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12/01/2017 03:12:25 PM · #1
There has been much moan about challenge topics. But I think this is more fixable than you may believe.

It starts by making more suggestions. I'm going to do that myself. Maybe your dislike of my suggestions will inspire your own! That's fine!! Diversity, baby!

But you don't always have to come up with stuff from thin air. Consider going into old challenge suggestion threads and bumping them up. I'm pretty sure that Ursa Major aka BM would rather use your suggestions than have to make them up or dig them up, and be the sole target of thy wrath.

When there are more suggestions available, and diverse suggestions, then you will see a good balance of different kinds of challenges. i.e., there will almost always be at least one thing you want to shoot for.

I will be the change I want to see in the site, and start doing these things myself. Join me in this last ditch effort bold new adventure!!!

12/01/2017 03:19:40 PM · #2
another thing, it helps if you make a little effort and follow the format:

Title

Description

Editing Rules
12/01/2017 04:48:05 PM · #3
Thanks for a very timely suggestion, Don. If I had anything to add, it would be that we TRY to strike a balance between 3 broad categories of challenges:

1. Subject: This would be stuff like "Wildlife", "Landscapes", "Blue", "In the Marketplace", and so forth.
2. Technique: Things like "High Contrast", "Rule of Thirds", "Long Exposure", "Macro", "Portrait", stuff that involves how we use our cameras or our software.
3. Concept: This category is for intangible stuff, ideas, etc like "Politically Incorrect", "Ordinary", "Sorrow", "Joy", less definable concepts as it were.

Obviously, sometimes a topic won't fall cleanly into one of those categories, such as "In the Style of: David Muench" (is that technique or a concept) but this doesn't really matter; the categories are just a good way to keep challenges variegated.

Also bear in mind that many (if not most) of the really relevant Technique Challenges have been run before, often many times, and there's nothing wrong with that; even professional concert musicians still practice their scales :-) DPC has been around for what, almost 16 years now? It's just not possible for every challenge going forward to be unique, or at least not if we don't want them all to be "niche" challenges, so to speak.

Message edited by author 2017-12-01 21:37:48.
12/19/2020 10:38:33 PM · #4
Gee Whiz, haven't quite gone yet, but I know many of us would take the wide view of an entry which may not seem to meet the challenge on first view, but think on and see
why it does .an Artistic approach can mean thinking outside the Box..and still meet the challenge

Message edited by author 2020-12-19 22:41:02.
12/20/2020 11:40:19 PM · #5
Here are ideas to get us going ...

Title: Helmets
Description: Take a photo including protective headgear.
Editing: Extended

Title: Ring Model
Description: Photograph someone modeling a ring on any part of their anatomy (but keep it tasteful).
Editing: Minimal

Title: Creative Blur
Description: Take a photo of an object or person that is NOT in motion. You may use the editor of your choice to create blur, but this isn’t required.
Editing: Standard.

Title: Tribute to John le Carré
Description: Show us a character worthy of this iconic author’s imagination.
Editing: Standard

Title: Extreme Weather (archival)
Description: I wouldn’t be caught dead in weather like this.
Editing: Extended

Title: The Queen’s Gambit
Description: Honor this fine Netflix series with a photo that must include one or more chess piece(s).
Editing: Extended

Title: Outside In
Description: Take a photo from outside something of something inside it
Editing: Standard

Title: Through the Looking Glass
Description: Take a photo where your subject is reflected in a mirror. Camera must NOT be visible in the photo. Mirror MUST be visible. Failure to follow visibility rules will result in disqualification.
Editing: Standard

Title: Hacker
Description: Cyber threats have been much in the news. Show us a photo of someone suspicious looking who represents the notion of a hacker.
Editing: Extended

Title: Mugshot
Description: Create a humorous wanted poster.
Editing: Extended. Special rules: You may add text to your image.

Message edited by author 2020-12-20 23:44:52.
12/20/2020 11:47:00 PM · #6
' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser, here's the forum area for challenge suggestions. :-)

p.s. - Extended editing already allows text.
12/20/2020 11:50:42 PM · #7
Originally posted by glad2badad:

' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser, here's the forum area for challenge suggestions. :-)

p.s. - Extended editing already allows text.


Been gone too long, I guess, or too busy. Maybe Bear or SC member or some kind soul could put them where they belong. ;)
12/20/2020 11:52:49 PM · #8
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser, here's the forum area for challenge suggestions. :-)

p.s. - Extended editing already allows text.


