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Cafe Challenge # 16 Topic Thread

Discussion in 'Challenge and Contests Forum' started by Removed User 2, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Aiming 50 entries at least! Everybody can do this. Don't be shy! Let's learn and Share!

    Ok, I have decided: this challenge will be very explicit and implicit. It will be very academic and the most rewarding for shooters and viewers.

    In my college fine arts days, I remember my crazy scuplture class teacher and her fixation on forms, feel, touch and visual effect of things. Our homework was to carefully choose a complex pepper and bring it to class. In class, we had to touch and feel it for a long time. Smell it. Look at it under various angles. The process in which I was involved was magical. For the first time in my life I got to be in sync with nature at a different level. I got to listen to what a pepper had to tell me.

    Not only did I see a woman in that pepper but I saw many other things: There was a smiling face, there was light carefuly surfing along the curves. By looking and playing long enough with the pepper, I got to see 1000 peppers and forms, all depending on the way I held it. We then sculpted our peppers in gypse.

    This is a study of light, people.

    Subject: Study of a Pepper

    So this is what I want from you:
    -Carefully choose a pepper of your liking. Usually the ugliest is the best. Touch it, feel it. You must look at it in accordance with the light. This alone is an experience on its own.
    -You will carefully study the pepper's best angle.
    -Light: This is the whole secret! Light is everything. Natural light, flash, flashlight, long exposure, candle light, creative light and even flat light. Anything works once you try to photograph the image you have in your brain, after a careful study.

    This study of a pepper might seem boring at first but it is NOT. This study might seem academic BUT it is an exercize of choice if we, as photographers, want to reach a higher level of photography by understanding a subject thoroughly.

    Voting will be based on:
    -Final overall rendition

    Must-see Examples, before we start:
    Here are some examples I found by doing a quick search on Pbase.

    -Marvelous example of a pepper
    -Fine example of originality
    -Example of lacking originality. We want to avoid this.
    -Example where Light is the Key.
    -Example of Great Potential!
    -Example of Great originality but somewhat bad execution
    -Example of Originality and Good execution
    -Example of Great Originality
    -Example of incredible Simplicity!

    The subject is easy, it requires minimal equipment and a vision, YOUR VISION!


    - One picture per participant
    - One can edit/change the text of the entry as often as necessary, but the posted pics are to remain unaltered once posted.
    - Pictures can be edited in PS but must have been taken during the submission dates.
    - Somewhat controversial pictures are permitted, but please use your judgment and keep it within reason.
    - Please include the EXIF data so that everyone can learn from your exceptional shooting skills and meet the submission time requirements.
    -- The submission thread should not be used for any commentary. Only for submission of your picture.
    - The most important rule of all, have fun and enjoy yourselves. We will ALL benefit from this Challenge!


    Submission for this challenge starts now - Thursday, December 1 and will end on - Wednesday, December 14th at 12:00 UTC/GMT.
    Pictures must be taken within this time period.
    To avoid time disputes the following website will be used as our time standard:

    Here is a very old Pepper shot of mine that can serve as an example. We can all do better. So let's start!:smile:

    Here is MCS's Great shot involving a Banana. This is great example of originality that should work with a pepper (but the narrower hot peppers only :tongue:) 
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  2. Who's in your avatar?
  3. Hi Helmet!

    It's the love of my life: My wife :smile:
  4. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005
    This is very exciting. What a topic. I love it!!!
  5. Nice work NB23! I'm really looking forward to this one.
  6. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Sometimes peppers just appear in my photos without there actually being one there:
  7. Wow, I'm (almost:wink: ) speechless...................!

    That's a inspiring Topic! I love it! But till now have no idea.....it might come to me, finally, as always.

    NB23 you did a great job advertising for this.
    Even if we won't make 50 entrys, we will definitely support the Pepper-Industries :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: !

    This will be a really HOT Challenge!
  8. petert053


    Nov 19, 2005
    Austin, TX

    Well, they don't call it a challenge for nothin', I guess... well, I'm in!

    Honey!! We're headin' out for Mexican tonight! I need to generate some ideas! :cool: 
  9. After one night I still have no idea. Guess I am pepper-challenged. I will go to the market this weekend to see if I can find something.
  10. great challenge :) 
    now to find some peppers....
  11. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    OK, so I went out and found some peppers at my grocery store. Hate the stuff personally, but what don't you do to get the image - in infrared as well :Exclamati
  12. Hi Bjorn!

    Particularly waiting to see your shot as I've never seen any IR Pepper yet :smile: And of course, your stuff never fails to amaze.
  13. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    Don't hold your breath because I'm not posting this until the last moment (14 Dec).

    As I said I hate peppers in any disguise and this time even more. Literally burnt a lot of them today before I got the shot I wanted, and spent considerable time cleaning up the mess afterwards (plus venting the kitchen). This hot stuff generates a foul smoke :mad:  .
  14. hehe! :biggrin:
  15. My throat is smoking just thinking about it. Nice topic for sure.
  16. Hi Gordon!

    I hope you will submit!

    And to Chris 101,
    I love your green Pepper mystique photo! Twilight Zone for sure...
  17. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    We probably need to develop some Challenge Sniping software, you know, like they have for eBay, so we can enter at the very last second. :rolleyes: 
  18. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    No way Chris. The reason for my delayed posting is that I already have acquired the image to be submitted, but I need the "time test" to see whether I'm still satisfied with my contribution after a week or two, if not, I'll make a new shot. I'm expressedly not afraid of giving people new ideas :biggrin:
  19. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  20. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    The real challenge is to be given a topic and be pushed to deliver an interpretation within a given deadline. And might I add, in particular when the subject is something you have indifferent or negative relations to. It's in fact a great opportunity to train your visual associative power. You also need to overcome any shyness as to showing off your work :smile:

    I take the challenge and will be posting my contribution in a short while. It has lingered on my screen for 24 hours and I still find it acceptable, so be it.
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