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Vote for your favorite entry!
Poll ended at Tue May 22, 2012 7:05 am
Jagadish_C 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
4xxxx 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Michael Cafferkey 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
mikeroch 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Trevor Harris 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Tomis 38%  38%  [ 11 ]
dingo27mobile 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
djfsolo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jambia 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
darthkindy 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Jiko 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
Ivan Manko 41%  41%  [ 12 ]
Total votes : 29
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:52 am 
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Hi everyone! Welcome to April's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Commercial photography", as suggested by Lensbaby who won the February 2012
competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In Lensbaby's own words:
    "The on-assignment subject I have chosen is “commercial photography.” (I can almost hear the groans.) In
    all likelihood there will be a time in your career when you will be called upon to do a commercial shoot. If
    you’re getting paid it’s almost all commercial though, right? In this instance, I am focusing on print work,
    or ad work, as seen in magazines. The field is wide open, automotive, fashion, fragrance, travel, location,
    jewelry, beverages, food, hotel, restaurant, bridal, wildlife for zoo or nature publication, so you can only be
    limited by your imagination. If you have photo editing software, please add text to enhance your ad. If you
    do not, a simple explanation will be acceptable. It doesn’t have to be a factory or a gear, or a tractor for
    commercial work, but it can be. Looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this assignment. Please
    take your time and do something you would be proud to present in your portfolio. As far as editing, any and
    all photo manipulation is acceptable, but keep in mind, less is usually more.

    Pro photography discussions: ... 2256867661
    Smokin’ hot examples: ... otography/
    Mark DeLong
    Michael Molley ... raphy.html"

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it MUST be taken during April 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 30st April 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 April 2012 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:41 am 

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For this month's mag edition of 'Innocence...for...Ever...' charitable organisation.


Camera Model:D5000
Lens and focal length: 18-55 Kit lense at 26mm (39mm FF)
Aperture: f7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/4
Sensitivity: ISO 2500
Post processing: Only text insertion



PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:27 am 

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Location: Gold Coast Australia

Camera Model: Nikon D7000
Lens and focal length: 18-200 VRII @200mm
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Sensitivity: ISO 100, -0.7EV
Post processing: Elements 8, Rotate, contrast, crop and add text


Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

 Post subject: Urban Hand
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:13 pm 

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Location: Ireland
Urban Hand Advert by e=mcstudios, on Flickr

Photoshoot for the Irish clothing company Urban Hand for my brother in law to showcase the new skull tee.
Nikon D700
Nikon 28-70mm @ f8 & 32mm
ISO 400

YN 465 to camera right on a gorillapodesque tripod wrapped around one of the rafters. Fired by rf 602.

Desaturated and upped clarity in Lightroom 3, brushed back saturation onto the logo. Replaced head in Photoshop Elements 8 and added text and logo.

 Post subject: QUENCH THAT THIRST!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:44 am 
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Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
Bit of a cheat this since there is no Gin in the glass... it spoils
the clarity of the Tonic and has a tendency to become addictive!

I fancied a refreshing tipple so just chucked a bit of lemon into a
glass of chilled tonic. Against the odds the lemon remained upright
and then the bubbles fairly erupted on its surface.

So I grabbed the camera.


Canon Powershot G10 in macro mode
Against the light
ISO 200 1/200sec @ f.8
PP: Crop and resize to 800pix

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:45 am 
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Location: St. John's, NL, Canada

Taken during Wallnuts Climbing Centre's annual Rockfall climbing competition. The Outfitters (poster seen in pic) was their primary sponsor. How more commercial could I get? :-)

I had to rush with this one as I was taking photos of the finals as well. I had to swap between a portrait/remote flash/handheld mindset to a HDR/Tripod/Auto trigger very quickly. I only had one camera with me too, so I needed to do it fast as to not loose opportunities for other more "regular" photos.

HDR - 5 exposure set.

