July Thumbnail challenge

June 25th, 2012
I've been having fun with @olivetreeann's 30 Days in June challenge, but the month is almost over!

I did some thinking and put together another challenge for July, inspired by @teamoliver. The idea of this one is to make patterns in your project's July 'calendar' view, so it has weekly themes:

1st July - Star

2nd-8th July - Rainbow;
2/7 = red,
3/7 = orange,
4/7 = yellow,
5/7 = green,
6/7 = light blue,
7/7 = dark blue,
8/7 = violet/purple - so at the end of the week, the thumbnails will make a rainbow in your calendar view :)

9th-15th July - Numbers
9/7 - one
10/7 - two
11/7 - three
12/7 - four
13/7 - five
14/7 - six
15/7 - seven

16th-22nd July - lines
(horizontal, vertical or wiggly - but it needs to join up across the pics!)
Take pics with a line running across them at the same place - bottom third, top third or middle, or wiggling it's way across the week

23rd-29th July - B&W shapes
You can choose the same shape every day, or a different shape - the idea is to have some sort of unison between your pics for the week...

30th July - thumbnail (why not have a thumbnail of your thumbnail! :) )

31st July - Star (to match with 1st July)

Of course, it is completely up to you how you interpret the challenge words - just remember the idea is to make your calendar view pretty!

As the thumbnails are square, it might be easier to match if you set the aspect ratio on your camera to 1:1, but you can still join in if you take 'normal' shots - they might just be a bit more tricky to match up.

Tag pics 'thumbnail-challenge' if you want to share them with other challengers!
June 25th, 2012
sounds like a cool challenge.
June 25th, 2012
This sounds like lots of fun but perhaps a tad hard :) - how am I going to get my lines to line up? Okay, I'm in.
June 25th, 2012
@alia_801 Sounds tricky, but I like the idea. How do I set the aspect ratio to 1:1. I have no idea? Will have a look and see what I can find on my Canon 50d.
June 25th, 2012
like the sound of this....will try my best
June 25th, 2012
@stuckinoz I'm not sure how different your 50d is from my powershot G12 - probably quite a bit! On my camera the aspect ratio is right there under the general function settings. (I did look for an online manual or instructions for you but didn't have much luck). Just do what I do and keep pressing things until it does what you want :)
June 25th, 2012
@nicolecampbell @sparkle Hoorah! It's good to have challenge buddies!
@bobfoto I hope so... challenges don't always turn out in reality the same way they look in my head - though usually things work out ok :)
June 25th, 2012
I like this! I finish with my 365 (366?) June 30th - so this will be a fun way to continue!!
June 25th, 2012
@alia_801 You are wonderful at coming up with new challenges. I may not participate often because I have trouble with them, but I admire your ability to be so creative
June 26th, 2012
wooo i might join, now that i have a job and am going to be doing the same thing every day!
June 26th, 2012
Cool I'll give it a go - is there a problem if I cant post anything for the first few days - I'm at home - immobilized by a knee injury and my phone won't let me upload - should be able to organize a computer by at least the 10th - I love the rainbow idea in particular - and I need the discipline! Lol
June 26th, 2012
@sbb1980 @speedy0901 Welcome to the challenge fun!

@herussell I'm glad you like it :) Feel free to take occasional pics for the challenge if you want to join in - you don't have to do them all!

@kittikat It's no problem at all :) Upload the pics when you can... I find challenges make 365 much easier - they take the pressure off thinking what to photograph. I've been doing them non-stop for over a year now :)
June 26th, 2012
It is a good idea although I don't know if I could do it as am a bit confused - when you say star for the 1st & 31st July what do you mean - is it something like a Christmas decoration? Also for the numbers on 9th - 15th July is it actual numbers you want or is it something like 1 flower on 9th, 2 birds on 10th etc? If I knew a bit more about this then I could do it as well as the different settings on my new camera. Thanks.
June 27th, 2012
@la_photographic Hi Laura, welcome to the fun! The thing with challenges is that the words are usually open to your interpretation, so you can find anything that says 'star' to you for days 1/31. Likewise, with the numbers you can find one thing on the first day, two on the next, or get pictures of the numbers from signs, numberplates... or find natural shapes that look like the numbers - it's your project so you can do the project however you like!