Been gone too long, I guess, or too busy. Maybe Bear or SC member or some kind soul could put them where they belong. ;)

LOL, or the one who suggests them? Easy enough to do.
12/21/2020 12:22:05 AM · #9
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

' . substr('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('https://www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser, here's the forum area for challenge suggestions. :-)

p.s. - Extended editing already allows text.

Been gone too long, I guess, or too busy. Maybe Bear or SC member or some kind soul could put them where they belong. ;)

The thing of it is, each one needs to be its own thread in "Challenge Suggestions" so people can comment to them individually. If *I* did the legwork, they'd all be Bear_Music suggestions, which isn't giving credit where credit is due, so maybe you can open two windows and do a copy/paste of each topic into it's own thread over there? Shouldn't take too long. When that's done I can disappear this post and it's all copacetic :-)

We DO appreciate the suggestions, you're a hero, dude :-)
12/22/2020 01:31:30 AM · #10
I Have commented on and off over the last few years with very little feedback on my
comments and wonder if it is worth continuing so..
would like to know if it is worth my while



12/22/2020 09:55:49 AM · #11
Yeah, Nick, it is nice to know that our efforts bear fruit. That our kindness and attention are appreciated. People here do enjoy getting comments, but the warmth that's actually been created is rarely reflected back to the creator. It's not a lack of appreciation, just that smiles are evanescent and if you're not there in person you don't even know that they've occurred. I planned to comment on your comment on my "In the Spirit of Kiwinick" entry. It made me smile, which bubbled up and lingered, as I enjoyed it several times over. Sometimes you have to take it on faith. It's actually a wonderful feeling to give freely without any expectation of reward or acknowledgement. To just express yourself and be done with it. Sorry, I'm getting preachy here. I have seen comments by people saying that they enjoy your comments, and I promise you that that is the case.
12/22/2020 10:33:12 AM · #12
Originally posted by kiwinick:

I Have commented on and off over the last few years with very little feedback on my
comments and wonder if it is worth continuing so..
would like to know if it is worth my while

Dude!

We honored you with your own challenge!

Sit down! LOL!!!

Seriously, I know what you mean, but as far as I know, the only way to do so is to make the extra effort to thank someone either through the comments, or PM them.

If you reply on the image, at least the helpful box can be ticked as an acknowledgement.
12/22/2020 03:26:06 PM · #13
Well, I posted them to Challenge suggestions, but there seems to be a problem since the title didn't always come through. So there's some duplication. Sorry about that.

Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

Here are ideas to get us going ...

Title: Helmets
Description: Take a photo including protective headgear.
Editing: Extended

Title: Ring Model
Description: Photograph someone modeling a ring on any part of their anatomy (but keep it tasteful).
Editing: Minimal

Title: Creative Blur
Description: Take a photo of an object or person that is NOT in motion. You may use the editor of your choice to create blur, but this isn’t required.
Editing: Standard.

Title: Tribute to John le Carré
Description: Show us a character worthy of this iconic author’s imagination.
Editing: Standard

Title: Extreme Weather (archival)
Description: I wouldn’t be caught dead in weather like this.
Editing: Extended

Title: The Queen’s Gambit
Description: Honor this fine Netflix series with a photo that must include one or more chess piece(s).
Editing: Extended

Title: Outside In
Description: Take a photo from outside something of something inside it
Editing: Standard

Title: Through the Looking Glass
Description: Take a photo where your subject is reflected in a mirror. Camera must NOT be visible in the photo. Mirror MUST be visible. Failure to follow visibility rules will result in disqualification.
Editing: Standard

Title: Hacker
Description: Cyber threats have been much in the news. Show us a photo of someone suspicious looking who represents the notion of a hacker.
Editing: Extended

Title: Mugshot
Description: Create a humorous wanted poster.
Editing: Extended. Special rules: You may add text to your image.
12/22/2020 03:28:15 PM · #14
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

Well, I posted them to Challenge suggestions, but there seems to be a problem since the title didn't always come through. So there's some duplication. Sorry about that.

Sent you a note about that -- added the title to at least one of them ...
12/22/2020 03:34:28 PM · #15
Thanks. You're the Best.

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

Well, I posted them to Challenge suggestions, but there seems to be a problem since the title didn't always come through. So there's some duplication. Sorry about that.

Sent you a note about that -- added the title to at least one of them ...
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