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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:51 am 
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Hi everyone, this is the place to ask any questions about October's Assignment!

Here's Bjorn's theme in full with explanations:

OCTOBER'S 'THEME'

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This month's On Assignment is a little different. How? There is no theme. You can choose your own theme, but, don't get too excited yet. Here's what's expected from your entry:
    What I want you to do is present a series. A what? A series,
    two or three photos (
    no more, no less) that combine to show
    a single story; they are different in many ways (e.g. picture
    elements, composition, colour), but stongly connected to one
    another through their story. That connection can be interpreted
    in many ways, as long as it is the story or general subject that
    links the photos. Preferably, you'd show a set of images that
    are not only very much alike in story, but in atmosphere too
    (mood, post-processing), since it will make your series as a whole
    more powerful, giving it a better chance to win (hopefully!).
To make the idea less abstract, let me give you guys a bit more information. I came up with the idea when thinking about photography school. If you go there, you won't be shooting single frames only, you'll be doing some series as well (in the Dutch system anyway). Those series often have a certain story/theme/subject that links the photos made for the assignment. An example would be a photography student shooting life in a retirement home (example shots: 1, 2, 3, 4). I'd like you to come up with your own story and theme, or subject, and shoot two or three photos that relate to what you choose. So, if I choose a theme like "The good life" (based on a Sinatra song), and my story would be about a millionaire living that good life, I could shoot someone in a fancy car, opening the door of a big mansion and sailing a yacht. Let these photos blend together in style, make them a proper series instead of two/three separate photos. Be creative!
Any sort of photography works for this assignment. If you like portraits, go out and find someone interesting to photograph, or, see whether you can shoot a friend's wedding. If you're more of a landscape photographer, shoot pictures of the sun rising (easy one) or find a landscape that can be recognised in three different photos (Grand Canyon can be shot in many different ways). I myself will try to cover something in a documentary-style manner. Feel free to be inspired by looking at other peoples' work, browse through magazines, look at World Press Photo series, visit a couple of photography schools' websites. Be inspired!
Once you have chosen your story and theme/subject, shot the pictures, edited them to your liking (no restrictions) post them as separate images, all with EXIF, sticking to the maximum dimension limit of 500 pixels. Feel free to link to larger files, and, if you want to, include links to more shots that could go in the series. However, do not post more than three images! And remember, all shots must be taken in October!
Along with your pictures, please tell us what story you want to tell. It's not obligatory to include a story, but it's interesting for other users to know what story you're trying to tell through your photos.

Remember, it's the whole series that matters. All photos must add to the series, it’s creative value shouldn't depend on just one shot. To quote one of my idols, Joe McNally:
    “It only takes one ‘Awww, sh*t!” moment to wipe out three ‘atta boys’…”
Combine the power of the individual photos to tell the story as a whole, that's the purpose of this On Assignment. Be... the winner!

I wish you all best of luck, tons of creativity and inspiration, and hope to see some great series here! :)

Some story suggestions/ideas:
- new start: show someone making a new start, at work, in his/her private life.
- back to childhood: show some of your childhood memories.
- study: show us your life as a student.
- family: show us some relatives.
- architecture: show us a building from different perspectives, or show similarities in architectural styles.

Some examples of series:
- Robin de Puy: click here
- Joe McNally, heroes of 9/11: 1, 2, 3, 4
- Anthony Suau(World Press Photo): click here"

- Bjorn -


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:42 am 
This sounds quite challenging. I tend to take photos in isolation, one having no bearing on the other. Having to take 2 - 3 that all relate to one another is going to be different and fun.


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Holy crap, Bjorn.

a series of two or three, no more no less.

so no less then two, and no more then three.

gotcha.

this is gonna be a fun one, I can see Orsan from all the way over here. I think he might have a couple of good ones..but he is thinking, I just know it. muhahahahahah.

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I like this assignment! Kudos!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:48 pm 
Hmmmm a tough one no doubt!


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Yep, it's not gonna be easy, but it will challenge you and force you to get creative! Hopefully anyway...

Good luck everyone! :)

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Hmm! Interesting challenge . . . .

Good choice Bjorn

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hmmm tricky, best get my thinking cap on....

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:11 am 
Should be good fun, I hope people take the time to comment on the series presented by everyone as from a learning point of view I would appreciate seeing how a series is subjectively evaluated.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:49 pm 
I got a great idea. muahahahaha..but it doesn't translate well into pictures unless i get a friend to help.


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Then find a friend to help you out! Working together is a good way to merge your creative ideas and hopefully get better pictures. Just make sure you take 'em, not your friend! :)

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haha but i'm the one in the shot >_< maybe use him to set things up xD


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Good entry Geo, thanks for kicking it off!

I know Bjorn asked for two or three separate images, but I'm happy for them to be composited like Geo has into one file if you prefer.


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Whoooohooo, Geo! Good going..that one looks great...

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Thanks for the entry Geo. A composite is fine, not my preference but allowed if you really like it yourself. However, that seems like four images in total, while there's a max of three...
I'll leave it to Gordon to decide whether or not your entry should be disqualified.

Nice pictures though! :D

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