Post-Abstract Exhibit: Some Observations

Summary – Well, we finally completed our several month journey through the world of abstracts. I don’t know if the associated exhibit taught you anything, but here are a few of my personal observations.

Trip to my beloved Shenandoah National Park – 3/28/14
Spring is late in arriving this year

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My kind of day & weather πŸ˜‰


This is one of four exhibit post-action posts. The other three:

1. Equal Merit Award winners announcement

2. Invitation to vote for People’s Choice winners

3. People’s Choice winners announcement

will be posted in the upcoming weeks

Before beginning, let me first say

A big thank you to all who participated

I hope it was as educational for you, as for me

The exhibit gallery is here



My observations will be general, and

Not tied to any specific entry, but

You might see if the shoe fits if you were an entrant

Also, these observations are

Based on my personal opinion

You may not agree and that’s fine


1. Follow the entry rules (shown 1st for a reason 😦 )

About 20% of the entries did not follow the rules

Image size (dimensions in pixels) was a common problem

On top of my average time per image (~10-15 minutes) from

Opening an entry email (some not to the address specified)

Through to the image appearing in the exhibit gallery

and ultimately in a blog post

These unnecessary issues (had you followed the simple rules)

Added another 5 minutes per image

Several hours total overall; life is too short (at 77)

This applies to anytime you submit images anywhere

Not just to me (if I do this again)

In the future I’ll simply trash any non-compliant entries


2. Think about your image title

A title that is a literal description of the abstract subject

May not be the way to go

Just because abstracts generally mean a non-recognizable subject

Doesn’t mean you need to use a title to tell what it is

Keep a little mystery in the game


3. Think about your subject as captured

Is it really an abstract?

Even under the most liberal definition of abstract??

Just because it’s not how you normally shoot a subject

Thus making it different for you,

May not be enough to make the result an abstract

In the eyes of most other viewers

Try to abide by the spirit of the theme – in this case abstracts


4. Featureless Images vs. Good Abstract Images

Just because an image has no recognizable subject

Thus meeting one definition of abstract

Doesn’t make it a good, or even worthwhile, abstract

An obvious example would be a solid color throughout

Devoid of any features whatsoever

As you move up the chain,

You arrive at what I call textures

Better than featureless, but just marginally



I’ll stop here

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