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VIRTUAL MEETUP: WINTER SUN RISE/SET PHOTO CHALLENGE

  • Feb 2, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Online Virtual Meetup

WHAT:

This challenge is to get out and capture a winter sun rise and/or sun set.  A winning image will be chosen after the meet up date closes.

WHERE:

This is NOT an in person meet up.  The meet up date posted is so we we can close the challenge.  Once the date has past, the meet up  event page will allow us to upload photos.  Please don’t post photos until after the end date.

WHEN:

See above.  (this is just for posting your pics in our gallery)

RULES:

* Please stay on topic.  Don’t post macro shots of hotdogs and popcorn unless there’s a sun set in the back ground with snow 

* The photo must depict winter

* Photos must be taken during the announcement of this meet up and end date

* Post processing is allowed

* For those needing help and suggestions, please post comments in the discussion area below.  For those who are knowledgeable, please try and answer questions.

* You are welcome to try and coordinate an outing with those who RSVP’d in this virtual meet up

* All posted photos must be 2048 px on the long end

HOW:

* Hardware is irrelevant .  Use what you want. 

* Typically for non moving static shots, a tripod and remote shutter release (or timed shutter release) combined with low ISO and long shutter times make nice combinations

* The scene has to include the sun rise or sun set.  See my example shot.  

WHERE:

This is an online meet up.  AFTER the published meet up date closes, ONLY THEN PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOS to the meet up gallery where the top three photos will be selected.

WHY:

Collaborate via the comment system here.  Share settings.  Tips.  Ideas.  BE CREATIVE.  My example shot is typical and blah.   There are no official prizes other then bragging rights for the best shots.  

WINNING CRITERIA:

http://www.rcrca.com/photo%20contest%20judging%20criteria.htm

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  • Jeff G.

    Regarding a meetup for this event: it will be too difficult to track responses and juggle schedules in a closed event discussion area. I will be creating a new meetup that is specifically geared toward getting together and displaying photos in the very near future.

    February 15, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Good question Shawn. I'm kind of thinking to go with the flow of what the people who RSVP want. I'll share a dropbox folder for everyone to showcase pics and chat about them. Also, perhaps an option for anonymous critique. Else, people can come just to say hi. Location I had in mind is Greenfields pub in Barrhaven. I know it's far for some, but the setup is really awesome for our group with a massive 20 foot projector screen and private seating area. Stay tuned.

      February 16, 2014

    • Jinny S.

      Let me know when and I would love to go

      February 16, 2014

  • Debbie P.

    I didn't realize it was just 2 shots, should I take the others down?

    February 2, 2014

    • Marcia

      I would like to post one more if others are posting more than 2. Thanks.

      February 3, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Marcia, others may have but you completed the mission successfully. It's really tough to pick two of your fav photos for any one meetup. I set this (personal challenge) rule up on purpose. I'd say, give yourself a pat on the back for sticking to it. If you still want to post, it's all good... nothing is going to blow up and start smoking if you do.

      February 16, 2014

  • Dan R.

    Oh cool, first place. I hadn't checked back here in some time. This was fun... let's do more :)

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Arlene

    Congratulations everyone. The meetup was really fun! Thanks!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    Congratulations to all. I really enjoyed this. Jinny

    3 · February 15, 2014

  • Jeff G.

    I have selected the top three photos from this challenge. This was insanely difficult to choose. I've sent you all an email with more details.

    First Place:
    Dan Rogall
    http://www.meetup.com/The-Ottawa-Photography-Meetup-Group/photos/19885982/330819012/
    This image is haunting. Absolutely love it.

    Second Place:
    Joshua McCullough
    http://www.meetup.com/The-Ottawa-Photography-Meetup-Group/photos/19885982/330174802/
    I can see this image on a wall or gallery. Beautiful tones.

    Third Place:
    Robert Lachaine
    http://www.meetup.com/The-Ottawa-Photography-Meetup-Group/photos/19885982/330434142/
    You’re the only black and white entry. You successfully captured a normally colour photo in a monotone fashion. Kudos to you!

