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The 2019 Beretta.Net Calendar Is Now Taking Photo Submissions!

Postby Styluss » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:49 pm

Well I'll be damned the time has come! It's time to fire up the processes and bring out the Gimp for the 2018 Beretta.Net calendar so we can have it ready for Christmas! For any newcomers to the community every year we take submissions and then vote as a community on which photos will be included in that year's calendar. So shine up that old girl and grab the camera before the weather sets in and get some great shots to submit for voting!

There are always some minor exceptions, but these are the general guidelines we've gathered over the years for this:

Submissions:
Send all submissions to: Stylusskid@msn.com - This is the ONLY way to submit a photo and I'll be sure to write back to let you know I got it. Please include your member name, your real name and location (city/state) when submitting your photo. Also, please include what you would like your car listed as; model, year, engine, transmission, etc. The minimum to be included is the year, model and engine. There is a limit though so if you give me your car's life story it will be whittled down to the prior mentioned info. I will not chase after you for information so if you don't include something, or don't even say anything well, nothing will be included.

If you own two Berettas you may submit them both either in the same photo or two separate photos. While we prefer you submit a photo of a car you currently own, prior owned vehicles are also okay for submission. Please only submit cars you have owned, no faking the funk here son. See the note below about how voting & winning would work for multiple submissions from the same member.

Submissions will be accepted starting now and through October 1st at midnight MDT. I must have a minimum of 12 (duh!) good pictures to make this work, so everybody get out there and shoot! You're welcome to change your submission at any time... just e-mail me a different picture and notify me of the change. Everybody get out there and shoot! Remember, Corsicas are more than welcome as well but you keep that Cavalier to yourself you heathen.

Voting:
Voting will commence on Monday, October 15th and will end on Sunday, October 28th at Midnight MST. This will give Woody and I enough time to get it all sorted out, edited and complete for ordering in time for Christmas! If you submit two or more different cars to be voted on and two or more of them win, only the car with the highest votes will be included in the calendar. You bastards with like 6 of these things don't need to be cloggin' up this calendar! And yes, I know that includes me... With that said you may be best to only enter one photo so it can grab more votes!

Submissions Tips & Tricks:
REMEMBER, we're a mighty picky group these days... This photo should be top notch!
Here are a few pointers from numerous members over the last few years. Honestly, if your photo isn't up to snuff I'll reject it. A rejection will only come from a sizing or quality issue as once formatted for the calendar any low res photos will absolutely look like crap. This includes washed out photos and ones that are too dark. I'm no professional at Photoshop and even it can only do so much so don't scrimp on your photo quality. Here's some tips on taking the perfect photo.

- Location. Pick somewhere unique and exciting! Your driveway doesn't cut it. I've shot in front of a mansion, I've seen photos snapped in warehouses, even one of a car driving through a large puddle and one of a car being raced at an Autocross.
- Lighting. Early or late in the day is best for natural light. Midday sun is flat and doesn't provide much shadow or detail. Colors get washed out. Unless you really know what you're doing don't shoot the shaded side of the car!
- Color. This goes along with light; washed out pictures are lame-o. Vivid colors = excitement!
- Get rid of the junk. Crop out or use Photoshop to remove distractions. There are several members that can help with this but please not we're not Photoshop Gods. I can assist a bit and if you would like something specific done just mention it when you submit your photo. But better yet, just don't take a photo somewhere there's a bunch of crap in the background as it is!
- Get closer! But not too close... You're taking a picture of the car, not all the crap around it. Unless you're trying to show the scale of the scenery, get close and show us the car! Plus too much random stuff in the background will not help you. People, pets, other cars, trash...
- Mergers. Watch out for for two or more objects overlapping... such as a light pole coming out the hood of your car.
- Clouds are your friend. Clear skies may be great for going to the beach, but your pictures will be more interesting with clouds.
- Angles. Get high up or low to the ground. If you take a picture of a car from standing height, it's probably going to look like any other snapshot.
- Cropping. Take note that the uploading of the photo into calendar format will knock off a bit of the edges of the photo. Make sure the entire car is in the picture with good room to spare on the edges or you may get cut off if you make it in the calendar. If you're worried, take the pic you want then step back two feet and take it again.
- Photo Quality. Dude, that old bar phone from 1996 isn't going to cut it. We have image size and resolution requirements that are posted below. Get with the program.
- Pictures must be of high quality. Cropped to 8.5x11 at 300 dpi, or 1280x800 resolution minimum. Better yet, just set your camera to the highest quality it can take and submit that. Any pictures with insufficient resolution will be rejected and the member will be notified. It is 2018 and everybody should have a decent camera nowadays of at least 5 Megapixels.

