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#1
Photography Contest #4
Contest Theme: Surreal

On behalf everyone contributing to the successful photocontests it is mine and 4_symbols pleasure to organize and introduce the fourth Photography Contest on Ultimate-Guitar!

Here's what this post consists of:

1. Rules (general rules and some post-processing rules)
2. Tools to work with (photoediting software and tutorials)
3. Example pictures

Contest ends 2007-04-12 at 20:00 GMT

Please read the following completely to avoid being disqualified:

1. Rules

So here's how its going to work: I'll introduce the theme of this contest, and for three weeks from the exact time of this post (GMT times will be used for universality) UGers will be able to submit their entries to this thread. Only one submission is allowed per user. Anyone who submits more than 1 submission will be disqualified. If you wish you can change your submission--but only keep the new one. Post your submissions in this thread. When it has been exactly one week since the posting of this thread, submissions will no longer be accepted.

However, at this time voting will be open. Anyone on UG can vote for one UG user who submitted an entry. If you participate in this contest, you cannot vote for yourself. Your vote will be thrown out if this happens. Voting will be closed after 72 hours, and the winner will be tallied and featured in this first post.

Because of the special theme we will be allowing pretty much everything regarding post-processing. You can not however, add something to your picture (like birds, clouds, sky). But you can do anything within photoshop/gimp that's not adding or drastically changing the picture's structure. So you can clonestamp in your picture as long as you don't drastically change it.

If you have any questions just ask in this thread. It's better to ask than to have your pic turned down

Please also note that plagiarism is not acceptable!

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Contest Theme: Surreal

About surreal:
sur·re·al –adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of surrealism; surrealistic.
2. having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic

So a surreal shot is kinda like a dream, but it doesn't have to be all blurry and have weird colours. It just has to look "out-of-ordinary" (see example pic#2)

Also, please note that entries must have be taken after the contest opening. EXIF data may be used to confirm this if there is a doubt. You cannot post anything that was already posted in a previous contest.

If you've got photoshop and you use the "save for web/devices" instead of "save as" your exif info will be lost. flatten the image (layers / flatten) then use "save as" to save the pic as a .jpg

2: Tools to work with

I recommend the programs gimp and photoshop:

www.gimp.org
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family.html (you can download the CS3 beta trial, some days of fun)

Here are some tutorials on surreal and such:

A tutorial on colour and tone enhancement. With the tools you learn in this tutorial you can easily get something surreal

A dreamy surreal effect

A faux infra-red technique

Remember that you can always google for tutorials and general info!

3. Example pics:








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Last edited by Kensai at Mar 27, 2007,
#3
Kensai if you took those sample pictures I'm afraid I'll have to eat your brains to get your talent
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#5
Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
Sadly CS3 beta does not give you 30 days of trial fun... it gives you 2.


really? Fixed

Quote by i(ncubus)play
Kensai if you took those sample pictures I'm afraid I'll have to eat your brains to get your talent


Lol, no, but I know how to make pics like that

*puts on helmet*
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#7
Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
'some days'


Pfft... it's fine
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#8
w00t. As previously said, I'm totally in.
A Seven Nation army couldn't hold me back.
#9
I'm in. Good luck everybody


Surreal oughta be an interesting topic.
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#10
the hardest thing about taking a GOOD photo is finding something good to take a photo of in the first place, once youve got that its easy to get a good angle and all that shit goin
#11
I wish I had a decent camera
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#12
Quote by Metal claw
Do you really need to take a photograph?

Is it acceptable to just draw something?


It's a photography comp...
But I do believe there's a MS Paint comp going on. I think?
Peace.
#13
Quote by Metal claw
Do you really need to take a photograph?

Is it acceptable to just draw something?


'Tis a photography contest. But I would LOVE for a drawing contest to surface... If you wanted to set that up or anything *hint hint*
#14
Quote by Metal-X
I wish I had a decent camera


I'm sure what you have can't be that bad; I've seen good photos with cellphone cameras. It's the theme we're looking for here not the best quality
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Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
'Tis a photography contest. But I would LOVE for a drawing contest to surface... If you wanted to set that up or anything *hint hint*


Amen.

I'm totally in this, by the way.
Peace.
#18
I'm definately in!

btw, are we aloud to start posting pictures yet?
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#19
do we enter photos by posting them in this thread?
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#20
Quote by Inahrima
I'm in. Wish me luck on my quest for the sacred banana *puts on viking helmet*

Goodluck guys

EDIT: THANK YOU for those tutorials kensai


No problems mate, good luck with the contest

Quote by FloydPink92
I'm definately in!

btw, are we aloud to start posting pictures yet?


Oh yeah, you've got 13 days or so

Quote by rabidguitarist
do we enter photos by posting them in this thread?


Yes
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#21
does this count?

edit: lol removed.
Quote by Kensai
Maybe you've heard what the ladies say: "Once you go 77mm you don't go back"
Last edited by jallas at Mar 22, 2007,
#22
^ I'm not sure... I guess if that's surreal to you you can use it, but to me it doesn't look very dream-like
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#23
kk i'll try and do summat else

btw this is really offtopic but how are you so darned good at english! jealous!
Quote by Kensai
Maybe you've heard what the ladies say: "Once you go 77mm you don't go back"
#24
Quote by jallas
kk i'll try and do summat else

btw this is really offtopic but how are you so darned good at english! jealous!


I don't know... don't jinx it

Have a look at the 2nd and 3rd example pics btw, I had a look at your gallery and I'm sure you could pull off something cool like that
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#26
it honestly does amaze me that you guys can be so good at english. I'm jealous of your language sk1llz
Quote by Kensai
Maybe you've heard what the ladies say: "Once you go 77mm you don't go back"
#27
^ If you want, I can contact the devil, he's always happy to get more souls. Says he's building an army or something
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#28
Quote by Kensai
^ If you want, I can contact the devil, he's always happy to get more souls. Says he's building an army or something

Oh, is he that "AssRammer123" fellow?

Nice chap, he is.
#29
I do declare he is. Quite the rugby player too, I heard.

Ok let's stop spamming my thread
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#31
^ I see you didn't read the rules

But don't worry, I was about to change that part because it hinders alot
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#33
Quote by Kensai
Because of the special theme we will be allowing pretty much everything regarding post-processing. You can not however, add something to your picture (like birds, clouds, sky). But you can do anything within photoshop/gimp that's not adding or drastically changing the picture's structure. So you can clonestamp in your picture as long as you don't drastically change it.


that part
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#36
^ Pfft, you're just lucky I decided to change the rules yesterday and forgot about it till today
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#38
Quote by warsuxletsparty
im in


p.s.
if you want to take IR pics and can't, go to http://www.instructables.com/id/E7OGJGKPAXEZ7BDYA9
it works great.


Hey that's kinda cool actually ^^

I posted a faux infrared technique in the tutorials in my original post but it's only for B&W

I'm looking forward to seeing your entry, warslux
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#40
^ I have no idea what that is but it looks like something I'd dream of

But sorry jag, pics are supposed to be taken between 2007-03-22 - 2007-04-05 =/
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