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Old Sunday 30th April 2006, 18:34   #1
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Announcing the May 2006 theme challenge - Monochrome or Sepia Birds

A change from the advertised theme for this month and hopefully this one will get you thinking and give some leeway for the artists amongst the membership who don't take photos.

We have in mind for this month photos or drawings of a bird or birds, but appearing in Black & White or Sepia tones. Artists can use paint/pencil/crayon to achieve the same effect.

Camera software and computer processing software usually comes with various filters/special effects/saturation controls meaning a black and white or sepia image can be achieved without much effort.

Methods that immediately spring to mind in-computer are to either use the Sepia filter/convert to greyscale or simply use the hue/saturation control to remove all colour from the image. The process may leave the image a little softer so some sharpening/unsharp mask may be needed to add more punch to the final image.

If you haven't yet tried it, then it's worth having ago as even the commonest garden birds take on an added dimension.

As with most competitions there are rules to adhere to and these are the ones for this month -

Rules
1. Entry to be uploaded between 1st-21st midnight (BST).
2. The bird must be wild and can be of any species.
3. One entry per member.
4. Once uploaded this is classed as an entry and cannot be replaced by another. However you have until the closing date/time of this competition to ensure that your entry meets criteria.
5. The entry must be your own work and not previously submitted in a competition on this site.
6. The birds common name must be given - though please add the scientific too!

7. Image size as defined by the Gallery limits.
8. Entries to be uploaded directly by entrants to the
Monthly Photo Competitions Gallery.

30 entries will be selected for addition to the voting booth for members to vote upon. Entries not selected for the voting booth will be moved to the Artwork, Paintings and Graphics forum as will the remainder on completion of voting.

A voting booth will be posted after the 21st.

Comments on entries are permitted.

The 2006 monthly themes can be found here.

Any queries about this months competition please post below.

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