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  1. SimonTALM

    SimonTALM Linford Christie

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    When I started this last year it was a challenge for myself to grow and evolve as a photographer but since then it seems to have started a life of its own with many people coming onboard throughout the year. Each person had their own reasons for taking part but without exception I have witnessed all those that took part last year improve their photography massively. So why not join us this year for the 2010 Photo52, for those that aren’t aware of Photo52 let me introduce it.

    In its simplest form, every week (usually on the Sunday) a theme is pulled from a bag (I call it the black bag of destiny ;)) and is posted in a new thread in the Competitions, Challenges and Inspiration section. During the following week anyone taking part posts a photo within the theme in their own special 52 thread in the Projects, Personal Challenges and Themes section (under General Photo Sharing). There is no competition element to this, you simply shoot for your own enjoyment, progression and sense of achievement.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1) Wait for the theme to be announced (watch the Competitions, Challenges and Inspiration section) - I will post the first theme some time on 1st Jan (to give you a little extra time :))
    2) Think about your the theme and how you want to photograph it
    3) Take your Photo
    4) Create yourself your own special thread for your own 52 in the The Projects, Personal Challenges and Themes section (that's under the General Photo Sharing)
    5) Share your photo and your reasons for taking it plus if you feel like sharing what you learned this week
    6) Take a look at some of the other 52s and post a few comments to encourage your fellow 52ers
    7) Wait for the next theme to be announced (usually on Sundays - the second theme will be announced on the weekend of 9th / 10th )
    8) Repeat steps 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 until the end of the year

    Why themes?
    Well it stems from the idea that I wanted to get the development of a 365 but with less time investment so I recognised that simply posting a random photo a week wouldn’t be that difficult so I came up with the idea of themes. Originally I thought of choosing and posting the theme for the following week when I posted the shot from the previous week but as pointed out (by StewartR IIRC) all I would be doing would be shooting a theme I fancied the next week. So the idea of pulling a random theme out the bag was born. I am sure those that have taken part in 2009 will join me to say that it is a real challenge. I would also go so far to say that despite it not having the kudos of a 365 I believe and would argue that it is actually harder.
    Random themes have something in it for everyone from getting people considering areas of photography they wouldn’t normally shoot to giving more experienced togs with Pro aspirations the challenge of shooting great images that speak for the theme in a short timeframe when someone else is calling the shots and telling you what theme to shoot.
    What are the themes?
    As I am taking part and as I am putting the themes in the bag there could be accusations that I have an advantage so to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to prepare (if they wanted to) the list of the themes that were entered into the bag are listed in the next post

    Special Features
    RESHOOT cards – there are 5 RESHOOT cards that have been added to the bag and if one of these are pulled in a week a second card is pulled with a theme as normal and those taking part have 3 options
    a) RESHOOT a theme from any of the previous weeks (the idea is that you can have a little break from thinking about another new theme and demonstrate to the world how much you’ve improved).
    b) Shoot the week’s theme as normal ignoring the RESHOOT card
    c) Prove you are a hardened 52er and RESHOOT a theme and shoot the new theme.
    There will be at least 4 weeks between RESHOOT cards
    JOKERS – new for 2010, if you don’t like a theme you can play a JOKER and use it to either
    a) Miss the week completely
    b) Post a photo that doesn’t fall within the drawn theme.

    What are the rules?
    There are no rules; or at least I don’t set any rules for you to follow. The idea is if you want to join in you make your own rules as it is your own personal challenge (but I would encourage you to define and share the rules you have chosen at the start of the year). If you want you can trawl your own archives, shoot 2 weeks behind the theme, have as many JOKERS as you want and there is nothing stopping you using the themes to do a 26 by picking one theme out of every 2.

    If you want someone to set rules for you please feel free to share the rules I will be taking part with:
    1) New photos will be taken each week specifically for the theme and only 1 photo will be selected as the shot for the week as this forces me to get out there take photos and pick the image I like best.
    2) I may show any other shots taken in the week but if I do I will explain why I selected the shot I did (i.e. what I like about the image and what I don’t like).
    3) I will share what I have learned that week and how I might approach it differently next time (or if I had more time)
    4) No photos posted as my shot for the week will be posted as an entry in to the TP Monthly Competition
    5) I will limit myself to 1 JOKER during the entire year and if I decide to play it I will still post a new photo.
    6) Once I post my image I will provide meaningful feedback on at least 3 other 52ers shots for that week (I’d like to comment on everyone’s images but due to the sheer numbers of you now I can’t as I don’t want to spend my life on here posting comments) ​

    Start the next decade in style and come an join us.
     
