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photoblog image Tales From My Garden: The Offering

Tales From My Garden: The Offering

I was at the fine art photography printing company, picking up a few prints, when I noticed a flier on the wall. It was an advertisement from a local photographic society or a club, announcing their annual photography competition for the members. I'm not a member of anything nowadays, I had enough of that, but out of curiosity I started reading, and soon burst out laughing, scaring the hell out of a receptionist. The reason for my laugh was a small print at the very bottom: "No photographs of flowers are allowed in the competition". :-) And you know what, I kind of sympathize with them . :-) 

  

Tales From My Garden: The Offering

I was at the fine art photography printing company, picking up a few prints, when I noticed a flier on the wall. It was an advertisement from a local photographic society or a club, announcing their annual photography competition for the members. I'm not a member of anything nowadays, I had enough of that, but out of curiosity I started reading, and soon burst out laughing, scaring the hell out of a receptionist. The reason for my laugh was a small print at the very bottom: "No photographs of flowers are allowed in the competition". :-) And you know what, I kind of sympathize with them . :-) 

  

comments (23)

that is sort of funny. i wonder why that is?

at least this flower shot is first rate grin
vz-nostalgia: why that what, Charles?
  • Rod Hinchco
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 23 Feb 2010, 01:27
superb shot
vz-nostalgia: Is it, Rod? One would never guess. smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 23 Feb 2010, 01:39
...how lucky you even have a garden!

Another potplant of mine passed on last week...testimony to the constant struggle to survive in the concrete jungle, lol

Good idea. Next time I hold a photo competition I'll remember to add that...Flowers ARE nice but yeah...so overdone

Boring shot VZ wink but I guess it served its pictorial purpose...good anecdote anyway smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Zhen: ...how lucky you even have a garden!
VZ: That is not luck, Ms. Zhen. That is a hard work. smile
Zhen: Another potplant of mine passed on last week...
VZ: Some people are just not compatable with plants. That's why their pot plants always die. smile Bad aura? Check with your zodiac signs. smile
I guess flower photography become so ordinary and uninteresting for them...smile
vz-nostalgia: I'm afraid they are not alone, Ms. Delia. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2010, 07:19
And these lilies are in memory of pictures of flowers Vik - smart!
vz-nostalgia: You got it, Chris. smile
BTW, these are not lilies. That's jasmine. smile
lovely still life
vz-nostalgia: I'd say it's quite dynamic, Ms. Chantal. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2010, 10:05
Flowers have obviously become too contentious or political for camera clubs. Next they'll be banning pictures of sunsets and kittens.
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: Flowers are political? How so, Ms. Ingrid?
Ingrid: Next they'll be banning pictures of sunsets and kittens.
VZ: Hahaha, and rightly so. I wouldn't blame them. smile If one wants to see a cheesy shot of flowers , sunsets or kittens, one doesn't have to go far in search for it, Ms. Ingrid. smile
Very nice it is too..and the toning suits it well.
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Ron.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2010, 12:48
And you have done well to photograph these creamy white lilies- they look like the gentle spring in person ( without any bloody "sacre du printemps", you know- today in the evening I'll be totally ear! ) - or like a bunch of flowers for a very young bride! I like this photograph very much - also the wooden structures behind them!

(I suggest the reason why "No photographs of flowers are allowed in the competition", see other comments, yes, sunsets and sunrises could belong to, too!)

But you are member of SC?
vz-nostalgia: smile
Philine: But you are member of SC?
VZ: I'm not a member of anything, Philine. I use SC software as a convenient, headache free (though pricey!) way to display my images. Nothing more to it. It's like buying a car in order to move conveniently from point A to point B doesn't make you a member of an automobile club. smile
You would have won if it was allowed, simply beautiful. The background and tones are supurb.
vz-nostalgia: I wouldn't submit it in the first place, Ms. Linda. smile I'm not competitive by nature. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2010, 16:21
vz-nostalgia: Oh, you made me laugh once again with your "beans", Ms. Philine. smile
I wasn't talking about photographs, per se, but the method of displaying them. It absolutely doesn't matter for me where to park my photographs. I was too lazy to build my own own website, so I picked shutter (only because Mal was here. I was a big fan of him. Still am smile). I think, if you have something to say, people will come to hear you wherever you are. smile
lol what's so wrong with flowers then Victor if this is anything to go by it would give anything a run for its money, superb comp/light and toning m8smile
vz-nostalgia: smile Let's make an experiment, Tim. Starting tomorrow, you'll have dark chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In three days I'll ask you: "What's wrong with chocolate, Tim? It's a wonderful product, nutritious and delicious.". smile
  • Rod Hinchco
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 23 Feb 2010, 19:46
Hope I haven't offended in some way VZ
vz-nostalgia: smile Not at all, Rod. You probably don't know about The First Law of Nostalgia, which reads something like this: "No praise of any kind is allowed on Nostalgia. If you have nothing to say besides the praise, you have the right to remain silent". smile
What a curious restriction! I suppose they had been getting too many flower pics! I like your treatment here.
vz-nostalgia: smile
Tom: What a curious restriction!
VZ: Is it? smile I'm thinking what took them so long. Hahahaha.
Just some meandering thoughts whilst drinking my second glass of red wine after a day of trying to educate kids who ''don't want no education''. ;-))

Familiarity builds contempt.

