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Vote for your favourite!
Poll ended at Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:37 am
WestCoast 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
mikeroch 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
palakaboy 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
Orsan Kart 9%  9%  [ 6 ]
puziparrot 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
daisy 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Welly 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Phil_Lowe 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Lensbaby 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
ultrajaforms 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Anel-slo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Sublimity 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nostrum 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
naniani 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
photo_fofo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
sonnyboy 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
DCMAN363 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
bellableeds 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
pgtips 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
DOUGLAS GORDON 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
patti 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
scottagw 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
Geo 7%  7%  [ 5 ]
Razvan 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
ScrawledWords 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
podgeorge 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
TheTraveller 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Kphotog 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
magnipheeque 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Tomek 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
yaince2261 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
jaxzwolf 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GCJ 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nelepl 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
YosserY2k 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
PhilDiggle 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
psvendse 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
dryan2 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
JamesG 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
JakeOConnell 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
djfsolo 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Tomis 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 12%  12%  [ 8 ]
Q u e n t i n 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
popo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Lucky December 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
primitive 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
KaneD 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:44 am 
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MIDNIGHT GMT 21ST SEPTEMBER - WE HAVE WINNER!

Congratulations to Bjorn for winning with 11% of the votes! In second place, Orsan with 8%, followed by geo in third place with 7%. Then several of you in joint fourth place, showing a great spread of excellent photos sharing the lion's share of the votes. Great Assignment everybody, and as always congratulations to everyone who entered, especially our first-timers!

Bjorn, you know the score: you have until the end of this month to suggest a theme for October's Assignment. Please let us know as soon as possible in the August Q&A thread.

Thanks!

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MIDNIGHT GMT 31ST AUGUST - SUBMISSIONS CLOSED!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE!

POLLS CLOSE MIDNIGHT GMT 21 SEPTEMBER 2009


Hi everyone! Welcome to August's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "portraiture", as suggested by Lensbaby who won the June 2009 competition. Be sure to read this whole message for the rules.

In Lensbaby's own words:

"The theme I am choosing for August is "portraiture." A portrait is a representation in which the face and expression are predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality and even "mood" of the subject, often showing the subject looking directly into the lens to engage the subject with the viewer.

Since I love animal portraits, I am going to include this option. Please do your best to create a professional quality entry, whether the girl next door, your spouse, child, pet, the cat in the window, the sheep in the meadow...but make it portraiture. Think of it in terms of an ad agency shot, not necessarily like a school yearbook shot. Most of all HAVE FUN..everything is allowed for post processing."

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it has to be taken during August 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:
Aperture:
Shutter Speed:
Sensitivity:
Post processing:

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on 31st August 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 August 2009 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!

Gordon


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Might as well kick off this challenge with a pretty lady experiencing makeup meltdown in our sweltering heat.
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 Post subject: WHERE'S ME TEEF GORN??
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When I asked my 103 year old granny to pose, she was willing enough, but was a bit concerned when she couldn't find her false teeth.

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Sorry folks ... I don't 'do' portraiture, but good luck to the rest of you!

Pentax K20D 18-55 Pentax DAII lens. ISO800 f.5.6
PP: Rotate, dodge tool the shadows, clone stamp tool to create the mouth, crop, resize.

ORIGINAL: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2477/378 ... ab00_o.jpg


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:00 am 
A Real portrait

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**please click my photo for the full size to further appreciate this shot

A volunteer at the Orange county fair. This man works in high temperatures with people who have had too much to drink and kids who forget to say thank you....

... but all these negative things aren't enough to wipe his smile off his face.

this is a real portrait, telling a whole story from a single frame.
Nobody told him to pose, he just looked at me and winked. He doesn't have to be nice, but he was. He wasn't a model, but because of that, this photograph becomes beautiful.



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Nikon D90 w/ Tamron 17-50 2.8 XR DiII
17mm @ 2.8f
1/160th @ 100 ISO

Processing: HDR through Lightroom 2.1


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Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens and focal length: Canon 50mm
Aperture: ƒ/3.5
Shutter Speed: 2 sec
Sensitivity:50
Post processing:lightroom 2

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 Post subject: Fountain of Youth
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:10 am 
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Still trying to get the hang of this posting thing, I think I got it this time

I went out to play with my new lens,grandaughter decided to tag along. she's only seven. But as I was driving to the site I noticed she was putting on her grandmothers lipstick. Needless to say, I was asked by her if she was going to be in the pictures
Nikon D-60
DX 55-200 lens
f 6.3 1/200 iso-100 reduced size in PS, converted to grey scale


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:24 pm 
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To the unknown man...

Camera Model: Canon EOS 450D
Lens and focal length: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Post processing: Cloned out a dust spec (which is now removed from the sensor), resized to 333x500.


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My neighbour asked if I could do the shot with soft-focus to reduce his wrinkles!

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Canon EOS 350D 18-55 kit lens, available light from window, ISO 800 1/60th @ f.5.6
PP: Crop, add vignetting, burn in highlights, darken background, sharpen, resize, desaturate then tone to sepia.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:57 am 
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This is a candid (obviously) of my dad. Caught him in the middle of cooking a bbq so while he looks a bit annoyed, I don't think he was. Just caught by surprise.

ISO 800, f5.6, 1/500 with a Nikon 70-210mm lens. Conversion to B+W in Silver Efex Pro, increased contrast.


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 Post subject: Milan chic
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:36 am 
Milan Chic : On a very recent trip.


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Panasonic DMC-LX3
1/30s
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ISO 800
Focal Length in 35mm film = 24mm

Photoshop for cropping.


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Sony A700
Exposure 1/320
Focal length 200 mm
ISO 800
F/2.8
Was hoping for a human subject, but too much chaos going on right now to get it set up. This is Sweet, Sweet Sweetie. She is a Border Terrier Mix, and truly just the most adorable canine.

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 Post subject: Portraiture
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:43 am 
My share..

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Camera Model: Nikon D60
Lens and focal length:
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Sensitivity: 200
Post processing: Adjusted Level, sharpness in Photoshop CS4 and Antique grayscale in Adobe Lightroom.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:23 am 
I haven't participated in a while, so I continue with this.
I'd be lying if I said I was good at portraits because I rarely shoot them.
(This is not me)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:51 pm 
Ah, now there's a theme I like :)

Here's a shot of today's session with a working colleague.

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Setup:

- The main light is a 580 EX II @1/2 power bounced into a silver/black umbrella with a Full CTO gel on it
- Behind her there is a 430 EX II @1/8 power on each side with blue gels on it, creating the blue rimlight.

The camera is set to tungsten white balance so that the main light appears to be neutral and the rimlights and ambient are shifted (even) more into blue. All lights were triggered in manual mode by PocketWizards.

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Canon EOS 50D
Canon 10-22mm USM @14mm
f/5.0
1/125s
ISO 125
PP: A little bit of Lightroom fairy dust.


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