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Offline SimonW

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Why do we do it?
« on: November 27, 2012, 04:42:29 PM »
Why do we do it? Enter the weekly competition, that is.

Personally I enjoy the challenge of taking a photo to meet a specific requirement which I might not normally look for, and of course I try to take a shot which pleases me and hopefully others. I hope that meeting the challenge and seeing my entry compared to others will help improve my photographic skills (such as they are).

Here we see how many people liked each shot best of all the entries. This is rather different from a camera club competition where a single judge will give an opinion - which must be to some extent personal and may not reflect a majority view - on each photo. It's interesting that some weeks the votes can be evenly spread while other times there will be a clear cut winner. Either way it all helps us to understand what people like to see in a photograph.

And it's fun.

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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 10:41:11 PM »
Quite a lot of us don't, not because we don't find it exciting or stretching but mainly because we don't have the time.

On the rare occasion when I go out with a camera it's to find something that is perhaps unusual or eyecatching. I find that if you go out with a specific subject in mind you have no idea what you might have missed whilst concentrating on that specific subject and you end up with something that is usually a 'make-do'. That I think is because there is a time limit between which the entries must have been taken.

When you look at other forums the competition element seems eventually to take it over to the exclusion of all else and is usually just populated by the half dozen or so that are interested in such activity.
Not the case here on CC. There is still a widespread of activity and banter that makes it enjoyable.

I always look at the current competition entries and sometimes vote, so although I don't enter I take part. ;)

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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 08:13:32 AM »
Well, I do it (usually) because it's nice to be sociable, it stops the batteries rotting in the camera, and sometimes I get something I really like that might just end up enlarged on the wall somewhere if my vastly better half can be persuaded.

Like all these things it's really down to what you make of it. :tup:
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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 10:08:04 AM »
I must admit that I have slipped out of the habit lately. Been getting a few paid jobs - not loads, just enough to pay for gear and trips as I wanted but often means I end up doing little stuff for myself.
I aim to get back into the challenges I do here and elsewhere as it gives me a theme to shoot to and a little bit of challenge for my fuddled brain to make me think a bit about getting something a little different. That said at times lately I`ve been inclined to throw in anything that loosely fits. First time in a while this weekend that I have taken an hour or so to go looking for a shot. Picking food stuff this week might get me out there again!

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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 12:09:53 PM »
I do it mainly to make me use my camera each week but this has not happened much lately, I am trying to get back in the habit, so hope I can keep it up.
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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 01:40:57 PM »
  I don't enter because if, by some collective madness, you were to vote me the winner, I wouldn't have the first clue as to how to set up the next weeks theme! :o
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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 04:36:48 PM »
I do it for the enjoyment and discipline although it has to fit in with the general weekly activity.

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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 08:35:38 PM »
I must admit, for the first few weeks of joining I didn't have the inclination to start entering the weekly comps, again for the same reason I gave them up over on DCW. I was spending far too much time meeting a brief than on my own "style", so I was slowly becoming a competition zombie, churning out requested shots week in week out.

I think I just needed a break and now I have been able to maintain a healthy balance between the two. I find I can do a competition and also shoot for myself...or I can simply not do a competition and just head out with the camera a see what springs up.

I have enjoyed the competitions so far, they are good for jump starting the ol' grey matter when inspiration runs low......even more so now the cold, damp winter has set in. :tup:
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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 07:40:04 AM »
I like the challenge of trying to find something that fits, but have been quite busy with other photographic things recently, and then indeed, as Alan says, there's a risk you miss things, because you're only looking in one direction.
At the moment I'm a bit 'out of it' altogether, due to circumstances, and I haven't found a decent thing for this week's comp yet, so I may have to skip a week.

One reason I have been entering CC's competition and giving up on the 'other one,' is the voting, which 'over there' has become rather 'iffy.'

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Re: Why do we do it?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2012, 02:27:43 PM »
I only like it for the comments on the photos.   I am not about the competition.  I have so far not participated in my camera club's competitions either.