Most of us see challenges as suggestions, not prescriptions, to help think of things to photograph each day. Maybe take a look at my album for this month: http://365project.org/alia_801/365 and compare it with @olivetreeann's http://365project.org/olivetreeann and @summerfield's http://365project.org/summerfield/365 to see how we've tackled the same challenge in very different ways :)

I hope that helps!
June 27th, 2012
@alia_801 Thanks for this. Yes that does help.
June 29th, 2012
nice one - Im gonna have a go! thank you
June 29th, 2012
@maryp Welcome aboard! :)
June 29th, 2012
Found it and ready to go!
June 30th, 2012
@alia_801 @olivetreeann - i never saw this before this morning; i had to look for it from the old discussion pages. i see that it was posted on the 25th but i've been looking for it before then and it didn't even show up on my dashboard. anyhow, i found it and i'm in. i don't understand much how the third week (lines) should be, but i'll take your lead and see how it goes. july already!
June 30th, 2012
fun challenge!
June 30th, 2012
@summerfield I'm thinking on that third week of either verticals or wavy. I don't think I could get one single line running through 7 days with my p&s. But verticals or wavy lines I'm pretty sure I could keep them going with no problem. The one that's going to be hard for me is my thumbnail. My fingers are narly thanks to my arthritis and I'm pretty hard on my hands so I don't do my nails or anything like that. It's not going to be a pretty picture!
June 30th, 2012
@olivetreeann - i agree with you, ann - kind of hard to be connecting the vertical lines though as it is hard to get one single line through the 7 pics. as for the thumbnail, it didn't occur to me that alia was actually calling for the real thumbnail. what i have in mind is to take a photo of the screen showing all the thumbnails. hahaha! in which case we're on the same boat. although of course, we can ETSOOI it
June 30th, 2012
@olivetreeann @summerfield You can always find someone else's thumbnails to shoot :)

Maybe you could make diagonal lines that zigzag from corner to corner of the pics...
June 30th, 2012
sounds hard but I am in, I think I need this to get me moving and thinking. Thanks Alia.
June 30th, 2012
@alia_801 I had thought about my swimming friend's nails- they are always done so nicely! I think I'm going for verticals for the line week.
June 30th, 2012
Sounds great, I will try, I'm hopeless at sticking to things like this.
@summerfield What is ETSOOI? I'm confused....
June 30th, 2012
@danig - there's an ETSOOI challenge going on and it's on its 4th edition or so already. it was started by in honour of mary beth dailey @espyetta who likes to process her pics to death. ETSOOI stands for EDITING THE S*** OUT OF IT :-)
June 30th, 2012
Sound like it could be an interesting challenge! I shall give it a go :-)
June 30th, 2012
@cookie123 @danig @salza Welcome aboard the challenge :) I hope you have fun!
July 1st, 2012
@summerfield This thumbnail challenge sounds hard! I want t see someone's final results! Very cool! And ETSOOI rules! Haha
July 1st, 2012
tagged my July 1 - Star shot!
July 1st, 2012
I'm in :)
July 1st, 2012
@summerfield - ETSOOI :) too funny!!

@alia_801 - Your challenge is great and I am desperate for some ideas. Thank you and I will start today :)
July 1st, 2012
I'll do it...... Hope I can hold up........ ;-]
July 1st, 2012
@alia_801 I'm in........
July 1st, 2012
This sounds very interesting and fun and i also just finished olivetreeann's 30 days in June ...my only Question is ..With the rainbow colors are we to just take a complete thumbnail of the color...???
July 2nd, 2012
@alia_801 i would like to join this challenge i just have one question and it is stated above .. i need to know this before i start so i completley understand the challenge!!
July 2nd, 2012
I just finished "30 days in June" challenge, so yours seems pretty good to continuing for action. Im in.
July 2nd, 2012
@ellimae - I think you can interpret this however you want. I thought the thumbnail month view would look really cool if each of the colors were pretty much that color. For example, on the blue day, take a picture that is a combination of different blues, like... the blue sky with blue water or blue-ish grass.

