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Vote for your favourite entry!
Poll ended at Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:09 pm
mikeroch 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
victor 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Bramsey89 11%  11%  [ 5 ]
MBrutus2009 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
capital 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
AL 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
jeremy1302 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
Synchestra 15%  15%  [ 7 ]
Oleg 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jagadish_C 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
Travis D 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Brian Harmer 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GCJ 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
4agze 4%  4%  [ 2 ]
arshrom 4%  4%  [ 2 ]
sonnyboy 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
BDS 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Zyklusx 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
Lensbaby 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
dilbarmano 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
saahil 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
popo 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 46
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:03 am 
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Congratulations to Synchestra who won with 15% of the overall votes, followed by Bramsey89 in second place with 10%, and AL, Jagadish_C, sonnyboy and Zyklusx, who all came joint third with 8% each.

As always, this means Synchestra gets to choose the theme for the next assignment in September, and has until the end of August to tell us what it is, along with any extra rules. Synchestra, please let us know your theme in the July Q&A thread. Thanks and congratulations once more!



Hi everyone! Welcome to July's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Village / Small town life", as suggested by caesartg who won the May 2010 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In caesartg's own words:

"The theme for July is 'Village / Small town Life'. Any kind of photography is fine. The definition of village or small town here is a community with a small population. [If you have any questions regarding the size, please ask in the comments and questions thread - Gordon]

As usual the main rules apply, but if you want to submit a series of strongly linked photos depicting a narrative/slice-of-life/'haiku moment' of some kind (E.g. See the October 2009 assignment), then obviously you can have more than one photo in your submission post.

Please add the usual details under the photo plus detail any post-processing. Further details and description would be great (E.g. Location, time of day, how you came to take the photo, preparation, technique, accidental aspects that had a bearing - anything that you think is relevant is probably interesting to folk here).

I'm looking forward to seeing these - grew up in a village but now live in Taiwan's highly vertical metropolis. Oh, for mossy slated rooftops, the far-off bleat of a sheepie and the wafting scent of freshly-spread cow poo!"

The rules!

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

Thanks and good luck!


Last edited by Gordon Laing on Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:25 pm, edited 2 times in total.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:37 pm 
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Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
A bleak day for a village gathering.

Today 3rd July in the far north west of Britain on the west coast of Scotland, the tiny and remote villages of Achiltibuie and Polbain held their annual 'Coigach Gathering' on the only piece of suitable land, a raised beach between the two villages (far left in the Panoramio photo).

A group of teenage friends and rivals shelter in a sheep-fold to chat before taking part in the accordion competition. Young people in this region really value traditional music and consider it ‘cool’ to be a skilled musician or dancer.



Pentax K20D 55-300 Pentax DA2 lens. ISO800. PP: adjust contrast, crop, downsize

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:23 pm 
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Camera Model: Canon EOS 40D
Lens and focal length: Canon EF-S 17-85 ƒ/4-5.6 IS USM @ 64mm
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter Speed: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: B&W conversion. A lot of contrast and increased blacks.



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:22 am 
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Camera Model: Canon 400d
Lens and focal length: 18-55 kit, Taken at 21mm
Post processing: combined 5 Exposures, sharpened in photoshop.

A farm near my town! =)

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:54 pm 
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Location: Lake Worth Fl.

Private Island

Taken in the keys, There was a private island just off the coast of where my cousin lives. The dock was accompanied by a rather LARGE boat about 4 hours before this shot was taken.

Simple editing was done.
Noise reduction
spot editing (for sensor dust)
add border

Camera - Nikon D40
Lens - 18-55 mm
with 3 stop ND filter

.62 (roughly 1/6) second exposure
ISO 200

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


PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:03 am 

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EFL 225mm, 1/125 sec, F/11, ISO 200

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:50 pm 

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Location: Hampshire, UK
A peaceful walk through the village....


Camera Model: Nikon D300S
Lens and focal length: 52mm
Aperture: F7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: Resized to 500 x 322 and adjusted exposure

Nikon D300S
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:57 pm 
Here is my submission:


But I urge you to take a look at the much more impressive full resolution version here :wink:

I was passing through this small coastal village in the North East of England called Saltburn, and couldnt help but notice the water was set up in the most perfect position for some reflection snaps. I love this one and hope its also a nice competition entry!

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikon 18-200mm at 18mm
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/640s
ISO: 200
PP: I couldnt quite get the whole shot I wanted so had to take two and stitch them together as a panorama in post Im afraid, one image went from the far left to about half way down the pier, so not too bad. Need to get me an ultrawide angle for my DX :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:40 am 

Taken in Bellingen, New South Wales.

Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Zuiko 40-150mm @68mm
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 400 (must have left this on auto, a little higher than I would have liked)
PP: None.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:21 pm 

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Location: city of Kursk Russia
This summer in Italy! is hot! :oops: I photographed the interesting parts!
But very nice 8) :D :D RELAX!!

Canon XSi , Lens 18-55
ISO 200 F4.76 1/45 s software ACD System Digital Imaging

Best wishes, Oleg

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:16 pm 

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Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm (32 mm)
ISO Speed: 80


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:23 am 
Olympus E-510
Minolta 45mm and adapter set to infinity....and Tiffen sky 1-a filter.
(and shot from a moving car)

Last edited by TravisD on Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:31 am, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:53 am 
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Location: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Life in a (very) small village - Tora on the South East coast of the North Island, NZ
Canon 7D
EF-S 15-85mm at 85mm
1/250, f8, ISO 100

Canon 5DII, 7D, EF-S 10-22, EF 50 USM 1.4, EF-S 60 macro EF 16-35 L USM, EF 24 -15L IS USM, EF EF 100-400L, Canon SX130

 Post subject: seaside small town!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:50 am 
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Hi all,


D40,18-55 lens at 55mm, Iso200, 1/400s, f10.

Taken in Whitstable, Kent at the annual oyster festival.

Nikon D7100, Nikon D80, D40 and various lenses.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:29 am 

Hi this picture is taken in Lefkada Island, a small town called Spartochori. Very peaceful, quiet with kids and elderly around the town. Streets are narrow and build according to the earth contour. This particular scene is classic hence the pic.

Camera Model: Canon 1D Mark II N
Lens and focal length: Canon 24-105mm F4L at 40mm
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 1/40
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: CS3

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