Social media is can bring about some strange events; A little over a week ago a "friend" (and fellow photographer) on Facebook posted about The 5 Pint Challenge with the following statement: "....anyone one is welcome to join us" - That was enough for me, even though I had never actually met this friend, I have enjoyed Dave "The Weather Gods" comments, his wedding photography and humour; so I signed up for the challenge.
The challenge was open to all, the only requirement was a camera and the willingness to enjoy a pint with fellow photographers from all walks of life.
The rules were simple:
a) Meet in the agreed pub at the agreed time.
b) Pull a photography theme from the bag (26 random themes were submitted in advance)
c) Determine your kit - lens, focal length and aperture in advance. These setting MUST be used on all the themes throughout the day
My kit selection was: Nikon D700, 50mm lens, F2.8
d) Take images within the agreed 45min time frame and get to the next pub to pull out the next theme & repeat accordingly.
e) Select process and submit your best shot per theme.
Pint 1, Theme 1 - Faith
FaithFollowing the less obvious route
Pint 2, Theme 2 - Construction
ConstructionScaffolding Structure As we walked into pub number 3 the weather was overcast, as the pints disappeared the sun appeared as did the shadows. (This was obviously down to Dave's self proclaimed "Weather God" status)
Pint 3, Theme 3 - Shadows
Pint 4, Theme 4 - Music
Pint 5, Theme 5 - Textures
When making the final selection I was conscious that I didn't want to have very similar shots to the other 8 photographers, although in reality this is fairly unlikely as we all see things differently and have different interpretation of the theme.
Here are some of my other shots taken, did I select wisely? I would love to know your thoughts
Alternative faith With a subtle hint of irony the bottle was found in the church grounds
Construction Alternative Construction Alternative Construction
Alternative Construction Alternative Construction
Shadows ShadowsAngel wings
It seems that the saying "Friends are just strangers you haven't met yet" is very true.
My thanks to Dave "The Weather God" as he was responsible for The 5 Pint Challenge, I now consider him a real friend (rather than a virtual one).
Thank you also to Lee, Mark, Sean, Shane, Graham, Ricky and Darren for welcoming me to their social gathering.
Fancy seeing it from Dave's perspective? http://www.davidgoodierphotography.co.uk/5-pint-beer-challenge/