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Vote for your favourite!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:04 am 
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1ST SEPTEMBER 2008 - AUGUST'S ASSIGNMENT IS NOW CLOSED!

Congratulations to everyone who entered, and a big welcome as always to all our first-time entries!

So now please vote for your favourite image!

The poll will run until midnight GMT on 21st September and the winner, as always, will get to choose the next Assignment - this time for October 2008.

Gordon Laing


Hello everyone, welcome to August’s Assignment!

The theme for this month is suggested by richcaw who won the June 2008 competition. In richcaw’s own words:

"I have decided to go for Trees. For me one of the fun parts of these assignments is discovering new techniques both in terms of original capture and then processing to create the final image. Therefore there are no limits on post-processing this month aside from not adding material that wasn’t in the original image.”

So there you have it, the theme for August is Trees, and as always the image you submit has to be taken during the month of entry – that is, taken during August 2008. Photos taken on an earlier date do not qualify!

Good luck!


RULES!

1: The photo you submit should be taken during the month of the actual assignment - so for this month's contest, it must be taken during August 2008.

2: You're only allowed to submit one image, and you can't change your mind once it's posted!

3: Images should be no larger than 500 pixels on their longest side.

As always, please exercise good judgement on what is suitable for the forum.

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.

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:
Aperture:
Shutter Speed:
Sensitivity:
Post processing:

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on 31st August 2008. The final poll will follow.

Please remember this thread is for submissions only and that posted images should be around 500 pixels on their longest dimension. If you'd like to comment on any of the submissions or ask any questions, please do so in the August 2008 comments thread!

Thanks and good luck!

Gordon


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:38 am 
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The good thing about trees is they are everywhere.

Please let's me start with some trees in Bercy village. Taken today afternoon on my way to the library.

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with,

Olympus E-1
14-54@19mm
f/8
1/160s
ISO200
PP: modifications in Photoshop CS3. (basically added some contrast & clarity, erased a small piece of cloud)


A bigger one:

http://s235.photobucket.com/albums/ee25 ... 010160.jpg

Hope you like it.

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Camera Model: Canon EOS 400D
Lens and focal length: 18-55 @ 34mm
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: A bit of everything in Adobe LR2

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Florida palms! :D


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aperture f7.1
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These trees were taken on a Japanese Buddha shrine. We went there on the 1st of Aug and I am glad that this months theme is about trees.


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Aperture 9
Shutter 1/13
PP: Darken highlights, saturate a bit and framed.

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 Post subject: Trees - August
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:55 pm 
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Taken on a golfcourse in Uppsala, Sweden not long before the sunset.

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Lens and focal length: 18-70 @ 60mm
Aperture: f/9,0
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Slight saturation


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 Post subject: On assignment (August)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:13 pm 
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This is a picture I took during a trip in the mountain last day

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Camera Model: Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D)
Lens and focal length: EF-S 18-55 IS @ 30mm
Aperture: f10
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Sharpening, Contrast & saturation slightly increased


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 Post subject: Winding Tree
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I don't know what about this tree is so interesting. But I can look at it for hours. Much better at full resolution
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:51 pm 
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The Lady of Limekilns (Death in Repose)
OK, sorry about the macabre title and subject. This is a tree, honest! I came across this huge piece of driftwood - pretty much an entire tree at Limekilns beach in Fife (Scotland) today. After getting the shots home I realised this looked disturbingly like a decomposing head and shoulders :shock:

Actually there were several shots of the same piece of wood that seemed to have human or animal qualities (...perhaps a theme for a future assignment?).

I processed this some in Picasa and Photoshop to crop, desaturate, blow out the hilights to add focus to the subject, add film grain and then add a mild blue tone to cool it down for effect.

I hope you all think it's tree-mendous :D

p.s. if you click the pic it will take you to the Picasa site with the original unprocessed pic ( just to prove I'm not an axe murderer with a bad line in tree jokes :shock: ) it looks much better against the black background in slideshow mode.

Camera: NIKON D300
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 105mm

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 Post subject: Forest
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1.6sec
f/22
18mm
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I Knocked my 75-300mm in the water taking this :( .


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I quite like this topic :)

Maple Tree, backlit by the sunset.

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Resized.

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Camera: Sony DSC-W55
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 9.4 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Camera Model: Panasonic DMC-FZ8
Focal length: 12.9mm
Aperture: F3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Sensitivity: 100
Post processing: RAW to JPEG in Silkypics + noise reduction 20,a bit gamma increase,curves adjustment & some aditional lighting of the subject(the shadows were very hard in the original version-I always end up taking photos in the afternoon).

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 Post subject: Quiet Morning
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Olympus 510
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Some cropping and brightness adjustments in Adobe 7.0
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg22 ... ltered.jpg

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"Into the light."

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Clickable.

Canon 40D + 17-85mm @ 26mm
1/50 sec
f/4.5
800 ISO

Black and white conversion in Photoshop with tweaking of each colour. Highlight recovery and contrast boost. A slight crop and some other stuff I can't quite remember.

Typical problem with getting correct exposure in the woods with the bright sky and dark foreground was the main challenge.

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Camera Model: NIKON D60
Lens and focal length: VR 18-55 @ 34MM
Aperture: f5
Shutter Speed: 1/40
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing:-

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