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Offline Courtney

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2008, 09:29:23 AM »
What is this:
Inheritance diptych

Ack.  I have no clue. 

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2008, 09:48:31 AM »
What is this:
Inheritance diptych

Ack.  I have no clue. 

Here is the quote from where Toc proposed the idea...I was scared at first, but the more I've thought about it, the more I am excited about giving it a try.  :)

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Here's an idea for a very loose one, possibly for some time in the future, suggested by a meatspace friend of mine who's sort of following all of this:

Inheritance tracks: there's a radio show which asks a guest to do this: one track you received from your parents(' generation), one that you have passed on to the next generation.  For us, of course, this would be an image of something you'd inherited and one of something you'd passed on - concrete objects or not - posted as a diptych.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008, 10:26:03 AM »
What is this:
Inheritance diptych

Ack.  I have no clue. 

I don't even know how to pronounce it.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2008, 10:27:36 AM »
dip·tych

Pronunciation:
    \ˈdip-(ˌ)tik\
Function:
    noun
Etymology:
    Late Latin diptycha, plural, from Greek, from neuter plural of diptychos folded in two, from di- + ptychē fold
Date:
    1622

1 : a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces 2 : a picture or series of pictures (as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets 3 : a work made up of two matching parts

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008, 10:29:45 AM »
I still dont get it. 

So i just take a picture of something that was handed down to me from my parents or someone?

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2008, 10:47:00 AM »
This is my take on it...

There will be 2 photos side by side.  One photo is something you've inherited - whether it be a physical item or maybe something else like a personality trait, use your imagination.  The other photo will be of something you will (or have) passed on. 

Still clear as mud?

Of course, I could be completely wrong on this...but that's just my take on the theme.

Here's an example of a diptych photo....not mine!


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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 12:06:19 PM »
I still dont get it. 

So i just take a picture of something that was handed down to me from my parents or someone?

Two images, one of which represents something handed down to you by the previous generation, the other of which represents something you've handed on.   No constraints on what the images contain - the nose you got from your mother and the graduation ring you gave your goddaughter, a flower because you inherited a love of gardening from your dad and your messy desk because your son has got your untidiness....


Here's some examples of diptychs from flickr.

One way of making a diptych from two images is given here.  And some more advice here.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2008, 02:18:41 PM »
OK, while we're discussing it, the self portrait is already giving me fits!
And so is film noir.
I have never psoted a picture of myself on the internets and probably won't start now.  I'm an introvert, remember?   :o
So can self portrait be any interpretation?


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Oh, and diptych sounds like dipstick with a lisp.   :)
Don't confuse my personality with my attitude.  My personality is who I am.  My attitude depends on who you are.

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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2008, 02:24:32 PM »
So can self portrait be any interpretation?

I think there's only two rules to any of this:

Rule 1:  There are no rules.

Rule 2: See Rule 1.

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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2008, 03:00:13 PM »
Wannab,  I would think that any picture of any part of you would work.  Maybe even a picture of stuff that represents you would be ok.  I am sure that whatever you do will be fine.

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2008, 06:18:19 PM »
Wannab,  I would think that any picture of any part of you would work.  Maybe even a picture of stuff that represents you would be ok.  I am sure that whatever you do will be fine.
:e) The mind boggles!
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2008, 07:58:18 PM »
While sitting out on my deck this afternoon I got an idea for the self portrait.
I'll have to practice to make sure it's not one of my, "well it seemed like a good idea at the time" photos.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2008, 05:24:27 PM »
I also had to go look up film noir.  And while I'm still stumped on what to do, at least I have a starting point in my mind. 

Shoes.  Holy fun subject. 

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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2008, 02:05:26 PM »
I image-googled film noir and I have an idea for what I want to do - just hope it works...

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2008, 10:01:51 AM »
What about "Jump Shots" as a theme?

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2008, 01:15:45 PM »
lily - what does that mean?  Aside from perhaps people jumping?
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2008, 06:21:03 PM »
lily - what does that mean?  Aside from perhaps people jumping?

That's it. People jumping. :)

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2008, 06:59:30 PM »
Ahhh.  I wondered if it was a technical term.  :P

It would be a good challenge for me, since I tend to only shoot vegetable or mineral, but I'll have to find an event that includes jumping people...  :-\
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"Michelle Obama and her buttocks are waging war on the freedoms of our children" - Red Tornado

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« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2008, 06:26:50 PM »
We've got to do landscapes at some point.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2008, 12:15:40 PM »
For the week including July 4th we should do "Summer".

Another one could be "architecture"

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2008, 11:48:05 AM »
Hey! Should we do fireworks?

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« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2008, 09:05:51 PM »
OK

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« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2008, 10:53:15 PM »
Hey! Should we do fireworks?