@alia_801 - Please correct me if I'm wrong... :)
July 2nd, 2012
@pjonas Thank you so much Patty and I was thinking that made sense to see all of the rainbow's colors in one week but i didnt know if it was supposed to be like say...a picture of my grandaughter with a red shirt on or to just fill the frame with the one single color. Sorry to sound so difficult but i like to follow directions to the T part of my Type A personality! lol!!..can you clarify this a little more for me..Because i know i can get a picture of a Blue Sky but maybe not near blue water? I guess you are saying as long as everything in the thumbnail is blue that is all that matters ? correct? @alia_801
July 2nd, 2012
I'm thinking it would be more like filling the frame with one color each day - maybe different textures or shades? For tomortow's "red" I am gping to try to get a close up of a red rose.
Mind you... I might have totally misunderstood the challenge, but... That's okay, right?!
Think of how cool the month view will be - the whole second week will look lika a rainbow!
July 2nd, 2012
@pjonas Great Patty and Thank you for that interpretation and example I am up to snuff now!!! I cant wait to see the rainbow as it is one of my favorite things to see!! :)
July 2nd, 2012
@bobfoto @boogie @pjonas @ronphotos365 @ellimae
Welcome to the challenge!

@ellimae Sorry for the delay replying - I only get to check 365 once a day - Patty J summed up what i was thinking. My main idea for this challenge was for the thumbnail calendar view to show the patterns, e.g. the rainbow. This will probably work best if the frame is full (or almost full) of the colour. But it is always your project, so you can interpret the idea however you like :)

@pjonas Thanks for helping Ellen out! :) You're officially a challenge buddy :)
July 2nd, 2012
@beazam Welcome aboard too :)
July 2nd, 2012
@alia_801 a challenge buddy? AWESOME!!! :)
July 2nd, 2012
@alia_801 This looks great ... I've only done my own month-long challenge before (alphabet) so I like the idea of following someone else's ideas and seeing what other folk come up with. Thank you for suggesting it. One down, 30 to go...!
July 3rd, 2012
@filsie65 Welcome aboard! :)
July 3rd, 2012
I missed July 1, I may go back and find a Star to put in. But I'm in. This is new to me, so I'll see what I can do.
July 3rd, 2012
Where do you find all the pictures that are posted to the challenge?
July 4th, 2012
@henrir It's ok to join in whenever you like :) Welcome aboard!

To see pics so far, type 'thumbnail-challenge' in the search box, press enter, and then click on 'photos'.
(Or you can click on people's names above and see their pics individually).

Challenges are all about challenging yourself - use them as a starting point rather than hard and fast rules :)
July 8th, 2012
I hope everyone is enjoying the challenge, and making pretty rainbows! The ones completed so far look amazing!

If you haven't had a look at the pages of all the tagged pics, now is a great time! Most of the pages are almost full of one colour, so they look amazing - and we all made them together! Search for 'thumbnail-challenge' and select 'photos' or go to this page: http://365project.org/tags/thumbnail-challenge

Try to have a look at a few of the other challengee's rainbows as they are completed! Here's a list of everyone (as far as I can tell) in no particular order:

Patty J @pjonas

Henri Russell @henrir

Kathleen @kathleenn

Linda Torrence @granny7

Mike Hendren @mhphoto

Ellen Young @ellimae

Cathy Donohoue @cdonohoue

Laura @la_photographic

Sally Ings @salza

Camille Bisson @catsmeowb

Phil @filsie65

maryp @maryp

bruni @bruni

Danielle Greenwood @danig

Nicole Campbell @nicolecampbell

Margaret Pengelly @ubobohobo

Mags @boogie

Kathryn Marshall @daisy

Bernadette McElligott @cookie123

Summerfield @summerfield

And of course my partner in challenge creation, Ann H. Lefevre @olivetreeann
and me!
Good luck with next week's numbers!
July 8th, 2012
@alia_801 Okay, I'm not sure what you mean by numbers? Like do you have to find something that is actually the @1 or something like 1 item or one person? It's very confusing for me, so I need your help.