Nikon D200
Tamron f/2.8 17-50mm

Photo Specs:
Aperture at f/2.8
Shutter Speeds: 1/15s to 1s
Gain at 100

HDR Processing in Photomatix
Selective Blending in layer masks
Final processing with Noise Ninja

Trevor Harris

Nikon D200
YN-560 II
YN RF 603 x 4
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8
Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:34 am 

View Larger Here

Camera Model: Nikon D4
Lens and focal length: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II @ 120mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post Processing: 4 image composite, quite a few adjustments with curves, lots of clean-up in retouching, all done in Photoshop CS5

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:52 pm 
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Location: Slovakia
Well, i'm not good at photoshop, i can atleast try ...


Canon 60D, EFS 15-85IS,
EX430II remoted wirelessly
F20, ISO100, 1/250,

I'm new to DSLR's, so please be patient and take my opinions with reserve. Thank you : ) Yes, i am Canon man.
Image Google + Image My picasa photos Image My 500px album
Canon 60D + 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS, Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II, Canon 430EXII, polarizing filter 72mm,
Canon AT-1, 50mm FD F1.8
Canon A430,

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:33 am 

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Posts: 99
Location: Salisbury, MD
2009 Scion tC

Mods include a specV turbo, CB radio, magnaflow exhaust system, and blue interior lighting.


Sony A850
Carl Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8T at 50mm
Combination of multiple exposures ranging from 1/8 to 1/200, using both ambient light and strobe-light (Alienbees B800 powered by vagabond mini)

I had the camera on an old bogen tripod and used an assistant to light different parts of the interior, combined everything in post (Adobe Photoshop CS5)

Sony A850 | Sony Battery Grip | Carl Zeiss 24-70 Vario-Sonnar T f/2.8 | Sony 70-200G f/2.8 SSM | Lensbaby Composer Pro | Sony HVL-F58AM

Alienbees B800 (x3) | Alienbees Cyber Commander | CSR+ Receivers | Grids, Softbox, Gels, Manfrotto/Century/Avenger stands

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:54 pm 
Johnson & Johnson by aanesi, on Flickr

PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:06 am 

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Location: Canada
wow what a hard assinment this month and in honour of th upcoming hobbit movie i did a teaser poster

The Hobbit DSC_607 by darthkindy, on Flickr[url][/url]

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:06 pm 
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Location: Speyer (Germany)

Canon EOS 500D
Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
Nissin Speedlite Di466
ISO 100
1/80 sec

PP: Dust removed, Text added (Cropped the "Retina" out of a shot I've taken of the top of the camera and gave it the Kodak color and added it again), added some detail shots of this camera.

Canon EOS 500D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EOS 33v
Canon EF 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 USM + EF 24-105mm 4L IS USM + EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 50mm 1.8 II + EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM + Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM + Canon Speedlite 580 EX II + Nissin Speedlite Di 466

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:19 pm 

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Location: Jorba, Barcelona, Spain
My pic:
Tissot for CML 3.1 by Ivan Manko, on Flickr

I’ve decided to go for my father’s Tissot. (My Orient doesn’t catch up :( ). Not exactly what I wanted at the beginning of the shoot, but I think the result is OK.
Nikon D5000
18-55 Kit lens at 26 mm (eq. to 39 mm on full frame)
250 ISO

I used an off camera flash, trigged by a self made cable and taped to my Canon 420EZ flash. :lol: The flash fired at a big plastic board for diffusion.
Converted to B/W, contrast, fill light, brightness, and probably something else… and added vignette and text.
Hope you like it. :)

It is my deauty to capture beauty.

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:01 am 
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May is here already! Submissions are now closed and you all get a chance to vote for your favorite entry. Good luck!

- Bjorn -

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 11:01 pm 
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It's May 22nd, which means we have a winner! Congratulations to Ivan Manko on the win this month! Ivan, you will receive a PM from me after I get some sleep.

- Bjorn -

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