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Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-01-2016, 09:03 PM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
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Congrats to UncleVanya. Glad that my comment didn't hurt the choice.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-25-2016, 08:36 AM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
Views: 3,675
It would be one way to see if more people would enter if someone who wins would try it. This is only a suggestion of course......but if I were to ever win again I'd certainly give it a try.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-24-2016, 08:00 PM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
Views: 3,675
No need to apologize. It's not something that needs an apology. I was just making an observation and suggestion.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-24-2016, 08:21 AM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
Views: 3,675
Well, Vanya I can see why you see nothing out of place. However, if someone comes to this contest idea new and sees that comment first thing....made by the person that will do the judging... I'd think it wouldn't encourage him to enter.


What if...in future contests... the previous winner and new contest starter sets the theme description and the general rules. Then...if people want to comment encouragement or praise any particular image... swell. Because.. at the end.. everyone who entered gets to cast one vote for the best contribution in keeping with the subject...although not being allowed to vote for themselves. After a week, or all votes are in, the contest leader announces the voting closed and states the obvious winner based on the most votes received, if the voting is by open post..... or he counts the votes if by pm style silent vote if the vote is secret. In case of a tie the one promoting the contest picks the winner. Only people who participate by submitting entries are allowed to vote otherwise.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-22-2016, 09:37 PM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
Views: 3,675
Perhaps there ought to be a rule that the judge shouldn't make comments about the entries as they are posted. It makes anybody that may enter feel like the contest is already compromised...even though I don't think that is the case.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-11-2016, 07:50 PM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
Views: 3,675
Here are a couple more... since you can post three. Pentax Optio W20. Not my most expensive or best camera... but I use it more than any other of them.



Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-04-2016, 05:41 PM  
Point & Shoot Competition #101 - Mates
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 41
Views: 3,675
Sony DSC-HX20V A lot of blue crab claw mates that have provided lunch.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-02-2016, 10:01 AM  
Point And Shoot Competition #100 - Light
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 42
Views: 4,172
A lot of different responses to the subject "light". Interesting how many directions it all went. I look forward to the next contest.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 05-17-2016, 10:01 AM  
Point And Shoot Competition #100 - Light
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 42
Views: 4,172
Pentax Optio W20. Some days, some times of the year, the light on the water lets you know it's there.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 05-03-2016, 07:58 AM  
Point And Shoot Competition #100 - Light
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 42
Views: 4,172
This one came to mind. Sony DSC-HX50V. Gulf Shores Alabama about two years ago. There is light and then there is light. No flash. Just available light.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 05-01-2016, 08:04 AM  
Point And Shoot Competition #99: Inside
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 20
Views: 2,768
Congrats Bart. Good choice picking the winner, Clockworkrat.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-18-2016, 08:23 AM  
Point And Shoot Competition #99: Inside
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 20
Views: 2,768
Since you can submit two... and maybe to give this contest a boost...


Sony DSC HX20V. Call this one ... The man in the light... Ft. Gaines Alabama where the other photo was taken.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-03-2016, 08:21 PM  
Point And Shoot Competition #99: Inside
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 20
Views: 2,768
Ok.. I'll start it off. How about this "inside" interpretation. It's of a gun magazine exit to a disappearing battery at FT. Gaines. Alabama.

It was taken with a Sony DSC HX20V

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-01-2016, 07:47 AM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
And the winner is:

Clockworkrat.

What can be more a public object that nobody pays any attention to than lights on tall light poles? But what makes the photo , in my mind, is the balance that draws the eye back into the photo and the fact that the lights become more like free standing art sculptures in a mode in which their true purpose of lighting is not functioning. Another thing about it is that you don't know what they are meant to light and only see their relationship to the moody cloudy sky. They could be anywhere in the world.

I won't say who is second or third. All entries that were submitted seriously were good and appreciated. I just think the "winner" was the best answer to the subject and most appealing to my subjective judgement..

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-31-2016, 08:33 AM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
We have arrived at the last day . I'll pick a winner and announce my choice tomorrow morning. Anybody want to submit an entry, or entries, today is your last chance.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-29-2016, 07:54 PM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
:lol: Congrats barondla. I think you have last place nailed down.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-19-2016, 08:15 PM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
Thanks, Bart. The bench is good....although Cubasco had that idea first.....it's still interesting. The things that look like they are from outer space.... not utilitarian...unless they can be used for something. I can't imagine what.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-18-2016, 04:43 PM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
Since there doesn't seem to be much interest, how about another example. This is an object in a public place that serves a useful practical purpose that isn't particularly photo worthy in itself. But it expresses an essence that mirrors something about the place and it is more than just a container with a cartoon painted on it.... to the photographer... and if it seems something more than a container to the viewer then it has merit.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-02-2016, 09:17 AM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
I changed the last sentence of the contest rules to "Be original work and preferably new or recently." I had originally thought to encourage people to take new shots for this contest and had settled on "recent" as a qualifier. I adjusted the statement to an encouragement and not a requirement and the age of the image is not important to the outcome.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-01-2016, 02:25 PM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 22
Views: 2,490
The subject will be utilitarian objects in a public space. It could be a group of objects perceived as one... like a kids swing set. It could be just one part of a set of objects. It should be something that isn't particularly noticeable as a photo subject but the photo makes the object noticeable. For instance:









Use some kind of point and shoot camera. B&W or color no difference. Be original work and preferably new or recently.

Contest ends at the end of March. Winner announced on April Fool's day in keeping with me doing the judging. . In case I think two photos are of equal merit the first one posted will get the advantage in making my selection.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-01-2016, 01:23 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition, #97: Architecture
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 46
Views: 5,172
Amazing to find that I was selected as the winner. I liked all of the possible choices.

I'll think over a subject for a new contest and post it soon.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-13-2016, 09:12 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition, #97: Architecture
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 46
Views: 5,172
Plaid shirt that makes people who work there scream ...... eventually.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-11-2016, 04:25 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition, #97: Architecture
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 46
Views: 5,172
Middle Bay Light. No longer an active lighthouse. In the "middle" of Mobile Bay. Repaired and painted up for the umpteenth time in recent years. It attracts fish as a photo previous to the last paint job. Same camera actually. A speckle trout caught by my brother and fishing partner on a fishing trip to that location...


Mobile Bay (Middle Bay) Lighthouse, Alabama at Lighthousefriends.com


Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-09-2016, 10:44 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition, #97: Architecture
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 46
Views: 5,172
Pentax Optio W20

Forum: General Photography 01-30-2016, 07:50 PM  
The New York Times.... Against Neutrality..
Posted By Niner Alpha
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
If you want some criticism of the NYT all you have to do is read the Intercept. The New York Times has an agenda just like all newspapers do and have always had. It's just that the Times has the status of a national newspaper that can do more damage... or education.. depending on your point of view.

Here is a for instance of push back against the Times.

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/28/paul-krugman-unironically-anoints-himsel...ters-eligible/
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