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06/25/2012 01:55:25 AM · #1
Zen Photgraphy

Zen Photography II

Zen Photography III

May the unforce of nature be with you!

Message edited by author 2012-06-25 01:58:11.
06/25/2012 02:05:01 AM · #2
You stand a much better chance in this one if you do something that has nothing to do with Zen.
06/25/2012 02:09:59 AM · #3
LOL John, that really made me laugh
06/25/2012 09:19:15 AM · #4
Last time there was quite a flame war debate in the forums about what zen really was and was not. As always, it comes down primarily to visual appeal and needing only some connection to the topic for the average viewer.
06/25/2012 09:30:05 AM · #5
Okay, how many people will set out to shoot this?:

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How may will succeed? How may will fail?
06/25/2012 09:37:25 AM · #6
Should be fun, though voters have been finding my stuff sub-meh lately.
06/25/2012 10:04:03 AM · #7
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06/25/2012 11:20:56 AM · #8
Originally posted by Kelli:

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Ahh, but you received some priceless comments.
06/25/2012 11:43:59 AM · #9
Originally posted by sfalice:

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Ahh, but you received some priceless comments.


Yes! And a PH ribbon. Really, couldn't ask for more. ;D
06/25/2012 01:20:02 PM · #10
This is better than an Abstract challenge, because at least in a Zen challenge I understand why my score is low.
06/25/2012 01:30:16 PM · #11
After looking though the previous challenges I have no idea what people think zen is.

I think we need another heated debate to figure it out.
06/25/2012 01:36:28 PM · #12
Originally posted by bhuge:

After looking though the previous challenges I have no idea what people think zen is.

I think we need another heated debate to figure it out.

[sarcasm]
THAT'S THE WORST IDEA I'VE EVER HEARD!
WHY YOU THINK PEOPLE NEED A HEATED DEBATE IS BEYOND ME!! WHAT POSIBLE GOOD COULD A HEATED DEBATE ABOUT ZEN PHOTOGRAPHY DO?? EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU JUST DRAW WAVY LINES IN THE SAND WITH A STICK, PHOTOGRAPH IT AND GET AN INSTANT 10 + FAVORITE!! GAH! WHY I BOTHER SOMETIMES IS BEYOND ME
[/sarcasm]

Seriously, i think 'zen photography' is just "a pretty picture that makes you calm", and that's going to be different for everybody based on how they relax. I expect to see some big scores on rocks/landscape/seascape/asian building images and some low scores on just about everything else.
I'm thinking that i'll take a picture of rush hour traffic and call it "how i choose to relax" - see how low my score can go ;)
06/25/2012 01:54:15 PM · #13
Originally posted by RyanWareham:

I'm thinking that i'll take a picture of rush hour traffic and call it "how i choose to relax" - see how low my score can go ;)

Looking through the previous challenges, make sure there's water somewhere in the photo. Automatic boost in score.

I'm going to dress up like Jim Gilchrist and pretend I'm shooting immigrants, we'll see how that goes over.
06/25/2012 01:56:47 PM · #14
interesting how an entire religion can be summed up as something that "makes you calm"
06/25/2012 02:01:04 PM · #15
Originally posted by posthumous:

interesting how an entire religion can be summed up as something that "makes you calm"


Lightening flashes, sparks fly!
In one blink of the eye,
you have missed seeing.

eta: oops, forgot the link... //www2.bc.cc.ca.us/resperic/what_is_the_meaning_of_zen.htm

Message edited by author 2012-06-25 14:05:03.
06/25/2012 02:08:49 PM · #16
Originally posted by posthumous:

interesting how an entire religion can be summed up as something that "makes you calm"

A westernized, easily digestible and fast definition. Ironic, isn't it?
06/25/2012 02:29:15 PM · #17
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by posthumous:

interesting how an entire religion can be summed up as something that "makes you calm"

A westernized, easily digestible and fast definition. Ironic, isn't it?


It's so 1960s, lol.
06/25/2012 02:41:31 PM · #18
Not enough elephant-headed gods in Zen Buddhism in my opinion. I can't see how anyone can get excited over a religion that has no elephant-headed gods.
06/25/2012 02:42:43 PM · #19
Originally posted by posthumous:

interesting how an entire religion can be summed up as something that "makes you calm"

That makes it hard to account for the Church of Monday Night Football ...
06/25/2012 03:45:25 PM · #20
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by posthumous:

interesting how an entire religion can be summed up as something that "makes you calm"

A westernized, easily digestible and fast definition. Ironic, isn't it?


We can have an "Islam" challenge next. I predict lots of suicide bomber pics and fake jihadis.
06/25/2012 07:17:41 PM · #21
Originally posted by rooum:

Not enough elephant-headed gods in Zen Buddhism in my opinion. I can't see how anyone can get excited over a religion that has no elephant-headed gods.

Ganesha is enough for me. I'd follow that elephant anywhere (carefully, of course).
:)
06/25/2012 07:32:03 PM · #22
Ganesha rocks. He's my fave. Om gam ganapataye namaha.
06/25/2012 09:20:20 PM · #23
Zen photography is one of my favorite to shoot. This will be a fun and creative challenge. Now off to figure out what I am going to do.
06/26/2012 03:44:37 PM · #24
Zen is not an it.
It is an is.
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