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Challenge: With the Philosophy of Ubique (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Apr 5, 2015
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2015

[Apr. 12th, 2015 09:54:05 PM]

Not sure what I think about this challenge. But it was an interesting discovery process.

My first thought was to go down to the tourist part of town (there really isn't much of a town otherwise. That's where you find people). And to find people and stories. When I think of "interesting" photographs, I think of ones with stories.

I rode my bike around looking for something. And I discovered: people really don't interest me. I really didn't want to be doing it. I spent a lot of time looking at baby animals and then gave up.

Since I was out and about, I went to check out an osprey nest that had been active the previous year. I knew it wouldn't be anything for the ubique challenge, but it was what interested me.

Then I discovered, people go for what interests them. I still have simple tastes. I enjoy nature. I'm fascinated by it. I can and have sat for hours watching osprey. I love butterflies. I love sunsets (I don't like taking pictures of sunsets, but I still will call my family out to come and look when there's a wonderful one.)

Yet these things are a dime a dozen in photographs.

This actually wasn't what I wanted to enter. What I wanted to enter was much more simplistic, but had more of a story, imo. I have an outtake in another challenge, so I can't post it now. But I knew it would get slammed.

When I was watching the osprey, there was an egret wandering around. I did love his shadow, so I was hoping something interesting would come of it. It's not what I wanted. And actually this seems contrived to me. I'm surprised at the score and the sheer number of comments and the gallery hanging. I'm please. But surprised. Because it seems forced and there's not really a story to it.

In going through and voting on the challenge, I realized how much my tastes have changed since I've been here. And I realized that for all of my desires to be more interesting, more edgy, more artsy, it's only going to happen when forced. Because I'll still look to what I love. The main hope is perhaps I'll see it in more than one way.

Thanks for the comments. This has been a very interesting experiment.

Place: 26 out of 86
Avg (all users): 6.1519
Avg (commenters): 7.6842
Avg (participants): 6.3774
Avg (non-participants): 5.6923
Views since voting: 358
Views during voting: 188
Votes: 79
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/13/2015 10:02:08 PM
I know just how you feel :)

Congrats on the successful experiment.
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04/13/2015 01:44:13 PM
I don't need a story. I'm a poet. ;)

hell, if I loved something I would just do it and I really wouldn't care what ubique or posthumous said.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2015 10:13:07 PM
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04/12/2015 11:22:55 AM
A wonderful example of how less can be more. Show me the entire bird and it's something I've already seen.
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04/12/2015 04:57:54 AM
The power of the understated drawn from such a concrete reality. Top marks my good person.
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04/11/2015 10:15:26 PM
just the right amount of blur and noise and cropping to achieve ... unity between reality and dream. This is not done, as some think, merely by making a mess. It actually requires a careful balance. Showing too much shadow and reflection ruins the effect. It's like lucid dreaming... you know you're in the dream, so you're not worried. This photo keeps you in the dream and doesn't let you know it's a dream.

I'm hanging this in my fantasy gallery

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04/11/2015 08:31:51 PM
This at first was like what? But ya know this is one of my special mentions

Actually a really cool shot and I see a lot of bird photos but not with just the feet and then the shadow of the bird itself. Just awesome capture...

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04/11/2015 06:02:15 PM
that should do it 10
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04/11/2015 02:53:37 PM
We all have a mean streak in us.
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04/11/2015 01:39:48 PM
so well seen
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04/11/2015 08:32:27 AM
Nice eye to find this and take the image so quickly. At first glance I did not make out the shadow; nice art piece.
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04/10/2015 01:06:26 PM
Such a harshly bright image...that leaves me feeling creepy and dark. I enjoyed that mix. Thank you!
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04/09/2015 08:41:47 PM
brilliant essence. (again?)
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04/09/2015 12:59:30 PM
A wonderful image. The perfectly positioned and delineated legs get the show rolling. The incredible shadow of the bird itself, cast on uneven ground, shimmers in ragged, mirage-like fashion. The bill alone is a revelation. The interplay between a truncated reality and a coyly offered phantasmagoria shatters complacency, or at least the rut of "knowing". The almost glaring backdrop to the shadow, consisting of water, sand or soil and upper legs, elicits a squint of presence. I see in this image the unsteady birth of hieroglyphics. One of four personal favorites.
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04/09/2015 05:03:02 AM
Yep, if there's one thing I love about photography it's photographs where a good part of the picture is outside the frame. If it's all inside the frame, it's too easy to say, "Oh yes, I know that (bird/situation/scene/whatever)." But here we are obliged to give it a good shake of the curiosity and imagination, and that's always a good thing. Always! The picture is no longer just yours; it's become ours. Yours and mine. Yours and any viewer's. Thank you.
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04/09/2015 12:31:04 AM
of the past? This has a prehistoric feel
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04/08/2015 04:30:09 PM
How fabulous!!! A perfect tribute to Ubique ...the composition, enigma and processing are just perfect.
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04/08/2015 01:54:23 PM
Love how you chose to show this bird-feet and shadow. Very nice.
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04/08/2015 11:30:31 AM
Oh vanity, all is vanity! The truth is in a broken mirror or shadow
very painterly and still a photo
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04/08/2015 01:22:38 AM
The sum of the parts is a whole bird. Nifty approach to the subject!
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04/07/2015 02:52:19 PM
Shadow and cause united. I like the overdeveloped glow, it has a sparkle about it.
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04/07/2015 02:30:41 PM
when I think of echoes in photography, I usually think about two unrelated objects resembling each other. Here however one is just a shadow of another, so echo is not surprising. Still, nice framing.
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