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Community Contest 2007: Sharing is Participation

Posted on 26 Oct 2007 | 19 comments

Fireworks Modification
Wow, what a week! I’ve had a blast with the Community Contest, and I hope you have too. (Let me know via email or in the comments if you liked it enough for me to do it again) Before we get to today’s discussion and prize (another doozy), let’s recap our previous lessons this week:

Perhaps the most important thing to remember about sharing is that it’s a participatory activity. It’s ongoing, and it takes work. You have to open yourself up, overcome potential discomfort, and stop thinking only about yourself. Great sharing is an ongoing process that gets better over time.

Want to truly share? Start participating!

Day 5 Challenge: Share your own mad skillz

Alright, here’s how today’s challenge works:

  • Select one of the photos linked below
  • Open the photo in Picnik (don’t worry, they’re my photos and under Creative Commons)
  • Create a bad ass variation of the photo with the Picnik tools.
  • Show it off via the comments (Either upload it Flickr, post a <img> tag reference in the comments, or email it knowing I’ll post it on my Flickr stream)

IMG_1066.JPGKennedy Space Center - BlogOrlando TourMighty Eighth Air Force MuseumPhotographySBA Airport - OriginalNot my favorite, but an attempt at something cool.DSC_0217.JPGDSC02240

(This contest isn’t associated with, supported by, or a product of the fine folks at Picnik. I just love their service and think it could be a great part of this contest)

Day 5 Prizes

Today’s the last day of Community Contest 2007, so the prize package is one last hurrah! One person will get the following:

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$25 Threadless Gift CertificateThanks to Jake Nickell from Threadless! HP C4280 All-in-One PrinterProvided by Ants Eye View
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Picnik T-Shirt & Free Picnik.com Premium AccountThanks to the Picnik team! Custom LEGO model design from the incredible LEGO sculptor, Sean Kenney!(This is going to be WAY cool… can I win?? No? Damn.)

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight Central Standard Time (CST), 26 October. That’s tonight, so what are you waiting on?? OK, due to several requests for more time, I’m extending the deadline through the weekend. New deadline: Monday morning, 7a CST!

Original Opening Photo Credit: Jonathan McKnight

  • http://www.gaspedal.com Michael E. Rubin, GasPedal

    Jake,

    This is a terrific contest, and thanks for introducing us to Picnik. Here is my entry into today’s contest. It’s my take on the dream imagery from the last portion of the film “Until the End of the World.” More details can be found on the Flickr page:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75551777@N00/1760496185/

    Cheers,
    Michael

  • http://www.gaspedal.com Michael E. Rubin, GasPedal

    Jake,

    This is a terrific contest, and thanks for introducing us to Picnik. Here is my entry into today’s contest. It’s my take on the dream imagery from the last portion of the film “Until the End of the World.” More details can be found on the Flickr page:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75551777@N00/1760496185/

    Cheers,
    Michael

  • http://www.salberg.org Lawrence Salberg

    Wow. This was very interesting. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to try Picnik and have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first. After all, when you have Illustrator, Photoshop, and Fireworks installed on all your machines, you have to kind of wonder about the purpose of an online editing tool. Not to mention, my photo library tools all have similar tools built in to them as well.

    Turns out I practically subscribed right on the spot. Very handy. I will be surprised if Flickr (uh, Yahoo) doesn’t buy Picnik out in the next six months. They should. In fact, the only reason I didn’t subscribe was that I noticed at the last moment that one of the prizes was a subscription to Picnik itself. A-ha! I’ll wait at least one day and hope for the best.

    I chose the building shot of NYC. After adjusting the color and the exposure, I chose to crop out the left side. I liked the tall buildings and the lines it gave. After cropping it, I decided to increase the contrast to make the lines more noticeable and give some strength to the power of the buildings. To do that, I had to rotate the picture to get inline as the angled shot didn’t do much for me.

    Then, I reread your instructions and noticed you wanted a “bad ass” variation of the original shot. So, I went back and toyed with the exposure, contrast, and saturation a bit more.

    I like the final version I came up with. It’s a very warm, retro, high-contrast image of the buildings that still gives focus to the strong lines and shadows of the buildings, creating an almost art-deco look, but not looking too cartoonish.

    My only difficulty was on the rotating. I have to blame the camera lens (what ‘ere it was) on this, not Picnik. There is a noticeable barrel distortion that becomes more apparent when you crop and rotate the image trying to get the building lines to parallel the image edges. A more advanced program like Photoshop could have fixed this, but in keeping with the spirit of the Picnik experiment, I left it alone. I couldn’t tell from Picnik’s documentation (which seems to consist mostly of a blog and some Ajaxy window popups) whether or not the premium version included such a feature.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/88567532@N00/1760429553

  • http://www.salberg.org Lawrence Salberg

    Wow. This was very interesting. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to try Picnik and have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first. After all, when you have Illustrator, Photoshop, and Fireworks installed on all your machines, you have to kind of wonder about the purpose of an online editing tool. Not to mention, my photo library tools all have similar tools built in to them as well.

