[ Photo Shoot In ] Call For Round 4 Mandators - closes June 26

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    We're up to 16 mandators now, that's enough for 32 weeks (7 months and a
    bit). It would be nice to have at least 20 mandators before the
    mandator dates are generated randomly on June 27 (more or less).

    What does a mandator do? When his 'slot' comes up, he will propose a
    mandate like those currently at the SI. The mandate can be a theme,
    subject, idea, word ... etc. Then the rest of us (whether mandator or
    not) submit photos in the following two weeks. The photos are posted
    and then discussed.

    Mandators: Send your name and verifiable e-mail address to:

    e-mail addresses will be kept confidential. Names will be put up on the
    rulz page linked below.


    No, but there are rulz ( http://www.aliasimages.com/si/rulz.html ).

    Past "shoot in" galleries are at: http://www.pbase.com/shootin

    Don't be shy! Join in as a moderator or at least as a participant!

    Discussions on the SI are held at
    Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005
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    Bubbabob Guest

    I have a question about file naming for the Shoot Ins. The instructions
    say to use a 3 letter decriptor for the given mandate. Do you just use the
    first 3 letters of the mandate decription (like 'OUT' for the present
    mandate), or what? Why don't they post a recommended decriptor with each

    Bubbabob, Jun 19, 2005
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  3. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I don't think anyone follows the original intent very much, and if you
    read the rulz at present it does not state "3 letters" (the example is 3

    So if you mail "Out of Africa" as "Out_of_Africa_Bob_Jones.jpg" you'll
    be fine. "OOA_Bob_Jones.jpg" would do fine as well. IAC I doubt that
    Al has much problem fiuguring out which photos go to which mandate.

    Don't send them to me, please, send them to .

    Your recommendation about posting the descriptor prefix is a good one,
    and I for one would adopt it. Mandators have been quite variable with
    respect to instructions in their mandates...

    Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    I keep looking at the Shoot In because it sounds like a great idea. Then I
    see "rulz" and for some reason just can't take it seriously enough to

    G.T., Jun 19, 2005
  5. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    The reason the word 'rulz' is used is because there is no organization
    per se running the SI. The site where the images are posted is run by
    one vollunteer, and the 'rulz' site by another. There are no prizes, no
    scoring or other judging. Others comment on the images as they see fit.

    The intent of the SI is to do something other than talk about
    photography equipment in these NG's and try to do specific photography.
    This promotes more discussion on technique and composition. The
    feedback in the SI has been valuable and helpful to me, and I bet the
    same applies to many if not most of the other participants as well.

    Since August 2003, there have been nearly 1100 images submitted in 57
    mandates which have been collectively viewed over 440,000 times.

    Finally, the only way you can really see how 'seriously' you can take
    the SI is to participate and see how well you do in responding to a
    mandate. Given that most of us work in non photography fields, the
    amount of time available to respond to a mandate and do a good job is
    not very much. (We started this with 1 week mandates and most of us
    were shooting film...).

    Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    Oh, every time you guys mention it or I go to the site it sounds like the
    mandates would be very helpful for improving my photography skills. I keep
    thinking about it and then I see "rulz" and lose interest. Perhaps I'll get
    past it one of these mandates and participate.

    G.T., Jun 19, 2005
  7. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Think of the 'rulz' as the boundaries for the SI proper, but not
    boundaries for your creative direction.

    As long as you're responding to

    the theme of the mandate;
    within the mandate period; --entires a up to a
    with an unmanipulated image; couple days late are
    no more than 800 pixels wide or tall; usually accepted.
    that is not pornographic,

    then that covers the rulz in a nutshell.

    Neither ponderous or limiting I would say.

    (Unmanipulated allows for minor color adjustments, rotation, sharpening,
    cropping, etc.)

    Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Don't bother. The SI has become the "Photo Nerds of Usenet" backslapping
    club. It used to be a fun thing to do, but the nerds screwed it up with
    all their proprietery folly.

    Look at first ten galleries, then look at the last ten and understand why
    it has become what it is - a dead horse.
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 20, 2005
  9. Alan is trying to recruit new blood for the SI, which is usually
    healthy for group activities. Please don't be so negative; that sort
    of thing can be contageous. ;-)
    Woodchuck Bill, Jun 21, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Alan and his buddy Al are mostly the cause of the problem of waning
    interest. The latter regularly "loses" entries and the former thinks he
    owns the entire rec.photo* hierarchy.
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 22, 2005
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