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Alan Brown's picture

April theme & banner competition - Minimalism

With a new month looming I think it might be fun to spotlight a single genre and provide members the opportunity to submit considerations for a new banner.

While keeping discussions open to all the regular themes I think providing a focus might provide challenge, stimulation and hopefully a bit of fun. For the month of April I'd like members to think about minimalism, and hopefully engage in discussions and peer image reviews throughout the month

Please submit any images you feel banner-worthy direct to this discussion, I will select the image that I feel works best given consideration to the required banner aspect ratio

Just to kick things off here's an image I took a few years ago. Now go find (or take) your own shots that best describe the theme and get posting!

UPDATE 4/5/2021
I plan to change the banner periodically to reflect entries. Due to the format and a complete inability to edit (unlike profile banner) some images may be better suited than others.

Please bear with me if I have to skip over images that just don't work in this unforgiving format.

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Chris Jablonski's picture

I've posted it before, but this one is probably minimalist enough, Alan. Could be cropped at the top to get the required aspect ratio, which I can't work out easily.

Charles Mercier's picture

That's a really cool photo, Alan.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks Charles!

Bruce Grant's picture

Here's a shot I took at the pond behind my house on a foggy morning.

Matthew Lacy's picture

I finally found and re-edited the one I was looking for. I went with a monochrome, high-key edit. It may still need some cropping to fit the size requirements, though.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Much as I love colour, Matthew, the high-key mono works well here. Curiously, it makes the perspective look a bit different to me, for some reason. Nice job.

Matthew Lacy's picture

I've tried various versions of the colour in the past, but this is the first time I tried the high-key mono look, which was incidentally inspired by the edit you did of Mike's zebra photo a few days back.

Chris Jablonski's picture

I tend to find B&W oppressive, even depressing, which is one reason I like colour, Matthew. But the high-key mono look (which I've used for a couple of tree images in my portfolio) can have an airy atmosphere I quite like. Textured subjects can also develop a crispness that appeals to me.

Alan Brown's picture

I have to agree with the perspective comment Chris. There is s totally different feel between the photos.

Matthew Lacy's picture

I did apply a small crop and a little bit of cloning to enhance the minimalism in the photo. Perhaps that's what you're picking up on.

George Popescu's picture

Here's my entry from my shoot near the meguro canal in Tokyo last week, sakura petals on the ground and in the river, due to wind that day.

Alan Brown's picture

I will start changing the banner to reflect entries. Due to the format and a complete inability to edit (unlike profile banner) some may be better suited than others.
Please bear with me if I have to skip over some that just don't work in this restricted format.

Bruce Grant's picture

What is the aspect ratio of the banner? We may be able to format/crop to fit.

Matthew Lacy's picture

That would be good as well, or even if we could predict what would be cut off.

Charles Mercier's picture

It's all good. We appreciate any efforts you make for the forum. Thanks!

Chris Jablonski's picture

Hi Alan! I take your point about the inability to edit the banner image here; we don't know what goes on "under the hood", as you say, at FS before an image appears as a banner in a Group.

I note that my "One Sister" image has been oddly cropped, with more off the top than bottom. The banner above on my screen comes out at 1701 X 413 pixels, a ratio of 4.1186etc:1. So I've cropped the original to these proportions below. You could post this up instead, and see how the banner compares to it.

Just a thought. No, actually it's just that I can't bear my PERFECT composition being desecrated. ;-)

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks Chris. I actually tried this 3 times but must say it was eyeballed rather than using precise ratios. If that works I will apply to others.

I tried my best to get the entire rock in, cropped madly from the top - honest .....

George Popescu's picture

The area that is shown on the banner is usually from the middle of the photo vertically, so cropping off the top will not bring more of the bottom into view cause the banner chooses the middle all the time.

I've had this issue with the banner on my profile page, trying to get something to show the way I want it, you have to crop the top and the bottom of the original photo, or rather crop the bottom more so that it'll push the island more to the top when the banner chooses the middle.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks Joe. Unfortunately the group banner allows zero flexibility.

I have tried various aspect ratios prior to uploading (unlike the personal banner there is no tool to crop/move) but end up getting frustrated each time.

Alan Brown's picture

Hey Chris, I tried once again using the aspect ratio you mention and it produces a similar result. I even tried copying the banner into LR to verify the ratio.

It looks like fstoppers just grabs the central portion (both vertical & horizontal) of the uploaded image.
Unlike personal profile banner images there is no allowance for cropping/movement etc.

For now I guess we have to accept this as-is, and view the banner as simply a teaser for the 'perfect' original.

If anyone has greater insight into how this function works let me know.

UPDATE - just to show the issue I have copied a screen grab of the banner, and reimported that. You would think it would look the same, but no, it decides to enlarge the central section.......

Chris Jablonski's picture

Thanks for all your effort, Alan! FS wins.

Here's a more tolerant alternative.

Heather Langlois's picture

Hello Everyone,
I am new here, and pretty new to FS.
Actually, I am even new to photography.... just got serious over the last year or so.
I live alone in an off grid cabin in Alaska. It has been a very long winter, and I will be tickled for spring to show. Meanwhile, here is a shot in my front yard.
Warm Smiles,
Heather

Chris Jablonski's picture

Hi Heather! If you're new to photography, I'm amazed! This photo is beautiful and would put many other posts to shame. Love the colours, the forms, the composition. Well done!

Heather Langlois's picture

Thank you! The encouragement is cherished.

Alan Brown's picture

I totally agree with Chris on this one Heather. You have a good eye and have created such a wonderful, moody composition.
Keep shooting!

Heather Langlois's picture

Aww thank you! I’m my own worst critic lol.
And yes, I will definitely keep shooting!

Heather Langlois's picture

Finally on a sunday drive up Hatcher Pass, Alaska... I found my very own lone tree pic. Those shots are harder to find than I thought!
LOL.

Chris Jablonski's picture

Another great effort, Heather. You must post more.

Alan Brown's picture

I totally agree with your lone tree dilemma, they are so hard to find (or at least so in Vermont).

My kind of image - keep them coming!

PS - please consider commenting on other discussions. All viewpoints are respected, and those newer to photography often provide a fresh and welcome perspective.
No pinion can be wrong......

Heather Langlois's picture

Thank you Alan. Vermont? So beautiful there! What a playland for a photographer!