Leggova and ferrellk might find it hard to get fireworks round July 4th, though.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2008, 10:51:04 AM »
Leggova and ferrellk might find it hard to get fireworks round July 4th, though.

We won't do an **official** thread for it.  :)

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2008, 08:14:36 PM »
Money
Glass
Red

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2008, 08:26:45 PM »
Money!!!

I think there should be a technique one in there, too.  Like bokeh (my new vocabulary word), shallow depth of field, or canted.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2008, 02:14:18 PM »
Money!!!

I think there should be a technique one in there, too.  Like bokeh (my new vocabulary word), shallow depth of field, or canted.

What's canted?

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« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2008, 09:29:51 PM »
shot at an angle i would think. 

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2008, 10:04:37 AM »
"I'm judgy like a Sunday morning..." - tazawa

"Michelle Obama and her buttocks are waging war on the freedoms of our children" - Red Tornado

"Plenty of christ to go around here." - nneJ

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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2008, 10:36:07 AM »
"nice job, butt-face." -witchypoo

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2008, 03:56:49 PM »
The ones at the outdoor train station were my faves.
"I'm judgy like a Sunday morning..." - tazawa

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2008, 04:04:43 PM »
So what are the rules regarding commentary and the timeline? I am looking forward to some great discussion.   :)

Also, I propose a challenge on greenery/plant life, if it hasn't already been suggested. And heat. Or cold. Or maybe just extremes. Of temperature. Or just extremes of any kind!
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2008, 06:42:49 PM »
I really like the idea of a 'cold' challenge during the summer (is everyone here in the northern hemisphere?).  Esp. if we challenge folks to not use archived pics.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #35 on: June 17, 2008, 05:47:12 AM »
So what are the rules regarding commentary and the timeline? I am looking forward to some great discussion.   :)

Also, I propose a challenge on greenery/plant life, if it hasn't already been suggested. And heat. Or cold. Or maybe just extremes. Of temperature. Or just extremes of any kind!

Usually we all get our reviews in within a day or so of everybody posting their pics for the theme.  I see we have already been chastised this week for being tardy!

Theme-wise, I check this thread and others for new ideas and then take some and put them in the calendar.


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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #36 on: June 17, 2008, 05:49:06 AM »
Ah, I wasn't sure if there was a certain window of time to wait, to be sure everyone who wanted to had posted before the feedback started.

I like makeda's idea for doing a cold theme in summer, and challenging people not to use archived pics.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2008, 05:53:09 AM »
Ah, I wasn't sure if there was a certain window of time to wait, to be sure everyone who wanted to had posted before the feedback started.

I like makeda's idea for doing a cold theme in summer, and challenging people not to use archived pics.

People are supposed to use new pics, but sometimes it gets away from them, and they use archived ones.  We always let them slide.  But, the idea is to use your camera on a regular basis to improve, and you can't do that if you're rifling through your old stuff instead of trying to see the world in a new way.

We all try to get our submissions to the thread in by Mondays.  Starting critiques on Monday evenings is pretty safe.  :)

ETA by archived I mean older than the themes presented here.  We've put the themes several weeks in advance so that if the mood strikes you to do one ahead of time, you know what the themes are for each week several weeks out.  (It's early and I hope I am making sense).
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« Reply #38 on: June 17, 2008, 06:38:51 AM »
People are supposed to use new pics, but sometimes it gets away from them, and they use archived ones.  We always let them slide.  But, the idea is to use your camera on a regular basis to improve, and you can't do that if you're rifling through your old stuff instead of trying to see the world in a new way...

...ETA by archived I mean older than the themes presented here.  We've put the themes several weeks in advance so that if the mood strikes you to do one ahead of time, you know what the themes are for each week several weeks out.  (It's early and I hope I am making sense).

That makes sense, and jives with what I already thought about how it works with archived pics in general. For the idea of a "cold" challenge, I see that push to go with non-archived pics as a way to do more of what we did with the money thread. Exclude the obvious...no snow on the ground, icicles, frozen ponds, etc. How can we stop and think carefully about a composition & concept that says cold, when our own mind is sweating? I think it's neat to push themes that will challenge us technically, but also conceptually...push ourselves to think about the story our picture is telling and how we can deliberately create a feeling that touches particular senses, so we can feel the chill, even though that's not where we are now.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2008, 01:09:04 PM »
Exclude the obvious...no snow on the ground, icicles, frozen ponds, etc. How can we stop and think carefully about a composition & concept that says cold, when our own mind is sweating? I think it's neat to push themes that will challenge us technically, but also conceptually...push ourselves to think about the story our picture is telling and how we can deliberately create a feeling that touches particular senses, so we can feel the chill, even though that's not where we are now.

yeah, that's what I was thinking. 
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2008, 12:24:06 PM »
"Greenery"

This means plants right?

