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Vote for your favorite entry!
Poll ended at Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:58 am
dubaiphil 17%  17%  [ 5 ]
robbon44 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
keystrokesuk 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
4xxxx 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
MBrutus2009 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
lagnificent 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
HikingMike 14%  14%  [ 4 ]
Lensbaby 45%  45%  [ 13 ]
darthkindy 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
thomasrichards 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
mikeroch 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
daisy 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
DOUGLAS GORDON 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
EvanK 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 29
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 Post subject: August 2012 Submissions
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:10 am 
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Location: The Netherlands, Ridderkerk
Hi everyone! Welcome to August's Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Seize the moment", as suggested by mikeroch who won the June 2012
competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In Mike's own words:
    "Great photographs result from being in the right place at the right time, knowing how to get the best from your equipment and, often, enjoying a modicum of old-fashioned good luck! In setting this task I've tried to leave the ultimate choice of subject very wide indeed so as to include as many participants as possible. Your submissions can be drawn from any area that suits your interests and availability of subjects. I've grabbed some examples off of the web which demonstrate the way I'm hoping the competition will go: Prince Charles about to disgrace himself, kids playing baseball and an Osprey snatching a fish from a lake... humour, sports action, wildlife, kids, pets and anything else that works is legitimate.... just no faked setups or composite images please. Let the photograph speak for itself.


    Post Processing: Basic image cleaning and improvement, please tell us what you have done to the original image and the software you used."

The rules!

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

Thanks and good luck!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:48 pm 

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OK - I'll open fire.

Camera Model: Nikon D700
Lens and focal length: Carl Zeiss 2/35 ZF2 Distagon
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/200th
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Post processing Color Efex tonal contrast and graduated neutral density filter, followed by Silver Efex High Structure preset vignette, border and burnt bottom edge

Maghrib is the announcement of sunset before Iftar, which is the breaking of the fast during Ramadan. This cannon marks the official time for sunset in downtown Dubai, and if you catch it right, you get the full blast in your image.


PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:09 am 

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Location: Alexandra, Central Otago, NZ
Its pretty hard to follow that !

I just got back from my hols in Rarotonga and whilst there went along one evening to a local beach BBQ and a firedance. Only had my little Canon Powershot compact with me and wasnt sure if the photos would work as it was pretty dark.

Anyway, started going through the photos this weekend and thought this one worked quite well.

The dance only lasted for a couple of minutes and the fire was pretty hot.

Firedance - Rarotonga by robbon44, on Flickr

Canon Powershot A4000 IS
ISO 100

Post processing - usual auto correct, cropped and blackend edges. Removed a window glare.

hope you like it :)

Canon 550D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, Canon EFS 10-22mm USM, Canon EF35mm F2.

Got some of the gear but really still no idea...:)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:46 pm 
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Location: Scotland
From the Speed of Light event at the Edinburgh International Festival
A group of people carrying light sticks walking in patterns over a hillside as part of an art installation.


Larger version here ... rs2-X3.jpg

3s exposure f11 with the kit 18-105 nikkor lens. Some PP cropping and tweaking to show more of the light sticks than the background.

Nikon D90
Nikkor AF-S DX; 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G VR, 55-300 f/4.5-5.6G VR, 35mm f/1.8G
Speedlight SB-700

PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:37 am 

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Location: Gold Coast Australia


Camera Model: Nikon D7000
Lens and focal length: Nikon 18-200mm VR II @ 18mm
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post processing: Elements 8, Crop & contrast adjustment


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

PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:50 am 
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Location: Lake Worth Fl.
Thankful by Marko Brutus, on Flickr


Camera - D7000
Lens - 18-105mm kit lens.
Shutter Speed - 1/500s
Aperture - f/3.5
ISO Speed - 100

This photo although may not look like it was an accident but when I got to the beach that morning there was a lady who was drawing in the sand words then saying a short prayer as the waves washed them away. Very emotional to watch. And a nice sunset to go along with it. :)

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


PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:49 pm 

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Proof that Star Wars and Star Trek fans can co-exist.

IMG_3717 by bkslopper, on Flickr

Canon 50D and 17-55mm EFS zoom lens. F 2.8 in aperture mode with auto everything.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:10 pm 
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Snapped this on vacation in Berlin. My family and I could not skip Checkpoint Charlie while visiting the city, but I am glad we went there, since this turned out to be one of my favorite pictures. The American checkpoint, the flag, the soldier, and then there's a McDonald's and a guy wearing a Coca Cola shirt. Everything fell into place for a second, until the Coke guy turned sideways.


Camera Model: Leica M9-P
Lens and focal length: Leica 50mm Summilux f/1.4
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Sensitivity: ISO 160
Post processing: B/W Raw conversion, slight vignette, framing

- Bjorn -

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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:44 pm 
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Location: Kanduhar, Afghanistan
When I first saw this I thought the rotter blades had some kind of light in the tips so you could see the blades. It was explained latter that it is static that occurs in just the right conditions with the sand in the air. This was late at night, the light on the ground are generator/flood lights about 1/4 mile away.
120811-A-3430C-73-291 by 501BSB, on Flickr

Canon 40D and 55-250 at 55mm
Cropped and HEAVY noise reduction

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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:12 pm 
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Location: Arkansas
Reinforcements by Elmore Photography, on Flickr

Sony a700
Minolta Beercan 70-210 f/4
Exposure 1/2000
ISO 800
Sharpened, cropped, enhanced saturation.

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

PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:56 am 

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Location: Canada
DSC_7972 by darthkindy, on Flickr[url][/url]

PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:43 pm 
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1208_Hiking_061 by Nikon Pup, on Flickr

Surveying the horizon from atop Bear Mountain, NY.

Camera Model: Nikon D80
Lens and focal length: 18-200 VRII @ 18mm
Aperture: f8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/200sec
Sensitivity: ISO100
Post processing: Cropped, Auto Tone, LR4 Punch preset, and sharpening.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:14 pm 
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Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
It rains quite a bit on the West Coast of Scotland so when it chooses not to rain, we tend to get out and make the most of it. So it was last evening, a stroll along the main street was called for so I grabbed the DSLR on the way out more in hope than expectation. A glorious evening with the setting sun warming the rocks on the foreshore. Just by the post office something moved, hallelujah, not only was there an otter sunning himself but I had the right kit with me to capture the moment!


Pentax K20D SMC Pentax DA lens 55-300 on 135mm ISO1600 1/1500 @ f.6.3
Camera was set up for capturing birds in flight .... I wasn't expecting an otter!
PP: Crop, resize

 Post subject: MOONRISE
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:31 pm 
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MOONRISE over the local mountain, the light was fading fast and the clouds were only 'right' for about a minute.


Canon EOS 350D 18-55mm Kit lens on 55mm ISO 200 1/4sec at f.5.6
Hand held, braced against the door-frame. Light crop, downsize to 1000 pixels to avoid too much 'noise'

Last edited by daisy on Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:16 am, edited 1 time in total.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:29 pm 

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Location: Bindal,Portmahomack,Tain,Scotland

Portmahomack in the sun
Canon 600D
18-135mm lens at 18mm
ISO 100
F 7.1
Daylight WB

SUN has been a rare sight his year so it was good to see such a glorious sunny day with blue skies and heat which we could do with it now to dry the crops to get the harvest in.
Portmahomack is the only village on the east coast of Scotland that faces due west so we get lovely sunsets and I get lovely sunrises when we see the sun!!!!on the other side of peninsular

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