!




    Personally I am down to 11 photos. The problem is that I am not objective. When I look at the picture I remember the feeling of being there even if the photo does not give you that sense. So it is difficult to separate both. Do you have the same problem?


    Great place - went there a second time about a month ago, actually was not bad at all - glaswaldsee still had lots of snow though.
  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2013
    kentwaller wrote: »
    Great place - went there a second time about a month ago, actually was not bad at all - glaswaldsee still had lots of snow though.

    Oh I thought it was lower than where I live so you would have less snow. But it is probably more isolated.

    By the way I love your photo paklenica. I can feel the sun on my face and tired at the idea of crossing that canyon but at the same time eager to see what comes next. Great shot!
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

    Travel Blog English: http://www.zigzagonearth.com
    Travel Blog French: http://zigzagvoyages.fr
    Infoproduct Creation Blog : https://structurinfo.com
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2013
    I especially like Kate's Oregon Coast and Claire's Me the bird and the road. I was not sure whether to say where the photo was taken or if we should just leave the photo to speak for itself. (Of course sometimes it is obvious)
    Personally I am down to 11 photos. The problem is that I am not objective. When I look at the picture I remember the feeling of being there even if the photo does not give you that sense. So it is difficult to separate both. Do you have the same problem?

    I think our photos are all our babies and objectivity is difficult. I also find that reading what other people have to say about a photo, even when I disagree, helps me to be more objective. So if it helps I try to distance myself from me the photographer and think about what I would say about my photo if I were a judge. I pick all the ones I think might 'do' for a challenge and then discard any that I have doubts about. Is there too much unrelated stuff in the foreground? Is the photo too small? Is it out of focus when that's not germaine to the challenge? has some object that should be shown as a whole been cut off out of the frame? That kind of thing. Then I check to see what I have left.

    When looking at other people's photos there are just some techniques that I can't like. But that is a personal preference of mine, so I try not to say that I just don't like something.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • fjcvisualfjcvisual Major grins Posts: 201Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2013
    Wow, I am seeing some really good images. I see some perspectives and great use of light and angles that really draw me into the image. It would be tough to judge just with the pictures here already. And we have another week to go. Great work to everyone!!

    Jim
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2013
    These might be slightly off the theme target, I'm not sure, but decided to put a couple of fairly recent shots in anyway.

    1) The Vallee Blanche Glacier
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    2) Serengeti Storm
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    3) Pausing for Photos
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    Nice shots everyone.

    Alan.
  • billseyebillseye Major grins Posts: 847Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2013
    San Xavier Mission, Tucson, AZ
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    Mono Lake, CA
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    Owens Lake, CA
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    Bill Banning

    Check out billseye photos on SmugMug
  • torrbraetorrbrae Torrbrae Posts: 203Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2013
    Here are my entries.
    #1 Cave, Lake Rotoma (Bay of Plenty, NZ).

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    Only access is by boat (or kayak, as in my case). Would like to take some similar shots, but last time visited the lake the level had come back up and the cave was under water. Have not been over since this dry summer had, to see if lake level decreased and cave now accessable again.

    #2 Sunset, Ahipara (Ninety Mile Beach, Northland, NZ)

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2013
    Wonderful theme and thank you for the link to the National Geographic.

    Here is my contribution (for an XL version click on the photos)

    1. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

    Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

    2. Newfoundland, Canada

    Newfoundland quilts

    3. Panama City by taxi, Panama

    Panama City by taxi
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2013


    2. Newfoundland, Canada

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    I love this!
    Kate
    www.katetaylor.smugmug.com
    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2013
    Thank you Kate :)
    kdotaylor wrote: »

    2. Newfoundland, Canada

    I love this!
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 3, 2013
    1. Piha Beach (New Zealand, near where The Pianist was filmed)
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    2. Navigating Milford Sound (New Zealand
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    3. Looking for Dinner in Chinese Fishing Net (Cochin, India)
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  • fjcvisualfjcvisual Major grins Posts: 201Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 4, 2013
    Hi everyone. Thanks for all the great images. The challenge is now closed. I will have the results in the next day or so.

    Jim
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 4, 2013
    2. Navigating Milford Sound (New Zealand
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    this is awesome Gretchen!
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 5, 2013
    kentwaller wrote: »
    2. Navigating Milford Sound (New Zealand)

    this is awesome Gretchen!

    Thank you! The weather kept changing as we made our way through the sound - the wind almost blowing a Canon 7D out of my hands at times - but that was all part of the experience.
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