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Monday, January 24, 2011


Fellow club members: As I sit here and think about all the great fun I have had with scavenger hunts over the last couple of years, I wonder if taking it up a notch would be even more fun. With that in mind, I came up with an idea for a massive and exciting project. How thrilling would it be for the club to create a collection of work focusing on the people of Auburn, in an assortment of people portraits?

The idea is fairly simple. Track down fascinating people in Auburn, arrange to take their picture, and submit your work. Here’s the catch: the first phase of the challenge
would involve generating a list of interesting people around town. People who are
well known (famous, infamous, opinion leader, civic leader) will perhaps generate greater interest than someone who may be lesser known. Although, it is certainly
possible to take a captivating image of someone who is not well known. My hope is
that we could put together a list of about one hundred people.

What’s the reward? The game could potentially serve many purposes. Club members will be able to further their portrait skills while putting together a stronger portfolio. The club could also stand to gain a profit from book sales, if we decide to publish the project. That’s something we can all talk about. Everything is still very preliminary.

Sound interesting? Interested in participating? Let me know.
Text: 631­-779­-9083

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Celebrate Urban Birds

Photo contest: Cornell Lab of Ornithology has announced its 'Flights of Fancy' challenge! Click the link below for more information.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Survey Results Are In!

The votes are in! Here is a list of winning categories.
1. Double Exposure

2. Motion

3. Interesting Mundane

4. By Moonlight

5. Picture that tells a story

6. Light Painting

7. Minimal Landscape

8. White on White

9. Bokeh

10. Jumping

11. Self Portrait

12. Background

13. Funny.

As always, topics are somewhat subjective and therefore open to individual interpretation.

The site we have been using for viewing and storing scavenger hunt images is They offer free accounts, which are more than enough for contest participation. He is a direct link to the Winter 2011 Scavenger Hunt.

Invitations have already gone out to people hooked up with APC on flickr, but have not yet gone out to APC members on facebook. Please send me a message if you are one of those people, and would like an invite. The scavenger hunt is open only to APC members (on facebook and flickr,) to help prevent spamming.

The general scavenger hunt guidelines are as follows:
Scavenger Hunt General Guidelines

1. Please post only one image per topic. Picture cap for group is set at 13 per person.
2. One point per picture.
3. Ties to be decided by voting, Performed by impartial judges from another flickr group TBD.
4. Contest runs from Winter to Spring. One day will overlap with the following season.
5. Only submit photos taken between December 21, 2010 and March 20, 2011.
6. Winner to be crowned Seasonal Photography King.

While winning the hunt does carry some bragging rights, it is also a great tool to view the work of other area artists, and help local members build an improved portfolio.

Good luck, and happy shooting.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Winter Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey

Happy New Year!
Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey
The above link will take you to the Winter Scavenger Hunt Topic Survey. Please select topics you would like to see in the next scavenger hunt. The top 13 vote getters win.