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What are Self Assignments and Why Do Them?

We all tend to get in creative ruts sometimes. We start assuming too much about what we can and can't photograph, and about the limits of our equipment, our film, and ourselves. These assignments (hopefully) take you out of your comfort zone and get you photographing things you might not normally shoot. 

The only way to really learn is to do, and the more film you put through your camera the better you'll get.  Plus you get the chance to win a bunch of film.  This months winner will get 20 rolls of the Professional film of their choice courtesy of FujiFilm Professional.

This Month - Statues

Whether gargoyles, modern art, or a tribute to great heroes of the past statues can make interesting photo subjects. Created by artists with an effort to capture the imagination statues are often dramatic. If not we can often make them so with our lens. But statues are most often located in city and town centers. Surrounding buildings can create visual clutter that detracts from the final image. 

Therein lies the challenge in getting dramatic images of statues. You can't simply frame up the composition you think will work best and you can't say "just stand over there." Well actually you can but statues are notoriously hard of hearing. You'll need to play with angles and focal lengths to control your background. Fill the frame with the same statue from the same angle at both 20mm and 200mm and you'll get two drastically different images. So once again we're going to get you out there challenging your assumptions and playing with compositions (tricky devils aren't we). 

And don't forget to try different perspectives. If you just can't find an angle to get rid of those buildings try getting down low and using the sky for your background. Or maybe, as in the image of Atlas below, the buildings and background become an important part of the image itself. Those of you who are in or near urban settings will have more options with this contest.  There are literally thousands of statues in center city Philadelphia for example. But those of you who live in small towns may be shocked at how many statues you start to see now that you're looking. They're everywhere!

Film Types
Negative, slide, or digital are all OK. Images can be color or black and white. 

Lens Types (35mm format used as a reference)
Any lens.

Each month we pick several photos from the previous month's contest that we think are worthy of publication. Photos should be submitted by email in JPEG format, and should be no larger than 1400x1400 pixels, 24 bit color (1.4MB). Overly large images will not be reviewed. Panoramic images may exceed 700 pixels in one direction but should not exceed 1.4MB in total file size. Photos should be submitted no later than the end of the month. Submission of a photo will be considered a defacto release for publication. 

Please include the following in your email:

  • Name
    email address
    Brand & model of camera
    Brand & focal length of lens
    Brand & speed of film used (or specify digital)
    Scanner and/or scanning method
    How/if the image was manipulated digitally
    The story behind the image
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