    Honourable Mention:
    Debbie Pinard
    http://www.meetup.com/The-Ottawa-Photography-Meetup-Group/photos/19885982/329697892/
    This is so thinking outside the box. Love it.

    February 15, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    What, when where? Would love to know the results of the judging and also have a meeting.
    Jinny

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    So, have 'we' decided to have "face time" ?

    February 14, 2014

  • Marcia

    Thank you Jeff for organizing this event. I love all the different, beautiful and amazing photos. I learned a lot from this experience.

    2 · February 4, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      You're quite welcome and glad you can be a part of it.

      1 · February 4, 2014

  • Jeff G.

    For those who have tried already, I would love to hear your technical approach on this challenge. It may help others. ie. Used a tripod, full auto, aperture priority, remote cable release, ISO decisions etc.

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      But the thing actually heats up though or is it just like a covering?

      February 3, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Just like the hand warmers, you just open the package and it starts generating heat. Then peal off the back and stick it to the camera body.... 6 hours I think...

      February 3, 2014

  • Jeff G.

    Awesome shots so far everyone! The creativity is fantastic.

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Bianca N.

      Shawn you just taught me something new. Had to google "pictorialist"­ style! lol Love the definition and the opportunity to learn something new. Thank you! :-)

      February 3, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Would not have Alfred Stieglitz or the likes of Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, Clarence H. White, and Joseph Keiley loved to have had Photoshop?

      1 · February 3, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    I loved this exercise, but was usually disappointed with the colours this time of year from my 13th floor balcony. (I don't DO "winter"!)There are some really fantastic shots, though

    February 3, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      when you set your camera to ‘Auto’ in it’s white balance mode you run the risk of losing some of the warm golden tones of a sunrise or sunset. Instead try shooting in ‘cloudy’ or ‘shade’ which are usually used in cooler lights and tell your camera to warm things up a little. Alternatively – if you’re shooting a sunrise and DO want a cooler moody shot you can experiment with other white balance settings.

      February 3, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Having said the above, I actually like your "Blue City Scape"

      1 · February 3, 2014

  • Dan R.

    Can I still post? I don't see a deadline.

    February 3, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Post whenever you wish. I don't think the meetup site ever prevents you from posting in the future.

      February 3, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    I hear there is sun in Cuba!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Oh Jeff, stop being an old stick in the mud. It would depict an activity Canadians tend to do in the winter, which is the spirit of the Meetup...

      2 · January 25, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      lmao... ya ya I know, that's why I changed my mind above.

      February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wondering when it is I need to have my 2 photos uploaded by? I'm guessing as long as I have them uploaded by the end of the day it should be fine.

    Do you prefer to have details for the shot included? I.e. exposure, brackets, etc?

    February 2, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      The best photo will be chosen on Feb 9th who will win the grand prize of bragging rights. Sharing meta data is not a requirement but might help people learn.

      February 2, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    I'm not clear on how to post the photos Sunday after 1:00

    February 1, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      As you have posted images for meetups before, I will assume that this question relates to the 2048 pixels on the long side requirement. I am sure we (you & I) have discussed what postproduction software you have, but sadly, I disremember at this time. However, the simple answer is to "resize" your image, keeping the aspect ratio the same, so that the longest side of the image is 2048 pixels.
      If you have Photoshop Elements, use the "Save for Web" option under File. If you have Lightroom, the Export function can be used. If you have Picasa (free), the Export function will resize to 2048 pixels.

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, it looks like I've got a couple of decent shots. I'm shooting panoramic shots for this. I'm shooting 5 bracketed shots, with a minimum of ten shots wide. I've got a couple so far, ... but will see if I can get anything better by submission time. :-) It's all up to the sun and cloud gods. I've been shooting on a tripod, 100 iso, aperture priority, f/8, 24mm prime lens.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Joel L.