Thanks, Granny7
July 9th, 2012
@granny7 As far as I understand it Linda, it's open to your interpretation. You could shoot the actual number, you could shoot the amount, or if you're really creative you might figure out a way to combine the two! But it's up to you as to which way you'd like to approach it. Some people are more literal- they shoot 1 thing, then 2; others like the more abstract approach- such as using the tines on a fork for four. I'd say whichever way you decide to go with it, make it something you can do for the whole week, otherwise you might find yourself frustrated half way through. I hope this helps- most of all- Have fun!
July 9th, 2012
@olivetreeann Thanks, that was very helpful. It's hard to know what you want to choose to do, so many choices.
July 10th, 2012
@granny7 I know! I've been going back and forth on which way I'm going to do this all day! I have no plan for the week- so it's going to be a little hodge-podge I think! Let me know how you make out with your shots. Glad I could help!
July 10th, 2012
@alia_801 Thanks for posting the Challenge link. The pages look really pretty.

@olivetreeann Ann, I'm the same way. I don't have a definite plan for this week. And I'm worried about next week too...don't know about putting wiggly lines together.
July 10th, 2012
@henrir Thanks Henri- I've decided to do vertical lines next week- with varied widths. In my mind I see this as a very natural (and hopefully easy) was to match up the thumbnails. In my mind I see it working quite well- but next week will be the true test! Glad you're enjoying the challenge. Alia did a great job in designing this!
July 13th, 2012
It is so interesting to see the different interpretations. Such wonderful imaginations and simple things too. I love this.
July 17th, 2012
@alia_801 On my wiggly line theme, in case you don't see the one I sent you on your comment on mine, does the width of the wiggly lines all have to be the same height, or are they just suppose to be wiggly, period, no matter what the height is? Another question, do the lines of the end of the wiggly have to join up with the next picture? I think that's all for today.
July 18th, 2012
@granny7 Your wiggly lines are looking great - some of my favourite lines of the challenge so far :)
July 18th, 2012
I'm new on board and sorry I missed the rainbow challenge as we just had a double yesterday -- and I photographed it. It was remarkable.
July 19th, 2012
@shamrockinmom Yay! Welcome to the fun! The rainbow sounds amazing! I hope you have fun with the challenge :)
July 23rd, 2012
I am really impressed with how these are turning out. You are doing a wonderful job
July 23rd, 2012
@alia_801 Okay -- I might try the B&W shape challenge...I'm really not much of a photog...but this sounds interesting and I'm inspired by what you do...
July 25th, 2012
@shamrockinmom Definitely join in! (I'm not much of a photog too - I just point the camera at things and occasionally get lucky!)
July 26th, 2012
Sorry, I'm wandering in really late, but thought this looked fun, but having only done two weeks of June and then stopped, and only arrived back on Sunday, I'm only going to manage the rainbow week. I think the line idea is fantastic and Phil @filsie65 did a brilliant job.
July 30th, 2012
@alia_801 I wish I had known where to check, so that I could have commented on everyone's hard work. I never thought you could type in something and it would take you there. Next time, I'll know!
July 31st, 2012
Congratulations to all challengees! Make sure you post your favourite pic of the challenge here to celebrate, and be sure to check out the challenge gallery: http://365project.org/tags/thumbnail-challenge . It looks awesome with all the rainbow and shape shots together!

My pic from today is my favourite:
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