Mini Challenge #156 - Point Of View (pov) - RESULTS

TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice ChucklerPosts: 87Registered Users Big grins
edited January 20, 2013 in The Dgrin Challenges
First, I must say that it's been quite an experience to be on the "other side" of these challenges - both enlightening and great fun to host MC #156: Unique Point Of View. Very nicely done, all of you. Little did I dream when I initiated this little UPOV challenge, the bounty of eclectic images that you all would come up with. Indeed, in retrospect, your many different takes on UPOV put my initial handful of sample pics to shame. Which is to say...

It was tough. 65 entries from 26 photographers (sorry Travelways, as I mentioned in my PM, even after you tweaked your links, no way-no how could I view your pics.)

Furthermore, while some of the entries were a bit light on "Unique" in their Point Of View, it was clear that at least the challenge prompted everyone to look at the concept of UPOV a bit more critically. And that, after all is the whole point to these challenges, no?

I also want to extend special thanks to ShootingStar for questioning just whattheheck DOES make for a UPOV? It certainly prompted me to more closely ponder the often subtle/confounding differences between capturing an unusual subject or simply thoughtful composition vs. a UPOV. And that in turn, helped me greatly in presuming to "judge" the many varied entries for this challenge.

Which brings me to the usual (but nonetheless ever true) disclaimer that... I am but one set of eyes, and one (arguably lucid) brain here, tasked with the decidedly daunting job of winnowing down more than 5 dozen fine images to a "top 3". Thus I can only repeat that my choices are (speaking of "unique pov") but my own unique take on what I consider to be among the best of this particular bunch. That and - thank goodness for the category of HM, 'cuz... most any of the entries in my final sift, could arguably just as easily be among the top trifecta.

O.k. with that said, and without further ado:

The HMs:


A few comments - in no particular order of HM:

slpollett: So glad you submitted the Capitol pic, not only is it a most UPOV of the otherwise oft same ol'-same 'ol photographed Capitol, but the composure is spot on.

grandmaR: No question. The campact mirror shot - with it's softness of grain is a winner here. I only wish you had somehow captured a bit of something/the edge of the powder puff or compact, so we'd know it was a mirror reflectiion. Otherwise it's not a given (i.e. I only know b/c you mentiioned it.)

tinamarie52: Books - Both your entries are interesting perspectives. But the colors and whimsy of the splayed book covers/pages won my heart. A most UPOV and good technicals.

Cessna 421 - Remarkable POV and excellent technicals. Very intriguing and nice subtle colors. But personally, given that I don't know a Cessna from a Toyota Corolla, I had trouble figuring out just what it was (i.e. couldn't make neither head nor "tail" of it - even after you explained.)

dlscott56: Jazz Man - Great POV and wonderful reflection. Just not sure what's doing the reflecting. i.e. like GrandmaR's compact mirror, it might be better had you somehow included a smidge of... what? a shiny instrument?

dlscott56: Shade - Not only a UPOV, but nicely composed on the diagonal, and great techincals. Proof positive that the simplest objects can become wonderful images in the hands of a thoughtful photographer.

KevXman: King's Gambit - There's just something about those Asian chessmen that intrigues me (could it be 'cuz I'm hanging out here in Vietnam?) ;) But seriously, the colors are just so vivid, the depth of field so perfect, the light on the piece in the foreground, and the POV such that it seems they might all suddenly just hop off their wee pedestals and march right off the board!

Over and Under - Not sure where it is (presume an airport?) A most thoughtfully captured UPOV. Love the colors and the symmetry; nicely framed. And the single figure - perfect timing!

3rd Place: davev, Real Shot


All three of your entries were excellent as always, but that bird w/ the moon - a most rare, once-in-a-lifetime moment - captured beautifully. No doubt a bugger to set it up and execute so perfectly. You make it look easy.

2nd Place: puzzledpaul, Stable Relationship


Truly one-of-a-kind. That you even noticed/thought to capture that reflection in the eye of a steed is amazing. But to do it with such technical precision is remarkable. The glisten of the eye, the sharpness of the eyelashes, the exposure - all spot-on.

1st Place: JohnRog, Prom Dates


Such droll perfection, right down to the bitsy scab on the lass' knee. Made even better by the sepia tones. It really took an especially thoughtful eye to spot the UPOV and then compose and snap it so brilliantly. But what really lifts it to the top, is that the entire image tells a story. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile.

