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11/18/2002 10:57:48 AM · #1
I think I might take this week off. I live in such a small town. I know people will expect something that I can't submit. You know what was on our front page yesturday? A tree, a cotton tree!
Picture of Tree
Took up most of the page. Now do you think people will say about that? We don't have any thing happening in our town and if I do shot something people will probably say this shouldn't be on the front page.
11/18/2002 11:03:02 AM · #2
I agree, I'll be taking the week off as well. I live in suburbia and probably could find something news worthy if I tried. My problem is, I work during the day and it's getting dark fairly early now so I won't have the chance for anything outdoors.
11/18/2002 11:07:18 AM · #3
We do have a scanner, but with 2 young ones at home I find it hard to go on a spure of the moment when something happens. It usually takes me 20 minutes to get the girls ready to go and by then what ever happened, would be over.
11/18/2002 11:07:22 AM · #4
Hay that's the beauty of the challenge. MOST papers put Human Interest pictures in color on their front pages. Signs of the season are very popular right now. Kids jumping in leaves was on the cover of the Tribune recently. Infact if kids are involved it's almost a sure sale.
11/18/2002 11:11:24 AM · #5
Maybe this is the week to create your own news! Ask a friend to rob a bank, and poise yourself for a great shot! The possibilities this week are endless :)

Actually, I'm looking forward to this one. It won't be an easy week, but since I'm a news junkie, I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with.
11/18/2002 11:14:30 AM · #6
Keep in mind that this doesn't have to be a news item. I'd say that the point of the challenge is to capture the impact of a moment or an object the way that a photojournalist would try to. As aelith points out, the subject matter of your photograph can vary greatly. Though I won't (as usual) have time to shoot for the challenge, I'm personally really excited about it -- I think it's a great topic for a challenge.

Drew
11/18/2002 11:15:43 AM · #7
In no way did I mean this isn't a great challenge. On the contrary, I'd love this challenge. However, I can't get out during the day and it's dark when I get off. The chances of me getting a great pic are slim since I'm new to photography and haven't purchased quality flash yet. There is nothing going on indoors around here, unless I happen to be at a bank when there is a robbery, but then all those questions from the police, "Why did you have your camera in a bank sir?" I'd reply, "Here's my DPChallenge media pass."
11/18/2002 11:21:46 AM · #8
Originally posted by alansfreed:
[i]Maybe this is the week to create your own news! Ask a friend to rob a bank, and poise yourself for a great shot! The possibilities this week are endless :)

Better yet, ask that friend to copy cat the east coast sniper and poise yourself near the victim while getting both victim and sniper in the picture. Just don't get behind the victim and stay off to the side. On second thought, it would be difficult to post your challenge submission from prison, huh?

11/18/2002 11:22:43 AM · #9
Originally posted by Sonifo:
I think I might take this week off. I live in such a small town. I know people will expect something that I can't submit. You know what was on our front page yesturday? A tree, a cotton tree!
Picture of Tree
Took up most of the page. Now do you think people will say about that? We don't have any thing happening in our town and if I do shot something people will probably say this shouldn't be on the front page.


I hear ya, Sonifo. The home of my local newspaper has a population of 3,000. Very rural area. Since Labor Day all the pictures have been pictures relating to the tornado we had. So I can just go out and take a picture of a building being torn down. Or a couple just standing there (you'll see a nice couple that appeared on the front of the newspaper)

Ladysmith News Front Page News

BTW, it is a really good challenge. I'll probably end up going to a basketball game or something. =-)

* This message has been edited by the author on 11/18/2002 11:42:41 AM.
11/18/2002 11:29:36 AM · #10
i doubt i'll be able to top THIS ONE... :-
But I'll do what I can...

Since I live in DC, maybe I can hunt down Marion Barry ...


