>> MINI CHALLENGE #8 - The Every Day Mundane <<

shatchshatch lv2grinIdahoRegistered Users Posts: 798 Major grins
edited August 9, 2008 in The Dgrin Challenges
THE EVERYDAY MUNDANE

Too often we look for the "amazing" photo to come to us. Let's turn the table and make the everyday boring object and actions we do become exciting.

Identify an everyday boring object or activity that typically doesn't excite or inspire you. Now make it exciting. Look for a new angle to shoot from; a different way to light it, crop in close; do something different and make the boring visually stimulating. Better yet...can you make a story out of it?

Here are a couple of examples I came up with. (I expect yours to be better than mine (which should be easy)...more creative, more engaging!)

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I wanna see some creativity!! If you are stuggeling with the idea, crawl on the ground, stand on a chair, do something different and think outside the box...or maybe inside it. Have fun and do something different!
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This challenge will run from Saturday, July 26th - Friday, August 8th (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time.
and the winners will be announced Saturday, August 9th

I'll post the winner in a new thread titled: <<< MINI CHALLENGE #8 Winner >>>


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*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 then chooses the next topic, judges the winner and passes on the baton to the new champion.
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.
You may comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you some criticism, put an asterisk (*) next to the title of the image.


Guidelines:
1. When posting your picture in this thread, change the Subject of your post to display your picture title. (not really needed)
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.)
* 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.
* Enter 1-3 photos and put them in a single post.
* Please remove any photos from previous posts.

*** PREVIOUS Challenges ****
#1 BIF's won by Jwear
#2 Birds won by davev
#3 Treasures won by Justiceiro
#4 All That Remains won by JAG
#5 Playing With Light won by davev
#6 Black and White won by Rhommel
#7 Self Portrait won by shatch
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  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKSuper Moderators Posts: 7,546 moderator
    edited July 26, 2008
    Mundane as it gets...
    1. Coolers*
    EXIF
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    2. Girlie Toes painting*
    EXIF
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    3. staying cool*...
    EXIF
    342953581_aQgD4-L-2.jpg

    Please let me know if they are too mundane (or not) for what your looking for.eek7.gif All C and C is welcomed!
  • mycapturesmycaptures Big grins Registered Users Posts: 71 Big grins
    edited July 26, 2008
    Giving Life
    2720633821_ce8ac85c84.jpg

    Elegant Cooking
    2605161319_8bf1b76d80.jpg?v=0

    Hot in the oven
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    Shilowe, getting my masters in psychology,
    photographing mommy to Rayne (5) and Quinlan (baby boy) and wife to Dave.:photo
  • idkudkidkudk Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 4 Beginner grinner
    edited July 27, 2008
    mundane objects
    1. a cup
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    2. the wall254164155_FPRuM-M.jpg

    3. beads on a wire254164229_Xbs4m-M-1.jpg
  • VelvtRideVelvtRide Clickerette Doofus Lovely CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 364 Major grins
    edited July 27, 2008
    #1
    Bored*:
    339748484_XHYHC-L.jpg
    - Light Machine filter

    #2
    Freshly Washed*:
    339747914_xQH7s-L.jpg
    - Infared filter

    #3
    Waiting*:
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    - Original image

    Canon 10D - 17-40 L lens

    Please comment - need all the criticism I can get. lol3.gif
  • evorywareevoryware Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,330 Major grins
    edited July 27, 2008
    *TP

    340079467_T6cXf-800x800.jpg
    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

    dak.smugmug.com
  • TangoTango Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,592 Major grins
    edited July 27, 2008
    magic stuff
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    waiting, waiting somemore, still waiting....
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    washing machine glory
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    Aaron Nelson
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Registered Users Posts: 3,116 Major grins
    edited July 28, 2008
    Kids toys from days gone by...

    Gumby and Pokey were on top of the world back in the 60's.
    Life was good.

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    But soon, the kids that had bought the toys had grown up, and this new thing called pong came along.

    Gumby hit rock bottom. He started using drugs, and running from the law.
    One day his luck ran out and was arrested for possession, and was sent to jail.

