Google+ Contest

Current Statistics

  • 534 downloads of original RAW file
  • 219 submissions
  • 92 Google+ Shares
  • 25 Google+ +1’s

Where we’re at…

Everyone seems to having so much fun with this; it’s really great to see. Hopefully many of us are learning new techniques and getting new ideas. I know I am!

I know I set out very few rules in the beginning, but there’s one suggestion I’d like people to follow. I deleted one photo (the first, and hopefully the last) from the uploads because I felt it was disrespectful to the subject (objects placed in the scene that weren’t originally there along with a potential corporate brand name concern). That’s a slippery slope to step on, but I stand by my decision. I’ve asked the artist to contact me directly but haven’t heard back, so either they understand or don’t want to discuss it, and either is fine with me. I’m sure the artist was just having a bit of fun, so no disrespect to them at all, but let’s keep it clean in there, m’kay?

Don’t forget to comment!

Comments are how you win this game! I’ve noticed some images don’t have ANY comments at all. I have realized (at least I think this is true) that a photo doesn’t show up in everyone’s stream until it gets a comment. SO with that said, when you post your own image, be sure to comment on it—that first comment can be a larger explanation of what you did, or even just copy/paste your caption. But I think that’ll get it kick started. Only one way to find out!

Someone asked how I’d accomodate all the self-comments in the final tally. Not that people are trying to vote themselves up, but that photographers are responding to comments in their thread. After thinking about it, I may not discount those comments at all. The thing about a comment count (vs. a vote count, not that there is one) is the winning photo becomes the one that generated the most discussion. If you, the viewer, want to ask the photographer a question, that’s good! And if they respond, even better! More dialog, more exposure, more thought. That’s the winning image in my mind.

As I said in the beginning, I reserve the right to make this up as I go, but I think we’re on the right track here.

My version for today

Yesterday I posted a version done entirely in the iPad; (and the few comments it got, people didn’t like it, awww), and today I wanted to go completely analog. So I printed the original on my crappy inkjet printer, then tried to “age” the paper using coffee, following a technique on wikiHow. I also aged a few more pieces of white paper, with the intention of setting up a shot in the attic as if I’d stumbled upon this ancient print in a box of other papers.

Sadly, my attempt to age failed pretty badly. Tip: injet prints run like mad when you touch them and they’re wet!! (d’uh). I was doing really well until I followed the step of messing up the surface of the page, which just spread the ink around in a soupy mess. Here’s an instagram photo of the results… I may or may not attempt to set up the final shot I envisioned; this “aged photo” looks pretty sorry.

Aging this photo print didn’t work out so well, did it!

Back to the contest… and don’t forget to vote!