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Title: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: SimonW on September 15, 2013, 07:09:55 PM
Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"

The theme for this week's comp is "The Tree"

Let's get a little fresh air and exercise this time, and shoot some nice landscapes or cityscapes, with the main point of interest being a single tree.

Post processing restricted to cropping, adjusting exposure, saturation, and contrast. Dodge and burn if you must, but no use of clone brush, copy/paste etc.

Pictures to be taken between 00.01am Monday 16th September to 23:59pm Sunday 22nd September 2013.
Pictures to be posted in the entries thread no later than 23.59pm Monday 23rd September 2013.
Poll will be up Tuesday 24th until Friday 27th September.
Winner to be announced Saturday 28th September.

The Rules for the weekly competition are:-

By entering you agree to take responsibility to:
post a topic on the Sunday following your declared win
create an entries thread
create a chat thread
create a poll for that weeks comp and declare the winner on the Saturday
(if for any reason there is a problem and no subject is posted by the winner by Monday night admin will advise second place winner to post the topic asap, do the poll etc)

In case of a tie, the first entry posted wins.

photos to be taken during the specified dates, ie Monday xx to Sunday xx

pictures to be posted in the entries thread no later than 23.59 Monday night
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Oldboy on September 15, 2013, 09:12:04 PM
I love trees and always have. I love been in a forest so, this is right up my street.  :tup:
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: ABERS on September 15, 2013, 10:14:05 PM
"I don't believe a tree is a tree and if you've seen one you've seen them all."
--Governor Ronald Reagan, in the Sacramento Bee, September 14, 1966

 :legit:
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Reinardina on September 16, 2013, 07:52:59 AM
Trees galore where I live, at least on the Common, which is on my doorstep. We have some good local parks too.
A cityscape or street scene will be a problem, as I can 'at first thought' (or whatever the expression is) not remember a single noteworthy tree in our urban environment.
Funny, how you need a competition to realise that!

As we have had unlimited scope, to use pp in almost all of the recent competitions, I think it's probably worthwhile to flag up the restrictions, as it might be tempting (or even be an automatic process) to 'litter pick' in certain situations. Especially in urban shots.

So here goes:

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Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: ABERS on September 16, 2013, 08:36:14 AM
Post processing restricted to cropping, adjusting exposure, saturation, and contrast. Dodge and burn if you must, but no use of clone brush, copy/paste etc.

Look forward to some nice Chocolate Box pictures then! :legit:
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Reinardina on September 16, 2013, 09:20:34 AM
Post processing restricted to cropping, adjusting exposure, saturation, and contrast. Dodge and burn if you must, but no use of clone brush, copy/paste etc.

Look forward to some nice Chocolate Box pictures then! :legit:

The wild and lonely tree (I can hear Fraser say this!), does not have to be chocolate boxy surely?
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: ABERS on September 16, 2013, 11:37:22 AM
Post processing restricted to cropping, adjusting exposure, saturation, and contrast. Dodge and burn if you must, but no use of clone brush, copy/paste etc.

Look forward to some nice Chocolate Box pictures then! :legit:

The wild and lonely tree (I can hear Fraser say this!), does not have to be chocolate boxy surely?

Perhaps a little bit hasty, just reaction to the limitations on creativity.
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: DigiDiva on September 16, 2013, 05:44:09 PM
I think that if 20 photographers took a picture of the same tree, each image would be different in style, composition etc.
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: ABERS on September 19, 2013, 08:31:47 AM
Had a little walkabout yesterday while the car was in for service.

Trees at this time of year are still in full leaf and the density of the foliage, unless you're lucky with the light, tends to detract from any attempt to find a decent image. Well that's my experience from yesterday. It will all be different in a few weeks time when Autumn gets a grip of things, now there's a well worn subject 'Autumn'. ;)

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10216/normal_Sole_Tree_and_Fence_2.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14407&fullsize=1)

Here's one I ended up with, nice and chocolate boxey. ::) I've got another one that I'm pleased with and needs some further work doing on it.

