Shot On OnePlus August 2020 - Landscapes and Water

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  1. cdnfarmer
    Junior Moderator, Photography Expert Junior Moderator Jul 30, 2020

    cdnfarmer , Jul 30, 2020 :
    photo by @TibiTibi

    Hallo, Hi, Oi, Bonjour Shutterbugs,

    Welcome to August.

    Over the past few months, we have seen many types of pictures and some random clicks on a variety of topics. The photo expert team, (@woSch @hennes @otto2 @Bouncer71 @TibiTibi and @script), thanks all those who took the time and provided great pictures. We look forward to your pictures this month...(theme to be written below... this is a test... please continue to read. ;):Do_O)

    This is a photo contest. We want to showcase your best photos using a OnePlus device. The theme for this entire month is to focus (pun intended :);)) on your photo skills (e.g. leading lines, depth of field, compositions, framing, lights etc). Skills will help capture the beauty of the moment when looking at landscapes and water. Landscape (nature and city skyline, if you are unable to be in nature) surrounds us. Water runs through our everyday lives all over the world. The trick is to capture these parts of our lives to showcase its beauty, strength, flexibility etc.
    Therefore, the theme for August is:

    Landscape and Water Scenery.​

    Landscape scenery is what surrounds us. These scenes may includes a field, forest, mountains, waterfalls, lake with mountains etc. Combining lanscape and water is great. However, if you don't have water with landscape then use the skills to capture the landscape around you. See below for a few examples.

    Yes, the landscape idea brings nature to mind. However for everyone who may not be able to be in nature, landscape views of the city skyline or city with nature will be accepted. Please think about the picture and what you are capturing. Have a look at the following picture for inspirations.
    photo by @hennes.

    Water: Think about water as large bodies of water: rivers, lakes, creeks, sea, etc.
    For all those who remain in lockdown, be creative when capturing water around home. @E1514297641517 provided a good example of capturing water with a ball around the house and @Aadeshc set up this scene with a water bottle.
    e1514297641517waterbottleball402may.jpg aadeshcwaterbottle.jpg

    Please keep in mind NO water drops on plants. These may be nice pictures; they are not the goal for this month. Therefore, those pictures will not be considered as valid entries. As this contest starts, the theme is Landscapes and Water for the entire month of August. Based on the submissions, the team reserves the right to update the theme for the last week.

    Tips to help guide your pictures.
    1. Let's first review what is a picture?
      • In the past, we had a definition in the intro of the monthly photo themes defining what is a photo. There are soo many possibility. Each one of us and invited guest will define this question in their own words over the next couple of month. To begin, here are a couple (see the similarities?):
      • "A picture captures memories or a moment or a place that draws out the beauty or specific aspect of the subject while giving the observers emotions and feelings and impressions of being there." (by @cdnfarmer)
      • "It shows something in an appealing was as a whole, leads the eye to the essence, distracts from the unnecessary but necessary accessory... Makes you wonder, recognize or realize ... Memory /longing / desire/ shocking stories for the masses..." by @Bouncer71
    2. Photo skills
      • Here I will highlight a few concepts and key points. These are not an exhaustive review of each item.

    • Lights will play a big role on transcribing a "mood" or feeling. It also helps to provide colour and highlight details in the scenes.
    • You will often hear "golden hour" when the sun is setting or raising. This is a special time were the light is very specific and gives a special glow. It may enhance the look and colour of your subject.
    • Low light or evening / night pictures may allow you to have a slower shutter speed and capture the night sky, stars, auroras, lightening etc.
    • While taking pictures in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest peak, may bleach out some pictures as the brightness is too high.
    • Often pictures are taken with the sun in the photographer's back but sometimes taking the picture directly into the sunlight may give a certain look and flares to give a particular feeling.
    Framing and Rules of Thirds
    • These topics were discussed in March 2019 opening post. If we want to see more details, please have a look at the post and the reference link.
    • Framing allows you to use nearby objects to 'frame' in your pictures. Sometimes these can enhance or complete the view or give a certain aspects like looking through a window... For example, a tree on the side or branch on top which helps then guide the viewer from the edge towards the centre or other focal point.
    • Rule of thirds also helps put the main subjects in certain areas of the pictures. It helps guides the eye to the main area and "distracts from the unnecessary" (bouncer71). It also allows the photographer to convey the direction of movement (e.g. boat or horse or car "moves into the empty space"). It also allows you to place the item or subject in the appropriate place.
    • Subject should be placed in the middle or on the x or y axis or at the intersection of the x and y axis. Please see the grid below.
    thanks @TibiTibi for the grid

    Leading Lines
    • Leading lines help direct the observer's eye to the main area of the pictures.
    • There are many items that can be used as leading lines. For examples, a path, a curve border along a road or field, set of trees on both sides focusing a path in the middle.
    Depth of Field
    • Gives a feel of 3D view and ability of being there. This can be achieved by having different layers of the scenes like mountains in the background, lake below in the valley, and field in front. Give it a try to see how you can give a multidimensional effect in your scenery (without using postprocessing to achieve). It helps to give another view of what you see around you.
    Looking forward to seeing landscape and water in your area. Please remember to build on your skills and give your best shots. If you have questions, please ask in this thread or as a PM to me.

