Benches seem to be the popular choice for this group. Some done\nbetter than others.\n\nSavageDuck starts it off nicely with a well-done black-and-white\nconversion (01). Nice black blacks. Good capture of shadows. I like\nthe extra area to the right to place the objects as part of a scene\ninstead of the only subject of the scene. The second image (02) is a\nbit too much for me. It's like yeah, there's some furniture there,\nbut what's the subject of the photo? The SUV jumps out at the viewer\nas a distraction. The third image went by me the first time without\nnoticing Elvis. Cute.\n\nKPetre's camouflage chair is a demonstration that we can find\nsomething to photograph where we wouldn't normally see a photograph.\nNo one would ever take this photo unless there's a "Furniture"\nmandate, but it does work here. I like the "Swing" (we Hoosiers call\nthem "Gliders") but it's hurt by the knot not being in focus. The\n4000/2.5 wasn't needed.\n\nPhotoPhartz: I care more about interesting photographs than I do\nabout whether or not a shot meets the mandate. I don't think a violin\nis a piece of furniture, but I like that shot. Nice warm color and\ngood choice of how much of the scene to include in the shot. It had\nme reading book titles and album covers. "Radio" takes me back to my\ngrandparent's house and their floor model Zenith radio. Interesting\nprocessing and right for the subject. I wish I could keep my work\narea as neat as "Workstation". Mine includes a Logitec trackball\n*and* a Wacom tablet *and* a regular mouse. Two screens, too.\n\n"Radio" brings up a point about how we submit images. My screens (I\nhave two) won't show the entire image without scrolling. The\ntruncated view kinda spoils the viewing experience. An image set to\n800 px high will display all the image on most screens, but won't make\nit too small to display right.\n\nBowser's 01 is another "I like the shot but don't see how it fits". I\nlike photographs and photographers who find some interesting part\nabout something mundane. The mandate just gives us a starting point\nand gets us out and shooting. OK, I won't say anything about the\nchurch bench. It's probably better this way. Another "glider" with a\nportable lemonade stand. A little too much mandate-influence, but\nsharp and good color. It needs a cat or a toddler or something in the\nimage to add a focal point.\n\nPablo's shots are difficult for me to evaluate. I like bits and\npieces of larger things, but still think the photo should have\nsomething interesting in it to see. These are well done for what they\nare, but lacking in interest.\n\nSandman's image almost makes it. If the table had been turned\nslightly so the wood grain paralleled the floor below it might have\nworked better. The slightly-off parallel lines kinda spoil it for me\nbecause it brings in discordance. The warmth of the color and the\nvignetting is good processing.\n\nPeter Newman's bench on the beach is interesting, but - again - I like\nfocal points of interest...a person, an animal, or a bird. A\n"Furniture" mandate doesn't mean furniture has to be the only thing in\nthe scene. It can be supporting. "Monhegan" does exactly that. We\nhave furniture, but we also have a whole scene to take in. Nice\ndiagonal line of furniture and a balance of light and dark. I like\nthe grainy black and white. His "Old on the beach" also presents a\nscene rather than just an object. More on that later.\n\nLove Otter's stone bench. Excellent composition with that balance I\nlike of lights and darks. That red dot above the hill should go\nbecause it demands that the viewer figure out what it is, and it\ndoesn't add.\n\nMy three shots were taken in a place called the "Miniature Shop". It's\na store that sells dollhouse furniture. It's jam-packed with tiny\nfurniture either completed or in kits. Most of it was wrapped in\nplastic packaging and in glass cases, and the owner's instruction was\nto photograph what I wanted but not to move anything, open any cases,\nor bring in a tripod.\n\nThe skeletons were photographed on a table and the background masked\nout in Photoshop. The tiny dentist's chair (about 6" high) was\nphotographed through glass without a CP. The poker playing dogs is a\nterrible photograph due to lighting conditions, but I like the\nsubject. There was a store spotlight right above the diorama and the\npiece is glazed, and the rule was not to move anything and not use a\ntripod. Consequently, the whites are blown out. I could take a\nbetter photograph if I could control the conditions.\n\nI try to shoot "fresh" for the mandates, but if I knew "benches" would\nhave been so popular I'd have gone to the archives for these:\n\n[URL]https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8z13ganaxna8mh7/vo3mAndPAF[/URL]\n\nBut, they may be considered to be "people" shots instead of\n"furniture" shots.