Community Collaborative Project :: August

17 Aug

Once upon a time, in a far away land (called the Interwebs), there was a magical camera.  For years, this magical camera brought joy to millions by capturing moments and memories.  The camera thrived, it’s days full of smiles and cheese…or at least, people talking about cheese which subsequently…mysteriously…made them smile!  It was a happy time in the Interwebs…until a shadow fell over the land.

Slowly but surely, the camera began having difficulties.  Basic compositions were hard to think through.  ISO’s and Time values became mind-boggling concepts.  The camera was in a fog.  Everything he tried felt flat and colorless…and the camera checked…he wasn’t set for monochromes!  What the magical picture-maker needed was some inspiration…  a “Creative Challenge”, so to speak.

Just as the camera came to that realization, a knight in shining armor raced up.  “Camera!  Thou art in a creative rut!  But fear not, a solution hath arrived.”  The knight proceeded to tell the camera (and, due to his lack of volume control, most of the Interwebs) about this month’s Collaborative Creative Challenge hosted by Sir Nick Exposed and the fair maiden Seeing Spots Photography.  Talk about impeccable timing!

The camera learned that this month’s challenge was to create a childhood tale pictoral.  The idea was to bring to life an image that represents both details from your favorite childhood tale AND your feeling about that part of the tale.  Participants are encouraged to think about the potential editing styles BEFORE shooting.

For example, if you’re choosing a sad Grimm’s tale, would you choose to underexpose the image when you shoot it?  Or change to a cooler color balance?

Is it a happy moment within the story?  Would you choose to shoot a bright scene with vibrant colors?

The challenge isn’t just to create a storyboard, it is to create an image with emotional impact.  We want more than just Goldilocks’ adventures…we want to know what Goldilocks meant to you!  This is your chance to break out some dusty books, to reminisce, to tell your children why we don’t wear red hoods in the forest and most importantly, to lose yourself in a creative project!

This project will run from tomorrow August 18th to Sunday, September 2nd at midnight.  All submissions should be sent to before midnight on the 2nd.  We are hoping for one exceptional photo from each of you, though we will happily take more than one if you’re the over-achieving sort.  We also want you to spread the word.  If you are getting something out of these challenges, it makes sense that your other photo friends would also get something out of it too, right?  So reblog, Facebook it, tweet away, phone a friend…or…in the spirit of a fairy tale, try a magical “share the awesomeness” spell.  It’s like…a fairy TELL. 😉

20 Responses to “Community Collaborative Project :: August”

  1. pradeepjavedar August 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    quite amazing story line you’ve put up, love the imagination here!
    the theme is really great hopefully i can come up with something soon…

  2. Jeremy August 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    This one “scares” me, to be honest; it will be a huge stretch for me! Wish me tons of luck!!!

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      As always, we are always here to help. =) But obviously we think pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone is a good thing!

      Also, it doesn’t have to be a pictoral of the full story… For example, Snow White ate a poisoned apple. Maybe a bright, desaturated background with a red apple, ya know? I’m sure you will come up with something great, Jeremy!

  3. Mondrak August 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m hoping i can come up with something for this one

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Me too! I always love seeing what you come up with…it’s so interesting to see the creative process of everyone in the community! =)

  4. David Pasillas August 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    What if, instead of shooting, I use my magical photoshop skills to create something? And what if you’re too old to remember any fairy tales or what they meant to you?

    • seeingspotsphoto August 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      I recommend the children’s section of your local library. Don’t linger too long. Lol

      Besides, I think your awesome PhotoShop skills are tied up with the sheep long johns… 😉

      • David Pasillas August 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

        Thats about done. I just need to stop being lazy and finish it. The offer still stands for your very own nifty long johns.

        I have lots of childrens books from my preschool days. I even have one I wrote and illustrated myself in PS. Ive been meaning to do the polish the illustrations and publish it.

      • seeingspotsphoto August 19, 2012 at 2:57 am #

        Do it already! =)

  5. Tisha Clinkenbeard August 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    I’m torn between Beauty & the Beast and The Ugly Duckling. After some research they both have some much less simplistic stories behind them than I heard as a child…

    • seeingspotsphoto August 19, 2012 at 2:59 am #

      Either is a great choice, I bet you could make some really creative images with them both!

      • Tisha Clinkenbeard August 19, 2012 at 3:32 am #

        I have to admit – I could end up,doing both…

  6. rossanaf August 29, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    It won’t be easy but the idea fascinates me. I’ll do my best to do something on time. 🙂


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