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Comments and critique of our photographs

Value of Competitions

The reason I joined the camera club is: I know that to be better at something you have to surround yourself with like minded people. You have to be willing to work out of your comfort zone and listen to suggestions.

I would like to define “like minded People”. People that like photography and are passionate about what they do.   After the like of photography, diverse opinions are appreciated and expected.  Personally I would rather hear about how to improve what I’ve done than have someone say, “Wow that’s great” and walk away shaking their head.  Even when the comment stings the ego.  Those are the ones I try and listen to closest because they usually point out a weakness I am aware of and missed.  Don’t worry about a comment, if I think you are wrong, I will let you know in a respectful way, I promise!

I would say that I’m a very competitive person.  I’ve never been much for the, “Here’s your ribbon, thanks for participating school of thought”. I like the fact there are winners in the competition, even if I don’t agree with the result.  Not agreeing makes me think more about the photo and justify my thoughts against what I understand about photography.  Many times I realize I just need to learn more!

I appreciate the work judges do in our competitions.  It is not easy putting your opinion out there and defining it and allowing others to judge.  I appreciate the judges as much as I appreciate the effort everyone puts into the submitted photo’s.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that has good intentions and find life has other expectations of me.  It amazes me how many things can come up around the competition deadline.

So for this months competition I’m choosing a different option.  Instead of picking what I think is the best photo that requires more work than I have time for, I have chosen (yes, as already picked out and finished) something I like and I am be happy with.  Is it the greatest photo ever? No Elvis was standing sideways showing his pot belly, and holding the unicorn with it’s head not facing the camera. The most important thing is I picked something out that I could get ready in the time I had available.

I chose to share a moment of my life that represented a day of exploration, wonder & amazement, sadness, joy, madness, danger, fear, exhilaration, triumph, and pain.

It’s all there in that photo. If you don’t see it than you will have to ask, because every photo is seen differently through the lens of the persons own mind.  Maybe you will see something else. I might be wrong? it happens.

This month, share a moment of a day of your life with all of us, and submit a photo for the this months photo contest. It’s an open subject. Share with us what you like.  Submit a brief moment of life as you saw it for 1/250th of a second + or -.  Mine will be there!

If you need help sizing it please email to me before submitting to contests@thundermountaincameraclub.org. I would be happy to help. Jeffmorse348@gmail.com

I most would like to thank the people that host the competitions!

One last thought. A long time ago I was taught the difference between participation and commitment. At Breakfast the chicken participates by providing you eggs. The pig is committed!

Please commit!

Do you see a story in the photo ?

I’d like to receive a few more opinions about my photo. The one comment I recall was the photo did not tell a story. That was very interesting to me because I chose this photo because of the story it told (to me). I tend to have alot of landscape and misc. rock / flower photos, so this one was outside my comfort zone anyway.  Although the story is clear to me, possibly the story within the photo is difficult to see. What do you think ?

I don’t think the judges had the title so I won’t give it here either.

thanks for your thoughts