    I have yet to squeeze off one single shot of the sun - I either have to rush out, or get out of work too late, or just no sun... - I think I will take Jinny's advice to go to Cuba!!! :-)

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Bert

    What goes to the winner? Bragging rights? A fruit cup? Either way I'm in ;-).

    January 23, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Maybe next challenge I will supply a grand prize fruit cup. :-)

      January 24, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    I heard the winner won a trip to the land where the sun always shines... Jinny

    January 23, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Close. The winner gets an all expense paid trip off the coasts of Imagination Land. :-P

      1 · January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I managed to get some good shots tonight ... Yay! finally a decent sunset, and I wasn't stuck in traffic or worse yet, still at work!

    On my way home south of the airport I drove by someone parked on the side of the road with a really BIG lens hanging out of the drivers side window.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    What do I love about this time of year? The golden hour comes early in the evening and later in the morning. So, camera bag check, tripod check, remote release check, spare lens check, charge batteries check, camera???

    2 · January 14, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Cool ...

      January 22, 2014

    • Joel L.

      I went out last Sunday at 4:00am - to drive to Eganville - and forgot to check the weather... :-( man - I gotta plan better...lol

      January 22, 2014

  • Trish L.

    I'm not sure when I'll be able to post my pictures since I am heading south on Feb 1st. Is there an absolute 'must be posted by' date or will anytime after Feb 2nd acceptable?

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Anytime after the meetup is fine.

      1 · January 20, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    I had a senior moment this morning, at about 7:25 am. After years of telling my protégés to look behind them when they are imaging a sunset or sunrise, I didn't notice that although the sunrise was mediocre at best, the full moon was fantastic, blood red and sliced by a wisp of a cloud... I just stood there a marveled at it, forgetting I had a camera set on a tripod ...

    2 · January 16, 2014

  • Robert A.

    IF you are looking for a sunset eagleson between Kanata and Richmond might be a good place. enough empty corn fields to make the horizon acceptable.

    January 14, 2014

  • Trish L.

    Sounds like he's all ready for the Sunset! :p

    January 14, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Actually, Sunset requires a different view, a different subject entirely in this case. ….

      January 14, 2014

  • Jinny S.

    Hmmm. You see gold:I see grey today. Is it an optimist/pessimist thing?

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Some of my best were shot during the worst... As it turns out, the high-level clouds cooperated, the low-level ones and the fog didn't ...

      January 14, 2014

  • Robert A.

    If you are in the west end I can suggest regional road 8 or Brophy by Twin Elms intersection. There is an open field that used to house the antenna farm so it is a good site. The transmitter building is still there and there is a mechanical shovel there for some reason. I shot my first fall sunrise there. You get a decent horizon. The stretch I am referring to is bound by eagleson and prince of Wales. For some reason it is also called BankfieLd at prince of wales (also known as highway 16).

    January 13, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    Anyone know where I can find a sunrise?

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There certainly haven't been very many mornings or evenings with good sunrises or sunsets ... Sure hope something comes along soon, ... :)

    January 12, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    May I suggest that, although this is a *virtual* Meetup, that we meet at a public venue a week afterwards to get some face time and brag time...

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Aroop G.

      Depends on the date/time, but I would be interested. Any particular pub in mind?

      January 1, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      I'm a stickler for taking attendance, I always do! Also, I learned the hard way having my workshops, to make people pay up front when registering, otherwise too many just no show without any notice!!

      1 · January 1, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    Under the concept of rule 6 " is the approach creative" I'm curious to know about the interpretation of the subclause "Is the photo interesting and fresh, or is it just too weird for words?" if too weird for words is a good thing or a bad thing?

    January 1, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      As the event host for this challenge, I say "too weird for words" is a good thing.

      1 · January 1, 2014

  • Shawn Michael M.

    How many images are we allowed to enter?

    January 1, 2014

    • Jeff G.

      Hmmmm I was tempted on saying no limit. Let's raise the quality of our gallery and impose a limit of 2 shots per person. So choose wisely.

      January 1, 2014

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