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    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    Hey fellow “Lenspirationers”!

    I am thinking of entering the HSLDA photo contest this year and need some insight. The category for my age group is “Ordinary” and I’m not sure what they mean. That is all the information they give so I’m in the dark.

    Any ideas?

    #40821

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Wow, what a fantastic opportunity, @elianafranzenburg!

    Here’s what I would do:

    1 – Define “ordinary”. Look it up in the dictionary if you want to. Just get it clear in your head what exactly you’re going to want to convey.

    2 – Make a list of anything and everything that you would classify as “ordinary”.

    3 – Think of “extraordinary” ways to capture “ordinary” things. Say you’ve selected something you want to photograph that you think is ordinary… see if you can’t look at it in a new way. Appreciate something about it that you haven’t really thought about or appreciated before. Then photograph it with that aspect in mind… from a different angle or perspective – some way that can convey to the viewer of the image just how extraordinary the ordinary is! We take so many things for granted – yet they are precious gifts from God!

    Hope that’s helpful!

    Be sure to keep us updated as you go through the process of figuring this out and photographing it! 🙂

    #40851

    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    @elianafranzenburg I think how you portray the word “ordinary” is part of the contest! I don’t think HSLDA (that fine organization, btw! They make great homeschool grad t-shirts in addition to providing legal peace of mind) is looking for an objective stock image. They’re looking for a creative expression of a very subjective word.
    I won’t drop any other ideas for you, but I’d say start with what @bennett-family gave you, and then go to the HSLDA website and see what kind of images were submitted last time for similarly subjective words.

    P.S. as a 2018 homeschool grad and 19 years old, I will say that enter these types of contests while you can. I’m super disappointed to say I just missed the opportunity!

    #40854

    Morgan Giesbrecht
    Participant

    I would second what both @bennett-family and @loganlamar said!

    Check out previous submissions, define your terms, and do some serious brainstorming. Ordinary things are often things we take for granted and don’t think about. Like Logan and Lydia said, be creative and make it personal!

    It sounds like an incredible opportunity! Projects like this remind us to take time to reflect on all the blessings God has blessed us with…no matter how ordinary they may seem! 🙂

    Yes, be sure to keep us updated and have fun with the assignment!

    #41228

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    3 – Think of “extraordinary” ways to capture “ordinary” things. Say you’ve selected something you want to photograph that you think is ordinary… see if you can’t look at it in a new way. Appreciate something about it that you haven’t really thought about or appreciated before. Then photograph it with that aspect in mind… from a different angle or perspective – some way that can convey to the viewer of the image just how extraordinary the ordinary is! We take so many things for granted – yet they are precious gifts from God!

    That’s what I would say!

    I bumped into HSLDA at almost every Convention over the spring and they are a great ministry. I didn’t know they were running a photo contest though!

    #41831

    Esther M.
    Participant

    Hey guys! I decided to do the HSLDA contest, in the “ordinary” group, too! As I have been doing it, I’m realizing that most of the time when I am out photographing outdoors or really anything, I try to make it “epic”. Like getting the great shot or something like that. Capturing the moment! If that makes any sense! 😀 But trying to get across that this is a ordinary photo, is definitely a different concept! And getting the balance between a too boring picture and too distracting from the “ordinary” theme! I had to think hard about what was “ordinary” around here!!! 😀

    Great comments @bennett-family, @loganlamar and @morganwriter1gmail-com! I was thinking about entering before I saw this and was wondering what “ordinary” meant, too!! This was a lot of help! It really helped me figure out how to go about the whole process. 🙂

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