Navigation Menu+

81: Hazardously Suited to Scenery

Posted on Jul 14, 2020 by in Magnet Limit, No Limit

Your July 2020 mission, if you choose to accept, is to create an architectural construction and photograph it so that it appears to be a part of a landscape OUTSIDE. It’s landmarks mixed with the forced perspective contest, but not photographed on your desk. You can use any number of magnet spheres for your bridge, building, cathedral, etc. Your build does not need to be a famous landmark.

This is NOT a photoshop contest, your image must be staged IRL outside, with a real landscape, not a green screen or backdrop. A shallow depth of focus will help create the illusion of distance and size. A strong foreground, middle ground, and background will help your build fit into it’s surroundings. This is probably the highest risk contest we’ve posted. Don’t try this contest if you’re still accidentally dropping magnets.

Notice how the faux foreground foliage partly obscuring the bridge matches the foliage in the background.

Seriously, be careful with your magnets outside. The ground is where magnets go to die. It is extremely easy to get ferric dirt stuck to your magnets and extremely difficult to remove (like, better off in the trash difficult). If not removed, ferric dirt will grind away the outer coating and spread to other magnets. To minimize exposure to ferric dirt, avoid plopping your magnets directly on the ground outside. We suggest using a base or some sort of barrier to place between your magnets and the ground, or maybe sit this contest out if you have any doubt.

Summary of Requirements:

  • Any brand of 5mm spheres allowed
  • No magnet quantity limit
  • No photo manipulation beyond basic levels and color adjustments
  • Must be photographed outside with actual landscape
  • 1 submission per person
  • Deadline August 3, 2020

There will be $300 in prizes to be divided among the winners. The number of winners will be determined by participation. Everything you submit goes into the public domain. Of course, the first and foremost requirement, is that you have fun!

Submit your entry here: