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Virtual Photo Challenge: Winter Wonders 2013-4

During the winter season in the north, much of our natural environment is in a state of dormancy - characterized by plants suspending growth or activity during the winter months to conserve energy before beginning their growth cycle again in the spring. By contrast, in our neighbourhoods and on city streets, industry prevails, our families continue to grow, and our working lives don't skip a beat.

From an aesthetic perspective, there is beauty in the winter landscape. In the early winter, we are struck by the bareness of trees when only weeks before we enjoyed the fullness of their bloom. Remnants of discarded leaves and plant debris collect and slowly dissolve to be covered by snow or washed away by rain. Winter weather produces interesting light, lingering fog, frost and hoarfrost crystals, and snow. Predominant characteristics include reflections, cold and coolness, stark contrast, brilliant light, and darkness. Barren lands are not negative in this context but promising. Winter promises that in a few short weeks, the cycle will begin again with new life, more light and longer, warmer days.

In our lives, and inside our homes, we shore up, keep warm, spend time with family and friends, and we celebrate. The warm characteristics of the winter season are represented in warm hues, sparkling lights, family, and splendid iconic rituals of faith. But for some, winter brings out the elements of loneliness and fear. The winter season can mean harsh impacts where illness and poverty exist. The wonders here are found in humanism, charity, and acts of giving and receiving... 

This challenge is intended for us to inspire each other by capturing and sharing our own interpretations of Winter Wonders.

Take photos that represent the wonders of winter between the date you sign up through to February 20th, and post up to 25 of your BEST images. In addition, you may post 3 wondrous Winter images from your archives (best of all time shots). Here is the Designated Album for this challenge.

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

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INSTRUCTIONS

Photos for this challenge must be taken in your camera between November 23, 2013 and February 20th, 2014, and must represent the Wonders of Winter.

No more than 25 images per member are allowed, PLUS you may post 3 wondrous Winter images from your personal archives. (Yes, that's 28 photos in total, maximum per member.)

Members are encouraged to express appreciation and discuss locations, intention, camera settings and composition in the Caption and comments of the images, and 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. To make it more challenging, we encourage use of "in-camera" settings and framing and minimal computer post-processing.

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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  • Wendy C.

    So many wonderful photos. I'm sorry once again that I didn't give it much time and made hardly any comments, but it's nice to see that there were people paying attention and commenting. There were many photos with no descriptions - I thought having a description was a requirement. It should be.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Grace R.

    It was great for the exception of being too long.

    February 23, 2014

    • Trish

      Thanks Grace - I agree it was great - and yet too long. Better would have been to have two or three different challenges in the same time frame. :)

      February 23, 2014

    • kelly

      I don't think you can find fault with how long winter is....and perhaps the challenge should have been longer when you look at all the white stuff out there right now! Regardless it was a fun challenge Trish...and THANK YOU for posting it!

      February 23, 2014

  • Francis

    Im amateur photographer. i want to learn more ,and love joining this group.

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • Trish

      Thanks Wendy... remember, if you want critiques the Critique Requests album can be used: http://www.meetup.com...­

      February 23, 2014

    • Wendy

      Have not been aware of that album but if and when, will def. use it in the future. What do you think of all this snow? Appreciate the reply. I did post a couple of photos I posted to the Feb. album.

      February 23, 2014

  • Wendy

    Whoops, had the date of finishing this challenge as not yesterday but the 23rd. No idea why. My mistake. I'll add my photos to the Feb. submissions instead. Great photos in challenge.

    February 21, 2014

  • elfi r.

    Hi I had photos to add yesterday but left it too late to add yesterday as it said the album was full.Looks like there were lots of great photos.

    February 21, 2014

  • Len W.

    Lots of fun and great winter photos by everyone.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Melody L.

    So it appears that Winter is not so dull after all. Lots of very interesting shots and many good ideas.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Trish

    The album for this challenge is FULL - here is the overflow album: http://www.meetup.com/photo-475/photos/20158302/

    February 16, 2014

  • John C.

    First timer

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Michele

    Just added my first collection of photo's to this group. There's weren't to many but I look forward to any feedback you all might have. Thanks : )

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • alinikazm

    I am so happy joining this group

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Wendy

    If you scroll up here on this page, you'll see all the guidelines and the end date being in February on the 20th. Okay?

    January 7, 2014

  • Trish

    So many gorgeous photos everyone! It's such a pleasure to browse through your submissions - awesome! :)

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Wendy R.

    I love the advice from you people!!
    Learn something new every time and as my New Year's resolution is to enjoy taking photos, I'm in!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • David B.

    Need some inspiration? Take a look at
    http://500px.com/blog/904/welcome-to-the-winter-wonderland
    and for some winter shooting advice, this is very useful:
    http://500px.com/blog/902/10-helpful-tips-on-how-to-shoot-in-the-winter
    Not that we get that much snow here but you can find it nearby!

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Russ K.

    As a general note, to get snow to look more white and less grey (or blue) in your pictures, try setting the exposure compensation to +1 (or even +2). The brightness of snow fools your lightmeter, and exposure compensation, well, compensates for that.

    2 · December 20, 2013

  • Trish

    November 28, 2013

  • Leone

    Nice bit of writing Trish. Makes me almost welcome winter! I'm in, and I'm inspired!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Wendy

    For those in the Vancouver area, tonight, the Yaletown is having a CandyTown Festival until 9 pm. It's along Mainland St. right near Canada Line Station, I think. I'm going to see what photo-ops might be there. 'Wonderful' CandyLand.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Len W.

    Does it count if I take photos in Palm Springs? My family has a house there. I would only do that if there was a ton of snow here.
    I like this challenge because I need to get into some snowy places. I've been avoiding those places the last few years.

    November 23, 2013

    • Trish

      Hi Len, yes, anything that represents wondrousness at wintertime counts. And, although "snow" is not the only thing that's wondrous at wintertime, I'm glad you're inspired to find snowy places this winter :)

      November 23, 2013

  • Wendy

    I LOVE this idea, Trish. Can't wait to see all the photographic creativity. Will sign up today.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Melody L.

    Oh goody! Winter's not dull--you just have to look.

    1 · November 23, 2013

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