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MU-43 Monthly Photo Contest for September 2017 - Composition (Completed)

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by joma416, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. joma416

    joma416 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2014
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Welcome to the monthly challenge for September 2017! I have thought long and hard and decided to go with a somewhat generic theme: COMPOSITION.

    Common guidelines or “rules” for composition include but are not limited to:
    • Rule of Thirds
    • Simplicity
    • Framing
    • Leading Lines
    • Symmetry and Patterns
    Do not feel constrained by the above list, post any image that you feel you can loosely match to the theme. It would be helpful for you to mention the compositional method you have chosen when you post your pic, but it is not a requirement to take part in the challenge.

    Below is a sample image I took last month which could be construed as an example of “leading lines”


    Please read these 3 simplified rules:

    I. Photos must be taken in the contest month (seriously, go take some new pictures)
    II. Must vaguely resemble the theme.
    III. Max 2 entries (each in a separate post.)

    Rules for Participants:
    • This is a fun contest with nothing to be won but bragging rights. Having said that, please read and follow the rules below to make it easier for everyone.
    • The contest period is the current month. Entries can be made until approximately midnight on the last day of the month local time. Voting will extend until the third day of the following month. The winner will then be announced and be responsible for posting the new contest. If the new contest is not announced by the 7th of the month, responsibility for posting falls to the second place finisher. Keep it simple and post/vote early so we don't have to obsess over deadlines and time zones.
    • Post a maximum of two entries, each in a separate post. (The host may also enter.)
    • As the purpose of this contest is to get people out and shooting, photos must be taken in the contest period. Please note the date the photo was taken in your post.
    • As a m43 community, we advocate the use of m43 cameras. However, since many of us shoot with multiple systems, we allow photos taken with any camera.
    • Photos receive one point for each "like" (thumbs up) and two points for each "winner" (medal) or "Wow" (surprised face). The photo with the most points will win the contest. The tie-breaker is the larger number of "winner" and "wow" votes.

    Procedures for Winners/Contest Hosts:
    • As a contest winner, you are responsible for posting/hosting the contest for the next month. This is easy and just requires several steps as outlined below.
    • Select the theme for the next month. The theme should be accessible and relevant for everyone. Obscure and difficult themes limit participation and are thus discouraged. Avoid themes related to specific holidays, seasons, geography, etc. Suggested themes include: B&W, Portrait, OOC jpeg, Close Up, Self Portrait, Transportation, Minimalist, Architecture, Long Exposure, Art Filter, Motion, Specific Focal Length, Shutter Speed, Liquid, Reflections, Colour, Calm, Single Color, Shadow. Pick one of these or you may pick a theme of your own choosing. Themes may be used multiple times.
    • After you select a theme, post a new thread in "Contests and Challenges" section of the forum. The thread title should read "MU-43 Monthly Photo Contest for [current month, year] - [selected theme]". Copy and paste these rules and post. Also please add the contest theme that you just won to the list. You may wish to include a sample photo to demonstrate the theme (and this will not count as an entry).
    • On the last day of the month, post that entries are closed and voting will be open until the 3rd.
    • At the conclusion of voting on the 3rd or shortly after, tally the points and announce the winner and runner-up, being sure to tag them in the post and also sending a PM to the winner.

    Previous Monthly Contest Themes can be found here.

    I will be traveling for the next two weeks, but I will try to keep tabs on the September challenge while on the road. I look forward to seeing your pics!
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2017
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  2. BosseBe

    BosseBe Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Went for a diagonal in the cropping of this picture. Taken tonight 2017-09-05. GM5 + P100-300 I.
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  3. Rifleair

    Rifleair Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2016
    Midlands, UK
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
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  4. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014

    Leading lines, taken Sep 4, Oceanside, CA
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  5. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
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  6. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Some symmetry in this one, I really liked how the two teenagers were looking in opposite directions.
    36740562360_25d26d7c9c_h. 001610-P3092500-2 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
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  7. dlentini

    dlentini Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2015
    You and me old friend!

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  8. And no phones in sight.
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  9. Giiba

    Giiba Something to someone somewhere Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2016
    New Westminster, BC
    Anyone have a good page to link that talks about the rules of composition? Seems there is a lot of variation in the rules people bring up... and some only mention the rule of thirds (which isn't a rule but a simplification of the golden mean).

    Best I found was: (not an entry)

    Or this discussion:
    18 Composition Rules For Photos That Shine :: Digital Photo Secrets
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  10. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 5, 2014

    Sep 8, Framing and at least to me, the lower cars seem like they create leading lines.
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  11. ddekadt

    ddekadt Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Central California
    Framing a snail with some late-summer flowers, taken this afternoon (also, my first photo from my new-to-me E-M1!):
    36988418842_e3e83df89d_b. Untitled by Dan de Kadt, on Flickr
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  12. Rifleair

    Rifleair Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2016
    Midlands, UK
    Background and space
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  13. Delb0y

    Delb0y Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2014
    This one was all about simplicity and space, and the rule of the thirds. There are some nice lines, too, but I'm not sure I'd get away with describing them as leading... but maybe.

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  14. Giiba

    Giiba Something to someone somewhere Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2016
    New Westminster, BC
    Taken today:

    I see depth and symmetry. In my framing I was thinking rule of thirds, but seeing the final image I think in fact this image breaks the rule of thirds.

    Dunno, this art thing is confusing :hmmm:
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  15. Dogman

    Dogman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 23, 2012
    Rule of thirds, balance, and leading lines.

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  16. What about the rule of rotation?
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  17. Giiba

    Giiba Something to someone somewhere Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2016
    New Westminster, BC
    Only more confusing. I must admit I am lost.
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  18. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle haunted scrap heap Subscribing Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    like, The Valley

    Taken 09-09 using the Squint Method, which is when I just squint my eyes and try to balance the positive and negative space in the frame. :D 
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
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  19. Santa

    Santa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    Tom Staggs
    IMG_2586.JPG Rule of Thirds. 14th September
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