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Themed images

29 Jun 2007 6:36PM
Hello folks.

For the second time in my membership here I have been drawn personally to uploading a series of images on a particular theme. The first time was to do with a fisherman , and currently a piece of recent industrial archaeology . I wonder about the merits of themes such as this - the images appeal to a subset of EPZers, but the feedback is very encouraging. I wonder what others think.

Happy weekend, Mike

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Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2007 7:14PM
Hi Mike
I too have uploaded images on a theme, the most recent being my Life of a Poppy series. The other being a series of shots of architectural/textural/colour studies. At first I was hesitant, I wasnt sure if a series of shots would bore the viewers, as in "oh dear not another window/door/ poppy shot." That being said the feedback was very encouraging, and a lot of epzedders stuck with me through both series, and it is something I would definitely do again, when I can come up with another theme.

Happy weekend to you too!
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
29 Jun 2007 7:41PM
It was a series of images called "Kathy's House" (I think) by a guy called "NDRAW" which first really attracted me to the site. Sadly, NDRAW doesn't post anymore. "Bliba" is another member who regularly puts up a series of images. I think series of themed images definitley have a place on the site. EPZ is sort of like 'Everyman's' opportunity to do the online equivalvent of a Sunday Times photo essay. John
30 Jun 2007 12:16PM
I like the photo essay concept John - it's a great way to think about a sequence of images. I liked Joline's sequence in the winter all about fishing through the ice in Maine. It had me returning to my favourites every day specifically to see what had happened next. I also think that the essay allows us the luxury of one or two images being less technically excellent (although we strive for that) because just about everyone here is perhaps even more encouraging and a little more understanding when there is clearly a story to be told.

So I wonder what I'll move on to next...
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
30 Jun 2007 12:53PM
You will find that quite a few members do the 'essay' thing - but unless you are a follower of that member you will probably miss it.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 2:14PM
I too like the idea of themes, my recent UW images being an example.
Like you I did worry a bit about becoming boring but responded to encouragement from the site.

Now we can use albums it is a really good way of putting themed shots together if they become separated by other uploads, but I have my doubts about how many people look at them.
I also used the Showcase to put a series together and I notice one or two others have as well.
Numerous people concentrate almost exclusively on flowers/animals/ birds and seem to attract interest in every shot they post.
Perhaps it would be an idea to add the word 'theme' to the tags so they can be easily found. I guess a section would be best but I don't suppose they'd want another one added. You never knowWink
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 2:29PM
Hi Mike, I think they do have a place here, I think it is a very personal thing and whether people like the particular theme or not depends on the vote, i to really enjoyed Jolines winter story, it was so fascinating
randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 2:49PM
I think there's undoubtedly aplace for series, and the site can give you an indication of the strenght of the individual images which might help in editing the series.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 6:12PM
Thanks to Chris for highlighting Joline's portfolio.
A very suitable topic for an album.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
30 Jun 2007 9:17PM
I really appreciate the fact that you enjoyed my "Ice Fishing" theme. I think it is fun to do themes from time to time and I always enjoy looking at other's, especially when there is a story unfolding, or even just different takes on the same subject like Bliba's or Mike's industrial archeology. I think it stretches our horizons to look at the same subject from several different perspectives.
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 9:29PM
Nothing like a bit of fishing.

I would say Smile
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2007 9:43PM
You cynic Andy.Smile
For the record:-
Joline knew nothing about this until I pmed her to ask whether she could put them into an album. In fact she didn't even realise that the facility for albums exists let alone a mention in this thread.
I have noticed her work for the first time this evening, thanks to the forum.
Why do you always assume that everybody else is fishing? Some of us appreciate a heads up to interesting stuffTongue

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