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Vote for your favourite!
Poll ended at Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:24 am
mikeroch 34%  34%  [ 32 ]
Lensbaby 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
naniani 14%  14%  [ 13 ]
Plymer 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Puddingbroodje 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Puddingbroodje 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
hubery 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
joseluissc 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Joey 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Orsan Kart 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
naeno 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
luis 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
palakaboy 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
jake.rohan 11%  11%  [ 10 ]
zrmi 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
MBrutus2009 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
chickenflavoredchips 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
IanDM 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
patti 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
supervillain 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
Evil_Homer 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
popo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Rostyslav 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 8%  8%  [ 8 ]
Total votes : 95
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:08 am 
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94 votes have been cast and we have a winner! Congratulations to mikeroch with his landslide victory earning about one third of the votes - a decisive win!

As usual, Mike now has until the end of the month to name the theme for February's Assignment, plus any conditions like allowing post processing, montages etc. Mike, please let us know your theme and rules in the December 2008 comments thread by midnight GMT on 31st January - preferably a bit earlier!

As always, thanks to everyone who entered, especially the first-timers. Congratulations to naniani with her second place and jake.rohan who takes the (virtual!) bronze medal. 8)







Hello everyone, welcome to December’s Assignment!

The theme for this month is "change", as suggested by shallowlife who won the October 2008 competition. In shallowlife’s own words:

"After quite some thinking I have decided that the December theme should be "change", not literally speaking, but in terms of how everything in life changes.

The following conditions have to be met:

It has to be a series of pictures - at least two, but no more than five pictures, and at least one has to be taken in December 2008.

Post processing and editing the pictures is allowed as I believe there is some skill required doing so and as it is part of creating a piece of art. GIF animations are allowed, and you can also turn your pictures into a collage if you prefer that. Again, at least one of the pictures has to be taken this month!

Also please post a few words about your pictures, not just the camera settings used when you took the picture but also what your pictures are all about."

So there you have it, the theme for December is "Change", and as mentioned above, at least one of the photos you submit MUST be taken in December 2008.

Please arrange your photos into a single image for submission here. It's up to you if they have gaps between them or are in a collage. Since there will be multiple images involved, we're increasing the maximum size of submissions for this month only to 800x800 pixels. Smaller entries are of course allowed. Remember this size is for the complete arrangement of images, not for individual ones.

Good luck!


1: At least one of the images in your arrangement must be taken during December 2008.

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

3: Submissions should be no larger than 800x800 pixels for this month only.

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:
Shutter Speed:
Post processing:

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on 31st December 2008. 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 December 2008 comments thread!

Thanks and good luck!


Last edited by Gordon Laing on Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:48 pm 
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Well, somebody has to open the batting ... so it might as well be me.

My home overlooks this Scottish mountain panorama, so I get to shoot the same vista all year around in a variety of lights and across the spread of the seasons. It never ceases to amaze me how the same landscape can appear so completely different each time I see it. The Left hand part was shot on my now retired EOS350D on a bright spring day with rain threatening and the Right hand on my Pentax K20D just yesterday. The two shots were scaled, floated together with Photoshop, resized and cropped

ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens on each camera.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:09 pm 
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This is Kate, the Catahoula Leopard Dog. She is "stealth." She is so sly that without supervision she will catch birds. That will get her in great trouble with me, but remains a temptation to her. In this series, she was watching the birds and wrestling with the decision whether to go after the black birds or whether to please me. In the last shot you will see her sneaking a peek in my direction to see if I am watching her. So as far as "change" in this series, it is reflected in the unconscious change in her expression.

speed 1/320
ISO 125
Sony Alpha 100
Tamron 70-210 F2.8

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

 Post subject: Rev rev revving
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:45 pm 
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Location: essex uk
The following pictures were taken from inside my Fiesta car. I revved the throttle so as to make the rev counter dial change to various positions.Being the considerate neighbour that i am this was revved outside my workplace and not my home. :) Just wish my neighbours were as considerate when they rev theirs. :( ....sue


All taken 18-55 kit lens
ISO 400
Contrast darkened.

canon 400D
18-55 lens
tamron70-300 lens
sigma 18-200 os lens

All my photos are clickable
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:47 am 
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Location: Toronto, ON
Frosty Morning Compilation


The seasons are changing; leaves are succumbing to frost; it's too cold to have picnics. Winter is knocking on everyone's doors.


(Top Right)
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100

(Bottom Right)
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 800

Saturation, Levels, Sharpened, Minor Vignetting for top-right photo, and arrangement into collage.