Just a quick question, do shoe trees count?  ???
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: SimonW on September 19, 2013, 08:56:42 AM
Hi Abers, A lot of my local trees are already looking very autumnal, but I guess I'm a bit further north than most of us. So although my first thought for this challenge had an autumn theme I decided it was probably too early for most folk. So thank you for confirming that.
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Reinardina on September 19, 2013, 04:25:20 PM
Had a little walkabout yesterday while the car was in for service.

Trees at this time of year are still in full leaf and the density of the foliage, unless you're lucky with the light, tends to detract from any attempt to find a decent image. Well that's my experience from yesterday. It will all be different in a few weeks time when Autumn gets a grip of things, now there's a well worn subject 'Autumn'. ;)

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10216/normal_Sole_Tree_and_Fence_2.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14407&fullsize=1)

Here's one I ended up with, nice and chocolate boxey. ::) I've got another one that I'm pleased with and needs some further work doing on it.

Just a quick question, do shoe trees count?  ???

Funny chocolate boxes you've got over there Alan.

Thank goodness I went out on Monday morning to explore the Common for a suitable tree. It has rained every day since!

With all the trees still in leaf, it was difficult to find one to take 'centre stage.' Had to concentrate on dead ones.
Took quite a few shots, but I'm afraid, they may be chocolate boxy Alan. (Especially after you called yours that!)
So I am 'playing around' (or 'being creative') with some of them.
 
Normally, people can interpret the theme the way they want, so I suppose a shoe, or mug tree should be okay.
It's up to the voters, to decide whether or not to vote for the alternative version.
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Reinardina on September 20, 2013, 12:31:41 PM
I have several tree shots, for several different competitions and I'm getting rather snarled up in them.

If I don't get 'rid' of one, I get totally lost. So here is my entry for this competition.

Is it a chocolate box picture Alan?
I suppose you will think so, but I don't think dead trees will sell many chocolates.


Southampton Common

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11140/normal_Southampton_Common.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14408&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: ABERS on September 20, 2013, 02:40:41 PM
I dunno, might sell a few Curly Whirlies  :legit:
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Reinardina on September 20, 2013, 03:44:52 PM
I dunno, might sell a few Curly Whirlies  :legit:

If only ...
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: DigiDiva on September 21, 2013, 07:52:20 PM
Had fun today out looking for my tree shot. Im a post processing so will post it tomorrow
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: SimonW on September 21, 2013, 09:34:06 PM
Oh dear.... Due to other commitments and weather I only got one, very short, opportunity this week to visit a tree I had in mind, only to find the missing branch which has really spoilt its looks. I didn't notice the pigeon at the top till it was on the PC.

(It's straight off the camera by the way, not even cropped, just resized for uploading.)

This Old Tree
(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10222/normal__IGP1373Rs_tree.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14420&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Hinfrance on September 22, 2013, 06:43:12 PM
Weather has not been good this week - Cubase has been a very steep learning curve, dare I say nightmare as it isn't doing what it says on the tin, not by a long way.

The main problem I have had with this challenge is that there are no trees around here that are billy no mates - believe me I have kept an eagle eye out for a Kodak tree for years and never seen one. So, in the end I have gone for the fallen tree at the bottom of our garden:

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10146/normal_Tree-57707_flickr.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14424&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: kerbside on September 22, 2013, 08:45:41 PM
The Glade

Again as a subject it did not float my boat but i have managed to come up with this, found the subject quite hard and to find that perfect tree was even harder.

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11290/normal_the_glade.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14427&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: ABERS on September 23, 2013, 08:36:19 AM
A different view. Won't sell many postcards with this! Well there is a tree in it!

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10216/normal_Tree_on_the_Corner_wider_view.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14430&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: Chat Thread for Weekly Competition 16th - 22nd September 2013. "The Tree"
Post by: Reinardina on September 23, 2013, 09:37:14 AM
A different view. Won't sell many postcards with this! Well there is a tree in it!

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10216/normal_Tree_on_the_Corner_wider_view.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=14430&fullsize=1)

I think you could be very wrong about the postcards. I find it exceedingly difficult, to find a decent/good postcard, that is not chocolate boxy or 'funny.'