For a seemingly simple assignment of finding something to photograph\nwith a subject starting or using the letters N,T, or X, the posted\nresults seem off the mark in many cases.\n\nI don't mind so much, since I appreciate an interesting photo even if\nit doesn't say "mandate accomplished".\n\nWalter Bank's connection to NTX eludes me. I caught the Escher\nreference, but can't figure the connection Walter saw. Yeah, the\nbirds are duplicated in reflection, and the snow and water can pass\nfor sky and water, but the birds don't morph to fish. Oh, well, maybe\nsomeone will explain and I'll slap my forehead and say "Duh!".\n\nThe Duck could have done better. He usually does. These two look like\nhe grabbed them at the last minute.\n\nKPetre's heraldic saltire is OK for the mandate, but I would have\nliked to see something of central interest in the photo with the X's\nas a secondary inclusion. I don't see that the mandate shape has to\nbe the primary point of interest.\n\nClever inclusion of both N and T in Tete-a-Tete. The daffodils do\nremind one of Narcissus with his head bent down to admire his\nreflection in the water.\n\nBowser's Duck Bridge is not a compelling photo, but it is interesting.\nI like Bowser's placement of his diagonals in his compositions.\n\nI'm not so fond of the cropping of the train. I don't like the\ncow-catcher bumping the edge like that. Tires...yawn.\n\nBob Coe came up with a good X, but it would - in my opinion - work\nbetter in portrait with the entire left side omitted. The X is still\nthere, and there's less clutter.\n\nTree stumps? That's the T mandate link?\n\nNia's a great shot of the girl, but that dress deserves a chair closer\nto the period. Or, just a straight wooden kitchen chair or stool.\n\nI take it Bob doesn't do much in the way of post. I would be itching\nto clone out that orange rope or whatever it is to the right and do\nsome burning on the grass to the left.\n\nStill, Nia's expression is a good capture.\n\nI can see Bob and Martha arguing over who takes the slender bent trees\nand who takes the fallen logs. I have wonder at conditions that\nrequired an ISO of 400, 1/100th at f/4.5. Then, seemingly on the same\nday (4/20) she shoots trees at the same ISO of 400, but 1/500th at\nf/11. The next day she's still shooting at ISO 400 for a tree in full\nsun. You need that high an ISO in Mass?\n\nBack in Indiana, we used to dig up a root of a sassafras tree, slice\nit lengthwise, tie the slices in a bundle, and make sassafras tea.\nNow, I think they say that sassafras is a cause of cancer. It's a\nwonder I survived childhood.\n\nNow we get to FrankEss. I no longer expect Frank to conform to\nsomething as bothersome as a mandate, but I always look forward to\nFrank's submissions. He didn't disappoint.\n\nI can hear the wind whistle around the two youngsters. I can hear the\nlaughter of those seeing those Mexican Hairless dogs.\n\nThe NTX factor is shaky, at best, in PeterN's Terrace, but it's a\ngreat sky and the trees to the right work well. Another photo,\nthough, that makes me itch to use the clone tool and take out those\nconcrete blocks.\n\n"Todler" (sic) doesn't, as far as I can see, meet the mandate since\nthe mandate is not the Greek gamma, but it's one that I don't care if\nmeets the mandate or not. Good subject matter, good composition, and\ngood conversion to b&w. This is one where that tight crop at the left\nand top is exactly the thing to do.\n\nPeter's "Tree Impression" is too far out there for me. I don't get\nit. Is that a truck, though, in the very lower left corner?\n\nIf you didn't read the comment on my "OneX", it explains that this is\na composite of two images: the full sign and the letter X in the\nsign. Without seeing what the full sign is like, it looked like I'd\ncreated that X. It's actually black plastic cut out and placed over a\nvery shiny metal. The lower part I photographed a different day when\nI saw that I needed the explanation. You can see me in that X.\n\nThe bar that I shot the TwoXs in doesn't serve Dos Equis beer. I\nbought a six-pack at a liquor store and brought it in, shot the\npicture, and gave the beer to a guy at the bar. He said I didn't have\nto, but I bought a bottle of Budweiser beer just give the bar some\nbusiness. I gave that to another guy at the bar. I was popular.\n\nThey ought to close that bookstore as an offense against the eye with\nthose colors.