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Vote for your favourite photo!
Poll ended at Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:29 am
Lensbaby 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
maysojiro 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
saurav 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
amieraplal 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Cord 5%  5%  [ 3 ]
Nu2foto 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Zenoe911 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
benjyk 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
DavidBudde 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
nostradamus 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
WestCoast 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
koenig26 22%  22%  [ 14 ]
mikeroch 5%  5%  [ 3 ]
Heikki Taskinen 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
popo 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
pharlap91 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Q u e n t i n 12%  12%  [ 8 ]
victor 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
naniani 26%  26%  [ 17 ]
-Neil- 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
68wske 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
postemon 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
jgmatthews 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Peppermint 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Smirf 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
daisy 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
statseng 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GCJ 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
KaneD 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 65
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:14 am 
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Congratulations to Cameralabs' forum regular Naniani for her second Assignment win with 26% of the votes. Coming a close second was koenig26 with 21% of the votes, while Q u e n t i n earned third place with 12%. Congratulations to everyone who entered, especially our first-timers!

As always, the winner has one week to choose the theme for next month's Assignment. So over to you Naniani - what do you have for us in the month of April? As always, please let us know in the February Comments thread.




Hi everyone! Welcome to February's Assignment!

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

In shallowlife's own words:

"It might seem a little unfair, but since I will go to Taiwan in February, I would like the next theme to be "Asia".

Of course not everyone can fly to Asia now, but I believe there might be an Asian part in your city, or perhaps just a Chinese restaurant. Who knows, maybe someone here is Asian (Self Portrait anyone?) or got an asian girlfriend/boyfriend? If you can also write chinese, you could just take a picture of something you have written.

Well, whatever you do it must seem Asian, or have to do anything with Asia."

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it has to be taken during February 2010. 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 28th February 2010. 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 February 2010 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!


Last edited by Gordon Laing on Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:21 am, edited 3 times in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:38 pm 
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Location: Arkansas

Sony DSLR-A700
Exposure 1/80
apperture f/6.3
Focal length 50mm
ISO 800
Minolta 50mm lens

When I see an origami crane I immediately think of Asia, minimalism, and the beautiful people who came up with this simple but sometimes intricate craft.

Sony Alpha 700, Minolta 70-210 f/4 and some other stuff

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:43 pm 

Camera Model: sony cybershot megapixels 7.2 (dsc-w80)
Lens and focal length: 2,8-5,2/5,8-17,4
Aperture: SL
Shutter Speed: 2 second
Sensitivity: high
Post processing: paintshop pro 9

I shot from below so that her gown appeared wider and more extravagant. I also used sepia tones to recreate the feeling you were in the Edo period of Japanese history.

 Post subject: Wild life in Asia
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:40 am 
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[Image exceeds the 500pixel maximum dimensions - please re-post a downsized version] - LahLahSr

An Asian Leopard in the Nation Zoological park in New Delhi, Asia has a huge resource of wild-life, today due to rapid urbanization we are loosing them pretty fast, only places we can find them are in zoo or sanctuary.

This one looked very healthy and enjoying the afternoon sun.

Image location Picasa album :

Model: NIKON D40
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 185mm
Flash Used: No
Post Processing : Image Resized & Added Watermark


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:30 pm 
Got this shot during the setsubun (soybean throwing) festival at Nagoya, Japan last February 3,2010...

Camera Model: Nikon D90
Lens and focal length: 18-200 mm/ 24 mm
Aperture: 3.8
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Sensitivity: 500


Last edited by amieraplal on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:19 am, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:46 pm 

Camera Model: Canon 350(Rebel XT)
Lens and focal length: EF-s 18-55mm at 55mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Post processing: Levels, Curves.

I love bamboo and when I hear Asia that's what I think of.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:18 am 

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ35
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 7.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80

Post processing: none

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:14 pm 

Nikon D90
Lens 18-105
Exposure 1/200
apperture f/4.8
Focal length 42mm
ISO 200
Post processing: Photoshop CS4

I love Asian Food, and the best part is always the fortune cookie. The Chinese writing means Whats your Future

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:40 pm 

Camera: Nikon D90
Lense 18-105mm at 105mm
Aperture: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec
Sensitivity: IS0 800
Post processing: Cropped, converted to grayscale and increased contrast with curves

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:22 pm 

Camera: Canon Eos 450d
Lens: 50mm 1.8
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
Sensitivity: IS0 200
Post processing:some Color and some contrast/light

 Post subject: A Zen moment
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:23 am 
Hi folks,
My first post here. Thanks Mr. Laing to help me make the choice in your excellent review.

I was having a candle lit evening (Valentine's day) and captured this perfect shot which goes with the Asian theme. I turned down the dimmers of the living room to bring out the shadows of the candle light cast on the Buddha altar. :idea:

Camera Model: Nikon D90
Lens and focal length: 18-105 mm VR, 35 mm equivalent = 52 mm used
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/30
Sensitivity: ISO 3200
Post processing: none

Image :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:32 am 

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Year of the TIGER .... NO not that Tiger.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:33 pm 

The atrium of the Grand Hayatt in the Jin Mao tower in Shanghai. The growth of China in photo form.

Camera Model: Olympus-E510
Lens and focal length: Olympus 14-42mm - Shot at 14mm
Aperture: f3.5
Shutter Speed: 0.6 sec
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: Lightroom - Convert to grayscale, adjust tone curve

 Post subject: Floating Blossom
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:37 pm 
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Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
I've just returned from Sri Lanka with a reasonable haul of shots. Sitting by a lagoon waiting (fruitlessly as it turned out) for a Kingfisher to obligingly perch within shot, this blossom fell from a tree and floated on the darkened water surface. I dressed it up in this square frame to try and give it a 'Japanese' quality.


Pentax K20D Pentax 55-300 DA lens at 300mm, ISO 800 1/125 @ f. 8. PP: Crop, sharpen, resize.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:34 am 

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Posts: 45
Location: Helsinki, Finland
This is a bar in Bangkok and I had to wait some while to take this photo of this beautyful bartender.

Sony a300
Sony 50mm. f/1.8
f/2.5, 1/80s, ISO800
PP:reframe, some contrast added.

dslr: Nikon D7000 with some glass. Slr: Nikon FE2 with some manual focusing glass.

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