View Full Version : *** July 2012 Challenge: Clouds ***

07-02-2012, 07:51 AM
This month's challenge is to create a map based one or more clouds (real ones, not the generated kind). If you live in an area with cool clouds, snap a pic! If not, grab one from the internet or from this thread. (Folks who offered to upload clouds, this is the place & time to do it!) Then make a map somehow based upon the picture you choose. It can be regional, local, or if you're really ambitious a city map. Whatever the cloud(s) inspire.

The challenge will end on July 29, 2012 at 11pm EDT.

Thumbnails for works in progress here:
Current Challenge Thumbnails (http://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?83-Current-Mapping-Challenge-Thumbnails)

As always, to enter you must:

Start a new thread in this forum with the title July Challenge Entry - <name of entry>
Attach any work in progress images to your posts using the forum Attachment Manager
Use the tag ### Latest WIP ### before any image you post so that the thumbnail manager can pick it up. It doesn't have to be in bold lettering like I have it but the text must be the same.

If you're new to the challenges or haven't read the rules in a while, please check out the rules sticky here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?503-README-Mapping-Challenge-Rules

Good luck and happy mapping!

07-08-2012, 02:39 AM
Does it have to be natural clouds, or is it possible to on a project from things like mushroom clouds and similar?

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07-08-2012, 03:35 AM
So, if I take a picture of some clouds do I have to make a map from the picture or use the pciture as a guide to say make a map but only put land in the same places a cloud shows up on the picture? If I take a picture of an overcast sky does that mean I can do anything?


07-08-2012, 04:05 AM
@Lonewanderer - I think you can take a completely grey or blue sky and do anything - wouldn't receive my vote though...

07-08-2012, 04:15 AM
I kid of course, today was almost completely clear though


07-08-2012, 10:01 AM
Well I was Hoping this would get posted here. But Now I have to decide amongst my stockpile of unusual clouds which to use. If anyone needs picts let me know where to post them I'll be happy to post as many as necessary. Of course I'll save the best one for myself ! >:) Of course how will I ever decide which one that is ?:roll: That might be the biggest challenge of this challenge for me !:?: :?

07-08-2012, 10:33 AM
And anyone can do a Google Image search for clouds and get a zillion pics to look at.

07-08-2012, 10:34 AM
save your pictures for a cloudy day.. no wait a sunny...? *lol*

07-08-2012, 10:40 AM
Come now Tilt, you should have gone for the more obvious joke of "well now theres a silver lining in keeping that large collection of cloud pictures"........ I'll go to my corner now

Also, I think I'll be looking at clouds for inspiration form now on, half of the pics I've seen look like landmasses in the sky and the one below bears a bit of similarity to my Adallia Map, but thats probably just me

Sorry for the big link


07-09-2012, 07:55 PM
@ Elothan: I think if it's recognizable as a cloud it qualifies, but if you start using man-made "clouds" like mushroom clouds or smoke stacks or jet contrails, you risk losing votes because you're on the edge. Sometimes that pays off because folks like out-of-the-box thinking, sometimes they feel you didn't honor the challenge. It's a gamble. In the end, the voters decide who followed the rules.

07-10-2012, 07:18 PM
"My name is Bartmoss and I approve of this challenge." ;-)

07-14-2012, 02:36 PM
If you're stuck without any clouds you like, an extremely broad source of mediocre cloud photos is Google Maps. Pick a random road, go to street view, and pan up. On the positive side, it's always daylight :-) and they don't take pix in truly lousy weather. On the down side, the resolution is low, roads are often surrounded by trees and power lines (tip - try rural interstate highways), and they like high sun angles, so there's usually a big ol' sun-glare in the picture. Chances of clear skies are probably even worse (for our purposes) than a random day at the location, and evenly overcast days won't do us any good either. AND the photos are copyrighted, so one ought not use them in public (like this contest...). If you are desperate for some fluffy randomness for your own use though , there's fourteen gazillion clouds to choose from.

07-16-2012, 07:19 AM
It's been a while since I've done any mapping, but this challenge has got my creative juices flowing.

Anyway, are we 'limited' to earthly clouds? Could I use images of nebulae clouds for the base images?

07-16-2012, 08:18 AM
I think so. They are still clouds after all.

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07-17-2012, 07:06 PM
Seriously? Why must the most excellent challenges appear when I have no time, or no computer? grumble grumble grumble...

Okay, I'm gonna give myself tonight, until 11, and see what happens.

07-18-2012, 10:01 AM
I'm sort of with you Chashio - this was my brainstormed idea and I haven't even had a chance to do anything either :(

07-20-2012, 12:33 AM
Ha. Yeah, can't say how many times THAT has crossed my mind. I half intend to start making epilogue entries... what I would have entered in a given contest :-). Meaningless, but for the chance to express those just-too-late ideas.

07-28-2012, 05:41 PM
As we approach the deadline, everyone scrambles to get in their final updates (or last minute submissions). So many great maps! This will be a tough one to vote for. It's anyone's game.

07-28-2012, 09:02 PM
I just finished mine... i doubt im in the game I joined way late!

07-28-2012, 10:25 PM
Don't close the challenge before 12! I almost have the lighting i've been struggling over done.

07-30-2012, 08:22 PM
Perhaps its time to lock this up and start the voting? ;)

07-30-2012, 08:31 PM
Perhaps its time to lock this up and start the voting? ;)

Probably should.

07-30-2012, 10:17 PM
Perhaps its time to lock this up and start the voting? ;)

=) Yeah. I thought it was ending on the 27th, but I read it wrong. Nothing much else I could do with mine anyway.

07-31-2012, 12:07 AM
Oh man!! SO many good maps. It is going to be tough to vote for just 2 or 3.

07-31-2012, 01:02 AM
where do we vote?

07-31-2012, 01:52 AM
where do we vote?

They will start an official voting thread with a poll when it happens, and it's usually open for voting for a few days.

07-31-2012, 02:00 AM
They will start an official voting thread with a poll when it happens, and it's usually open for voting for a few days.

I think 5 is the average number of days, but someone can correct if I am wrong.

08-03-2012, 11:50 AM
when does this months start?

Im gonna actually looking forward to having a whole month to work on something this time!