    Contest Rules

    • 1 winner per week, 4 winners per month who all will receive the OnePlus buds.
    • 3 pictures max. per post, 4 posts max. in the whole month
    • All pictures must follow the weekly changing conditions!!!
    • All pictures have to be taken within the current month, maximum is the last week of July!!!!
    • State the specific device/ editing software/ hardware (extra lenses)
    • OnePlus reserves the right to request original photo files before fulfilling prizes if plagiarism is suspected. The photos that can not be verified are disqualified.
    • Copyright infringement is strictly prohibited. Users who post pictures that were copied from the internet, or were not taken with an OnePlus device, get a code of conduct warning, plus a reply-ban for the contest for the actual plus the following two months.
    • Terms and Conditions applied.

    The pre-selection team consists of: @Bouncer71 , @cdnfarmer , @hennes , @otto2 , @script , @TibiTibi , and @woSch . We check all pictures of the contest, discuss, which we think are the best, and collect them in a separate thread. Then this group of experts, plus OnePlus staff members, go in a second round through that collection and nominate the 4 or 5 best pictures of the current week. Out of this elite the final weekly winning picture gets selected. Its really a long and careful process.

    Finally, the selected picture has to get checked! Therefore it's needed to contact the person that has posted the picture, ask him or her to send in the original uncompressed file, to get the EXIF data checked. Only after that final check the winning picture can be announced in the forum. And again, it's never settle.

    Please read and follow the rules above. It's a shame when good pictures are disqualified for not following the rules.

    Please remember to post your own. Original work.

    If you have previously posted a picture in a Shot On OnePlus contests, then it is not admissible for this contest. We enjoy seeing your new quality pictures.

    I saw last month someone asking about whether editing pictures were allowed. Yes they are provided that the picture was taken with an OnePlus device and you state the device, what software used as well any external lens used.
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  2. cdnfarmer
    Junior Moderator, Photography Expert Junior Moderator Jul 30, 2020

    Stickied Post
    cdnfarmer , Jul 30, 2020 :
    Winner of the First Week

    By @Maneesh Mn, Shot on OnePlus 7T, Processed in Snapseed
    We search for heaven while existing in one.

    Winner of the Second Week

    By @Benni184, Shot on OnePlus 7 Pro with auto mode and only slightly edited in LR mobile.
    The sleeping giant.

    Winner of the Third week

    By @Nora_the_lab, Shot on OnePlus 8 Pro; Edited with Snapseed
    Through the valley of Val Veny

    Winner of the Fourth week
    By @mkhan0222 , Shot on OnePlus 7T Captured in Landscape mode with no edit.
    Lake Serene.​
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 17, 2020

  3. Zach X.
    Community Team Staff Member Sep 2, 2020

    Stickied Post
    Zach X. , Sep 2, 2020 :
    Congratulations on winning the third week of Shot on OnePlus!

  4. cdnfarmer
    Junior Moderator, Photography Expert Junior Moderator Jul 30, 2020

  5. hennes
    YaImCo Developer Aug 3, 2020

    hennes , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Thank you @cdnfarmer for your hard and quick work!
    Thank you for hosting the August Contest!
    This is a great cover letter, everyone should read it before taking photos and post them, there is a lot of great information in it.

    So if anyone is interested in learning something and wants to take great photos, go back and read this great post completely and use the links in it to get tips and tricks and inspiration.
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    Enjoy the August, i am looking forward to your great photos but please stay healthy all!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2020

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  6. Optimus_Prime_07
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 3, 2020

    Optimus_Prime_07 , via OnePlus 3 , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Great Photos [e]263a[/e]️ i was really looking forward to click something new, because due to Lockdown the last 4 months, i didn't get a chance to explore more🙈. Hope it ends soon and we can go back to normal life.🤟

  7. DarshanMeniya
    Jelly Bean Aug 3, 2020

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  8. Martin_VN
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 3, 2020

    Martin_VN , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Pure luck. The pictures are from 1 August. Firs picture is from the lake Musala and far in the middle is the peak Musala (2925m). Peak Musala is the highest in Bulgaria and on the Balkans. The second picture is from the top. The name of the lake is Frozen lake. Pictures are taken with OPX with HDR on. No edit.
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  9. Bald D
    Donut Aug 3, 2020

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  10. sanki_man
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 3, 2020

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    Donut Aug 3, 2020

  12. Girish.Pranav
    Jelly Bean Aug 3, 2020

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    Jelly Bean Aug 3, 2020

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    Eclair Aug 3, 2020

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  15. jlasensiofi
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series Aug 3, 2020

    jlasensiofi , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Thanks @cdnfarmer for the thread. Impressed with the photos that you publish of the mates, they are really good. Thanks also to all that great team that with a lot of effort does the good job of the review. Congratulations to all :hearteyes:

    I hope I have the opportunity to be able to do one that fits the theme well.

    Good luck to everyone, good week and take good care of yourself ;):)

  16. SRD.
    Lollipop Aug 3, 2020

    SRD. , via OnePlus 7T , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Wow ! @cdnfarmer Congrats for hosting the thread for August. Yes, this is a great topic, unfortunately, I don't have a great view around and I am not allowed to go to the nearest beach because if the Pandemic. So, I"ll help you chose the best one in this thread.
    Wish you all the best participants.

  17. ZalımBabo
    Froyo Aug 3, 2020

  18. otto2
    Photography Expert Aug 3, 2020

  19. mayank.sharma99
    Eclair Aug 3, 2020

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