Wow. What an awesome adventure hosting for the first time! Admittedly, I was a bit nervous to host my first cycle, but feel incredibly glad to have had this opportunity! It was amazing!
First— a big huge
to my judges: Aelyria, Elessia, Katarh , Rymm, and Ni’ko. What a lucky little green lizard girl I am to have such amazing people to call friends!
A Round of Applause
to all of the photographers :Hela, Forthyn, Amalie, Zukira, Khole, and Crystalita: for submitting such amazing shots each week and really reaching for the themes! I am so thankful for such beautiful shots to be the highlight of my innaugural hosting cycle! You all did so amazingly well, and should be proud of all of your images! They are all stunning and I wont deny that they are all now my screen saver on my computer.
And now, without further adieu
Our winner of Scenic Cycle 2.0, and the new wearer of the Scenic Cycle Crown goes to…
Your images landed in the top three each week, scoring you three firsts, two seconds and a third place. You even managed to pull a cycle first and receive first place votes from all judges for your final round with “Yggdrasil”.
In celebration, here are your images for all to enjoy once more!
We welcome all to sign up for Ni’ko’s Fabulous Runway Extravaganza! Look in announcements on our Discord for the sign up!
“An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name, With water white is the great tree wet; Thence come the dews that fall in the dales, Green by Urth’s well does it ever grow. Thence come the maidens mighty in wisdom, Three from the dwelling down ‘neath the tree; Urth is one named, Verthandi the next, On the wood they scored, and Skuld the third. Laws they made there, and life allotted To the sons of men, and set their fates.”
This week we asked our photographers to go out into the world and take an image of their interpretation of “Yggdrasil” the mythological tree of the Norse Gods.
In the Prose Edda, Yggdrasil is described as: “The ash is of all trees the biggest and the best. Its branches spread out over the world and extend across the sky. Three of the tree’s roots support it and extend very, very far. One is among the Æsir [Asgard], the second among the frost-giants, where Ginnungagap once was. The third extends over Niflheim, and under that root is Hvergelmir, and Nidhogg gnaws the bottom of the root. Yggdrasil’s three great roots are watered by three wells, Urdarbrunnr, Hvergelmr, and Mimisbrunnr. Urdarbrunnr, or Urda’s Well, is tended by the three Norn maidens, Urda (Past), Verdandi (Present), and Skuld (Future), who spin the threads of fate for all beings.“
The photographers didn’t disappoint and it was a tough choice for the judges but the winner of this week was:
Forth, your image of “Yggdrasil” was described as mystical and overgrown, and filled with beautiful sunlight and pops of color. It is truly magnificent and definitely cannot be contained by any device made from man.
Stay tuned for the winner of the Scenic Cycle 2.0!
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Yggdrasil (from Old Norse Yggdrasill) is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology, where it connects the Nine Worlds.
Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is center to the cosmos and considered very holy. The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things, traditional governing assemblies.
The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other locations; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil, including the dragon Níðhöggr, an unnamed eagle, and the stags Dainn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr, and Duraþrór.
This week, we asked our Photographers to go out, for their final week, and snap a photo of “Yggdrasil”, a tree fit for the Gods. Here are their amazing shots for our final week.
This week, we also have a guest judge – Ni’ko Shae! The judges have until Tuesday 10pm to get their scores and critiques in!
Happy almost end of the month! The theme for the July challenge was Sparkling Eorzea and Elessia asked the ENTM community to give us their best screenshot including fireworks! (Gotta do something with all that sparkle dust from consolation Kupon prizes.)
We had five entries this month. Please view the images in the gallery, then scroll down and vote for your favorite in the Google poll! To view an image in larger size, click on it.
Last week we asked our talented photographers to head home and take a stunning photo in a residential district for “Postcards from Home”. Our Photographers once again wowed us with some breathtaking shots, but only one image took the win and that photographer was
Shirogane under the Stars Hela, the judges loved your balance between the clouds and apartment building, the vivid colors, and the choice to shoot at night! They also applauded you for the effort to get to the top of that jump puzzle for a shot!
