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Vote for your favourite photo!
Poll ended at Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:38 am
jeremy1302 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
thestig2010 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
mikeroch 9%  9%  [ 4 ]
shallowlife 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Oleg 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
jbaptista 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
jkstacey 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
MrKman 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
AL 4%  4%  [ 2 ]
WestCoast 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
popo 4%  4%  [ 2 ]
Lensbaby 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
maxjj 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
seattlesteve 15%  15%  [ 7 ]
GCJ 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
tonypgst 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
MoreBravo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Aaronalexa05 4%  4%  [ 2 ]
TravisD 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
djfsolo 17%  17%  [ 8 ]
darthkindy 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
bakica 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
naeno 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
janern 11%  11%  [ 5 ]
Don.Homer 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
Michael Cafferkey 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Trevor Harris 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 46
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:22 am 
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Location: The Netherlands, Ridderkerk
MARCH 22ND - Poll closed. Congratulation to djfsolo for winning this On Assignment!

MARCH 1ST - Submissions closed, vote for your favourite!

Hi everyone! Welcome to February's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "high key", as suggested by daisy who won the December 2010 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In daisy's own words:
    "The task for February is HIGH KEY. Any subject is acceptable so long as it conforms to the style and technique. You can look up definitions online but my ‘take’ on High Key photography is that a full range of tones from the lightest to full black must appear somewhere in the picture with the lighter end of the tonal spectrum dominating; areas of black should be minimal but certainly present. Perfect lighting and precise exposure will be necessary to retain texture throughout the tonal range and to achieve subtlety of contrast between the full range of shades. Imagine a blonde girl in a white brocade wedding dress holding a bouquet of white flowers in a white room,.. but a misty landscape could work too, or a suitable still-life subject … anything you choose. This need not necessarily become a monochrome exercise, colour images should be submitted so long as they remain within the spirit of the idea.

    RULES: Image size 1024 pixels maximum (or smaller but with a link to a larger off-site image if you so choose), shot during February. Lighting: I would like to think that an amateur using bedsheet reflectors and tissue paper diffusers could match the efforts of a semi-professional with all the studio bounce-flash, diffuser screens, lighting stands and backgrounds that that environment provides, and that credit might be given accordingly come voting time. Please describe your lighting set-up in your technical notes. Minimal post processing please and certainly nothing intrusive… try to get the image as perfect as possible actually in the camera. Append descriptive notes on the subject and composition if you wish and please describe equipment used and techniques employed."

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it MUST be taken during February 2011. Photos taken earlier will be disqualified!

2: All images submitted must be no more than 1024 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. Keep it clean and family-friendly or it'll be removed. 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 2011. 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 2011 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!

- Bjorn -

Street and documentary photographer | Google+ | Twitter

Leica M9-P (my article on Camera Labs) | Leica D-Lux 5 | 50mm Summilux

Last edited by Bjorn van Sinttruije on Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:48 am, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:18 pm 
Ill start off proceedings then


Nikon D5000 at ISO 200
35mm at f1.8
Processing: Desaturating, adding contrast, adding grainy effect

 Post subject: <3 Film
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:25 pm 

Waves at Discovery Park, Seattle, WA - Shot with 35mm Fuji Velvia 100 Slide Film (shot, processed, scanned all on Feb 1)

In the midst of the standard rainy Washington winter, there was an afternoon of sunshine and a glorious sunset off one of the few desolate beaches near Seattle. It was my first time shooting slide (color reversal) film, and I was stunned to discover I shot this!

Camera Model: Nikon N75
Lens and focal length: Nikkor 50mm f1.8
Aperture: f8 (approx)
Shutter Speed: 1/250 (approx)
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: very very very small changes to tone curve

PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:46 am 
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Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
Mirissa beach Sri Lanka... natural light, high thin cloud diffusing the sunlight to produce flat lighting.



Canon Powershot G10. ISO 200 "P" setting, overexposed 1 stop.
Post Processing: Crop, Sharpen, desaturated 50%, resize.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:54 am 

PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:32 am 
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I've never done High Key before so this is a first. These flowers fell from the tree near my cottage this morning and solved my problem. I prayed for a suitably black insect to crawl across them but none obliged, so no pure blacks in this shot!


