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Nikki McDonald
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August Categories


Jim,
Could you put the list of August categories here, both sub-categories and main categories, so that we can start figuring things out?
We can take care of posting them in the other threads people might be checking and letting our friends know :)
Thanks,
Nikki


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8/1/2018 7:01:37 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Seems like a reasonable request, Nikki!


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8/1/2018 8:47:49 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I was thinking the same thing.


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8/1/2018 9:28:24 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Thanks Nikki for taking the lead on this. Inquiring minds want to know.....


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8/1/2018 6:34:26 PM

 
Ann Varley
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  Ditto! all the above!


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8/1/2018 7:07:37 PM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Hi friends,

New contest themes are posted. We have some fun ones for August. The landscape/nature category is "Light and Lightning"... if you can't capture lightning, just capture special light during the Golden Hours or in some other special form.

Current Categories: AUGUST



  • Light & Lightning (Nature/Landscape)

  • Horses (Animals)

  • Babies (People)

  • Three of a Kind (Elements of Design)

  • Framing the Subject (Technique)

  • Funny Travels (Travel/Place)

  • Fruit (Still-Life)

  • Bicycles & Bicycle Parts (Details/Macro)

  • Abandoned Buildings (Man-Made)

  • Made with Mirroless

We will try to get these out earlier. Just been sooooo busy lately, working on a site overhaul that will make each page much quicker to load.

Thanks,
Jim


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8/2/2018 6:01:00 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thank you, Jim.


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8/2/2018 6:04:01 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thank you, Jim.

I must say I am distressed to see Catch All gone. I'm off to delete the entry I finally put in for yesterday which is a recent capture I just love and was so hoping to find a place for. Not.

That's the most discouraging thing about this new approach - having something you are sooo excited to show off and not being able to do it unless you just want to kind of throw away what you think is a good entry. That's why Catch-All was so very popular last month - look at the numbers.


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8/2/2018 6:14:46 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Well, there you have it! Most of the themes are more restrictive than ever, in my view. This is beyond frustrating.


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8/2/2018 6:24:41 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Have no fear, Nikki, the Catch-All will be there most of the time. We will just shake it up from time to time.


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8/2/2018 6:55:14 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thanks for checking back in, Jim.

Eliminating Catch-All is not "shaking it up" and it is not fun. It is further restricting the options which are already too restrictive in the opinions of many and further sucking the fun out of the contest.

The whole idea behind the many suggestions that you ALWAYS include a Catch-All category was there would always be a place for images people took and loved, no matter what the subject or composition or camera/equipment. That is not the case this month.


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8/2/2018 7:16:50 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  No catch all?????????????????????? What????????? I put everything for the first 2 days in catch all,...NOW what??
My frustration is through the roof.


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8/2/2018 7:23:27 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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  The new categories are worse than ever with no Catch-all and no Flowers. How can you not have a flower category in August? Obviously, the numbers will be way down this month. I'm going to enter flowers in the old flower category anyway. I'm not sure what Jim is trying to prove, but it definitely isn't working.


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8/2/2018 7:24:59 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  How about we say "Mirrorless or Mirrored" for the last category. That will include DSLR cameras and essentially be Catch-All.

I will make that change asap.

The original plan was to have the final category be Catch-All most of the time, switching it out for Smartphone photography, etc from time to time.

But I'm good with keeping it as Catch-All.

Thanks,
Jim


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8/2/2018 10:19:11 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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  Good call, Jim. It's the correct move!!!


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8/2/2018 10:40:41 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thank you, Jim.

And I believe cell phones have mirrored cameras . . . not a technical person, but how else would they be able to shoot either way (a scene or a selfie)?

IF I'm right, there's no reason at all to ever have Smartphone photography as a category. You can enter an image taken with a phone in any category, any month, as long as it fits the theme.


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8/2/2018 10:56:07 AM

 
Janet McNeil
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  Would like to see the flowers category back as putting them in "Catch All" for a couple months now seems like dropping them in the junk drawer.


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8/2/2018 11:48:42 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  I find the categories very limiting for me this month. Guess I will have to wait a few months to show my wildlife and glacier images.


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8/2/2018 1:54:52 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Thank you!!! I needed that Catch All..


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8/2/2018 2:02:11 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Catch All is helpful, but still not the answer. I still vote to go back to the old way.


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8/2/2018 5:15:30 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  And it still says "Made with Mirrorless Cameras" so Jim hasn't changed that.


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8/2/2018 5:19:09 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  He will, Lindley. So just consider it Catch-All and enter away. I think sometimes the changes have to wait until the servers update to show up for us, so it's often 24 hours.


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8/2/2018 5:34:18 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  You're more patient than I am, Nikki! I just think the whole thing is frustrating, even with a (sort of) Catch All category.


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8/2/2018 7:13:06 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thank you Jim for giving us Catch All back :)


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8/3/2018 12:45:07 AM

 
Lorraine T. Lynch
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  I like the contest the old way......I do not like the new categories as it is very limited.


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8/9/2018 10:24:14 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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  Even though I complained earlier, I actually enjoyed 4 of the new categories. I'm always on the look out for three of a kind anyway and the framed category got being doing some fun things with my seldom used fish eye.

Since I know Jim monitors the community postings, is there any way we can get next months themes a little early?


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8/26/2018 12:44:11 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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Is there a catch all or not! I entered catch all at the beginning of the month because the categories had not been published yet. Now it seems that there is not a catch all. Now what? The new photo, one of the few NEW photos I have entered will not be considered? This is messed up. Why the heck can't well enough be let alone? So what if three categories are "fun"? What is NOT fun is having to go back through old files to find something to enter. What is NOT fun is not knowing the categories ahead of time. What is NOT fun is the restrictive nature of the contest as is. What is NOT fun is finding something you entered is not even in a category at all. I happened to see a lion in the "horses" category. If misery likes company, I have a soul mate there. If is NOT fun. It is infuriating, frustrating and frivolous.


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8/27/2018 2:17:43 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Where are you looking, Harriet? I looked under Contest in the main bar and saw Catch-All. And I looked in My Current Entries folder and saw Catch-All (I've only entered two there so far). Where is it that you are not seeing that category?

I am sure the photo(s) you entered in Catch-All will be judged in that category.

As far as people entering the wrong thing (like a lion in the Horses category), it just won't go on . . . or at least it should not though I did notice a few anomalies in last month's Finalists. I have written a very few people I felt I knew who did this over the past few months. Some said "Thank you - I didn't realize - I thought the specific theme was just an example", but some said, "I know . . . but I don't care. I enter to show my work to my friends and I don't mind if they don't win." So though I will probably still occasionally let someone know, I'm not going to worry about it.

I do agree that it would be nice to have the upcoming categories at least a week in advance of the beginning of the month.


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8/27/2018 3:35:07 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Thank you, Nikki. I am just frustrated. Sorry.


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8/27/2018 3:53:14 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Can we expect the September categories soon?
I will be away for several weeks. If not listed soon I cannot enter until towards the end of the month.


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9/1/2018 5:42:38 AM

 
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