... We all have our personal routes that we take in photography none are right none are wrong ... It is hopefully an expression of something within each individual that leads them down one road or another.

The theme taken is irrelevant it is after all just a peg to hang our ideas on. It possibly allows suggestion of expression or creativity even if in only small spoonfulls.

Morph your chocolate into glasses of reasonably good red wine and you'd never get me saying enough enough.

Most local camera club competitions are for the process not the end result... but also to massage the control and power and ego's of the judges and the competition rulemakers.

Another glass of wine I think ... ;-) richard
vz-nostalgia: :
Richard: Familiarity builds contempt.
VZ: Not always. For many familiarity brings a sense of comfort. The whole conservative movement is based on this. smile
Richard: We all have our personal routes that we take in photography...
VZ: I'm afraid I take no routes, Richard. smile I just shoot what I like. smile
Richard: Morph your chocolate into glasses of reasonably good red wine and you'd never get me saying enough enough.
VZ: No one can survive on vine and chocolate, Richard. smile Admit, you made it up. smile
Richard: Most local camera club competitions are for the process not the end result... but also to massage the control and power and ego's of the judges and the competition rulemakers.
VZ: Well could be, Richard. I don't know. I've never belonged to one. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2010, 22:29
In memorium ;o) If they ban pet photos are you going to respond in similar vein ;o)
vz-nostalgia: :
Mike: In memorium
VZ: You bet. smile
Mike: If they ban pet photos are you going to respond in similar vein
VZ: hahaha Someone asked me teh same question right before you did, Mike. I will just repeat:
You bet I will. I'll take a GOOD picture of a kitten and post it along with the story why I can't stand pictures of kittens. smile And not that I hate cats. We even have one. We called her Condoleezza, because she looked a lot like Condoleezza Rice. smile When she was a kitten, we took her to the vet for shots. The lady-vet look at her said "I'm sorry, guys, but your Condoleeza has balls". smile It has never occurred to us to look there. His name is Kuzya now. smile
This I really love for its color tone
vz-nostalgia: only for the color tone, Ms.Chantal? smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Feb 2010, 12:14
Damned Vegists...there aught to be a law against 'em.

Wot's wrong with flowers, and pictures of them?

I suppose they are not keen on shots of bare bums, either...


[grin]
vz-nostalgia: smile
Ray: I suppose they are not keen on shots of bare bums, either...
VZ: I have no way of knowing this, Ray, until I submit one. smile
I like the muted tones here . .
understated but nice, how I like Wedding pictures for example.
vz-nostalgia: I know nothing about wedding pictures, Rob. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Feb 2010, 20:53
Interesting that our jasmine looks different - the plant, flowers, grouping of flowers etc. It is one of those things that I find interesting - that different things can have the same name in different parts of the world.

A link to my favourite flower picture http://adriaan.shutterchance.com/photoblog/White_Arum/

I hope you enjoy it grin

Just a thought: many subjects get repeated very often; sunrise, -set, flowers, portraits of young women (noticed that there are seldom ones of young men?), animals of all kinds, birds of all kinds, flowers, cars, the moon, the beach, corner of my garden, cats, dogs, birds etc, etc. So what? If a person chooses one of the often repeated subjects, it means that the picture should be so much better to be noticed. That is what photo competitions should be about.

That doesn't take away the fact that you have seen enough flower pictures or that I find wedding pictures particularly boring.
vz-nostalgia: :
Louis: different things can have the same name in different parts of the world.
VZ: They sure do, Louis. I found it fascinating about fish as well. A bream in the US is not a bream in Russia. smile
Louis: I hope you enjoy it
VZ: I sure did, but there is a lot of room for improvement there. smile
Louis: ...it means that the picture should be so much better to be noticed. That is what photo competitions should be about.
VZ: You are a man of logic, Louis. smile
Sento il profumo.
vz-nostalgia: You feel teh smell? What does it smell like to you, Ms. Smela? Ooops, Ms. Mela. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 26 Feb 2010, 03:41
flowers not allowed??

they're not 'green people' for sure...hahaha

these flowers were definitely not shy to let you 'shoot' them wink
vz-nostalgia: Some "flowers" are like that, Ms. KA. They love to pose. smile
so glad you are NOT a member of the club, we all benefit!
vz-nostalgia: Tony! Holy smokes! So good to see you on Nostalgia.
Yes. The times for memberships are over. I'm Der Steppenwolf now. smile I hope Herman Hesse will forgive me for mentioning his character in vain. smile
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