Challenge You Live III

We now have 10 pairs of Challenger/Competitors.  So the date is set.  You can still submit more challenges or meet one as competitor and don't need to attend to challenge or compete.

There is one open challenge at the moment: Siblings

Here is how it works:  I've made a photo album on the meetup site:

  • Each member can upload photos and set up ONE challenge specifying a theme. Put the theme in the caption.
  • Then someone else can enter a competing photo.  With the same theme in the caption. The Captions must match to get the photos together.
  • So each person can be in up to two challenges.  Once as Challenger (setting the theme) and once as competitors trying to best the challenger.
  • No Comments Please - This could bias someone before the meetup and vote.
  • Don't get too specific or else no one will be able to join in.
  • Don't just think subject but also process, or genre:  Selective Color, narrow DOF, Bokeh, Street, portrait etc.
  • Don't be unfair and set a theme like Paris when obviously not everyone has been to Paris.
  • If you wanted to enter a challenge as competitor but someone beats you to it.  You can create another challenge, call it say Portrait II, assuming you haven't already done so.

At the meetup we'll get together, vote and then explain our choices.  With the photos already in a meetup photo album it will be easy to display on the projector. So let's get a move on.

Here is the background of the genesis for this meetup:

A while ago I discovered a fun group on Flickr: It's a simple concept: someone puts up a photo and sets a theme. Then someone else puts up a competing photo on the same theme. The community votes for which one is the best expression. It's fascinating to see how voting goes vs my preferences. It's a great way to get a take on a photo absent of any personal connection I may have. Many of us are not classically educated in art and so can't necessarily articulate why one photo works better than another, but side by side it's easy to say which works better (most of the time).

The only problem with the Challenge You Flickr group is you have no idea why someone voted the way they did.  No way to know if you just did one thing differently, it would have won etc.

As to Themes, here is a sample list of themes from the Challenge you Flickr Group to give you some ideas - but think outside the box - it can be process rather than subject. Don't get too specific as someone has to match up.

Theme: Abandoned Building
Theme: Crowd
Theme: Windows
Theme: Pink Flowers
Theme: Shining Clouds
Theme: Goat
Theme: İnsect
Theme: Selective Color
Theme: Cloudscape
Theme: Red

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  • Bill K.

    Sounds like you had a great meeting, thank you Melanie. I was at one of my work meetings. Hope to be able to make the next one.

    August 27, 2012

    • Melanie B.

      We all missed you Bill - we're going to get another one started.

      August 27, 2012

  • David P.

    Sorry I missed it!

    August 27, 2012

  • sidney e.

    It was interesting to see how different people 'saw' the same theme. I think that it would be challenging as a theme to take one overdone idea and see how originally it could be reinterpreted. The 'Tree' show currently hanging at The Darkroom Gallery is an excellent example. For example, sunsets are such a cliché. Could we challenge ourselves to reinvent the subject?

    Or, another issue that came up last night was representing a feeling. What proved difficult about that theme was the lack of information within the image that let the viewer know how the photographer felt.

    August 27, 2012

  • Melanie B.

    It was great to revive the challenges. Good discussion of the photos. Too bad many of the people who submitted photos were not able to attend. I think we need two criteria for the votes. One vote for theme and another vote for photo quality (technical and composition). I've posted comments indicating each challenge winner and also coments made during the session.

    August 26, 2012

  • Ken S.

    We needed a few more pairs of images - Thanks Melanie Bishop for taking notes!!

    August 26, 2012

  • Kim M.

    This is my III Challenge You Live event. I really enjoy viewing and sharing our perspectives on the images. Why some images work and don't it composition or does the image fit the theme? I learn something at every session and love to challenge and be challenged! Thank you everyone!

    August 26, 2012

  • Ken S.

    There are now four open challenges and five matched pairs. We just need those four open challenges to be met and one additional added in order to schedule this meetup.

    April 9, 2012

  • Bill K.

    Busy time of year, Ken. I plan to be there!

    December 24, 2011

  • Ken S.

    There are three Open Challenges. Come on folks if are going to have a January Challenge meetup - we need competitors and more challenges.

    December 24, 2011

  • Ken S.

    We've got one challenge so far and one open: Joy. Let's get it going or we'll never get to 10.

    December 7, 2011

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