>Mini Challenge #9 - Abstract and/or Minimalist

PaulThomasMcKeePaulThomasMcKee Ars Gratia ArtisRegistered Users Posts: 429 Major grins
edited September 24, 2008 in The Dgrin Challenges
Sometimes the elements in a photo can be beautifully abundant and complex…as in a lush landscape. Other times a photo can consist of just a couple of elements…as in a lone tree on the horizon.

A definition of Abstraction that I like is: Abstraction is the process of taking away or removing characteristics from something in order to reduce it to a set of essential characteristics. (Link)

Have fun with this…Follow the rules of composition…Break the rules of composition…do whatever makes for a pleasing image just so long as it’s abstract and/or minimalist.

Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves what abstract and/or minimalist means as I am certainly no expert.

Also, it might be kind of fun to have a “guess what this is” with a few of the photos – so just say “guess what this is” under your photo if you want to have folks take a guess.

This challenge will run from Sunday, August 10th thru Saturday, August 23rd (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time and the winners will be announced Sunday, August 24th.

I'll post the winner in a new thread titled: <<< MINI CHALLENGE #9 Winner >>>


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3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
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  • peterst6906peterst6906 Expat Aussie Registered Users Posts: 267 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    I went minimalist just yesterday morning, so I'll post 3 images from that shoot (but I have many, so I might change them up during the challenge):

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    20080503_Arnhem1-239-Edit-1.jpg

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    It's not my camera's fault, I'm just visually illiterate
  • webnanawebnana veteran lurker Registered Users Posts: 6 Big grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    minimalist plus . . .
    A couple of minmalist shots
    #1
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    and #2
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    and finally #3 -- just for fun -- guess what this is ??

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  • cj99sicj99si Major grins Registered Users Posts: 880 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    The Luxor in the rain

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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Registered Users Posts: 696 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    Knob

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    Nucleus

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    Best regards,
    douglas
  • TangoTango Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,592 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    cj99si wrote:
    The Luxor in the rain

    beat me....:cry guess i should read down before taking it to lightroom11doh.gif
    Aaron Nelson
  • webnanawebnana veteran lurker Registered Users Posts: 6 Big grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    cj99si wrote:
    The Luxor in the rain

    305293349_Nd7kT-M.jpg

    Close! It's definitely the light beam from the top of the Luxor -- but it's actually swarms of moths drawn to the light! We were divebombed by the moths trying to get to it the whole length of the sidewalk walking back to the Luxor that night!
  • Slinky0390Slinky0390 Major grins Registered Users Posts: 236 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    Minimally Abstract
    Abstract in that I am totally disregarding the rule of thirds! :D

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    Click for EXIF
    Canon eos 30d; EF 17-40 f/4.0L; EF 24-85mm f/3.5; EF 50mm f/1.4; EF 70-200mm f/4.0L; Unicorns of various horn lenghts
    http://slinky0390.smugmug.com
  • TangoTango Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,592 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif way to go! you rebel you!:D btw, nice!
    Aaron Nelson
  • TangoTango Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,592 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    Ancient Yucca

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    History

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    Aaron Nelson
  • TangoTango Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,592 Major grins
    edited August 10, 2008
    are these abstract? or am i misunderstanding....?:
    Aaron Nelson
  • CWSkopecCWSkopec SmugMug QA Patterson, CARegistered Users Posts: 1,325
    edited August 10, 2008
    are these abstract? or am i misunderstanding....?ne_nau.gif it new territory for me...