And finally, as the top spot winner of MC #156 - I shall pass the reigns to you JohnRog, to conjur up MC #157:

Mini-Challenge pointers:
1. Upon winning a mini-challenge round your first step is coming up with a new theme, and start 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 use the prior formats) and post your Winner and runners-up, it is important to have runners up incase the winner does not show within the 72hr window.
6. PM the winner with this info above and let them know they have 72hrs.
7. After the 72hrs and the winner does not show up, 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 show.
"I am not the same, having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world."


  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2013
    Congratulations JohnRog!
    I totally agree with Travelnlass, this is a great shot. Makes me smile too. A very unusual way to photograph prom but which still tells the story very well.
    I am looking forward to seeing the theme you will choose !
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  • dlscott56dlscott56 Major grins Posts: 1,311Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2013
    Congrats everyone, and thanks for the HMs!
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,718Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2013
    Great job judging - thanks for the HM. And great shots on everyone's parts, but especially the three top ones. I really liked the Stable Relationship one. Must be a great horse.
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  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,693Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2013
    Congrats everyone and especially to JohnRog!

    TravelnLass, thanks for a fun mini, the HM, and for giving the heads up about the dwindling hours left in the challenge! The Over and Under shot was taken at O'Hare airport in the United terminal during a rather long layover.

  • billseyebillseye Major grins Posts: 847Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 14, 2013
    This was a fun challenge. Congrats to the HMs, the two runners up and to JohnRog clap.gif

    TravelnLass - Kudos for a mini that engaged more than the typical number of entries and kept us coming back to see new cool stuff!
    Bill Banning

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  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,621Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 15, 2013
    Well done to all (others) who bothered to have a trawl / go, partic to HMs and 1,3. As mentioned elsewhere, unpicking the difference between a upov and a 'good shot' would be an interesting exercise for those so inclined to take part - probably been hacked to death in the past, but maybe worth a re-visit?

    grandmaR wrote: »
    ...Must be a great horse.

    It might well have been - in the past - because it was over 20yrs old at the time and the pic was taken in '99. Since there's a pet food Co about 15mls away from the stables (now closed down), I suspect it's probably provided sustenance for a good few pampered pooches etc.

    I always had an hr+ to kill after depositing daughter No2 for her lesson ... and this 'ol nag would just stand perfectly still, sunning itself on the rare occasions the yellow orb was present.

    On this partic day, all the planets came into alignment - sun, still nag, decent position, eye facing illuminated area ... as soon as I saw the head shadow (as chess knight) I knew I'd have to have a go.

    One of about 4 shots, I pulled back a little for this when I saw the dog come into frame / eye and decided to have a kip.

    (Canon T90 iirc + 135mm close focus lens ... I never bought any Canon AF film gear)

  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 15, 2013
    Congrats everyone! Thank you for the HM TravelnLass! This was a fun challege to watch what was submitted.
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  • JohnRogJohnRog Posts: 173Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 15, 2013
    Wow! I can't begin to express how surprised I am to see that one of my images was chosen as the winner of this challenge. There were lots of other entries I expected to see ahead of mine (davev's bird/moon shot for example, is incredible!). I'm at work so I can't go much deeper at the moment, but thank you to everyone for the kind words. Now I have to come up with the next MC... Is there a listing that someone can direct me to so I can see the past topics (so I can make sure not to repeat anything recent)?

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  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Posts: 377Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 15, 2013
    Congratulations on the win! Past topics can be found here:
    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • JohnRogJohnRog Posts: 173Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 15, 2013
    Thanks superducks! I'll try to post the new category tonight.

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  • mordiscomordisco Beginner grinner Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited January 16, 2013
    Congratulations all, and thank you TravelnLass for investing your time in organizing and judging this challenge.
  • tinamarie52tinamarie52 Major grins Posts: 954Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 18, 2013
    Congrats to all that entered, Some really fun images. Thanks for the HM. I love whimsy and am happy that others do ,too!


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  • M38A1M38A1 Curious. Very curious. Posts: 1,317Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 18, 2013
    Amazing entries....

    i'm such a noob
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 20, 2013
    Congrat's everyone, and thanks for 3rd place.

    As for the "Once in a lifetime shot"

    Heh heh heh. From today.


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  • dniednie Major grins Posts: 1,351Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Major grins
    edited January 20, 2013
    davev wrote: »
    Congrat's everyone, and thanks for 3rd place.

    As for the "Once in a lifetime shot"

    Heh heh heh. From today.
  • JohnRogJohnRog Posts: 173Registered Users Major grins
    edited January 20, 2013
    davev wrote: »
    Congrat's everyone, and thanks for 3rd place.

    As for the "Once in a lifetime shot"

    Heh heh heh. From today.



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