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New 72hr Challenge (6-9/3) HIP TO BE SQUARE

Discussion in 'Contests and Challenges' started by Livnius, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    G'day mu43 friends.

    After a bit of a delay thanks to work/family commitments we have a new 72hr challenge. HIP TO BE SQUARE. Fear not, you won't be asked to post your favorite Huey Lewis & The News images !!!

    Yesterday I finally had a chance to catch up on some photography stuff, checked out the forums, Flickr and processed a few more images from my recent holidays...and it dawned upon me that despite dabbling in just about every genre or style of photography from landscape to street, abstract to portraiture...I have not a single SQUARE crop, 1:1 aspect ratio image in my entire collection...and this despite the fact that quite often a nicely done 1:1 image really captivates me, perhaps because I really do stick to 3:2 or 16:9 quite staunchly...even here on the forum 1:1 images are quite a rarity.

    Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to show off a 1:1 image, one that YOU think works for whatever reason, any subject, any theme, and offer us all an opportunity to perhaps think INSIDE the square.


    Please refer to the comprehensive list of previous topics and winners via the links below:

    72-Hour Challenge Hall of Fame (2013 Q1)

    72-Hour Challenge Hall of Fame (2012)

    72 Hour Challenge Rules

    As the title suggests, each challenge lasts for 72 hours. Everyone gets to submit 2 photos in line with the chosen theme. The winner of the previous challenge gets to choose the new theme (topics can be anything under the sun) and serves as the judge for his/her 72-hour challenge.

    For obvious purposes, the judge is disqualified from participating in his/her own 72-hour challenge. Instead, he/she should post up to 2 photos as examples to start out the challenge. Should the winner not be able to commit to being the next judge, the responsibility is passed on to the runner-up.

    At the end of the 72-hours (we don't have to be strict about 72-hours, especially with time differences depending on where you are on the globe), the judge will name a blue ribbon winner, a runner-up, and 1 honorable mention. As we all know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. We may not all agree with the chosen winners; the judge is encouraged (but not required) to state what criteria he used to decide on a winner.

    To make sure we don't break any Mu43 rules/regulations, by participating in this thread you are allowing the judge to repost your image for the sole purpose of announcing the winners for the 72-hr Blue Ribbon Challenge.
  2. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut Subscribing Member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I didn't think I'd ever get a chance to post this one.

    soap 2 by foxtail_1, on Flickr
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  3. chipshot713

    chipshot713 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 24, 2012
    Pearland, Texas
    "A Bird In The Bush" 100-300
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  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I find square crops are relatively rare for me, but once in a while it just seems to fit an image. I went back through my archives and pulled out a couple favorites.

    G3 + 7-14mm
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/7475646850/" title="Paneless (Color) by jloden, on Flickr"> 7475646850_1ec75d4fd4_c. "800" height="800" alt="Paneless (Color)"></a>
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  5. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Another area I tend to find square crops to work well at times is portraits. Here's one of my favorite B&W portraits in a 1:1 ratio.

    GX1 + 75mm
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/8007321411/" title="Marlana by jloden, on Flickr"> 8007321411_be6cb7aecf_c. "800" height="800" alt="Marlana"></a>
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  6. smarikoe

    smarikoe Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Haha, was just listening to the song this morning! :tongue:
  7. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I was always partial to "The Power of Love" myself, but then I grew up with Back to the Future as a kid :biggrin:
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  8. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    I never do 1:1 crop but thought that it would be apt for this 1 picture in my archive...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8448481353/" title="Sinister (Redux) by yekimrd, on Flickr"> View attachment 256080 "800" height="800" alt="Sinister (Redux)"></a>
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  9. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    E-PL2 with PL 20mm at f/2.2, 1/80 sec, ISO 200
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  10. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
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  11. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    I shoot square all the time, since I like the classic sense of balance. With so many of my images in this ratio, I will just choose two recent ones.

    frosted web

    Schweppes in blue
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  12. LeoS

    LeoS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    I think I've done a total of 3 square crops in my lifetime...


    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.14-150mm F4.0-5.6    14mm    f/4.0    1/250s    ISO 200
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  13. smarikoe

    smarikoe Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Here's mine! Taken from my E-PM1 and the good ol' 20mm :smile:

    This one was at a super 'hip' store called Space.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8449761456/" title="Take a seat by Smarikoe, on Flickr"> 8449761456_6841828dba_b. "1024" height="1024" alt="Take a seat"></a>

    This one was taken about a week ago when Northern NSW experienced the heavy rains coming down from Queensland.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8448670257/" title="The Rains Are Coming by Smarikoe, on Flickr"> 8448670257_0edc9bc707_b. "1024" height="1024" alt="The Rains Are Coming"></a>
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  14. mkee

    mkee Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2012
    Long Beach CA
    Great concept I to had almost zero in 1:1. Really made me take a good look back at my photos and found two that had received little attention.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34870254@N03/8448868291/" title="P9280271 by fm289302, on Flickr"> 8448868291_37caf4c8c1_b. "1024" height="1024" alt="P9280271"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34870254@N03/8448867537/" title="P1190053 by fm289302, on Flickr"> 8448867537_b784d8aa54_b. "1024" height="1024" alt="P1190053"></a>
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  15. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Awesome idea! I'm gonna be shooting me some square pictures.
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  16. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks mate.
    That's the idea, get people out shooting in 1:1 or atleast going through their older stuff and applying some 1:1 love. I just thought it would be an interesting exercise to see what everyone comes up with.

    Images are kinda like windows right, change the shape of the window and things may look different.

    Hope you all have fun with it.
  17. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
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  18. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    As a former 6x6 user, I find myself using square cropping quite often.
    Here's two from recent days, during our long and cold winter



    C U,
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  19. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    I have never really shot or even cropped this ratio. Great idea, and definitely highlights that this is a specialty all on its own.

    E-PM1    OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8    17mm    f/5.6    1/350s    ISO 200

    E-PM1    OLYMPUS M.45mm F1.8    45mm    f/2.5    1/125s    ISO 200
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