****** Mini-Challenge 334 - Summer Coolers******

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****** Mini-Challenge 334 - Summer Coolers******
Jul 12, 2012

This Challenge

Thanks Brightcolors for liking my series of "Dance of element" pictures. Congratulations to Wilba for an amazing picture and special thanks as well for letting me host this challenge.

I was travelling all of last week and when i came to know that i am going to be hosting the next challenge, I started thinking about themes. I thought of topics like "picture of strangers", "shoes", "moon", "artificial light sources as subject". Pondering throughout my return flight to US, one thing was constant throughout my travelling - summer heat. And I thought, it would be fitting to have a challenge on taking pictures of things that actually help us cool during these hot summer months.

When I thought about this topic, I had a iced coffee in my hand; and when i thought about the things that cool us in summer, I thought about an ice cold beer, popsicles, cool refreshing soda, a dive in pool.

I have always believed that camera and technique only plays 50% role in creating a great picture. The other 50% comes from keenly looking out of interesting things and capturing things that usually get missed by the busyness of life.

So take this challenge as an opportunity to look at some mundane things that we usually take for granted and also refine the "seeing" skill which is so important in creating an amazing picture.

Be creative and always be on lookout for your next best picture.

C&C Scoring - out of max 10 points
• Creativity - Max of 6 points
• Technique - Max of 4 points

I will show some examples in the next post later on today, which are not meant to be leading, but just to give a start of ideas.

This challenge will close on Friday, July 20th at 12PM midnight GMT+1.

Standard Rules

The host gives you a topic of interest. You post a maximum of three images. Any picture you've taken is eligible regardless of time taken and camera.

You can do all the post processing you want. However, it is most helpful if you list your camera and lens along with your photo (because we like to know).

Feel free to comment on other contestant’s images. If you want people to give you constructive criticism, ask for C&C.

The host chooses the winner. The host's decision is final. The host is not eligible.

The winner then hosts the next challenge, judges the winner, and passes on the baton to that person. The winner has 48 hours to post the new challenge. If that doesn't happen 2nd place has 24 hours to do so, and if that doesn't happen it's up to the 3rd place winner.

Posting Guidelines

When posting your picture, change the Subject of your post to display your picture titles and/or your name. This way, when someone replies it will refer specifically to you. If all entries read "Re: * Mini-Challenge xxx * …" it would be very boring to scan the list.

Either embed your image in the thread or, if you must, supply a link to it. Keep in mind, however, most people don't want to click to open photos hosted elsewhere (i.e. on your website).

You may enter up to 3 pictures, but put them in a single post. Please give a title to each photo, this makes it easier to differentiate when giving comments.

Please size your photo no bigger than around 1200 pixels on the longest dimension. This is to let those with smaller monitors to see your image at full resolution. Please limit the file size of your entries to conserve bandwidth.

As a show of courtesy, and to save bandwidth, please remove the original post when replying, so you don't bring back any previous photos.

Some Previous Mini-Challenges
308 Show me the Light
309 In The Park
310 Real Life
311 Holiday Traditions
312 Sing-A-Long
313 Show Me Where You Live
314 Reflection
315 Nightlife
316 Landscapes
317 Action Shots
318 Multicolor
319 Serenity now
320 B&W at its best
321 Show Us Your Gear
322 That Reminds Me...
323 Shadows and Light
324 Part of the Whole
325 Lifeboat
326 Signs of Spring
327 Amazing Feets
328 Macro
329 Candid
330 Great sport
331 Perfect Shot - Imperfect conditions
332 Openings
333 Classical Elements
334 Summer Coolers

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