    339899017_MJitt-XL.jpg

    After a few years in prison, Gumby found God and changed his ways.
    Pokey was there to pick him up after he was released from prison.
    Although his popularity will never be what it was, he has his health, his best friend,
    and the royalties from the old show.
    What more could you ask for?

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    Hows that for a story?:D
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • evorywareevoryware Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,330 Major grins
    edited July 28, 2008
    L
    O
    L
    !! rolleyes1.gif
    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

    dak.smugmug.com
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKSuper Moderators Posts: 7,546 moderator
    edited July 28, 2008
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,322 Major grins
    edited July 28, 2008
    davev wrote:
    Hows that for a story?:D

    rolleyes1.gifrolleyes1.gifrolleyes1.gif
  • jeffmeyersjeffmeyers Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,535 Major grins
    edited July 28, 2008
    Junction Box
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    More Photography . . . Less Photoshop [. . . except when I do it]
    Jeff Meyers
  • Blaze Z BlazeBlaze Z Blaze ... Registered Users Posts: 79 Big grins
    edited July 28, 2008
    ^^^that is a really cool picture^^^ clap.gifclap

    Heres mine:



    spices.jpg
  • cj99sicj99si Major grins Registered Users Posts: 880 Major grins
    edited July 28, 2008
    A wisk.

    wisk.jpg
  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Registered Users Posts: 696 Major grins
    edited July 30, 2008
    When I get home from work i like to take off my shoes...

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    Down a six pack...

    347446912_7YpJ2-L.jpg

    And beer always makes me want to talk to John...

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    Best regards,
    douglas
  • shatchshatch lv2grin IdahoRegistered Users Posts: 798 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    There are some very fun images here already!! Great job. I'm liking the creativity and unique angles I'm seeing. And Dave! Love the story. I didn't realize just how hard stardom was on Gumby! Poor guy. Glad he is back though. I'm pulling for him. rolleyes1.gif

    Let's keep the photos coming. For those who are still thinking about whether to enter or not...just do it. I promise I will provide at least a critique of one of your photos if you enter multiples (not that my critique is worth anything, but hey...there is nothing more I could offer.)

    If you are struggling coming up with a shot, ask a child for ideas. Or get on the floor and crawl around. Climb a ladder and look around. Keep your eyes open tomorrow as you are getting ready for the day and notice the "every day" items you use or things you do. Then shoot them. Light them creatively. Get under the object, above it, an ants perspective, inside it. Something different you have never before thought about yet. Shoot it 100 different ways then pick the best and enter it. I would love to see 100 entries!!

    To you Lurkers...welcome aboard!! Jump in. What a great place to start. Easy subject and a promise of a review. All of us started fresh at one point. A lot of kind people here. Friends to make. Photos to share. Things to learn. But it is up to you. You have to take the step. It is fun to watch from the stands, but the game is on the field. Grab your camera and join us!! We anxiously await your participation!!!!
  • VelvtRideVelvtRide Clickerette Doofus Lovely CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 364 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    Wonderfully said, shatch. thumb.gif
  • eyeguyeyeguy Dat's Photography Registered Users Posts: 169 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    Dear abbey
    http://EyeGuy.smugmug.com/gallery/5255604_vAJ7G#320159516_7icKv-A-LB

    Photo of one of my dogs, Shoe size 11.5 :D
    Dean

    Ok didn't do the photo thing correct but it will work ??
    new to this stuff
    Hints??
  • RocketManRocketMan Major grins Registered Users Posts: 236 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    Mexican Still Life
    *Mexican Still Life

    DSC_3925.jpg

    RM
    http://roadrunes.com
    "It's better to bite the hand that feeds you, than to feed the hand that bites you" - Me :D
  • TentacionTentacion Click On ! Registered Users Posts: 940 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    * * *
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    341607550_rZbmk-M-1.jpg

    297085791_UAMWn-M.jpg



    PS: While I'm here...I LOVE GUMBY and WHAT A Storyline...rolleyes1.gif
    You're only as good as your next photo....
    One day, I started writing, not knowing that I had chained myself for life to a noble but merciless master. When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended solely for self-flagellation...I'm here alone in my dark madness, all by myself with my deck of cards --- and, of course, the whip God gave me." Truman Capote
  • shatchshatch lv2grin IdahoRegistered Users Posts: 798 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    eyeguy wrote:
    http://EyeGuy.smugmug.com/gallery/5255604_vAJ7G#320159516_7icKv-A-LB

    Photo of one of my dogs, Shoe size 11.5 :D
    Dean

    Ok didn't do the photo thing correct but it will work ??
    new to this stuff
    Hints??

