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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2010, 09:51 AM »
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2010, 09:57 AM »
Wow, thanks for sharing these!  Some great looking trees and dislpays.  I'm particularly fond of the formal shohin display, #10.

That being said, the numbers are terribly distracting.  Did you get that sense in person?  Perhaps next year they could be more subtle?

Also, some of the displays appear to be waaaaay too crowded.  Did you get that sense in person? 

Were there any critiques this year?  Any thoughts and/or pointers to share?

Lots of work went into taking these photos and sharing them.  Thanks again.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #40 on: October 11, 2010, 10:08 AM »
Thanks Wayne for sharing. Good pics. I see alot of trees from the MABK show there. Now they got double exposure on here LOL. Would've been great if I could have attended. Maybe next yr :)
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #41 on: October 11, 2010, 01:16 PM »
Matsu, to me, the numbers weren't terribly distracting, but I agree it would've been cleaner without them.  The Shohin wall display handled it pretty well by having a diagram where the numbers are given.  I wonder how easily that could be incorporated by the other groups.

The crowdedness is an issue, and I recall similar comments last year.  Some clubs feel that more is better.  From personal experience, I've come to realize its also difficult limiting the number of trees when putting a display together.

David Easterbrook was the guest artist this year and there's always a critique, usually on Sunday morning.  Since my group didn't participate in showing any trees this year, I was unable to attend the critique.  Hopefully others that did attend will be able to comment.

I'm also eager to learn who won the awards.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2010, 10:57 AM »
Since this thread hasn't fostered the discussion I'd hoped it would, I'll weigh in.

I thought overall, the level of development/refinement of the trees improved from previous years.  As was previously discussed, novel methods of display are encouraged, and this year saw more clubs displaying trees non-traditionally.

One club that has always taken up the mantle of non-traditional display did not disappoint in that regard this year.  The group out of the middle part of the state (of SC) (their name seems to change year-to-year.  maybe they've settled on one now?) brought in a wall of shohin.  It was impressive to see, and luckily there was plenty of room around the display to really showcase it.

There were no scrolls, no elaborate stands, and few accents.  It was very outside the box.  Hopefully, I don't offend anyone with my comments, but I'd like to offer a few observations.

The trees were roughly of equal size.  There were a few smaller trees and a few larger trees, ...but all shohin (or smaller).  While I understand that this group usually chooses a theme for their display, it seemed like by making the display such a feature of the display (follow me here), that trying to say much more (by having the trees all the same size) complicated things a little.  I believe it could've been more impactful if the trees had a little more variety, ...or at least having one tree becoming the feature tree (red circle).

Also, the grouping seemed very geometrical.  Split into quadrants (yellow lines), each seemed to have about as many trees/weight as the others.  There didn't seem to be a lot of negative space ...except above dead-center.

That was complicated by the apparent lines (green lines) all leading to one focal point (red circle).

I did appreciate the displays within the display.  Some of the pictures I posted show them, but the mame display in the bottom of the upper-right quadrant was superb.

Hopefully the picture will clear up what my words left unclear.
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #43 on: October 12, 2010, 11:05 AM »
Did you ever find your program (or whatever was missing)?  I'm curious if there was any mention of the reason behind the display.  I would like to know a little more about it, and what went into this particular display.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2010 Pictures
« Reply #44 on: October 12, 2010, 11:08 AM »
I'm also curious to know more about the blue top dressing, shot glass "stand", and draped cloth?