****** Challenge #58 -- Decay *******

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****** Challenge #58 -- Decay *******
Aug 30, 2008

It's a little daunting to follow such a successful challenge as John's Oooomphapalsoosa, and he deserves a lot of credit for his choice, and meticulous handling of the job. I was tempted to pick another subjective conceptual theme, since I think it really did challenge folk to think harder about their image-making. But "Panache" was just going to make me enemies, so I'm going with a more literal subject.

Decay.

Broadly interpreted. Rot -- Grunge -- Rusting hulks -- Vintage patinas -- Sagging old buildings -- Moldy melons -- the possibilities are vast, and accessible to everyone. Photographers love to point their lenses at these photogenic victims of time, and I've seen many a good example posted here before.

In the rules below, which I have largely copied from the version John compiled, please pay heed to the direction to "Please reply to the FIRST (ORIGINAL) post if you are submitting an entry and please RENAME THE SUBJECT TO INDICATE THE TITLE OF YOUR PHOTO ENTRY." Entries placed in a lateral ravel of the thread may be overlooked.

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This Challenge will end Tuesday, 9th of September at 11:59 pm UT.

R U L E S:

The host gives you a topic of interest and you get going. You post ONE image (if you post more than one image, the first will be your entry in the challenge). The host chooses a winner after closing. The decision of the judge (the Host) is final. The judge is not eligible. The winner then chooses the next topic, runs the challenge, judges the winner and passes on the baton to that person. If the winner fails to post a new challenge within 72 hours of being declared the winner then the runner-up should post the new challenge within a further 24 hours.

Any picture you’ve taken is eligible regardless of time taken and camera it was taken with.

You can do all the post processing you want. However, it is most helpful if you list your camera, lens and exposure info along with your photo. Feel free to comment on other contestant’s images. If you want someone to leave you a piece of constructive criticism, put (CC) next to the title of your image [e.g. Sunset with Canada Geese (CC)].

(Specific to this challenge -- I will also accept composite images that incorporate texture layers blended with the original image. This technique may be used to create a faux decay effect, or enhance an existing state of decay. Please respect the copyright of the source of of the texture used.)

VERY IMPORTANT!!! - Please reply to the FIRST (ORIGINAL) post if you are submitting an entry and please RENAME THE SUBJECT TO INDICATE THE TITLE OF YOUR PHOTO ENTRY.

THE PICTURE THAT YOU CHOOSE TO ENTER MUST NOT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED IN A PREVIOUS CHALLENGE

Please embed your image in the thread. Try to resize your photos prior to posting so they’re sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll ( 800 to 1000 pixels on the longest side works best.)
Instructions for embedding a photo:

Basically putting http: your-hosting-site/ your-photo.jpg will show your photo here. This means you can:

1. While your photo on Pbase (or any other web site) is open, copy the URL address from the address box on your tool bar, then paste it into your reply thread. Add a .jpg extension to get the photo to show up. Click on preview to make sure it’s what you want.
or

2. Right click on the image in Pbase (or where ever you’ve hosted it), click on “Properties”... highlight the link with the .jpg extension on it and paste it into your message text.
Provide any additional information concerning your entry you want.

Links to previous Challenges follow in the next post
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These samples are just some that I have handy right now, but they don't begin to define the scope of the theme. Compelling visual interest is the critical element, but extra points will be awarded for images that convey emotional involvement as well.

The first three examples were photographed with a compact point and shoot, the Nikon Coolppix 7600, a testament to engineering mediocrity.

Vintage Car:

A bolt out of Time:

Lost in the Woods:

The rest of the samples were shot with a Nikon D40x.

18-55 kit lens
New Haven Brass, a Study of Vintage Patina:

18-55 kit lens
At the Louvre:

Sigma 10-22

Faux Antique Print (an example of decay added to an image with texture layer blending):

18-55 kit lens
Nobody Home:

18-55 kit lens
I was walking by an abandoned asylum when ... (a grunge study):

These samples are just some that I have handy right now, but they don't begin to define the scope of the theme.

OK folks -- bring on the rot.

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Roscoe

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