Fantastic Shot this week! Congratulations!
Come back next week for the final round in Scenic Cycle 2! Images go up at 10pm on Saturday!
In Eorzea and beyond one thing is known far and wide: glamour is the true endgame. Here at Eorzea’s Neo Talent Management we seek to not only develop one’s photography skills, but learn to strike a pose and sashay that runway as the true fashionista you’re all born to be. If you’ve ever been considering trying out but felt hesitant, well, henny now is your chance to strut your stuff and show us what you can do.
Announcing open auditions for our Runway Cycle. The rules are a little bit different, but in short the main focus here is all about you and how haute your couture really is. Each week you’ll be given a challenge which may include specific outfit accents, dye choices, or make-up choices you’ll need to follow. Other than that we want to see your interpretation of the theme. You’ll be encouraged to come up with cohesive outfits, strike a pose, and even go on location if you’re wanting the total experience. However, so long as the focus is all on you you’re doing it alright. To audition we will need three separate images of you (see example below; images shown as single image for the sake of Discord formatting). The first two are simple enough, but the third is a good taste of how the cycle works!
A shot from the chest up. Show us your pretty face!
Casual Wear Shot
Show us what you’d wear off the battlefield.
This is a glamour shot, meaning you’ll want to be in high fashion for this. Gowns, suits, get creative. Dress to the tens, because the nines just ain’t enough. For this shot you’ll need your entire outfit to be shades of purple either by way of the garment’s natural colour or utilizing dye. I highly recommend attention to accessories’ compliment, and perhaps even calling on our friend Jandelaine, the aesthetician. For this shot you must ensure your character is within an area of 1080×1920 pixels as this image will be used for the cast announcements.
Audition shots must be submitted to your host Ni’ko Shae via Discord DM (Ni’ko Shae#6839), DM via Twitter @EorzeasNeoTM, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight (CST) on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 with the cast announcement on Friday, August 7th, 2020. You are also more than welcome to join our Discord server for updates, and to join in on the conversation: https://discord.gg/n4fe7VF
In the interest of fairness the core rules for this cycle prohibit the use of all third-party modifications, the FFXIV watermark must be visible on all entries, frames are not to be used, and all images are to be taken portrait-style. Contestants must remain as the same character/race/gender in each image as they were for their audition. Due to the nature of the competition all participants must be at least level 15 with dye access and the aesthetician unlocked.
This competition will last for eight weeks, and is non-elimination. Contestants will be given until midnight (CST) Thursday, September 3rd to submit all eight weeks’ worth of images with voting for the first week going live on Friday, September 4th. Each week up until midnight (CST) on Thursday contestants will be allowed to change their submission as judges’ opinions and advice may inspire otherwise. At the end of eight weeks the cumulative scores will be tallied, and our winner will be crowned!
We sent our photographers out into the world to find and capture grand images of grandeur. Mountains of their mind. Though all of the mountains spoke beauty and an intimidating presence to all, one in particular towered over the others.
Forthyn S’yel with “Might of Mountains”
We congratulate Forthyn with another well deserved win this week with your image. Our judges likened this image to a scene from the Tolkien, and we could not agree more.
This week, our photographers were challenged to go out and take a photo of mountains using the echo filter. As evidenced below, the echo filter can prove beautifully different depending on time of day and weather!
Judges have until Tuesday 10pm to judge the images and provide critiques! For now, enjoy the Mountains of our Photographer’s minds.
The judges have weighed in and ranked the five images and provided the photographers with critiques, and we had a close race between two images, but one just pulled away with the big W-I-N!
Congrats this week to:
Forth- the judges loved your intricate details in the metal, to the “pinprick” lights that littered the image, the Judges were blown away by your attention to detail, not to mention your outside the box thinking with the use of the sewers instead of the “traditional” bridges throughout Eorzea! Your image was breathtaking and obviously the top choice!
Next week, the photographers need to dig deep for a new requirement! Come back and oooohhh and ahhhhh with me at them on Saturday 10pm!