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By clover kicker (Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 05:32:47 PM EST) PFC, PFC5 (all tags)
Starts: now

Deadline: Dec 10

Theme: geometry

more info inside...

  • 1 entry per user
  • Pictures must be taken between Nov 8 and Dec 10 2007, no recycling old pictures
  • Pictures must be no larger than 1024 pixels on any side
  • Postprocessing is allowed, as long as you describe what you did
  • Post your pictures in this thread, hopefully with a quick description/camera settings etc

Geometry may seem like an odd theme... I've got wee kids, and have spent way too much time watching eerily hypnotic Baby Einstein videos. One of these teaches basic shapes and includes beautiful real-world footage featuring triangles, circles, rectangles etc.

If you still have no idea what I'm talking about, here's some similar shots I found tonight on Google image search.

circle, rectangle, triangles, arc
triangle, circle
lines, arcs, triangles, anything you can think of

We've had some terrific pictures in past contests, I'm looking forward to this one.

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This.. by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 08:31:10 AM EST
Is going to be a very difficult theme. I like it.

Vive le Montréal libre.
I was hoping it would d be easy by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 01:36:38 PM EST
Almost anything you look at is a possible subject, if properly framed.

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Cool by glamorgan (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Nov 23, 2007 at 03:43:17 AM EST
Let your imagination run wild!  The possibilities are endless on this one.

Entry! Entry! Entry! by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 05:47:29 AM EST
Not as cool as the ice ones I didn't get to take, but...
Mmmmm... Snow...

Here's my non-entry: by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 02:31:50 PM EST

This stand of trees is on my way to work. I shot this with my phone through the window with someone else driving. I want to get it early in the morning with the pink fingers of dawn highlighting the trees from the front and a dark sky behind, instead of this non-descript afternoon shot with the sun behind. I think I might be able to frame it better too when I'm not traveling at 65 miles per hour.

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PFC Entry by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 04:11:38 AM EST

The NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow,R-225, a fisheries survey ship. 

Shot at Norfolk VA on Thursday Dec. 13 at sunset.  Any ship is going to be geometric, of course, and the asterisk shaped contrails behind the crane are an added bit of geometry.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Excellent sun placement! by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 04:25:15 AM EST
Did you try (or did your camera have the capability) to push the exposure so that the subject was more of a silhouette? It would have also been fun to accentuate the crepuscular rays and contrails in the sky too.

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The camera has all sorts of capabilities by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 05:01:49 AM EST
But I just used the program mode.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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my entry: by discordia (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 01:38:52 PM EST

my entry for the link-clicking impaired by discordia (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 11:11:44 AM EST

Ginkgo leaf with frost
canon eos 20d
60mm f2.8 ef-s macro lens
post: resize and crop

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My Entry by kwsNI (4.00 / 3) #10 Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 06:42:04 PM EST
Tip of a branch from the tree in our back yard shot against the siding on our house.  This is from the same ice storm that greyrat is complaining he couldn't take any shots of. 

Nikon D70, 1/125s, f/6.3, 200mm, ISO 200

Photoshop just to resize the image, nothing else at all.
Icy Branch

Bastard! by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #12 Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 03:16:28 AM EST

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Yeah yeah by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #13 Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 04:23:41 AM EST
Unfortunately, I didn't get any good pictures of the snow, just the ice storm.  More here.

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Entry by Driusan (4.00 / 2) #11 Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 03:07:34 AM EST
I actually had this before the extension, but didn't get around to posting it because I thought I'd be able to get something better. Then it got cold, and I don't want to go outside to try anymore.


I cropped the Gardiner Express way and most of Toronto's penis out of it to get it more symettric, and resized it down to no longer than 1024, but other than that didn't do any postprocessing.

I should've probably cropped more zealously, but nothing I tried worked and it looked really weird without any sort of skyline.

Vive le Montréal libre.

Attention women! by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 07:53:55 AM EST
It would have been nice to get down on the tracks and shoot low-level under the signal bridge at the buildings in the background.

I also like how the background looks like a painting.

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Kung Pao sauce by ana (4.00 / 4) #14 Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 04:40:35 AM EST

We were making stir fry the other night, and just after I added the sesame oil to the sauce, I saw all the multiple sizes of oil droplets floating on the surface. So I took like 5 shots with various angles, lighting conditions, and flash. The non-flash ones were trailed, since I can't hold still for a quarter second or whatever. So you get this one. I rather like the something-like-fractal distribution of droplet sizes, and the packing problem they solved spontaneously.

The camera is a Canon Eos Rebel digital model, with the stock zoom lens zoomed in.

Processing: cropped using the unix program xv. I played with the colors some using gamma corrections, and decided I liked the original better. I downsized it a factor of two and let the jpg quality thing degrade it to fit in the file size quota.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

Entry by nightflameblue (4.00 / 2) #17 Sat Dec 22, 2007 at 11:26:31 AM EST
I assume you let just anybody in here.  So:

I thought it was an interesting assortment of geometric shapes and light and shadow.  I have a whole love/hate thing with light and shadow when it comes to photography.  I love playing with it, but about 75% of the time end up hating the result.

Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, stock 18-55  Zoom that I can't remember where it was set at for this shot, mirror lockup and auto-timer on a tripod with three second exposure and about a F22-F25 aperture.  The plant was completely dark save the windows off to the right, thus giving lots of contrast.