11/18/2002 11:45:46 AM · #11
For almost 5 years I lived in a ghost town...literally! We were the only two year-round residents. Our nearest neighbor was 15 miles, and the town was 17 mile. Population just over 300! That's right...three HUNDRED! LOL That was in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The big news there was what kind of animal tracks we could find in the snow...lol
This week should be challenging. Even though I now live in a much more populated region. I like challenges though so it should be fun.
11/18/2002 12:00:24 PM · #12
lol now I don't feel so bad. Thanks.

b]Originally posted by erin_m02:[/

I hear ya, Sonifo. The home of my local newspaper has a population of 3,000. Very rural area. Since Labor Day all the pictures have been pictures relating to the tornado we had. So I can just go out and take a picture of a building being torn down. Or a couple just standing there (you'll see a nice couple that appeared on the front of the newspaper)

Ladysmith News Front Page News

BTW, it is a really good challenge. I'll probably end up going to a basketball game or something. =-[/i]

11/18/2002 12:02:16 PM · #13
So would staging a fake news worhty item be ok?
11/18/2002 12:05:47 PM · #14
I think that is what I am going to have to do, but I am going to work hard in this one. Well I do in all the challenges. hmmmm....oh well I will look forward to my 4.something score.
11/18/2002 12:21:37 PM · #15
Photojournalism does not mean you have to capture a crime or a visiting politician or other dramatic moment.
"By definition, photojournalism (traditionally referred to as candid photos) is the photographic documentation of an event without interfering or influencing the outcome of the photographs in any way."
Photojournalism is used to enhance a the written word. This could mean a story about saving cottonwood trees, or a scout meeting at the elementary school or the first snowfall of the year.
Please don't eliminate yourself based on where you live. I think this is a really exciting challenge with the potential to see some great photos!
11/18/2002 12:36:23 PM · #16
I'm taking a trip to London this weekend for a concert... what perfect timing!
11/18/2002 01:14:17 PM · #17
I'm really looking forard to this challenge. I happen to be lucky this week in that I am involved with a group which will probably stage a protest this week. Hopefully, they do so I will have some easy subjects close at hand.
11/18/2002 01:24:58 PM · #18
Originally posted by kathleenm:
Photojournalism does not mean you have to capture a crime or a visiting politician or other dramatic moment.
"By definition, photojournalism (traditionally referred to as candid photos) is the photographic documentation of an event without interfering or influencing the outcome of the photographs in any way."
Photojournalism is used to enhance a the written word. This could mean a story about saving cottonwood trees, or a scout meeting at the elementary school or the first snowfall of the year.
Please don't eliminate yourself based on where you live. I think this is a really exciting challenge with the potential to see some great photos!


that is what the definition of photojournalism is, I think, but if someone is interested in having a good score, they will probably need a dramatic picture, because most voters don't seem to read the forums. i echo the sentiment that this will be difficult for me. our area is very small, and the front page of the paper usually has kids (can you hear my comments now) or farmers or something. however, i will grit my teeth and try it.

11/18/2002 01:43:13 PM · #19
Yes, we are many who live in small towns or other small places where the most interesting for the week is a cat stucked in a tree, the biggest potatoe or something like that. So folks we must think and come up with something better. Why not try to beat them with really good quality photos? If it can´t be exciting it must be a very, very high quality shot. But I don´t think that´s enough, honestly. So people - WHAT SHALL WE DO?
11/18/2002 01:51:26 PM · #20
Gordon had a great photo that was on TV and in print and VERY worthy of a front page

It is Here

It may be a sunset but its dramatic and very cool

* This message has been edited by the author on 11/18/2002 1:48:35 PM.
11/18/2002 02:19:57 PM · #21
Yes I do agree that it should be in focus. but if you look at most of my photos, they are in focus and yet I got a low score. Hmmmm....go figure.
11/18/2002 02:27:50 PM · #22
I think the problem is that a lot of people will be expecting events. There are tons of news stories and magazine articles about things other than current events. There could be stories about cotton, bats, weather, history, medicine etc.
11/18/2002 02:46:26 PM · #23
I think people will have to get creative with their titles, which might save the photo. This challenge will be loaded with titles that read as 'headlines', and I ddon't think there is anything wrong with that...for THIS challenge.

z
11/18/2002 03:02:28 PM · #24
Whew! I'm saved.
11/18/2002 03:33:55 PM · #25
I looked back at the challenge and it says magazine or newspaper. I skipped the magazine part. Cool now I have more ideas.
I could take a picture of my baby and put "How To Deal With Teething" for the title.
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