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2008, 01:28:31 PM »
"Greenery"

This means plants right?

Well, with *this* group...

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« Reply #42 on: July 24, 2008, 10:58:09 AM »
At least the rain here is bringing some of our greenery back to life...things were looking pretty brown for a while, so my options for the greenery shots were getting limited!

Are we looking for theme ideas for August and beyond?
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« Reply #43 on: July 24, 2008, 04:56:58 PM »
I hope so.  This is fun.

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« Reply #44 on: July 25, 2008, 06:00:17 AM »
At least the rain here is bringing some of our greenery back to life...things were looking pretty brown for a while, so my options for the greenery shots were getting limited!

Are we looking for theme ideas for August and beyond?

Absolutely.  Start posting more ideas and I will randomly choose dates for them.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #45 on: July 29, 2008, 11:56:41 AM »
It looks like we need some more ideas for themes.  What do you guys think about:

Night
Mirror
Animal(s)
Metal
Black and White
Your favorite thing

Do we think any of these are winners?

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« Reply #46 on: July 29, 2008, 06:33:03 PM »
Those sound like they have some potential.  :)

I was trying to come up with something around the idea of mood...seeing a photo that someone described as "pure joy" made me think along those lines. I don't know whether it would work to say mood in general, or to put particular moods/feelings out there...joy, fear, creepy, funny, etc.
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #47 on: July 29, 2008, 09:42:02 PM »
I think these are all usable.  cgraz, we did film noir a while back, which was all about mood.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #48 on: July 29, 2008, 09:48:32 PM »
People have mentioned techniques as a theme in the past.  What about:
bokeh
depth of field
painting with light (the way I did my glass and faucet)
single light source (like tk did his lens)

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« Reply #49 on: July 29, 2008, 10:01:06 PM »
Ellen, I love all of these.  What is the difference between bokeh and DoF?  I kinda though they where the same thing as long as by DoF you mean shallow DoF.

I think my favorites from these lists are:
Painting with light
Single light source
Night
Metal
and mood, but i think this one needs refining some but i am not sure how.

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« Reply #50 on: July 30, 2008, 05:46:01 AM »
I believe bokeh is the focus on the blurred background (see Heavy's greenery submission).  Depth of field could be either shallow or full, but the focus has to be, and the viewer's attention should be on, the depth of field of the main subject - not the background itself.

Does that make sense?  Hell, maybe they are the same thing, but I didn't mean them that way, because I believe the focus is on something different and that should be communicated through the photo.

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« Reply #51 on: July 30, 2008, 07:57:04 AM »
Bokeh coincides with a shallow depth of field.  It's the blurred out background that helps to isolate a subject in the foreground.

Different lenses produce different bokeh effects.  Basically, the shape and number of blades in the shutter have a lot to do with it...

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« Reply #52 on: July 30, 2008, 09:57:49 AM »
Bokeh coincides with a shallow depth of field.  It's the blurred out background that helps to isolate a subject in the foreground.

Different lenses produce different bokeh effects.  Basically, the shape and number of blades in the shutter have a lot to do with it...



Sooooooo, how about shallow depth of field, and big depth of field?


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« Reply #53 on: July 30, 2008, 10:24:30 AM »
sure :)


also, how about...

morning.
night (did we already do this?).

How about "inspired by" topics?  Brassai. Man Ray. Cartier-Bresson.

(I went to the Met's 'Framing a Century' exhibit this past weekend, and I'm all re-impressed with some of the early masters)...
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« Reply #54 on: August 17, 2008, 06:36:35 PM »
(I went to the Met's 'Framing a Century' exhibit this past weekend, and I'm all re-impressed with some of the early masters)...

 :e) I think that's the exhibit I read about in the NYT a couple months ago... color me jealous...

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #55 on: October 27, 2008, 10:14:26 PM »
So what is this week?  I am up for anything.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #56 on: October 28, 2008, 11:04:35 AM »
So what is this week?  I am up for anything.

More people.

Bwhahahahaha.

Halloween?

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« Reply #57 on: October 28, 2008, 11:39:57 AM »
Of coarse.  Why didn't I think of that.  Halloween it is.

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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #58 on: November 23, 2008, 04:36:30 PM »
Is everyone interested in a Thanksgiving Dinner theme? 

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« Reply #59 on: November 24, 2008, 09:17:08 AM »
Is everyone interested in a Thanksgiving Dinner theme? 

Sure!

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no new posts in 4 years?... :ScratchHead:
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Re: Weekly Themes
« Reply #61 on: November 27, 2012, 10:36:37 AM »
Time for a Christmas theme perhaps? 
I've been doing this how long?

 

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