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Vote for your favorite entry!
Poll ended at Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:54 am
Bob Andersson 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Alan 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
mikeroch 52%  52%  [ 13 ]
Woor 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
MTK 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
HikingMike 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
rhyspark 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
richie_lyons 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
4xxxx 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
robbon44 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Suddhasatwa 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
DP-PARIS 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
warth man 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
optiman 20%  20%  [ 5 ]
Chopper 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Lukav 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
oldCarlos 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jiko 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
cujo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
daisy 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
janern 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
maxjj 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GCJ 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Trevor Harris 8%  8%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 25
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:41 am 
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Posts: 6953
Location: The Netherlands, Ridderkerk
Hi folks,

Welcome to May's Photo Competition! The theme for this month is "The Great Outdoors", as chosen by maxjj who won our March competition.
In case you haven't joined our community but would like to showcase your work then why not Register now. It's free and we'd love to see what you can do. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In maxjj's words:
    As a nature lover and someone that enjoys the outdoors, I would like the theme to revolve around that.
    So for the May's assignment I propose "The Great Outdoors" so any Flora, Fauna, Nature or Landscape Photography.

    Maxjj requests you do minimal processing.

Good choice maxjj now that spring is starting in many parts of the world. Gives us all a good reason to head out with our cameras.

The rules! UPDATED

1: You can only submit one image, but there is no time constraint on your submission. Have a great shot from last year's vacation sitting on your hard drive? We would love to see it.
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. (How to post images in the forum)
3. 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 if you are unsure.
4. 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, such as special exposure or lighting setup.
5. Submissions will close at midnight GMT on May 31st 2013. The final poll will follow.

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:

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 May 2013 Comments and Questions thread!

Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
In March, I offered the winner of the competition a prize. However, the
condition that there had to be at least 20 entries was not met. Thus, the prize
will be available for May's competition, with the same conditions. Grab your
camera, head out, and shoot your submission for April.

So, what is the prize? It's a copy of Joe McNally's "The moment it clicks",
a great book about photography describing the stories behind some of Joe's
images. Goes for over $30 on Amazon, but you can get it for free. I will even
pay for the shipping myself, which is why I will only do this once, shipping
charges can get crazy here in Holland.

Again, there is one condition: there have to be at least 20 entries. If
there aren't, I might consider moving the prize to next month, or not offer
it anymore and keep the book for myself, I'm not sure yet.

So, if you want a chance to win a free photography book, submit an entry to
this month's assignment themed "The Great Outdoors". You have until the end
of the month as always. Good luck!

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

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:57 am 
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Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 4:30 pm
Posts: 9886
Location: UK
Hi folks,

With the usual time constraint lifted this month I thought I'd raid the 2009 archive...


      Gornergrat, Switzerland

Clickable for a bigger version.

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Image Date: 2009-06-24 12:30:27 +0000
Focal Length: 19mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400)
ISO equiv: 100
Copyright: Copyright © Bob Andersson, 2009


Sony RX1R II. Olympus OM-D E-M1 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8, M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 + 1.4x T/C, Lumix 7-14mm f/4, Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH, M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8
M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8, Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
Astrophotography: TEC 140 'scope, FLI ML16803 camera, ASA DDM60 Pro mount.

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 9:57 pm 
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Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:48 am
Posts: 227
Location: Largs, Scotland
Pulled this out my library from 2010, dont get the chnace to do alot of this stuff now :roll:


Camera Model: Nikon D3s
Lens and focal length: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm
Aperture: f16
Shutter Speed: 1.0sec
Sensitivity: ISO 100 along with Cokin filter P154
Post processing: LR4 tweaks and crop

D4 & D700


 Post subject: Red Deer hind at dawn
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:14 pm 
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Joined: Wed May 28, 2008 9:48 am
Posts: 118
Location: Lochinver. Sutherland. UK
Yes, it really was this colour... no adjustments applied. I live in a remote area in the far NW of Scotland. It has disadvantages (city / shopping/ hospitals 100 miles 160km away) but early morning sights such as this compensate enormously!


Pentax K20D ISO200 1/250 @ f.5.6 55-300 lens at 180, against the light.
PP: crop and resize

PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:35 pm 

Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:19 pm
Posts: 67
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Caribbean Sunrise by Lovro K., on Flickr

Nikon D7000 + 18-105 @ 62mm, 1/400, f5.3, iso 100.
Nothing fancy done in PP, just some curves and cropping.

View from our hotel room in Cancun, Mexico. Mexico in general is an awesome place to visit, loved it.

