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Poll ended at Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:18 am
mikeroch 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
pgtips 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GCJ 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
naniani 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
kripple 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nick 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
capital 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
Marc Saylor 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
JG964 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Q u e n t i n 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Avlis 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
photo_fofo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Nelepl 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
patti 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
NigelG 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
pksj 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
Lensbaby 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
DCMAN363 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Adon 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
daisy 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
MelodiuM 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Lightcollector 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
DP-PARIS 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
chadpope 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
elro 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
djfsolo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
benjyk 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jonabe 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Laurel 12%  12%  [ 9 ]
DOUGLAS GORDON 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
bigblocke 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Slick3358 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
shallowlife 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
milespa3 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Photoj 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
RonJ 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
torbjörn 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
dwightparker 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
popo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Adi Zulhusni MarkII 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
-Neil- 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Shagrath 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
jamier01 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 78
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:36 pm 
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With 11% of the votes, Laurel has won May's Assignment - congratulations! Coming a close second with 8% of the votes is shallowlife, and in joint third place are mikeroch and daisy with 7% each.

Congratulations to everyone who entered!

As always, this means Laurel gets to choose the theme for next month's Assignment, and has until midnight GMT on the 30th of June to tell us what it is, along with any conditions. Laurel, please let us know the theme in the May 2009 comments thread, and if you can do it before the 30th, that'd give us time to have a think about it!



Hi everyone! Welcome to May's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Delicate", as suggested by Sublimity who won the March 2009 competition.

In Sublimity's own words: "The theme for May is Delicate: the quality of being easily broken or damaged; fragility; brittle. Bodily weakness; liability to sickness; frailty. Some suggestions would be something luxurious, tristful, ephemeral, transitory, and so on. Don't hesitate to make your own interpretations! Moderate post-processing allowed to develop atmosphere for the concept."

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it has to be taken during May 2009. Photos taken earlier will be disqualified!

2: All images submitted must be no more than 500 pixels on their longest side, although you can include a link to a full resolution version if you like. Flickr users must link back to the original version to comply with its latest rules.

As always, please exercise good judgement on what is suitable for the forum. See the Forum Rules for guides.

Please include a sentence or two with your photo describing what you were trying to achieve and if there were any particular challenges in doing so like, for example, any special exposure or lighting setup.

We're all enthusiasts here, so it's also great to see what equipment you used and the settings too. So please also include the following:

Camera Model:
Lens and focal length:
Shutter Speed:
Post processing:

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on 31st May 2009. The final poll will follow.

Please remember this thread is for submissions only. If you'd like to comment on any of the submissions or ask any questions, please do so in the May 2009 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 7:19 am 
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Shot first thing this morning against the light to try and pick up the slight iridescence in the silken threads of the web. I was attracted by the Hard v Soft nature of the components of the picture.

Pentax K20D. 18-55mm SMC DAII lens. ISO 800, hand held, manual focus. Post processing in PhotoShop: Autocontrast, mild cropping, resize

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 7:54 am 

Title: Delicate Balance

In these trying economic times, balancing the household budget is a very delicate balance. This is especially true for amateur photographers with a gear lust (like me!).

Camera Model: Canon EOS 40D
Lens and focal length: Tamron 28-75mm, at 75mm.
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250
Sensitivity:ISO 400
Post processing: Levels, unsharp mask, added some gaussian noise, converted to black and white.

Last edited by pgtips on Sun May 03, 2009 8:00 am, edited 2 times in total.

 Post subject: Delicate
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 11:01 am 
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Hi everyone,
To me loading a film was always a delicate operation compared to just sliding a memory card in the slot. There was always a sense of hit and miss, will the film wind on once you've closed the cover.
post processing,
contrast/brightness, sharpened, changed to sepia.
F11, 1/13sec, iso100, 50mmf1.8 lens
John :D

Nikon D7100, Nikon D80, D40 and various lenses.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 2:25 pm 
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A very very old ladies wristwatch, with the delicate workings that made it tick. sue :)


ISO 400
Aperture Priority
No pp done, just cropped, picture straight from camera.Taken with my siggy.

canon 400D
18-55 lens
tamron70-300 lens
sigma 18-200 os lens

All my photos are clickable
my flickr

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 6:47 pm 

It may look delicate, but i'm assured it's as steady as a rock.

Camera Model: Canon EOS 450D
Lens and focal length: 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS at 18mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Sensitivity: ISO200
Post processing: Resized

 Post subject: Delicate
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:41 pm 
Title: Waiting for a breeze...


Original full size image

Even though I hate seeing these among my spring grass they do have an amazing delicate structure just waiting to be taken by the breeze.

Camera Model: Olympus E-510
Lens and focal length: Olympus 40-150mm at 150mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Sensitivity: ISO-400
Post processing: Cropped and resized only.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:23 pm 
Inner gears of a clock.


Full Size Here

Camera Model: Canon 1000D and 580ex II
Lens and focal length: Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8 Focal 50mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: Levels, sharping, white balance.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 5:45 am 

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300mm, f/11, 1/800sec, ISO 400, Curves/Brightness/Desaturation/White Balance.

 Post subject: Delicate wings
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 2:13 am 
The delicate structure of a black and yellow dragonfly's wings.


Camera: Olympus E-3
Lens: 12-60mm lens
Focal Length: 60mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/160
ISO: 100

Cropped to emphasize the wings, no post processing.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 12:23 am 

Title: Aqua

Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm lens
Focal Length: 300mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 1/25 sec
ISO: 100
post processing:resized

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 2:33 pm 
Hey all, its been a while since I haven't posted here and theres some pretty serious stuff going on here... Great job everyone!

Here is what I came up with:


I'm always surprised to see how these delicate poppies can live by the secondary road where cars zoom by them, almost tearing them out of their roots...

Camera Model: Nikon D80
Lens and focal length: 50mm f1.8 @ 50mm (obviously)
Aperture: f18 for the top three and f16 fot the bottom one
Shutter Speed:1/60
Sensitivity: 125
Post processing: resize and collage in Photofiltre

click through to enlarge

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:42 am 

The delicate battle between flower blossoming vs. fence. . . i think the flower will win...! :D

PS: this is my first 'on assignment' entry!...hope everyone enjoys it!

Camera Model: Canon Rebel Xsi
Lens and focal length: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: F 8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/400Sec
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: DPP (Sharpening, Hue, Saturation)

 Post subject: first assignment
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:09 pm 
Hi this is my bubble, also my first ever submission.

I think the surface is cool and delicate.
Shutter speed:1/250
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Kit: 40D with 17-85 mm at 85mm
PP: Cropped

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:10 pm 
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Love is very delicate thing


Camera Model: Pentax K20D
Lens and focal length: Image Auto Zoom 80-200mm @ 200mm
Aperture: F/8
Shutter Speed: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Heart sellection, convert to BW, levels, resize


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