As always, I'm more than happy to completely rip apart... I mean critique your submission if you would like some thoughts from a 9 time calendar winner! I'll be editing every submission to have a similar look so the calendar flows together nicely. This will be very basic color and contrast adjustments to make the photos pop a tad.

Let's do it! I expect to have A LOT MORE submissions to choose from this year with the reasonable growth the community has seen. :Bravo:


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Re: The 2019 Beretta.Net Calendar Is Now Taking Photo Submissions!

Postby whiteretta » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:24 pm

How many are we up to so far?

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Postby woody90gtz » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:44 pm

I got one coming. Started photoshopping out power lines and splattered bugs last night. Haha


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Postby GT_Indy » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:17 pm

I thought I had a photo but my tire is pointing towards the camera so I'll wait till next year, Not going to try and Photoshop that. lol


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Postby Styluss » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:27 pm

We have 14 entries and ya know... you could just shoot another photo to submit! Or submit the one with tire at camera! It could get voted in. I just made that statement because it's not the best look, but it can still be a winner!


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Postby GT_Indy » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:05 pm

Styluss wrote:We have 14 entries and ya know... you could just shoot another photo to submit! Or submit the one with tire at camera! It could get voted in. I just made that statement because it's not the best look, but it can still be a winner!


I like seeing what other people have. lol


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Postby whiteretta » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:29 pm

I hope we get a lot of last minute entries like last year, 14 just isn't enough for how large the community has grown!

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Postby 3X00-Modified » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:20 pm

whiteretta wrote:I hope we get a lot of last minute entries like last year, 14 just isn't enough for how large the community has grown!

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You mean how many Facebook users want to be part of the group? That doesn't directly relate to event attendance or group participation sadly...



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Postby whiteretta » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:43 pm

3X00-Modified wrote:
whiteretta wrote:I hope we get a lot of last minute entries like last year, 14 just isn't enough for how large the community has grown!

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You mean how many Facebook users want to be part of the group? That doesn't directly relate to event attendance or group participation sadly...
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Postby woody90gtz » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:59 pm

Yeah, we still have Ohio dirtbags who never come to Bfest! haha


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Postby GT_Indy » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:00 pm

woody90gtz wrote:Yeah, we still have Ohio dirtbags who never come to Bfest! haha


Thems fightin' words. lol :P


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Postby whiteretta » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:50 pm

woody90gtz wrote:Yeah, we still have Ohio dirtbags who never come to Bfest! haha
Sounds like a real jackwagon to me! Haha

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Postby 3X00-Modified » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:58 am

Yeah I don't get it... I drive through OH almost every time I go to Bfest.... so it's definitely further away from me... I don't see what the issue is here.



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Postby whiteretta » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:29 pm

3X00-Modified wrote:Yeah I don't get it... I drive through OH almost every time I go to Bfest.... so it's definitely further away from me... I don't see what the issue is here.
My car was an unreliable heap for years, with that old POS 3400 that was in it. It seemed like every few months it was down for repairs until the bottom end finally said "peace, I'm out!"

Then I finally get my 3500 in, and the back end rots out, haha.

I've been DD'ing it for over a month now, about 40 minutes either way to work and back. I still have oddball crap to fix, or small projects I'll do over winter, but so far so good! Gotta figure out why it's misfiring occasionally though.

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Re: The 2019 Beretta.Net Calendar Is Now Taking Photo Submissions!

Postby banzai92gt » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:31 pm

Once the snow disappears I have a spot I wanna take some photos of my 95.. when is cut off?

edit: Oct 15.. haha my bad!


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