Nikon D7000; Nikkor 35mm 1.8 DX, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 G, Nikkor 70-300mm VR, Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (non VC)

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 12:45 pm 

Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:42 am
Posts: 231
Location: Almere, The Netherlands
MTK - Misc. by mt.koopmans, on Flickr

The thing I personally like most about this picture, is that it is really sharp and detailed even when looking at 100%. The bigger it gets the more I like it, because the 100% image shows some great details. Something you will probably not see at 1024px is that there is a girl sitting next to the driver of the boat, using her phone to record the water skier behind the boat.

Camera Model: Canon 40D
Lens and focal length: Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L USM at 200mm
Aperture: f8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Cropped off a bit, sharpened a bit, a bit of noise reduction, didn't do much to saturation but did add a bit of contrast. Nothing too special. Have thought about trying to edit out the lens flare, but decided to leave it in there.

PS Need to look up the EXIF to be sure of the settings, but I think I remembered most of my settings correctly.

Cameras: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 40D
Lenses: Canon EF 17-40/4 L USM, Canon EF 24-105/4 L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L USM, Tamron SP 150-600/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Canon Extender 1.4x II
Want list: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron SP 90/2.8 VC USD Macro, Canon EF 500/4 L IS USM, Canon Extender 2.0x III

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:12 am 
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Posts: 920
Location: Kanduhar, Afghanistan
Pie Town Sunset by mcarriganphotos, on Flickr

Pie Town NM. Canon 550D 35mm f/2 at f/8 and 1/750 sec iso100. Cropped and a little color touchup in Photoshop.

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: Wed May 08, 2013 10:28 pm 

Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:37 pm
Posts: 12
IMG_0067 by Rhys_Park, on Flickr

Take it easy, first ever post and one from the library, its nature !

Canon 7d
Lens EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Shutter 1/100s
Apature f10
Date: 31/08/2012

Processed, frame and contrast in photoshop

PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 12:12 pm 

Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:11 am
Posts: 58
Location: Auckland, NZ
My first assignment submission, taken out North Steyne, Manly Beach, Sydney ~ Australia (5/5/2013)

Camera Model: Canon EOS 60D with Hoya CPL
Lens and focal length: Canon f4 24-105mm L
Aperture: f10
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Sensitivity: ISO 250
Post processing: Curves, reduced contract, increased temperature & clarity (light room)

IMG_2013_05_05_03764 by photography by [ fresh ], on Flickr

richie | auckland, NZ

photography by [ fresh ]
beach, travel & street photography

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 4:40 am 

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Posts: 1496
Location: Gold Coast Australia
We don’t have any mountains with snow close by. This one is a bit different from beaches and was taken in a local rain forest.

Natural Arch, Springbrook N.P.



Nikon D7000, 18-200mm VR II lens @ 18mm, f8, 1/30s, ISO 560 & –0.5 EV

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

PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 3:57 am 

Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:22 pm
Posts: 597
Location: Alexandra, Central Otago, NZ
One of the last photos from the UK before we left for the southern hemisphere. New years day in my last year there.


Canon EOS 300D
Iso 100
1/125 sec

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: Wed May 15, 2013 6:53 am 

Joined: Wed May 15, 2013 6:30 am
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Location: India

Description: Sunset at Calangute Beach, Goa, India.

Detailed information on the above photo is as under:

Camera Model: Nikon D90
Lens and focal length: 18-55mm, at 46mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Sensitivity: 200
Post processing: None (Used exposure compensation of -1 while shooting)

PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 2:03 pm 
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Posts: 854
Location: Paris, London

Camera Model: Canon 5d2
Lens and focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Sensitivity: 200
Post processing: cropped, boosted saturation in certail areas.

Taken a long time ago now - Feb 10th 2010 - Mauritius


PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 2:19 pm 
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Posts: 6953
Location: The Netherlands, Ridderkerk
Don't want to dig too deep in my archive to find an entry for this month's assignment, so here's a picture from my Paris trip taken on March 31st. You can find more pictures of my Paris trip here.

    Feet up and relax. Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 2013

    Leica M9-P + 50mm Lux
    Aperture: f/8
    Shutter speed: 1/1000th
    Sensitivity: ISO 200
    PP: B/W conversion, framing, nothing else

- Bjorn

Street and documentary photographer | Google+ | Twitter

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

PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:03 pm 

Joined: Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:03 am
Posts: 482
Location: Kendal UK
Ullswater, taken on Saturday. Mallard centre, kayakers left and right and, in the far distance, a couple of dinghies. There might be some walkers in there somewhere but my eyesight isn't what it was!

Ullswater 25may2013 by warth man, on Flickr

Nikon D600
16-35mm lens
f 10
-1 EV
PP = cropped, slight straightening and light tweak.

Last edited by warth man on Wed May 29, 2013 2:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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