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Vote for your favorite entry!
Poll ended at Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:27 am
ianganderton 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
optiman 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
gregv 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
jribot 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
lagnificent 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Mish 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
maxjj 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
HikingMike 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
mlarrus 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
smartdude_me 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
apk27 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
bikerag 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
darthkindy 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
Lensbaby 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
kimchi 46%  46%  [ 13 ]
djfsolo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
4xxxx 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Mr Moose 18%  18%  [ 5 ]
Total votes : 28
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:22 pm 
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Location: The Netherlands, Ridderkerk
It's February, time to vote for your favorite entry!

Hi everyone! Welcome to January's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Silhouettes", as suggested by sbl03 who won the November 2011 competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In sbl03's own words:

"I'd like to choose the theme of "Silhouettes". The restriction is that you cannot create an artificial silhouette (that wouldn't be very photographic!), but you can enhance or intensify one."

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it MUST be taken during January 2012. 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 31st January 2012. 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 2012 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!


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Last edited by Bjorn van Sinttruije on Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:27 am, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:23 pm 
IMG_7459 by ianganderton, on Flickr

Camera Canon EOS 550D
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 200 mm
ISO Speed 100
Exposure Bias -2 EV

PP - shot in JPG and just cropped in Picasa

This month has proved very very hard!! This was a shot I was chasing specifically for this "Assignment" while at the 24hrs Dubai race at the weekend. Even with 24hrs to get it finding a suitable location and then being there at the right time for the light was really difficult.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:37 pm 

Joined: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:23 pm
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Camera Model: Canon 550D
Lens and focal length: Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 IS @ 55m
Aperture: F/22
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Sensitivity: 100 ISO
Post processing: Lightroom - crop and black and white

I was at the zoo in Zurich (Switzerland) with my son last week, when I saw these storks in front of the midday sun. I thought this would make a nice picture changed to the smallest aperture and took some pictures (without actually seeing, what I was taking, because the sun was so bright).

I only did very little post processing. I tried playing around with colors, but decided eventually to go with black and white to highlight the silhouette of the nest and storks (I hope this is acceptable). I mainly struggled with finding the right crop.

After I was done, I thought this would be a picture to compete with on the camera labs forum assignment. I had a look at this months topic and bingo - the picture actually fit.

So here you go :)

Fujifilm x100s
Nikon D610

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:11 am 

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Man I found this month tough as well being new to photography. With the winter here its tough to get a nice clear sky and some good sun for a good backlit subject!! Anyways, here is my entry for the month...

Nikon D7000 with 18-200mm Nikkor lens

Focal length: 18mm
Aperture: F16
shutter speed: 1/250
ISO 100.

Post processing in NX2 (thats all i have now lol) with some adjust of sharpness, contrast and I liked the feel of it in BW so changed that too.

Last edited by gregv on Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.

 Post subject: Tresco - Scilly Isles
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:38 pm 
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Location: South West UK

Taken on the Tresco, Scilly Isles Jan 2012. A balmy 13 degrees and a beautiful sunset.
Locked the focus on a subject about twenty feet from myself (hence the shallow DOF) and then swung the camera around to face the sun, recomposed the shot with the camera on self timer.
It took about 5 attempts to get anywhere near the shot above.

Eos 5DII - EF100 f/2.8 IS L
Iso 400
1/100 sec f4
Zero PP.

Last edited by dalem on Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:37 am, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:54 am 

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Posts: 396
Not dark enough to be a true silhouette...
IMG_2866b by bkslopper, on Flickr
50D + 17-55 IS USM
1/500 sec
F 7.1
ISO 100
Auto WB
Some tweaks in DPP for contrast, color, sharpness, CA.

 Post subject: Sils
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:31 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:51 pm
Posts: 27
Location: Russia
Silhouettes by Mikhail_mish, on Flickr

Shot with:
Rebel T2i
Helios 44-2 58mm f2

Shutter: 1/4000
ISO 200 (Highlight Tone Priority)

PP: LR a little of cropping

This was taken very early in the month in the Crimea. First days of the year, very very little people on the streets, most are still sobering.
I was just idly exercising that morning with a fifty mm when I spotted this family.


Canon 60D (+Magic Lantern)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS, Canon EF 50mm F1.4, Tamron SP 70-300mm VC USD, Helios 44-2
Canon Speedlite 430EXII
Benro A300F Tripod + BH1 Ballhead

Canon Rebel T2i

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:58 am 
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Posts: 1173
Location: bit east of Melbourne
came across a duck in a gumtree today
7D at 300 f5.6 -1ev, jpg from camera slightly cropped.

DuckinGum by maxjj, on Flickr

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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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:29 am 
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Posts: 920
Location: Kanduhar, Afghanistan
Sunrise over our training site
Radar Sunrise at Bliss by sherpa1d, on Flickr
Shot as RAW, f/5.6, 1/5-sec, iso100, 85mm, no tripod :(
Cropped adjusted the tint just a bit and touched up the blacks a bit all in CameraRAW
Not as good as some of the others but I always like to try

Mike "The Squirrel"
Canon 550D | Canon EF 35mm 1:2 | Canon 50 f/1.8 II | Sigma 18-125mm DC OS | Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD | Canon 430EX II
Military Issued Canon 40D | Canon 55-250mm IS

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:25 pm 
IMG_8300 by mlarrus, on Flickr

Canon 60d
EF-S 18-135mm @29mm
ISO 400
Shutter 1/8000

PP - added contrast, a little clarity and a vignette

ISO 400 was a mistake, I was shooting some portraits in a shaded area at f8 because it is where the lens is at its sharpest. At 135mm I still get a blurred background if it is sufficiently far away, then, moving along, saw this opportunity and snapped it!

 Post subject: Silhouettes
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:39 am 

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Shot at dusk,outside my home. Pretty sure, is not the best, but just gave a try.

Shutter speed:1/100
Shot at 40MM

Canon EOS 550D

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:05 pm 
Sunrise - Marina Bay Sands, Singapore



 Post subject: Graveyard
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:51 pm 
Graveyard in Middletown CT


This was actually a fluke, I didnt really set out to take a silhouette picture. I had an idea about taking a full 360 panorma in the middle of a graveyard, and then making a mirroball out of it. Mirrorball didnt work so good, but I did some cropping and it came out ok. The Image I posted was one of the hdr shots that just happened to contain a nice silhouette.

Here is a link to the image I was making at the time. ... hotostream

And this one ... hotostream

Camera Model: Lumix GH2
Lens and focal length: olympus 9-18
Shutter Speed:1/3200
Post processing: Some tweaks in raw editor

Back Link to photo stream

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:08 pm 

Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:00 am
Posts: 453
Location: Canada
nikon 300s
18 to 55
croped and converted to black and white

DSC_2427 by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:53 pm 
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Posts: 268
Location: Arkansas
silhouette by Elmore Photography, on Flickr

200 ISO
Sony A700
cropped, sharpened in CS5

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

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