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what do you think about monthly themes?
Old 04-10-2014   #1
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what do you think about monthly themes?

in the spirit of stephen's recent thread about the rff site…

is there any interest in a year's worth of monthly themes?
i'm thinking a mixture of gear and image related themes that end up with a thread full of images.

for example…
one month the theme can be subject related…'kids', 'goats', 'snow', 'water'…
one month it could be more gear related…'wide angle', '85mm', 'shallow dof'…

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Old 04-10-2014   #2
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Yes, please.
Maybe alternate gear and subject?
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This sounds interesting!
I am willing to work on it!
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Cool! Always nice to get some inspiration.
+1 for alternating gear and subject.
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Old 04-10-2014   #5
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Sounds interesting...and maybe you can mix subject with gear...
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Fine with me, maybe add color film, B&W film, D-76, HC-110, 120, 35mm, and possibly digital.
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Old 04-10-2014   #7
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How about an "Asian Female Beauty" month ?

I've got a boatload of images taken with a IIIf and a 50mm Elmar.
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Old 04-10-2014   #8
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Sounds like my old camera club. It worked well in the 1970s and provides a focus for actually getting out and shooting something.
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Sounds like a good idea
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Old 04-11-2014   #10
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Goats? I'm definitely in
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I'll post for Shallow DOF!
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.... I feel a Photographing Autumn Colour moment in the medium term
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Old 04-11-2014   #13
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Good idea, especially if they are month-long in duration. That gives me enough time to shoot and get my slides developed to participate with fresh images.
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Old 04-11-2014   #14
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Joe, no matter anyone does, says, etc.. There's gonna be trouble. Get your moderatin' gear on.

Personally, I don't like themes. Feels too much like a camera club. I was on another site that is all monthly/weekly themes, and everyone there is fighting for "likes". Gives them bragging rights it seems. The more likes their images got, the more they felt like they could control the forum. The images were, well, immature in scope and vision, pedestrian to say the least. Everyone, mostly the "newbies" as they like to call themselves, used large script watermarks, fancy borders or frames, etc, on their images.

If people here feel okay with this, fine, but I know there are not a lot of RFF members that are into competitions, etc..
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Old 04-11-2014   #15
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W/NW threads do this more elegantly, without deadlines, and without the silly competitiveness.
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W/NW threads do this more elegantly, without deadlines, and without the silly competitiveness.
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who said anything about a competition?
i said we would end up with a thread full of images…no likes, no winners or losers, just a collection of images centered around a theme.
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Old 04-11-2014   #18
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Joe, maybe I'm not understanding the concept, but how do you see this differing from W/NW threads?

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I like the "themes" idea, Joe. The more we can make it about photography, though, the better, in my opinion. RFF is very gear-centric already--which is great, I enjoy gear, but it will be that way with our without themes.

Also, since there are too many of us who shoot just digital or just film or just B&W, etc., having something that excludes one segment (such as a D76 or DSRL theme) would appeal to fewer.

What I would not like, however, is a "female Asian" theme, as someone above (hopefully in jest) suggested above. Or anything remotely along those lines. Those threads always turn creepy.
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Give it a try and see what happens.

My best photography improvements came from finding a gent (Monte) who became my coach and mentor and helped me along the way.

The trouble I have found is that if an image is submitted for evaluation, however many say something, each one was usually seeing something different. To me, that's normal and it's OK; however, this became very confusing for me, why, with a dozen critiques, produced a dozen different thoughts.

I also found that in some camera clubs some were more interested in garnering points than having it as a learning experience.

The pro group I Am a member does this judging exercise once a year. Each print is judged on its own merits using the PPA 12 elements of a merit photograph.

But give it a try.
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Give it a try and see what happens.
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Old 04-11-2014   #22
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Why not ?
Try it for a year inside the W/NW subforum.
What could happen?
Disable comments (if possible). If you must, have a poll for the "best" after the theme closes.

Of course, it is voluntary, so people can not participate, as they desire.
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Yes, sounds great give it a try and see what happens.
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While liking the idea in general I think choosing a topic could be tough with an international forum and a variety of equipment. Given it is RFF any equipment topic should be RF. That we'll unfortunately rule some otherwise excellent contributors using non RF gear. With members south and north of the equator not to mention near it, when would you do "autumn leaves?"
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i would ask for topic suggestions and choose from those offered.
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