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05/08/2006 12:40:02 AM · #1
ok someone please xplain? i'm dumb :P
05/08/2006 12:41:13 AM · #2
Um... no idea what you're talking about, so I guess I'm even dumber...
05/08/2006 12:41:49 AM · #3
is it just me or the challenges are getting tougher and tougher?
05/08/2006 12:42:05 AM · #4
my take is that it is a portrait taken in a "natural" enviroment as opposed to a studio -- for example, a cowboy with his horse. or something like that.
05/08/2006 12:42:10 AM · #5
I think it means take a portrait of someone in their "environment."

Park Ranger in the park, Doctor in the ER, chef in the kitchen. Stuff like that.
05/08/2006 12:43:28 AM · #6
i believe lepidus to be exactly right......
05/08/2006 12:43:36 AM · #7
oh, ok, now I get it. It's late at night, and I'm slow to start with...
this could be kind of fun. But, yeah, the challenges have been challenging lately.
05/08/2006 12:43:55 AM · #8
Okay Rikki, I know the answer to this one! I just did some stuff for the University that was similar, and my mentor was on my case about this.

Say we've got to take the portrait of a pilot. Instead of putting him in front of a backdrop, or at his desk, or something equally mundane, what do we do?

We put him on the steps to his airplane, or in the cockpit, or standing next to it on the ramp. Why? Because that's the environment that he operates in. Just looking at the portrait, we know the story. "Hey, it's a guy with an airplane, he must be a pilot" vs. "Hey, it's a guy at the desk...so what?"

Make sense now?

Edit: Geeze, half of DPC beat me to it!

Message edited by author 2006-05-08 00:44:31.
05/08/2006 12:44:37 AM · #9
Originally posted by lepidus:

I think it means take a portrait of someone in their "environment."

Park Ranger in the park, Doctor in the ER, chef in the kitchen. Stuff like that.


And it's gotta say something about the subject. Something deep I imagine! :P
05/08/2006 12:46:37 AM · #10
so, like a picture of myself in a straight jacket, surrounded by men in white jackets would work...

Or at least surrounded by all my kids...
05/08/2006 12:51:10 AM · #11
Originally posted by margiemu:

so, like a picture of myself in a straight jacket, surrounded by men in white jackets would work...

Or at least surrounded by all my kids...

LOL I can so relate to that!!!

I could do ME with earplugs while my 11year old next to me goes on and on and on and on and on.......... *g*
05/08/2006 12:53:47 AM · #12
Oh hell YES!
05/08/2006 12:58:28 AM · #13
An environmental portrait is something like you see in "People" magazine - where a person is photographed in a setting that tells a little bit about them. A doctor in an operating room, a teddy bear manufacturer on a pile of teddy bears, Bill Gates standing on top of the world... :)
05/08/2006 12:58:29 AM · #14
So like this?

During the stare...
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After the head to toe look...
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Sorry dude :)
05/08/2006 12:58:52 AM · #15
Of course this comes up the day before I leave Yuanyang where I was doing a photodocumentary of the people and landscapes!
05/08/2006 12:59:19 AM · #16
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Oh hell YES!


THIS is not a good sign . . .

:)
05/08/2006 01:02:21 AM · #17
Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Oh hell YES!


THIS is not a good sign . . .

:)


Can we have the rules ammended to exclude cheese factories?
05/08/2006 01:05:52 AM · #18
Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Oh hell YES!


THIS is not a good sign . . .

:)


I've done a lot of these in my career. Most of what I do is on-site photography. So, I'm siked about the idea as a challenge.
05/08/2006 01:07:06 AM · #19
Originally posted by Rikki:

is it just me or the challenges are getting tougher and tougher?


not at all, I think the Environmental Potrait is rather simple.
Cant wait to see the submissions!
05/08/2006 01:07:34 AM · #20
a guy in a bar...
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05/08/2006 01:07:58 AM · #21
Originally posted by jodiecoston:

An environmental portrait is something like you see in "People" magazine - where a person is photographed in a setting that tells a little bit about them. A doctor in an operating room, a teddy bear manufacturer on a pile of teddy bears, Bill Gates standing on top of the world... :)


what about me eating crayons? :p
seriously, it doesn't necessarily have to be a person. It could be an onject, like a hammer in a drawer full of tools.

Message edited by author 2006-05-08 01:09:15.
05/08/2006 02:06:35 AM · #22
my first reaction was something about the environment, am i barking up the wrong tree??? :)
05/08/2006 02:09:00 AM · #23
Originally posted by richard42:

my first reaction was something about the environment, am i barking up the wrong tree??? :)


partially correct - more accurately, I would personally say, it's more about how the environment and the subject co-exist to tell a story to the viewer?
05/08/2006 02:17:55 AM · #24
"Photograph a portrait that says something about the subject within the framework of their own environment."

My prediction:
115 cowboy shots
25 Icelandic fishermen (also happen to be the top 25 photos in the challenge)
54 flowers (many rating highly despite not meeting challenge)
43 babies/children (see above ^)
05/08/2006 02:31:37 AM · #25
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