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Monday, December 31, 2012

As The Wheels Turn - Part 15



Happy New Year!  May 2013 bring you the urge for excitement.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The 40on2 Fall Photo Contest progress

Waiting patiently (my photo, not an entry)

Well, I've not exactly inundated with entries for the photo contest but I guess that will make judging easier.  So far I've seen a Suzuki V-Strom, a Yamaha, a Royal Enfield, and a weather vane.  Whomever sent in the photo of themselves in a Bultaco jersey and with no pants on, thanks.  I've put your photo in the macro photography category.

 None of the women amongst my twelve regular readers have attempted via fetching photos of them on their bikes,  to lure me into giving them the $50 prize from motorcycle accessory site Jafrum.com.  I am saddened by that.  No one has included a corgi in their photos.  That may be more to a dearth of corgis in the world than desire to not get the easy win.   Webster commented that he doesn't carry a camera when he rides.  Webster, lad, your history is slipping away!   Paul, Jr. of OCC fame cruised by and declared it a "great contest idea" so I know I'm on the right track, at least.

I've thought about bumping the prize list to include and autographed picture of me or an official 40on2 t-shirt but I never had the t-shirts made.

So here I sit nursing a bad cold and waiting, waiting...tick, tick, tick...


Saturday, December 01, 2012

The 40on2 Fall Photo Contest

 Darin H. photographing our Aprilia Caponords near Ajo, AZ. 2005. Nikon Coolpix 8800

Not too long ago I got an e-mail from the folks at the motorcycle accessory site Jafrum.com asking me about promotional possibilities.  I get those sorts of inquiries all the time and turn them down.  However, they offered up a $50 gift certificate for their site to be used as I saw fit so how could I miss?  

As I pondered the possibilities I decided the most fun would be to give away the gift certificate to one of my twelve regular readers.  How do that?  A photo contest!

Summer riding season is over for most places this side of the equator and I figured you guys would have a favorite picture from this year's riding adventures and that it ought to be shared with the world so here's what I offer:  

You must be an amateur photographer, no pros.

E-mail me me your favorite photo from a 2012 ride you did.  The image must be at least 1024 pixels for landscape format or 900 pixels hight for portrait format  and include a motorcycle or an obvious part of one.  Please use your name as part of the file name so I can keep things from getting too confused.


Only one entry per person. The person submitting the entry must be the photographer.

No nekid or bikini stuff, this is a family blog, more or less. 
my pal Gromit. 2010

Bonus points if you include a Corgi in the photo.  I love Corgis.

With your submission please include the usual who/what/where info and what camera/lens you used to take the shot. 

The photo cannot have been published anywhere else previously except your own blog or website.

If you have a better camera than I do I won't hold it against you but I may ask to borrow it.
 
Entry deadline is midnight December 31, 2012.

Entries are limited to the first...uh...200 submissions?  200? Yeah, that should cover it a few times over. 

My e-mail address is at the bottom of the page.

Ansel Adams' camera.
How will the winner be chosen?  An esteemed motorcycle and photography guy (me) will decide which photo he likes the best. The judging criteria will be based solely on what I like and my decision is final.  Hint:  I like Ansel Adams and Piet Mondrian. I hate HDR photos and obviously Instagram'd photos, they look cheap and cheesy.

Don't put a huge watermark on your photo.  Automatic F for that.

The winner gets the $50 gift certificate (on-line order code).  Those not picked will have to console themselves as best as they can.  It's only fifty bucks, not life.

 I will not send back any files, that would be silly.

I'll post the winning photo with photographer credit in a blog entry on or after January 1, 2013 and e-mail the gift certificate code to the winner.

Such legal stuff as I can think of at the moment:  The photo belongs to you, you give up no rights to it.  You do give me permission to publish here in the blog anything you submit. I'm not responsible if something of yours published here gets ripped off by some other site or company (it happens).

I reserve the right to cancel this contest for any reason I wish whenever I wish, or change, add, and delete rules on a whim.  If no one enters I reserve the right to spend the gift certificate on myself; I could have done that anyway but I like you all and thought it would be nice to share like Mom taught me to.  If my brother enters he won't win.

By submitting a photograph you thereby agree to the above rules.  

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