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06/30/2010 08:09:48 PM · #1
I have received many many post challenge PMs from folks that appreciate that I narrate my photos in the Photo Details. What they tell me is that the narrative enriches the photo and gives insight into the way I think about a photo. You can see an example here:
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So, if you're up for it ... how about you all entering the Free Study this month "narrate your photo." You can even do it post-entry if you want ... even while voting is underway if you don't have the time before rollover.

Just a suggestion. what do you think?

Oh, and I have a killer narrative on my Free Study entry ... sort of a Hunter S. Thompson stream of consciousness thing ... but you'll have to wait for voting to complete to see it. sorry :(

Hey - This is shaping up as a kind-of-a-sort-of Side Challenge. Here's who's in so far:
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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yo_Spiff
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CreativeFlyPhoto
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' coryboehne
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' levyj413
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bassbone
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' odriew
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Ja-9
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' njsabs
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Melethia
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' geinafets
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' mycelium
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' VitaminB
Check out their narratives when voting ends.

Win the coveted Purple Prose Award. Get your nominations in.
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Message edited by author 2010-07-06 00:14:36.
06/30/2010 08:43:54 PM · #2
I think you've got a great idea here. I appreciate it when people take the time to let others know what they were thinking when they put up a photo; whatever might be relevant that goes in the little "Photographer's Notes" box I am usually happy to read. One of my pet peeves is when I see a photo I really like, below which is that pesky "N/A."

As it happens, I already had something of a narrative for my FS entry, so I can only wonder if I could be said to have unwittingly taken you up on your challenge. :)
06/30/2010 09:30:19 PM · #3
what a great idea, I always look to see what ya'll did in your editing steps and I always like to read a little bit about your shot and get a feel for what your experience was...Pictures maybe worth a 1000 words but it sure helps to have a narrative...lol

I need to go back and add to my picture now before turn over...excellent suggestion Charles
06/30/2010 09:41:45 PM · #4
Super good idea. The thought process is important in photography. I actually have an Ansel Adams book with extensive notes on his image captures. It's really full of insights. Helps me in my quest for excellence in the field, when I know the "greats" have gone through the same travails.
06/30/2010 09:42:55 PM · #5
I usually leave some notes on all my entries, but I'll try to be a little more detailed of the overall description.
06/30/2010 09:57:37 PM · #6
Originally posted by mycelium:

I think you've got a great idea here. I appreciate it when people take the time to let others know what they were thinking when they put up a photo; whatever might be relevant that goes in the little "Photographer's Notes" box I am usually happy to read. One of my pet peeves is when I see a photo I really like, below which is that pesky "N/A."

As it happens, I already had something of a narrative for my FS entry, so I can only wonder if I could be said to have unwittingly taken you up on your challenge. :)


That's the spirit! Thanks!
06/30/2010 10:19:54 PM · #7
I just added a big, long narrative to my FS entry. Thanks for the suggestion.
06/30/2010 10:32:51 PM · #8
I like the idea and IF I had a FS entry this month I would write a long narrative, but I don't. I do try to write something on each entry but not to the extent that you demonstrate so I'll have to press a little harder next time.
06/30/2010 10:34:44 PM · #9
Wrote a short novel on mine. May be good for someone with insomnia.
06/30/2010 10:37:47 PM · #10
after reading this post, i added some extra insight on my photo submission for june free study :)

great idea!
06/30/2010 10:42:59 PM · #11
Hey Janine and Richard! Thanks for supporting my mini revolution. You're the best!!! Maybe the idea has legs!
06/30/2010 11:44:29 PM · #12
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06/30/2010 11:58:35 PM · #13
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

Hey Janine and Richard! Thanks for supporting my mini revolution. You're the best!!! Maybe the idea has legs!


ya, well mine will probably be dumb as a post...we'll see...but a very, very good suggestion
07/01/2010 01:25:59 AM · #14
Cool, I will provide a narrative to mine as well.
07/01/2010 01:37:18 AM · #15
I usually narrate my photos, but it so happens I'll be narrating this entry quite a bit more than usual because it continues a long-running series.

So I accidentally accept your challenge. :)
07/01/2010 01:47:01 AM · #16
How funny.. I just noticed this thread.

Great idea. I usually narrate a bit, sometimes more, sometimes less.

I tried a bit of something new on my entry this month, I've included a poem. I'm sure that won't much fix my entry, but I hope some people will enjoy the connection post challenge..
07/01/2010 01:02:22 PM · #17
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07/01/2010 02:26:15 PM · #18
Adding the narrative apparently did not have a magical effect on my score. :o)

07/01/2010 02:28:11 PM · #19
Sign me up. I have a bit already up there about the where and how, but I will go back and do the why and when this weekend and fill in some details about processing.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser...A great idea....
07/01/2010 10:22:29 PM · #20
One bump for the night crowd.
07/01/2010 11:19:01 PM · #21
Great idea.....I look forward to reading the narrative of each participant. I will try to give a narrative, a bit of an interesting story with my image, not making any 'what a great read' promises.
07/02/2010 12:02:39 AM · #22
Interesting thing about narratives. I went out shooting for the street portraiture challenge this evening. Once I introduced myself and got to chatting and snapping pics with my subjects, they were all more than happy to talk about themselves and what they do. I have lots of background material for my notes in that challenge, if I can remember it all!
07/02/2010 12:10:48 AM · #23
I very often narrate my entries. And add stuff during the challenge as well. But I never finish high enough to have anyone read my narratives and they're usually very depressing, too. My Free Study, which is doing very poorly as is normal, does have a lovely little narrative.

My attempts at the street portrait come with a complete novelette I've posted for my teammates. Maybe after that challenge I'll post the whole thing. Just remember, you have to really dive down into the challenges to find these little gems...
07/02/2010 07:07:27 AM · #24
I also try to narrate most of my entries. Usually I get lovely feedback on what I write, so it benefits both me and the readers : )

My Free Study entry has a rather long story attached to it, as does my Bovine entry!
07/02/2010 08:23:34 AM · #25
Doc, I'm just gonna *poke* you so that you put me on the list, because it makes me warm and fuzzy to feel included.
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