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Vote for your favourite
Poll ended at Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:30 am
shallowlife 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Pringle 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
WestCoast 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Orsan Kart 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
naeno 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GCJ 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
thebeatnut 13%  13%  [ 9 ]
Lensbaby 8%  8%  [ 6 ]
Stig 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
IppatsuMan71 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
DCMAN363 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Severn 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
postemon 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
slingshot 13%  13%  [ 9 ]
Tomis 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Jonabe 22%  22%  [ 16 ]
tomacwhite 7%  7%  [ 5 ]
naniani 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Nu2foto 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
smiles77 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
magnipheeque 10%  10%  [ 7 ]
Solace 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Swonkie 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
DP-PARIS 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
popo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
ps_n_dslr 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Dr.Mcq 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
supermandar 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Snozzberry 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 72
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:06 am 
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Congratulations to Jonabe on winning with 22% of the total votes! In joint second place are thebeatnut and slingshot with 12% each, followed by magnipheeque in thrid place with 9%.

As always, this measn the winner, Jonabe, gets to choose the theme for next month's assignment! Jonabe, could you post your theme along with any restrictions by the end of February in the January Comments and questions thread. Thanks and congratulations once again!



Polls close on 21st February when the winner will select the theme for March's Assignment...

Hi everyone! Welcome to January's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Food", as suggested by Naniani (Sue) who won the November 2009 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In Sue's own words: "Regarding the theme, I have given this quite a bit of thought and have therefore came up with the idea of Food. (Food for thought). :wink:
I know many will be `fed up` with the sight of food, especially over the festive season, but this is something most of us have to hand, and I hope you will find this a relatively relaxing month, no worrying about the weather conditions or touring the countryside looking for inspiration, hopefully you will only have to look as far as the kitchen cupboard, larder or fridge. So, hopefully, there will be quite a few entrants. A recipe of the ingredients needed for this months assignment dish are listed below.

1 Camera…(any brand will do)
1 flash (optional)
Tripod (optional)
A large heap of inspiration
A small pinch of post processing,
Food colouring ( according to taste) to enhance the dish.
Any type of food of your preference.
Blend the above ingredients together, when happy with the results, serve the prepared dish to the camera lab assignment.
Cooking times will vary, according to settings.
Take all the above with a pinch of salt.

Your entries may be single pieces of fruit, vegetables, herbs, fish , desserts, main meals, anything you like, but no tinned produce will be accepted. Please name your entries, especially if it is some exotic fruit or national dish.
What will also not be accepted is anything you have prepared earlier, photos must be taken in taken in January. The sell by date is January 31st 2010. : O ) Imagine your entry is going on an advertisement board or pictured on a menu, so come on everybody, get creative. Get cooking.
Good luck to you all.


The rules!

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

Thanks and good luck!


Last edited by Gordon Laing on Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:42 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:14 pm 
Home Made Burgers.


First prepare Onions, Meat, Carrots, Ginger -
Mix everything with your hands~
And next add Pepper, Salt, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Thyme, Rosemary and Nutmeg.

Form small balls, and heat them~
Next prepare your sauce: Tomatoes, Ketchup, Soy Sauce, Jack Daniels and White Wine. ~ heat it up ~

Finally get the bread of your choice, like toast. And put the Meat Ball on it.

Finally add fried Onions, Tomatoes, Cheese, Salad, Maoyanese and you are done!

I hope you will enjoy your Home Made Burgers!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:47 pm 

Brand new to Digital SLR photography and have been playing around with my new D3000 since I purchased it yesterday. After messing about with various settings I think this was the best I managed to come up with. Simply called 'Oils', after an hour of photographing a chili these oils appeared in the corner of my eye. So I snapped them!

