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Virtual Photo Challenge: Christmas Capers 2013

A take-off on the 12 Days of Christmas, this challenge is fun because you get to choose the number, the subject and the rhyme.

Create a photograph with a caption that replaces one of lines in the song. Your photo should somehow represent the number and subject, and your caption should have the same meter as the line it replaces.

For example, you could create a photograph with five Christmas bell ornaments as the subject and write a caption that reads: 5 Christmas Bells -- which replaces 5 Golden Rings. Another example: make a photo of seagulls sitting on a bench, and instead of 7 Swans a Swimming, your caption reads 7 Gulls a Thinking. :)

Here is the last stanza from the original song lyrics:

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:

12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

For this challenge, create a photograph with a caption that replaces a line in the 12 Days of Christmas song, between the date you sign up through to January 6th, and post up to 12 photos to the Designated Album.

You can start taking photos and post your images to the album anytime after you sign up.

**Special thanks to Judy for the suggestion, and to Pat T. for background research. :)

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INSTRUCTIONS

Photos for this challenge must be taken in your camera between the date you sign up and January 6, 2014. Each photo must have a caption that replaces one of the lines in the last stanza from the original song: 12 Days of Christmas.

No more than 12 images per member are allowed. Members can choose to post one image for each of the lines in the song, or repeat lines, or skip lines, as desired.

Members signed up for the challenge, and all members of the group, are encouraged to express appreciation and discuss the posted images, whether in comments of the images or here on this event page. 

Use of all of your cameras are welcome, such as SLR, phone, toy, and point & shoots. Computer post-processing techniques (crop, colour correction, etc.) are allowed. 

PLEASE NOTE: Any photos posted to the Album for this challenge that do not adhere to the instructions will be moved to the Monthly album without notice.

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REMEMBER: we will NOT meet in person because this is a VIRTUAL challenge. There will be no judging and no prizes. If you sign up for the challenge, you are making a personal agreement with yourself to take photos and then post your best photos as laid out in the instructions.

Enjoy!!!!

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  • ruth

    oh darn.. totally misread this.. thought it started jan.6! and here i thought it strange.. hehe!

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Jordan

      I can't believe I missed this event :(.

      January 23, 2014

  • Len W.

    It was fun trying to find photos to match the rhymes.

    January 7, 2014

  • Wendy

    Really enjoyed everyone else's photographs!

    January 7, 2014

  • Doug G.

    Very good. Some good interpretations of the theme.

    January 7, 2014

  • Melody L.

    This was difficult and at first mind boggling--realized later that I was just over thinking with so many possibities--isn't that great--too many ideas!

    January 7, 2014

  • Wendy

    No it's only a sign up if you click the RSVP top right. You are not signed up as far as I can see.
    Good luck with the health tests you are facing and I do hope the results are positive for your future good health. Not nice sometimes, so I will be hoping you are back for the next challenge.

    January 6, 2014

  • ruth

    sounds fun! :)

    January 5, 2014

  • Grace R.

    Wow this will be a lot of fun. Can't wait to get started. Happy New Year every one.

    January 1, 2014

  • Melody L.

    I've made an executive decision. I'm am not going outside to look for any photo. I am working from my dining room table using light from my chandelier and natural light through the window with no flash. I am creating my own little scenarios by using only what I have at this moment in my home. I will use photos and rely on editing and adding elements. I hope that everyone will be OK with this approach.

    December 16, 2013

    • Len W.

      Sounds like a great idea. I can't wait to see what you create.

      December 16, 2013

  • Trish

    I'm finding this challenge is really tough.

    I seem to start with a concept and then try to find something that fits, and I'm getting tied up in knots! For example, my brain wants to come up with something clever and Christmas-y, and then sort out the clever rhyme, and THEN find a way to photograph the idea. So many botched starts and stupid photos!!!

    But I'm finding another way, which seems more fruitful (if not a bit illogical to my brain). I've decided to just explore my world as usual -- and look for patterns and multiples... multiples of things. Any thing will do and seems a bit easier.

    My plan is, when I have a nice photo of multiples, I can come up with something clever to say about it. At least I'm not as frustrated, and feel a bit more free at this point -- but I'll see how it goes :)

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Gerry B.

      Those were my sentiments exactly, Trish, and I've come to the same conclusion: looking for patterns and multiples, or even digitally multiplying them!

      1 · December 12, 2013

    • Trish

      Ah, digitally multiplying... hadn't really thought of that! :)

      December 12, 2013

  • Melody L.

    Well, then the both of you are saying you are going to be fruitful and multiply!

    2 · December 12, 2013

    • Trish

      Teehee! :)

      December 12, 2013

  • Len W.

    Trish, don't overthink it. My goal is to find the rhythm. If I get a pretty picture even better. I'm not going to win any awards for my empty parking lot shot. I'm looking at this more from a photo journalism challenge than an artistic challenge. The Winter Wonderland is where the pretty pictures go. And who is to say your photo is stupid. Everyone loves stupid photos. That's what makes this a fun challenge.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Trish

      I really like what you say, Len. I think the over-thinking and trying to setup shots that would never work. Relaxing with it is what I need and freedom to just shoot "whatever" rather than really trying hard :)

      December 12, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Trish, is there an album for this? Or is it in the description already and I'm going blind... : }

    December 2, 2013

  • Melody L.

    I haven't had much luck in expressing myself lately. Maybe this challenge will get the little grey cells working in my brain.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Trish

    As Pat pointed out, the 12 days begin at Christmas and end in January - so I've changed the end date of our challenge to January 6th. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Days_of_Christmas :)

    November 30, 2013

  • Pat T.

    I was just reading a bit on the poem/song, and apparently the 12 days are supposed to START on Christmas and go to January 7th. That would make more sense: getting everything on the after-Christmas sales would save a lot of money! :)

    1 · November 29, 2013

    • Trish

      Really? Well I'll be. Maybe we should extend the date of the challenge to Jan 7 to at least acknowledge the tradition?

      November 29, 2013

    • Pat T.

      Yeah, but there have been all kinds of changes to it over the years. Such as these:
      “It has been suggested by a number of sources over the years that the pear tree is in fact supposed to be perdrix, French for partridge and pronounced per-dree , and was simply copied down incorrectly when the oral version of the game was transcribed. The original line would have been: "A partridge, une perdrix." The fourth day's gift is often said to be four calling birds but was originally (and still is in many traditional renditions) four colly birds (a colly bird is an archaic term for a blackbird). The fifth's day's gift of golden rings refers not to jewelry but to ring-necked birds such as the ring-necked pheasant.”

      2 · November 30, 2013

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