    In my opinion/interpretation, the paterns in the sand counts more as an abstract than the flowering cactus. The cactus shot, while nice, would need to be much closer and only have, oh say 2 or 3 petals from the flower to be an abstract in my mind.
    Chris
    SmugMug QA
    My Photos
  • mycapturesmycaptures Big grins Registered Users Posts: 71 Big grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    Pebbles
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    Nature Made
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    It's All An Illusion
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    Shilowe, getting my masters in psychology,
    photographing mommy to Rayne (5) and Quinlan (baby boy) and wife to Dave.:photo
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,322 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    #1 - Vortex
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    #2 - High Water Mark - Gettysburg, PA
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    #3 - Water Colors
    346060177_YK9xe-L-3.jpg
  • CuongCuong SoCal grins Los Angeles suburbRegistered Users Posts: 1,508 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    1. Stability
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    2. Ephemerality
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    3. Tranquility
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    Cuong
    "She Was a Little Taste of Heaven – And a One-Way Ticket to Hell!" - Max Phillips
  • jeffmeyersjeffmeyers Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,535 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    Keep in Step

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    Bright Eyes

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    More Photography . . . Less Photoshop [. . . except when I do it]
    Jeff Meyers
  • TangoTango Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,592 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    CWSkopec wrote:
    In my opinion/interpretation, the paterns in the sand counts more as an abstract than the flowering cactus. The cactus shot, while nice, would need to be much closer and only have, oh say 2 or 3 petals from the flower to be an abstract in my mind.

    ya i will maybe need to rethink/search my files:D
    Aaron Nelson
  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Registered Users Posts: 945 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    Simply Twisted*

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    — Kevin
    Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

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  • banjonbanjon Canucks Registered Users Posts: 49 Big grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    Neon Straw Flower

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    Slippery Slope

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    The Void

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    These were taken with a Nikon D80 using off-camera flash for the first two, and the on-camera multi-flash for the last one.


    I like creating abstracts - especially ones that can contain multiple stories.


    Rich
  • karenlynnkarenlynn Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
    edited August 11, 2008
    Tension


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  • sunitasunita Major grins Registered Users Posts: 210 Major grins
    edited August 11, 2008
    The Zen of cooking
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    simplicity
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  • anwmn1anwmn1 Wandering the Desert Registered Users Posts: 3,469 Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    1910

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    The Ladder

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    168247300_ZwrM9-XL-1.jpg
    "The Journey of life is as much in oneself as the roads one travels"


    Aaron Newman

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  • Photo-DoPhoto-Do Big grins Registered Users Posts: 17 Big grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    Ok here's my next attempt.

    What is it?


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    Minimalist and very unstable...rolleyes1.gif

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    Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
    What have you learned today?
  • Manfr3dManfr3d Likes it bokehlicious! Registered Users Posts: 2,008 Major grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    Fly screen and red car parking
    Here we go, I call it "Fly screen and red car parking" :D

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    Canon 10D with Canon 85mm/1.8 lens at f1.8 ISO 100 and 1/1250s.
    “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”
    ― Edward Weston
  • petepicspetepics Message received! Registered Users Posts: 50 Big grins
    edited August 12, 2008
    a fluke
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    Pete
    I always wanted to grow up and be a fireman. But now I know you can't do both. http://www.petepics.smugmug.com
  • tpodonnetpodonne www.aspenroadimages.com Registered Users Posts: 52 Big grins
    edited August 13, 2008
    My shots 1 & 2
    Image 1:
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    Image 2:
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    These were taken in LA. The camera I used at the time was a Fuji S5000 - ~6mp

    Tom
  • CWSkopecCWSkopec SmugMug QA Patterson, CARegistered Users Posts: 1,325
    edited August 13, 2008
    Photo-Do wrote:
    Ok here's my next attempt.

    What is it?


    350605667_4FvEk-M.jpg
    A pool cleaning hose? headscratch.gif
    Chris
    SmugMug QA
    My Photos
  • RustydivaRustydiva Big grins Registered Users Posts: 29 Big grins
    edited August 13, 2008
    After the Party
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    Nikon D60
  • Photo-DoPhoto-Do Big grins Registered Users Posts: 17 Big grins
    edited August 13, 2008
    You got it Chris!

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    Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
    What have you learned today?
  • BeemerChefBeemerChef Food colors on 2 wheels Registered Users Posts: 265 Major grins
    edited August 13, 2008
    #1
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    #2

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    #3
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    *** I just read, 3 shots right? Took one out...
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