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Vote for your favourite!
Poll ended at Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:44 am
eagle1337 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Plymer 18%  18%  [ 14 ]
GCJ 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Lensbaby 9%  9%  [ 7 ]
MBrutus2009 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
djfsolo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
nostradamus 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
tamko 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
capital 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
sl545 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
logic_nguyen 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
4xxxx 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
EricD 16%  16%  [ 13 ]
maysojiro 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
mikeroch 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
Gunner.D90 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
jeremy1302 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
popo 15%  15%  [ 12 ]
postemon 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
naniani 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jambia 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
antipropho 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
DOUGLAS GORDON 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Nu2foto 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
JaiHo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Snozzberry 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
pharlap91 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
Total votes : 79
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:37 pm 
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A very close-run competition this month, with the top three entries only a percent or two apart from each other! So in reverse order, in third place with 15% of the total votes is popo. In second place with 16% of the votes is EricD.

But our winner this month with 17% of the total votes is Plymer - it really was a close shave - ho ho!

This means Plymer has until the end of April (preferrably soner) to set the theme (and any restrictions) for May's Assignment. Please let us know in the March Questions and Comments thread.

PS - As always, further congratulations to everyone who entered this month.




Hi everyone! Welcome to March's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Early Morning", as suggested by Jonabe who won the January 2010 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In Jonabe's own words:

"My theme for March is "Early Morning". What I have in mind is an image that will capture the feeling of an early morning. And please no portraits of clock's at 05:00AM

Post-processing is not banned but is to be kept to a minimum only light adjustments."

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it has to be taken during March 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 31st March 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 March 2010 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:47 am 
This is what I think mornings are like, bright lights above the rushing water of life crashing down on you. The shot made me hate the sun and the sky as the shot over exposed the whole sky not just the sun.
Camera Model: Canon Rebel XS
Lens and focal length: EF-S 18-55mm @18mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 3.2 seconds.
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: color levels and a crop (if the crop disqualifies me I'll upload the non-cropped shot, there's just a lot of bright white at the top of the image so i cut it)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:06 am 
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A fun take on a morning ritual I'm sure a lot of us go through every day. I wanted to go humourous with this assignment because I've been shooting a lot of "serious" stuff lately. Definitely needed to lighten my mood a bit :)


Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length: 27mm
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Aperture: f/8.0

Strobist Info:

LP120 @ 1/4 on 24mm into shoot-through umbrella
Triggered via sync cord

Canon EOS 5D MkII | Canon EOS 7D | Canon Digital Rebel XSi | EF 35mm f/1.4L | EF 50mm f/1.8 II | EF 85mm f/1.8 | EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM | EF 135mm f/2L | EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS | 580EX II | LumoPro LP-120

My Flickr

 Post subject: Scarborough Fishermen
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Hi everyone,
Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
The majority of the fleet leave the harbour at or around sun up. This trawler seemed to be one of the largest boats there. The Grand hotel is visible on the right and dominates the bay and harbour, a tribute to queen Victoria.


D80, 1/100s, f5, 18-135mm at 32mm, iso400.
regards John

Nikon D7100, Nikon D80, D40 and various lenses.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:44 pm 
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Location: Arkansas

Sony DSLR A700
Sony 18-70 kit lens

Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas

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

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:56 pm 
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Location: Lake Worth Fl.

I call this one "waaay to early to be up!" haha!

I got up about 30 minutes earlier today to take this hoping to get a good shot... and I am happy with it!


Nikon D40
18-55mm kit lens
55-200mm VR
50mm f1.8
quatary mono/tripod


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:19 pm 

Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:08 pm
Posts: 99
Location: Salisbury, MD

Canon EOS40D
Lensbaby Muse with double glass optics

Sony A850 | Sony Battery Grip | Carl Zeiss 24-70 Vario-Sonnar T f/2.8 | Sony 70-200G f/2.8 SSM | Lensbaby Composer Pro | Sony HVL-F58AM

Alienbees B800 (x3) | Alienbees Cyber Commander | CSR+ Receivers | Grids, Softbox, Gels, Manfrotto/Century/Avenger stands

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:01 am 
While walking early morning I took this shot in Mexico, Rivera Maya- Iberostar resort. Captured this hibiscus flower soaking the morning sub rays.

Camera : Nikon D90 with 18-105 mm lens
Focal length: 18 mm
aperture: 5.6
WB: Auto
shutter: 1/4000
ISO: 200


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:21 pm 

took it this mornig, saw the sky color that I like. Lucky I have my camera with me. (happy st. patrick's day...haha)

Camera Model: Canon 40D
Lens and focal length: Canon 24-70mm at 70mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/160sec
Sensitivity: ISO100
Post processing: LR - fill light +20, recovery +20, removed 2 dust spot (need to get it clean), crop.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:36 am 

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10 seconds, F/5.6, ISO 200. Converted to B&W.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:09 pm 
Hi All, This is my first attempt @ on assignment with my first D-SLR. So here goes......


I call it " Sunrise" basically. I saw it on my way out in the morning @ 7:30 ish and loved who the sun was positioned above the trees and thought it would work with this assignment ....
Please Note it was an overcast day and the orangy look in the sky was achieved by effects (listed below) in Picasa 3.
Thanks Sean

Canon EOS 1000D
18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 II
Focal Length: 55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500s
Aperture Value: f/16
ISO: 200

Post Processing: Picasa 3
Fill Light
Colour Temp
Saturation Effect

Sorry if that's over processed but as this is my first post i wasn't sure .... please let me know if it is......

Original Photo:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:25 pm 
The Chase
This shot looks like something we might dream about once in our childhood years, growing up riding a horse!! i finally captured that image in real life.

Camera Model: Nikon D2H
Lens and focal length: Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR
Aperture: f4, EV+ 1.3
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Sensitivity: 200
Post processing: erase the distractive background & add border in Photoshop CS3

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:41 am 

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Location: Gold Coast Australia
This was taken after midday, it looks like early morning, if it does not comply please remove.

Morning Mist.


Springbrook National Park Rain Forest Qld, the mist is from the evaporation in the rain forest below the fall which formed clouds above the valley, the light rain had been on and off all morning with the temperature a cool 24c on the plateau. The fall was free from the mist for about a minute. I took my brother from Canada there, he lives an hour from Niagara so no big deal for him.

Full Size ... ecba_b.jpg

Camera Model: Nikon D40X
Lens and focal length: 18-55mm kit lens @19mm
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/80 Handheld
Sensitivity: 200
Post processing: Brightness, Sharpening, In Picture Project

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:52 am 
Fantastic theme!!! If any of you have seen my post in the travel section, you would know :lol:

The Day Breakers


Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/16.0
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post Processing---Contrast, exposure, curves, levels.

For this shot, I woke up a 4 in the morning, hiked half an hour to a ridge overlooking the valley I was staying in, and waited for the sun to come up. It was probably the most satisfying picture that I have taken, as I put in quite a bit of effort to get it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:37 am 
YAY! Finally got a DSLR. I'm still learning so dont be too hard on me.

Heres my entry. My sister's an early bird and she loves sewing. This was a snap I caught of her when she saw me.


Camera Model: Canon 500D
Lens and focal length: 18-55mm
Aperture: automatic
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
Post processing: none - pre-set B&W option on camera

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