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Vote for your favourite photo!
Poll ended at Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:54 am
mikeroch 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
Benya 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
puziparrot 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Defiance 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
jhiane07 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nick 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
naniani 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
murdockcrc 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
Alan 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
athomsfere 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
statseng 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
JaiHo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
LahLahSr 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
shallowlife 13%  13%  [ 11 ]
SolarSanction 11%  11%  [ 9 ]
tadeobiologo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
akadime 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
Digiman 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
bigblocke 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
popo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
teegprice 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
GCJ 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
Q u e n t i n 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
FazerUK 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Paul SC 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
psvendse 10%  10%  [ 8 ]
Jagadish_C 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
ChrisMike 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
photo_fofo 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
victor 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
naeno 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Lensbaby 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nu2foto 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
jeremy1302 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Sam Lewis 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jiko 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
logic_nguyen 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Cam-I-Am 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
magnipheeque 10%  10%  [ 8 ]
leonid_82 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
tbransco 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 82
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:51 am 
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Congratulations to shallowlife for winning their second Assignment, here with 13% of the total votes and just pipping SolarSanction to the prize. SolarSanction earned 10% of your votes and almost made it second win, so congratulations to them too! Coming in just behind in joint third position were psvendse and magnipheeque, both sharing 9% of the votes, and just behind them in joint fourth place were naniani and Nu2foto, each with 8%.

So a very close result, but shallowlife is the winner, so as usual has until the end of this month to decide on a theme for February's Assignment! Please let us know what you decide (along with any additional rules or restrictions) in the December comments and questions thread!




Hi everyone! Welcome to December's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Shadows", as suggested by SolarSanction who won the October 2009 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it has to be taken during December 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 December 2009. The final poll will follow, pending any New Year hangover.

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 December 2009 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!

Last edited by Gordon Laing on Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:24 am, edited 2 times in total.

 Post subject: SPECS
PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:21 am 
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Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
A burst of slanting winter sunshine caught my specs on the garden bench. "That'll do" I thought!
I quite like the way the shadow droops over the timber edges ... a bit like Dali's soft clocks.


Pentax K20D 18-55mm DAII lens ISO 400 1/250 @ f.8
PP: Crop to square, resize.

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:56 pm 
Found this old during the hike yestarday
My first B&W ever

Image Image

Nikon D80 18-105mm VR @ 24mm ISO 200 f/10 1/3 sec

full sized

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:29 pm 


Click to enlarge.

Camera Model: Canon EOS 450D
Lens and focal length: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Sensitivity: ISO 200

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:35 pm 
Here is my entry entitled "Shadows" it was shot yesterday above the GWML at Lower Basildon and shows what a Curse shadows are at this time of year for us Railway Photojournalists...


Camera Canon EOS 40D
Lens Canon EF 24-105 L IS USM
Focal Length 47.0mm
AV Apeture Priority
ISO 100
F.Stop f/20
Shutter Speed 1/20

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:40 pm 

Shadow vs light.


Nikon D90.
6 sec.
f 5.6.
ISO 200.
zoom: 105 mm.
expo - 1.00.
Crop and contrast in PS.

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:28 am 
light, shadow and glass


Alpha a230
f 5.6
ISO 100
aperture 3
focal length 6mm
resize and sharpen MS photo editor[/url]

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:43 am 

Camera Model: Rebel XS/1000D
Lens and focal length: 18-55mm IS @ 44
Shutter Speed:1/80
Post processing: squard canvas, and added name

Strobe: 1X580EX II camera left high, on 1/16 power

 Post subject: Glass vase shadow
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:00 pm 
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The sun shining on a clear glass vase etched with flowers, gave a great but pretty colourless shadow, so i put a mdf board behind which gave me the colour you see and an interesting background texture. Sue.


Siggy lens, f/11 1/500 ISO 400 115mm programme mode
Added a border and text slightly adjusted brightness and contrast.

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 Dec 20, 2009 1:07 pm 
Zurich, Schwamendingen, Switzerland. After several days of moderate snowing, the sun finally shined on this city. I think B&W captures the contrast between sun, shadows and snow the best.


Technical info
Camera: Canon 500D, Av mode.
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm wide angle lens with UV filter.
Shutter speed: various (HDR using six different exposures).
Aperture: f/11 for all exposures.
ISO: 100 for all exposures.
PP: HDR done using Photomatix Pro. Adobe Photoshop CS4 for mac used to switch to black and white. Reduced levels of blue and cyan to add emphasis to shadows.

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:23 pm 
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Posts: 227
Location: Largs, Scotland
what lurks in the deep dark shadow inside hmmm! :wink:


Camera Model: D3 on tripod
Lens and focal length: Nikkor 50mm
Aperture: f16
Shutter Speed: 1.6"
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: LR2, vignettes, tweak to exp -.29

D4 & D700


 Post subject: In the Shadows
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:23 pm 

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Posts: 147
Location: Nowhere Wichita, KS
Here I am standing in the shadows of the Griffith Observatory. The light in contrast to the shadows is almost surreal and takes me to another world.

In the shadows of one of the arches you will also notice two people, obscured both by size and the relative darkness of their position. I stare and wonder what what these two are doing, are they living in a moment all their own?


This is my first entry for this too, I believe... so go easy on me ;)

Nikon D7000
18-55mm VR
50mm 1.8
55-200mm VR
ML-L3 Wireless release


 Post subject: Shadows
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:59 pm 
Shadows turning into shadows.

This is normally grass, so there are no shadows.
But the snow made it possible this time.


Manual mode, f/6.3, 5secs.
35mm, ISO 100, Tripod.
PP: converted from RAW and resized. Adjust color cast and temperature.

 Post subject: Shadows
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:32 pm 

I just got this camera and since I read nearly every Review on this Page (it was enourmous help, thank you Gordon!!), I would like to join this friendly forum population to.
Well I took these eggholders and laid them on the table under the light and experimented with whitebalance and soforth, until this came out!

Canon EOS 500D 18-55mm Kit lens
at 30mm
ISO 250
WB Automatic after all^^
no Postprocessing done

Last edited by JaiHo on Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:28 am, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:47 pm 
I found that this image is defined by the shadows as much as the light...and the look in her eyes made me wonder what shadows lurk in the dark recesses in her (actually this young lady has a very "sunny personality")


Nikon D300 + 50mm AF-D. F1.8, 1/250sec. ISO200

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