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Machka 04-09-14 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by himespau (Post 16651060)
On the other hand, it's not so fun to keep doing the same themes over and over again (the ones everyone has pictures for), so I don't know what the middle ground is.

I've collected together theme suggestions from other photography forums. If we went through these one at a time, we'd have enough different themes for about 5 years. But perhaps these ideas might trigger additional ideas as well ... and there could be a lot more ...

  • 5 minutes from home / 1 km from home
  • a look in the pantry
  • abstract
  • animals
  • archways
  • around the house
  • backlit
  • beach detail/beach macro
  • books
  • bridges
  • churches
  • circles
  • clouds
  • colour green, colour blue, colour yellow, colour _____
  • coming of summer
  • cool
  • different perspective (i.e. shooting the photo from an unusual perspective)
  • divided
  • flowers
  • food
  • forest
  • friendship
  • fruit
  • fungi
  • golden hour
  • home
  • horizontal lines
  • hot
  • human form
  • in the kitchen
  • industry
  • inside looking out
  • joy
  • long exposure
  • modern architecture
  • must include ... a specific but common object. Not sure what, maybe a pen, salt shaker, jacket, shoes ... The object could appear in any setting but must not be the main focus of the photo. I'm thinking of those puzzles where you have to locate certain objects within a picture.
  • old architecture
  • patterns
  • rain
  • reflections
  • religion
  • rural life
  • shadows
  • signs
  • silhouettes
  • something new
  • something old
  • something old and something new together in the same photo
  • still life
  • sunrise/sunset
  • technology
  • teeth
  • textures
  • tracks
  • trails and paths
  • transparent
  • transportation
  • triangles
  • vertical lines
  • water
  • what’s in the shed/garage

Remember ... if you don't have a photo for a particular theme in your existing photo collection ... you can always go out and take one. :)

Machka 04-10-14 01:51 AM

A few more theme ideas ...

Themes ... a poem :D

Quiet nights
Indoor lights
An object close at hand
Favourite places
Finding faces (i.e. not human or animal … faces in trees, grills of cars, building facades, etc.)
Symbol of a distant land
Towering trees
Buzzing bees
Outside looking in
Paper and pens
Shaded glens
Someone with a grin
From a song
Something strong
What does courage mean to you
Latest fashion
What’s your passion
Marvelous fantastic view
Welcoming door
From the floor (as in, if you laid down on the floor and took a photo from that perspective)
Sculpture in the park
Back to school
Choose your tool
It only takes a spark

20grit 04-10-14 06:07 AM

I've already picked the general idea of mine for next month.

Machka 04-10-14 06:19 AM

More Themes
You could also go with …

Abandoned dilapidated houses and barns
Artificial lighting … using a flash or other indoor lighting
Black and white
Book Titles … perhaps from a specific author (i.e. Shakespeare)
Famous Quotes
Fences and/or Gates
Gardens and Gardening
Letters or Numbers … focussing in on an individual letter or number on a sign, on food packaging, etc.
Local Landmarks
Mimic the style of your favourite photographer
Monochrome … all one colour, not necessarily black & white
Movie Titles … perhaps from a specific genre or series (i.e. James Bond Movies)
Natural lighting
On a Walk
On the Ground
Parallel Lines
Piles of Things
Rows of Things
Self portrait
Shallow depth of field
Stormy Weather
Street Murals or Graffiti
Up In the Sky

If you all especially like any of these themes, or if you can think of any I haven’t mentioned, let us all know. It’ll give us an idea what sort of themes to choose to keep the interest.

If you’re stuck for inspiration for photos to meet a particular theme, use Google to look up desktop wallpapers in that theme. Chances are there will be heaps of photos and other artwork that might spark some ideas you can try to recreate in your own photos. Some of those desktop wallpapers are really good.


And what about a personal invitation to everyone who listed “photography” as their hobby in this thread to join the monthly photography thread? Maybe we’d get more than a dozen people posting photos. :)

Alfster 04-10-14 09:10 PM

I haven't been posting lately, but occasionally check out what's happening in Foo. The photography contest is one of the threads I check out, more that others ... except for Jsharr's B'day bass fish posts of course. Personally I like the monthly format ... or the 3 week format that Machka proposed. Keeping it shorter will keep people more engaged. I like the winners picking the theme, and foosters voting for their favourite 3. If we go to voting in a poll (anonymously), then if I'm right our only choices will be to pick one winner, or have the option to choose as many as people want. I don't think the poll can be limited to choosing just 3. You could PM your votes to a person assigned as the 'vote counter', but I doubt I would bother doing that. Did I mention that I tend to resist change :D

dedhed 04-13-14 02:25 PM

While not a regular Fooster, I often check the thread, rarely vote on it, and occasionally post a picture. I enjoy it and prefer the monthly format. Tom, thanks for the Ti incentive.

macfred 09-05-15 02:43 AM

I would like to bring it up again ...:deadhorse: and I'm going to ask you : Is there still an interest in doing the monthly Foo photo contest ?

There is a very low participation with the last Foo photo contests -
Any ideas to make the contest more attractive ?

no motor? 09-05-15 10:45 AM

I like it but don't have anything to enter besides the occasional vote. The people that enter it take some great pictures.

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