23rd Serious Compacts Salon Challenge – Sloe Black, Crow Black - Winner Announced

Discussion in 'Photo Challenges' started by ReD, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    23rd Serious Compacts Salon Challenge – Sloe Black, Crow Black

    Welcome to the 22nd serious compacts salon challenge..... your theme for the challenge is Sloe Black, Crow Black
    Sloe-Black, Crow Black.

    Taking inspiration from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood for this


    Sloe - Black, Crow - Black
    Looking for additional synonyms to add to the poem

    Not looking for “Black as ….. “ (but its your choice)

    The salon starts today Jan 1st and shall run for 2 weeks plus a bit, ending on Sunday Jan 19th
    Rules are simple................

    1. Either take a picture that matches the nominated theme or select one from your portfolio. You must be the photographer that created the picture in order to enter it.

    2. There are several ways to add your photos to the current salon thread: 1. upload your entry to your SC user gallery (all entries must be present in an SC gallery), which you automatically get if you are registered on the SC forum, so if you aren`t registered you will need to if you would like to join the fun. (Don't know about the "gallery" yet? Then read this: SC Gallery FAQ please read it carefully if you are new to using the site's software.) 2. embed from Flickr or another similar web hosting photo site and 3. use the attachment method. All three are explained here:How to post images in forum threads

    3. Only one entry per salon, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that is OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement picture that this is what you've done. You can add or change the title and add to the edit line to let everyone know.

    4. The decision of the curator at the end of the challenge is final - don't give him/her a hard time about it: this is just a friendly photo challenge, after all!

    5. The person who submitted the chosen picture will assume the responsibility of curator for the next Salon Challenge and as soon as possible post a message in a new thread in the SC Photo Challenges forum, with details of the new theme. Don't forget - that opening message must include a copy of these instructions, which also double as the rules.

    6. The curator can't enter his or her own salon. (like Hell)

    7. Please, don´t be shy...Participate and have fun!

    8. Each salon should be open for about two weeks.

    Good Luck and a Creative New Year to All

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  2. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Ooh nice theme
    thank you Roger ...
  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
  4. sleeping house

    "Time passes. Listen. Time passes.

    Come closer now.

    Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and silent black, bandaged night."

    Light on the porch by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr
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  5. grahamashton

    grahamashton Rookie

    Jan 2, 2014
    Graham Ashton
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  6. “It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black.."

    Sorry, nearly all black

    View attachment 8684
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  7. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Time for an anecdote

    I grew up in the same town as Dylan Thomas & went to the same Grammar School as him. As a boy he edited the school magazine. We were constantly reminded of him. There are some rather good portrait paintings in the local Art Gallery by members of his Kardomah gang. I’ve met people who say they got drunk with the man and I often drink in the same pubs he frequented. There is usually a portrait. Strange how people want to lay claim and form an association with genius however tenuous.

    A while ago I wondered what type of fountain pen he used so contacted a local historian and Dylan aficionado. He didn’t have a clue. (Which if I were unscrupulous this leaves the gate open for a couple of my old Osmiroids.) Anyway once we cleared that up the historian then went onto tell me that on his American lecture tours Dylan would often find himself short of drinking money. Being of a resourceful nature he put pen to paper and wrote out a couple of his old poems, crumple them up and then sold them as originals on a hush hush wink wink don’t tell anyone discretely basis to the dinner jackets & tiaras who visited backstage.

    That story made the man live for me more than any of the myths and legends I was brought up with.
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  8. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    I don't know if I'll have anything to contribute, but it's been decades since I read "Under MIlkwood". Thanks for reminding me it's time to give it another look-see.
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  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I'm a big enough man to admit I don't know what the heck he is prattling on about (I even made it through 2 minutes of that video clip). Is there a "Cliff's notes" or should I just submit a dark image and pretend I'm cool.

    I'm not slagging poets or those who admire their work. I just want to know the gist of the thing so I can create a pertinent image.
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  10. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Luke (and everyone else) the intention was not to match the poem exactly, but more to find & photo something black like coal for example, then give it a name like Coal- Black or whatever

    Under Milk Wood is set in a village called Llareggub - spell it backwards
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  11. aKilter

    aKilter Veteran

    Dec 7, 2012
    Luke, give this version of Under Milk Wood, featuring Richard Burton, a listen: http://youtu.be/uuPO2Kvqlms
    I don't pretend to understand everything, myself. However, I find this version much easier to digest. I think you might, as well.

    Now, I'm off to find a suitable dark image......appropriately named, of course!
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  12. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Fishingboat-bobbing sea


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  13. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Depth of the Barrels

    Deep and dark like most bars in Spain

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  14. serhan

    serhan All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    Sometimes you need white seagulls in the dark, not crows, with the biggest lighthouse in land:

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  15. Will

    Will All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    GRD 3 HiBW (the telegraph pole is leaning, the photo isn't )

    R0020564ac by meaning_of_light, on Flickr
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  16. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Rain Black


    More Sloe-Black than Coal-black, but aside from a large format shot of the inside of my fireplace taken many years ago, it's the only shot I could come up with. Shot on an Olympus XA with Ilford HP-5+, developed in HC110 dilution H, then scanned with a Coolscan 9000. (Love that little XA, by the way! It certainly is compact.)
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  18. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
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  19. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
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  20. biglouis

    biglouis Veteran

    Aug 4, 2013
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