##CTF Mini-Challenge 115– Foreground subjects in scapes##

Started Jul 12, 2006 | Discussions thread
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##CTF Mini-Challenge 115– Foreground subjects in scapes##

The topic for this challenge is “Foreground subjects in scapes”.

Okay challengers, here’s a subject that you all should enjoy and have no difficulty in entering, whatever part of the globe you are in, be it summer or winter.

What I’m looking for is any landscape… which can be a cityscape, beachscape, forestscape or whatever scape that also includes a subject

(or subjects) in the foreground. The subject can be anything… Animal, mineral or vegetable.

We all know that many landscape photos can be made more visually appealing and benefit compositionally by having an object (either related or not to the background) somewhere in the foreground.

The inclusion of a foreground subject not only adds interest to a photo but can also give your photograph a sense of proportion and scale by giving it a point of reference.

For example it maybe as simple as a lone interesting shaped tree near the camera in a distant mountain scape, or a low angle shot of a pair of old boots pictured against a walking track winding into the forest.

Or it could be a weathered shell on the shoreline with a beautiful sunset on the ocean… .. Or something as simple as a kid’s tricycle seemingly left abandoned in a large field…. I think you get the idea.

I will be judging the entries on originality, composition and how much the foreground subject adds to the overall visual impact of the landscape.

For the purpose of this challenge…. A “scape” does not necessarily have to be “outdoors” … I’ll leave that to your imagination.

While the subject of this challenge focuses on “foreground subjects”, the subjects will be judged in relation to the photo as a whole.

Best of luck & let the fun begin!

Following this post will be a few samples as well as a list of the past challenges/winners.

The challenge will run for 10 days. Starting now on Wednesday July 12th, 2006 @ 11:50 (GMT) and run until July 22th, 2006 @ 1:00(GMT)


The host gives you a topic of interest and you get going. You post your image(s). The host chooses the winner. The decision of the judge (the host) is final. The judge is not eligible. The winner then chooses the next topic, judges the winner, and passes on the baton to that person.

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. Feel free to comment on other contestants' images. If you want someone to leave you a piece of constructive criticism, put an asterisk ( ) next to the title of the image.

Here are some guidelines:

When posting your picture, change the Subject of your post to display your name or picture titles. This way, when someone comments (i.e. replies), it will refer specifically to you. If all entries read "Re: Mini Challenge 111"... 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). Also try and resize your photos prior to posting so they're sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll ( 650 pixels on the longest side works best.) 150K max size please.
And how do you embed a picture? I'm glad you asked:

1. While your photo on Flickr (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.


2. Right click on the image in Flickr (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 you want.

As usual, if you appreciate constructive criticism, put a star ( ) at the end of the subject line of your entry.

The challenge begins now and ends on the deadline prescribed above.

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

Again, 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.

Kind Regards
Richard Higgs

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“Don’t feel you have to take photos of impressive subjects….
Rather, try to take impressive photos of any subject”.

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