Available light, diffused by thin cloud. EOS350D 18-55mm ISO200 1/125th @ f.5.6

Post processing: pull curves a little at the light end of the spectrum, crop, sharpen, reduce in size.

Editing: Smaller image replaces earlier one.

 Post subject: Rabe
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:17 pm 

Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:48 am
Posts: 171
Location: city of Kursk Russia

Canon XSi

Cosina 100-400

Shutter Speed:1/128S
f 5,6
fl 400mm
Post processing: PS

Best wishes, Oleg

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:11 am 

Nikon D50
ISO 200
F 3.3
Processing: Desaturating, more contrast
Light: Natural Light + Flash SB-600 M 1/32 at 14mm
Nikon Af 50mm F1.8

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:05 pm 
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Location: Wales
Rest Bay Silver Surfer.


Camera Nikon D3100
Exposure 1/2500 sec
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 240 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias +1/3 EV
PP Lightroom Mono with slight blue filter.

"I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order" - Eric Morecambe
D7000 and too many lenses.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:51 pm 
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Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
"You're Mine!"

Happy Valentine's folks...


Canon EOS 40D | Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
38mm | f/2.8 | ISO 400 | 1/400s | EB +0.3 step

Window light to camera right with white poster board as reflector to camera left

PP: Slight curve adjustment

MrKman | website
Canon EOS 5D II + PowerShot G12
Samyang 14 f/2.8 + Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 + Samyang 35 f/1.4 + Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Yungnuo YN560 + YN560ii (x2) + Cactus V4

WISHLIST: 300 f/2.8
FORMER: Canon 5D + 40D + 450D + 18-55mm + 28-135mm + 50 f/1.4 + 100 f/2.0

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:03 pm 

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Location: Hampshire, UK


Camera - Nikon D300S
Exposure - 8 Secs
Aperture - f/11.0
Focal Length - 70 mm
ISO Speed - 100
Exposure Bias - "-1/3 EV"
PP - Slight Sharpening, rubbed out a small stem from the main branch

Nikon D300S
My Photography Website
My Flickr

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:02 am 

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Not the best example, but regardless ...


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Location: UK
White Lily

Camera Model: Canon 7D
Lens and focal length: Zeiss 50mm f/2 makro
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Sensitivity: ISO100
Post processing: Slight tweaks to levels, curves, WB adjust.
Lighting: two continuous diffuse lights, placed about 45 degrees either side in front of her. Normal room lighting also, but probably too weak to be significant.
Setup problems: White wall is some 6 inches behind her so it was difficult to adjust the position preventing shadows and to defocus it out to prevent a coarse texture. The continuous lights seem to have a high frequency flicker, that shows up as variations in brightness and colour when using a fast shutter. If I was doing this more seriously, I'd get a nice ND filter to increase the shutter time to at least one mains cycle (1/50) or longer multiple. The light stand legs and camera tripod also decided they wanted to be in the same space as each other.
Other problems: her hair is impossible to manage!

Canon DSLRs: 7D2, 7D1, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 70-300L, 100-400L, 100L, MP-E 65, EF-S 10-18, 15-85
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 50/1.4A, 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS
Compacts: Sony HX9V, Fuji X100.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:44 pm 
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Location: Arkansas
Exposure 1/80
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 50mm
Horrible ISO 800 forgot to reset that!

Shot against white sheet pushpined to the wall, 2 small lights facing background, slave flash on tripod facing subject's back, pull up flash on camera active. Not perfect, but best I could do without a model. Tinkered with brightness and contrast, used softening filter.

Camera Labs High Key by Elmore Photography, on Flickr

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

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:04 am 
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couldn`t think of a subject for this, until I looked at or should I say wife`s dog. Its a Chinese crested powder puff. :oops:
100 macro at 5.6 and 1/125 iso 100 oops forgot to mention exposure +1
cropped in photoshop.


Canon Powershot S95, Canon 6D,7D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 17-40 L, Canon 15-85, Canon 85 1.8, Sigma 30 1.4, 50mm 1.8, Canon 100 2.8L Macro, Canon 70-300L +Kenko 1.4 Pro 300DGX, Canon 430EX II and RS 4 Classic

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