    Turns out I practically subscribed right on the spot. Very handy. I will be surprised if Flickr (uh, Yahoo) doesn’t buy Picnik out in the next six months. They should. In fact, the only reason I didn’t subscribe was that I noticed at the last moment that one of the prizes was a subscription to Picnik itself. A-ha! I’ll wait at least one day and hope for the best.

    I chose the building shot of NYC. After adjusting the color and the exposure, I chose to crop out the left side. I liked the tall buildings and the lines it gave. After cropping it, I decided to increase the contrast to make the lines more noticeable and give some strength to the power of the buildings. To do that, I had to rotate the picture to get inline as the angled shot didn’t do much for me.

    Then, I reread your instructions and noticed you wanted a “bad ass” variation of the original shot. So, I went back and toyed with the exposure, contrast, and saturation a bit more.

    I like the final version I came up with. It’s a very warm, retro, high-contrast image of the buildings that still gives focus to the strong lines and shadows of the buildings, creating an almost art-deco look, but not looking too cartoonish.

    My only difficulty was on the rotating. I have to blame the camera lens (what ‘ere it was) on this, not Picnik. There is a noticeable barrel distortion that becomes more apparent when you crop and rotate the image trying to get the building lines to parallel the image edges. A more advanced program like Photoshop could have fixed this, but in keeping with the spirit of the Picnik experiment, I left it alone. I couldn’t tell from Picnik’s documentation (which seems to consist mostly of a blog and some Ajaxy window popups) whether or not the premium version included such a feature.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/88567532@N00/1760429553

  • http://insidetherabbithole.com Jennifer Van Grove

    I also choose the building shot of NYC. You can check out my creation on my blog. Thanks for encouraging me via a bribe to finally check out picnik!

    http://insidetherabbithole.com/2007/10/26/a-hal

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  • http://insidetherabbithole.com Jennifer Van Grove

    I also choose the building shot of NYC. You can check out my creation on my blog. Thanks for encouraging me via a bribe to finally check out picnik!

    http://insidetherabbithole.com/2007/10/26/a-halloween-picnik/

  • Marcia

    Wow this is an awesome giveaway, oh and picnik is way cool! Thats for the chance at this giveaway!

  • Marcia

    Wow this is an awesome giveaway, oh and picnik is way cool! Thats for the chance at this giveaway!

  • Marcia

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2184/1776726811_17c68b6361.jpg sorry for the second comment, but here’s my picture. I just love the 3D effect, totally awesome!!

  • Marcia

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2184/1776726811_17c68b6361.jpg sorry for the second comment, but here’s my picture. I just love the 3D effect, totally awesome!!

  • http://ginawelker.blogspot.com Gina Welker
  • http://ginawelker.blogspot.com Gina Welker
  • http://JaneyRedBrick.com Janey

    Hey Jake, Picnik is a cool program, I had never used it before, and enjoyed the process.

    I used the Kennedy Space Center picture, and wanted to make it a bit more hard core. After seriously greying it down, kicking up some heavy contrast, going for a tight close up, and giving everything hard edges I added one of my favourite quotes about space research and exploration. http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1796986

    “The penetration of humankind into the universe, into its study and mastery, is not an expression of the inability of human beings to grapple with earthly difficulties and problems, not flight from them, but a qualitatively new and often even unique, irreplaceable means of solving many of the most important tasks of science, technology and the economy.”
    A. D. Ursul, “The Human Being and the Universe”

    JaneyRedBrick@gmail.com

  • http://JaneyRedBrick.com Janey

    Hey Jake, Picnik is a cool program, I had never used it before, and enjoyed the process.

    I used the Kennedy Space Center picture, and wanted to make it a bit more hard core. After seriously greying it down, kicking up some heavy contrast, going for a tight close up, and giving everything hard edges I added one of my favourite quotes about space research and exploration. http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1796986313&size=o

    “The penetration of humankind into the universe, into its study and mastery, is not an expression of the inability of human beings to grapple with earthly difficulties and problems, not flight from them, but a qualitatively new and often even unique, irreplaceable means of solving many of the most important tasks of science, technology and the economy.”
    A. D. Ursul, “The Human Being and the Universe”

    JaneyRedBrick@gmail.com

  • http://www.aviationreviews.com/blog/index.html Matthew J

    Scarrrrrryyy…

    <img src=”http://hotimg14.fotki.com/a/70_112/212_61/Blood-Light.jpg” alt=”Blood Light …”></img>

  • http://www.aviationreviews.com/blog/index.html Matthew J

    Scarrrrrryyy…

    Blood Light ...

  • blelleorui

    Looks interesting!
    Thanks for letting us know about it.I really love your blog well done , congrats
    regards,
    online photo sharing

  • blelleorui

    Looks interesting!
    Thanks for letting us know about it.I really love your blog well done , congrats
    regards,
    online photo sharing