  2. SimonTALM

    SimonTALM Linford Christie

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    The themes that are in the bag for 2010 are (remember these are pulled at random and most will not come out but feel free to start thinking about all of them now)

    Abstract
    Accomodation
    Art
    Authority
    Axes
    Beginnings
    Blur
    Bow
    Broken
    Buffet
    Candid
    Chaos
    Chemistry
    Chilled
    China
    Chocolate Box
    Chopped
    Close
    Close Up
    Closed
    Clutter
    Console
    Covered
    Crushed
    Curved
    Decoration
    Delicate
    Direction
    Dirty
    Distant
    Distortion
    Divided
    Elaborate
    Electric
    Empty
    Endings
    Energy
    Entrance
    Evolution
    Faith
    Fear
    Film
    Finish
    Foreign
    Fragile
    Framed
    Game
    Glass
    Grace
    Graffiti
    Gravity
    Grunge
    Handmade
    Hard
    Hold
    In Flight
    Indulgence
    Industry
    Ingredients
    Inversed
    Isolation
    Joy
    Knowledge
    Law
    Lead
    Light
    Limb
    Living
    Machine
    Man
    Mean
    Mechanical
    Metal
    Minute
    Mobile
    Moderation
    Money
    Nature
    New
    Noise
    Object
    Open
    Pan
    Paradox
    Patterns
    Pause
    Peace
    People
    Play
    Poem / Poetry
    Pose/Posed
    Post
    Power
    Present
    Pride
    Produce
    Project
    Proverb
    Quad
    Quality
    Rage
    Random
    Rapid
    Record
    Refuse
    Relaxation
    Rescue
    Romantic
    Root
    Row
    Secret
    Secure
    Serene
    Shape
    Shiny
    Shoot
    Sigh
    Signs
    Single
    Smell
    Soft
    Sour
    Space
    Speed
    Stare
    Starlight
    Stop
    Straight
    Street
    Style
    Surfaces
    Surreal
    Sweet
    Symmetry
    Tear
    Temperature
    Together
    Topical
    Train
    Transform
    Trio
    Twisted
    Urban
    Vice
    Volume
    Weave
    Weird
    Wind
    Winner
    Wood
    Work
    Wound
    Wrong

    Added as punishment on request :naughty:

    Nice - "requested" by Briony
    Black - "requested" by MadFrankie
    White - "requested" by MadFrankie
    Uniformity - "requested" by MadFrankie


    I think that should be enough ;)
     
  3. gumbo-67

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    do they have to be in that order??
     
  4. SimonTALM

    SimonTALM Linford Christie

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    :LOL: they're pulled at random (there are 153 in that list so most will not be used) ;) I'll edit to make it clearer

    you joining in the fun?
     
  5. dan_yorkshire

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    Count me in, looking forward to it!!

    Worst case is I'll shot and upload from my iPhone but hoping it doesn't get to that.

    Cheers for taking the time to organise it.
     
  6. Ambermile

    Ambermile A Whole Lot of Sparkle..

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    I am tempted, not sure I can cope with the structure - but I'd have even less chance with a 365... this way I suppose I get to do other stuff as well... in fact if I think about it having a subject thrust onto me might actually force me to think and plan more instead of pointing and clicking at what I see wherever I happen to be... hmm...

    OK, count me in then - what do I do?


    Arthur
     
  7. Shorty

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    :woot::woot: Call me mad, but am deffo doing it again this year. A full year for me. Doing the 52 has helped me immensly...And made me cry in frustration/despair etc. ;):LOL:
     
  8. Daysleeper40

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    :bat::banghead::dummy:

    I'm in.

    :D
     
  9. Skeleton1200

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    Count me in.

    And thanks Simon for takin the time to do this.