    Welcome to the contest eyeguy! Here is your hint...

    To make your photo appear in the thread, click on the little icon at the top of the entry box that looks like a mountain with a sun in a yellow sky. That will bring up a dialog box. Paste the url of your picture location(http//:...) into the box and click "OK" and wolah! You have a picture. Just make sure you don't have "http://&quot; twice. I then like to click on "preview Post" just to make sure it worked before I submit Reply.

    Hope this helps!
  • eyeguyeyeguy Dat's Photography Registered Users Posts: 169 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    Thanks
    Thanks for the help
    Dean
    shatch wrote:
    Welcome to the contest eyeguy! Here is your hint...

    To make your photo appear in the thread, click on the little icon at the top of the entry box that looks like a mountain with a sun in a yellow sky. That will bring up a dialog box. Paste the url of your picture location(http//:...) into the box and click "OK" and wolah! You have a picture. Just make sure you don't have "http://&quot; twice. I then like to click on "preview Post" just to make sure it worked before I submit Reply.

    Hope this helps!
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Registered Users Posts: 3,116 Major grins
    edited July 31, 2008
    On behalf of Gumby and Pokey, I'd like to thank everyone that that has looked in
    on them and commented.

    Me, I really like idkudk's 'Beads on a wire' shot.
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • Photo-DoPhoto-Do Big grins Registered Users Posts: 17 Big grins
    edited August 1, 2008
    D is for Me
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    Hope I did this right since this will my first photo on DGrin.
    Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
    What have you learned today?
  • VelvtRideVelvtRide Clickerette Doofus Lovely CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 364 Major grins
    edited August 1, 2008
    Nicely done, Photo-Do! thumb.gif
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,322 Major grins
    edited August 2, 2008
    Photo-Do wrote:
    Hope I did this right since this will my first photo on DGrin.

    thumb.gif Ya done good!
  • redleashredleash Texas Grins San Antonio, TXRegistered Users Posts: 3,817 Major grins
    edited August 2, 2008
    *Beat the Spread
    I shot this for this challenge, just hoping for a little different view of something pretty mundane. Seeing it on the screen, I thought the small blob of peanut butter had an animated quality. It looks like the proverbial "little guy who couldn't keep up with the big boys." He just didn't quite make it to the sandwich in time to be saved (er, "eaten").

    I cleaned up a few shiny spots, converted the main image to B&W, and duped the blob layer to give it some substance. Otherwise, the little blob is just how it came out of the jar. Any C&C? Thanks, Lauren

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

    Lauren Blackwell
    www.redleashphoto.com
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Registered Users Posts: 3,116 Major grins
    edited August 4, 2008
    Ok, the thread has been still for 2 days, I'm bringing it to the top.

    I know that there are more of you out there that want to play, so get those shots in.:D
    dave.

    Basking in the shadows of yesterday's triumphs'.
  • PaulThomasMcKeePaulThomasMcKee Ars Gratia Artis Registered Users Posts: 429 Major grins
    edited August 5, 2008
    Ok, here's a few...sorry, no stories...


    Burner*
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    Egg Cooker*
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    M&M's*
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  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,322 Major grins
    edited August 5, 2008
    I love that egg cooker shot, Paul!!
  • sunitasunita Major grins Registered Users Posts: 210 Major grins
    edited August 5, 2008
    The egg*
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    Everyday kitchenware*
    343834983_y8Dbz-L.jpg


    Stacked bowls*

    343184046_DLZkK-L.jpg
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