Camera Model: Nikon D3000
Lens and focal length: AF-S DX 18-55/3.5-5.6G VR
Aperture: F5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/13
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Post processing: None

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:33 am 

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All you can eat at the Chickadee Smorgasbord.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:11 pm 
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Camera Model: Canon 5D mkii
Lens and focal length: Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 EX
Aperture: ƒ/1.4
Shutter Speed: 1/200th
Sensitivity: 3200
Post processing: Lightroom 3

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 Post subject: The Forbidden Fruit
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:23 pm 
I actually did very little post to this image. This was a fun one!


Camera: Olympus E-510
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 42 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Auto, Did not fire
Date and Time (Original): 2010:01:07 23:11:01[/img]

 Post subject: stir fry
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:17 pm 
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Hi all,

This is my idea of a nice Saturday night meal, chicken stir fry with red pepper and a little salad. I can assure you that the plate was empty in a very short time mmm.


all manual settings, 1/200s, f9, 50mm lens, iso200. I used a remote Nissin flash (full power)using the cameras flash as master (but covered by my hand) set to 1/128th power.

regards John :)

Nikon D7100, Nikon D80, D40 and various lenses.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:28 pm 
Hi everyone, this is my first post on Camera Labs.

If I had to name this, it would be 'Detox...'


Camera Model: 5D MK II
Lens and focal length: 24-105mm L @105mm
Aperture: F/4
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: Basics - levels, unsharp mask, spot heal, crop.

Last edited by thebeatnut on Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:07 pm 
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Camera: Sony A700
Exposure: 1/80
Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 800

Post Processing: Converted from raw, sharpened, cropped, duplicated layer added warming and glamour filter, merged layers, and watermarked.

I felt like after eating all that healthy food I deserved some cheesecake!

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

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:57 am 
My first monthly assignment submission! It just so happened that there was a street food thing going on near my house last weekend. I waited in line for over an HOUR for the privilege of trying one of these: a SPAM slider! Best thing I've tasted in quite a while!

Anyway, here it is...the SPAM slider!


Camera Model: Canon T1i (500D)
Lens and focal length: Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter Speed: 1/500sec
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Lightroom - tone control exposure; Photoshop - crop

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:43 am 
Hi , maybe I'm doing it wrong , but that's what I had in mind when the Theme of the month was released :) If it doesn't follow the rules , please just erase it .

Grilled salmon with Pene pastas and squashed tomatoes with several other vegetables.


Camera Model: Canon 50D
Lens and focal length: EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM
Aperture: 1.4
Shutter Speed: between 1/30 and 1/60
Sensitivity: Iso 400
Post processing: Lightroom : color balance / Photoshop : Layout , crop , levels , luminosity and contrast

 Post subject: Food Delight
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:31 pm 
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It tastes even better than it looks :)

Camera D200
Lens 105mm VR
Exposure 1/60sec
ISO 500
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 105mm
Metering Spot
Simple PP in CS2

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:00 am 
I had the idea to use my friends apple cutter to get a symmetrically cut apple and it then evolved into this. I had some issues because I just did this on my kitchen table and I only had the light in the ceiling and a lamp from my room. Also, I couldn't find an extension cord so I had to make due with only one angle for the lamp. However, I quite like how it turned out, I think the colours a very warm and comforting.

And the apple was yummy too. :)


Camera Model: Canon Rebel XSI
Lens and focal length: 18mm - 55mm
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Sensitivity: 400
Post processing: None

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:54 pm 
Im new to this photography stuff and this is my first contribution to the assignment
Homemade ArticRoll courtesy the WIFE :D


Camera Model: Nikon D90
Lens and focal length: AF-S DX 18-55
Aperture: F6.7
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Sensitivity: ISO 500
Post processing: None

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:10 pm 
Guess I'll call this one "egg" imaginative as I am.
It's an attempt to be artistic allthough gear and above all skill is lacking.
Still. I think it's pretty cool and I like eggs. Both the taste and the shape. And it can only get better. :)


Canon EOS 450D (Rebel Xsi)
Canon EF-S 17-55/2,8 IS USM
ISO 200
brightness and whitebalance.

And thank you to naniani and GCJ for pming me, helping me with the flickr thing :)

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