NOVEMBER THEME: "Finding interest in the ordinary"

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    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    The theme for October is now closed.

    The theme for November 2013 is

    Finding interest in the ordinary

    Post your images as replies to this post. (Each image should go in a separate reply this month, please.) 

    You can download the new, updated PDF guide about how to insert images in forum posts here

    This month only: a £20 prize + an extended deadline!

    As a pre-Christmas change to our usual monthly theme activity, the best entry in this month’s activity will win a prize of £20 pounds!

    And to give you more time to work on the theme, it will continue till 12 December. The winning entry will be chosen by an experienced external judge: our good friend, Dr Brian Law CPAGB ARPS. And the prize will be presented to the winner at the 19 December meeting, when we break for Christmas.

    You can post as many images as you want – but for this competition, please put each one in a separate reply. Members may offer and receive critiques on each other’s work, and you can modify and repost your images in the light of the critiques. 

    But by 12 December you must chose one image as a ‘final entry’. When you’ve decided which image to enter in the competition, edit the title of your chosen image so it looks like this:

    “Month” Entry – “Title” (e.g. November Entry – A Kitten In The Leaves). This will make the image stand out as the one you’re choosing.

    OK – with six weeks to work on ‘Finding interest in the ordinary’ we should see lots of interesting ideas developed and built on.  There are loads of seemingly ‘ordinary’ subjects that you can make interesting by the way you photograph them. Go for it!

    #5180

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Triangles


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    It’s a visual design game! 😉
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    #5211

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    I probably won’t enter a final image at the end but, like you, I thought an example might help to get things rolling.

    What could be more ordinary than a few clouds?  When were visiting the Black Country Museum and I noticed how the shape of the cirrus clouds above this winding gear frame echoed its shape, a bit of a tilt seemed to add to the effect. As you look you see more shapes in the cloud. It looks OK in mono too.

    #5212

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    John >>> Very ‘Stephen Shore’!

    #5213

    meg cumming
    Participant

    Two totally different entries. Ian love the negative and postive diamonds in yours. If the dark traingles had been softer it wouldn’t worked so well. But they work well together. John. I love your very off beat composition, very nice.

    #5214

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Meg >>> Thanks for your encouraging comments. Onwards!!!

    #5226

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Curves

    Curves

    #5228

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I think your ‘Curves’ photograph works well for me Ian. Like most of your work, it’s a ordinary sight that most of us would walk past and you’ve seen the graphical elements in it to create an interesting photograph. Your saw the original scene in colour and 3D so this 2D monochrome version must look quite different. I like the tonal range and composition. Food for thought.

    #5229

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Thank you for your very kind comments, Peter. I am practising trying to see the graphic potential in scenes – the shapes, patterns and forms – rather than photographing objects. Not always – or even often! – successful, of course – but I keep trying!

    #5249

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Halfords – Startin’ ‘Em Young!

     

    Startin' 'Em Young

    #5250

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Giant Prehistoric Centipede

     

    Giant Prehistoric Centipede

    #5252

    snapper_d
    Participant

    I like you Curves shot Ian.  Very striking indeed.  A classic McNab! 🙂

     

    #5253

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Thanks very much, Dee! 🙂

    #5254

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’d choose the mini! I like the humorous title in the second photograph. It’s certainly a ordinary subject that you’ve seen a photo in. I’ll have to start looking more closely at ordinary subjects.  I think the gap that breaks up the pattern adds interest to the photograph. Well spotted Ian.

    #5257

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Peter. You’re right: broken patterns are often more interesting.

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