FWIW, I'm thinking the Sauce before me is more awesome than this shot.

Oops, forgot - by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #18 Sat Dec 22, 2007 at 11:28:50 AM EST
Underexposed a little bit intentionally to keep from blowing out the brightest spot and leveled up afterwards via the GIMP.  Outside of that, nothing but resizing and Unsharp Masking.  That's it.

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welcome aboard, thanks for the pic -nt- by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #19 Sat Dec 22, 2007 at 01:42:01 PM EST

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Fountain by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #20 Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 11:13:38 PM EST
Temple of Debod fountain, Madrid

As usual, taken with Nokia N80 cameraphone. Post processing: rotated and shrunk to 25% of original size with Microsoft Paint.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

MS Paint? that's hardcore! -nt- by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #21 Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 04:01:59 AM EST

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You know- by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #39 Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 10:51:16 AM EST
I love this. It reminds me of a scene from the movie The Double Life of Veronique. I love that movie. And there is a scene, like the one you have photographed, where an old man walks by and flashes the heroine.

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Entry by TurboThy (4.00 / 2) #22 Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 11:45:27 AM EST
Winter illuminations in Tivoli

Click for bigger.

Canon EOS 350D, stock crappy 18-55 plastic lens, tripod. Post-processing: just cropping.
Sommerhus til salg, første række til Kattegat.

cool, where is that? -nt- by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 02:15:01 PM EST

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Tivoli Gardens by TurboThy (4.00 / 1) #24 Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 02:43:35 PM EST
Geotagging ftw - check the image on Flickr for a map.
Sommerhus til salg, første række til Kattegat.
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snap snap grin grin by farlukar (4.00 / 2) #25 Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 03:32:41 AM EST
daylight simulation room with crappy medion camera
resized to 1024
90% of everything is crap. Except crap. 100% of crap is crap.
Entry by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #26 Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 04:23:40 PM EST

Cropped & sized.
The three things that make a diamond also make a waffle.

did you climb all the way up there by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #27 Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 04:25:44 PM EST
to install the checkered flag?

Nice shot.

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Millennium Bridge, Panama by glamorgan (4.00 / 1) #28 Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:11:36 PM EST
Millennium Bridge spans the Panama Canal, near the Pacific Ocean.  Picture was taken from the 14th deck of the Island Princess on Dec 9, 2007.

Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: Zuiko 40-150 mm

Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter: 1/500

Post Processing: Cropped, resized, curves edited to bring out shadows and sky.

pentagon by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #29 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 11:24:39 AM EST
Honestly, I don't understand it.

Resized from iPhone, because anything else is too complicated for me.

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

if you wana submit a bigger image, drop me a line by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #30 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 12:28:08 PM EST
I'll resize it & email it back

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I do have by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #31 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 12:48:57 PM EST
a bigger version but I didn't think anyone would appreciate the page-widening.

Also, I'm a little disingenuous when I act like I can't do anything other than export something from iPhoto -- I have Photoshop and know enough to be dangerous. It's more an issue of not having the vision to do anything to the file that serves it from an aesthetic point of view.

Thanks for the offer though -- if you want to mess with the full-size image anyway and do something cool with it, please do.

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

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I'm horrible with composition by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #32 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:49:18 PM EST
but this is cropped and resized to 1024 pixels wide...

There's a lot of gorgeous detail that I'd hate to see lost.

PS - what the hell is it a picture of?

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it looks by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #35 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 04:04:53 PM EST
so different when you crop it that way.

I'm also crap at composition, but seeing that version makes me want to keep either a small border around the edge, or silo the pentagon out and maybe try it on a different background.

As for what it is, I could tell you where I found it, but then I'd have to kill you I'd still be at a loss to tell you what it is. I'll probably reveal it in a diary, coming soon ...

Cool theme, by the way. I had a couple other things I thought of trying, but this happened instead. And thanks for keeping submissions open long enough for me to get it in :)

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

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which one would you like to submit? -nt- by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #36 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 04:52:04 PM EST

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decisions ... by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #38 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:16:57 PM EST
sorry for the photo spam. If I can replace my original version, then this one:

(cropped, resized)

I experimented with a silo version, and in addition to seeming not in the spirit of the PFC, it's also not as cool-looking, turns out (or rather, the geometry looks imposed rather than occuring in the wild).

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

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promised diary by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #40 Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 05:25:43 AM EST
Story behind the pentagon

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM
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my entry by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #33 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:58:53 PM EST

Canon a530, automatic mode, with flash
(The butter shows up nice and shiny in the flash)

postprocessing - rotate 4 degrees so the tiles line up with the frame, crop and resize

I couldn't do justice to the shot I wanted to make, so tonight I put some extra presentation work into the kid's supper and snapped a picture quick before one of them noticed and scarfed it down.

um... by glamorgan (4.00 / 1) #34 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 03:49:54 PM EST
Did you make the kid eat off the floor too?

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geez by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #37 Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 04:54:24 PM EST
It's an effort to make them sit down for the entire meal, so if there's any arm twisting it's to be sure they're not eating off the floor.

Also I liked the nice square tile as a backdrop.

Besides, finding a clear spot on the floor is a lot easier than a clear spot on the counter...

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