    I look forward to chatting with you all through the New Year.
     
  10. jeangenie

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    I'm in, again. I'll have to think about what goals I want to set myself. This year's goals were

    1 To get through the challenge
    2 To post within the designated week, unless on holiday with no computer access.

    The advantages of a large crowbar became obvious very early on, (Crowds!) but otherwise I think I might just make it to Week 52! :D

    :exit: (muttering "I must be mad, I must be mad, I must....." ) :banghead:

    Jean
     
  11. fordpop

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    Im in!
    Not sure how it will go, but hey, you gotta be in it to find out!
     
  12. Dark Star

    Dark Star TPer Emeritus

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    I'm in :) Again!
     
  13. davekiddle

    davekiddle Like to feel muppets

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    Yep, count me in for 2010 - don't think I can quite cope with another 365 next year!
     
  14. ratfighter

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    ok being a nube here, just how impossible is this challenge?
     
  15. SarahLee

    SarahLee They see me rollin' They hatin' Staff Member

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    I guess that joker may come in handy !!!!!

    Count me in (again). I'm really looking forward to this . . . clearly I've taken leave of my senses :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:
     
  16. karmagarda

    karmagarda Good between the sheets

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    This here crazy man is in too :nuts:
     
  17. jeangenie

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    Being a nube is no handicap at all. We all found ourselves taking photos we'd never tried before (I did a close up of a slug, for God's sake!) and you can use 'Simon's Rules' or adapt them to suit yourself. It's good fun (mostly :eek:) and other 52ers are very honest and supportive.

    Join in the fun. :) Hope to see you there in January. (y)

    Jean
     
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    Count me in, finding a 365 a bit of a drag so this seem perfect for me.
     
  20. Lasagne

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    I'm up for this - hopefully it will shake me out of my photographic lethargy :|
     
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    I plan on challanging myself as much as possible with my photography this year so this will be perfect. I'm IN
     
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    I'm in - Definitely need the challenges to improve, will be a miracle if I manage all 52.
     
  23. jgs001

    jgs001 Brian Cox

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    I must be :nuts: .... but I'm in again.

    Simon, do you think it would be worth getting the Mods to split out the 365 and 52's into two seperate forums ? That would make finding all the threads much easier.
     
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    im in :D
     
  25. Slimbert

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    Well.....as your 52 blood brother I guess I'm in too!!! (y)
     
  26. RobC

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    Here goes nothing

    I'm on board :D
     
  27. Ambermile

    Ambermile A Whole Lot of Sparkle..

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    There goes the neighbourhood :D
     
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    I've a horrible feeling I may regret this.......:thinking: but I'm in too :)
     
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    jgs001 Brian Cox

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    Wow... it's gonna be a busy 52's year... ;)
     
  30. SarahLee

    SarahLee They see me rollin' They hatin' Staff Member

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    (y) Now that's a good idea.
    I try to keep up with everyone's, but most weeks I manage to miss one or two - and with the number of people joining next year it would definitely make life easier.

    No harm in asking is there?
     
  31. jgs001

    jgs001 Brian Cox

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    I reckon not... just not sure what the process should be..
     
  32. karmagarda

    karmagarda Good between the sheets

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    I think it's a great idea! In fact, at this stage it's nearly due a whole sub forum of it's own :LOL:. I suggest Making the "Projects, Personal Challenges & Themes" a sub forum under General, and then making 365 and 52 sub forums under those? Then maybe an "Other" as a catch all for other personal projects?
     
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    I'm gonna be giving this a go
     
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    Sounds like a great idea. Just got my camera yesterday, so will be perfect opportunity for me to better myself over the year :)
     
  36. jeangenie

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    Can Simons 'Join Us' post be a sticky in 'Themes and Personal Challenges' to encourage people who want to join later in the year? (y)

    Jean
     
  37. AlexW

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    Count me in. Sounds like a great motivator (y)
     
  38. jeangenie

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    I'd vote for that. It would make finding threads so much easier. (y)(y)(y)

    Jean
     
  39. Shorty

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    Yay, loadsa people for next year :-D
    An seperate 365/52 sub forum sounds good to me :)
     
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    I'm going to give it a go as well
     

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