Canon EOS 5D MkII | Canon EOS 7D | Canon Digital Rebel XSi | EF 35mm f/1.4L | EF 50mm f/1.8 II | EF 85mm f/1.8 | EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM | EF 135mm f/2L | EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS | 580EX II | LumoPro LP-120

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:36 pm 

Fire is one of the most destructive elements of nature.
It can not only destroy forests but also houses and even the skin of a human.
For short: It can change the life of people as fast as it can change it shape.

Camera Model: Sony Alpha 300
Lens and focal length: 60mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post processing: Putting the picture together

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:18 am 
One thing that cross in my mind about this month assignment is Time.
Time is always changing every second, minute, hour, day, month and year.
Time runs so fast and I don't realize that this month will be over in couple weeks.
Here is my submission:


Camera Model: Canon Rebel Xti
Lens and focal length: 73mm (Watch), 88 mm (Desktop Calendar)
Aperture: f/11 (Watch), f/18 (Desktop Calendar)
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Post processing: cropping & wrapping, brightness/contrast, saturation, sharpening

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:07 pm 
Hello everyone! ;)

I'd like to make some associations and connotations that I always establish... maybe are part of myself, on my way, by my own...

On this season comes some reflections... health, disease, happiness, lowliness, warm, comfort.

Even knew this subject (not the assignment theme) as too much used, here it goes:

My "Change's" gallery

Common info:
Machine - LX2
DateTime - 2008:12:13 after midnight = too late :D
ISO - 100 (unfortunately is the only usable)
Metering - average (used for the first time)
Two stops underexposure
Some candles
background fabric
2x hoya close up on a inverted rubber lens hood (and some tricky on a system that doesn't admit filters). Although, 2x was too much on this experience.
Three cold white battery leds

1- Live (nothing more to connote)
S - 1/5
F - 4.90
DateTime - 2008:12:13 01:00:46
Flash - off
FocalLength - 25.20 mm native (about one hundred and some one, I don't know how many in 3:2 format)

2- Hope (connote to be some confusion with the troubled smoke, and the little light with some hope that maybe still there)
S - 1/3.2
F - 4.90
DateTime - 2008:12:13 03:31:34 = even more :D
Flash - low sync/red eye (on aperture priority mode) that's the only way to have low sync on this system
FocalLength - 25.20 mm native (again hundred and some one... although the focus still near infinite;) )

3- Helpless
Even more to establish connotation...
There's no light so, no hope. The linear straight smoke with ended, or death. Also with lose hair... not in the way of the Gordon's sympathy head... (and I'm serious now)
The lack of strength.
S - 1
F - 4.90
DateTime - 2008:12:13 03:32:34
Flash - low sync/red eye (on aperture priority mode)
FocalLength - 25.20 mm native
PP: red eye reduction on the wick (why we say that??)

4- Harmony (The photograph intends also to say all about)
S - 1/30
F - 4
DateTime - 2008:12:13 03:32:34
Flash - low sync/red eye (on aperture priority mode)
FocalLength - 15.60 mm native (maybe ~50mm on 135)

When I start to think about this gallery, initially only saw the first 2 shots. After that I realise the 3th... and after on the lack of the 4th. Curiously, when I'm think again, if I align on a different order it's always good for me!

Image Image Image Image

and a very Happy Christmas season to all CL members!
note: was one mistake on the 1th img link, sorry

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:50 am 
First assignment post here :D

went to the coast of borneo and found myself lying on the ground observing the movement of crabs ..haha
What caught my attention is their ever changing habits..first it was standing there and i'm guessing that it's going to take that specific assumptions were wrong....and boy crabs are harder at panning than cars.

This crab spotted my presence and it was known that it would dive into the larger hole.
Just as i expected it to be.
upon hearing the shutter click scampered across and i was in time to do some panning shots. :lol:
This sure did changed my perspective of the crab's behavior.

Camera Model: Sony A350
Lens: Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm
Post processing: light adjustment of saturation and contrast and cropping in CS3
WB: Auto WB
Metering: Spot metering

First photo
Focal length:70 mm
Shutter Speed:1/800
Sensitivity: iso 100

Second photo
Focal length:70 mm
Shutter Speed:1/800
Sensitivity: iso 100

Third photo
Focal length:70 mm
Shutter Speed:1/800
Sensitivity: iso 100

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:39 pm 
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Location: Scotland


Camera Model: Canon 40D
Lens and focal length: Canon 50mm ƒ1.4
Aperture: ƒ2.8
Sensitivity: ISO 640
Post processing: CS3

Mark Osborne
My life through an iPhone

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:54 am 
My daughter LOVES to change my son so that I have another daughter! He's going to hate me for this when he gets older.


Camera: Olympus E-510
Focal length: 26mm
Aperture: 8.0
Exposure: 1/50

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:43 pm 


Nikon D40 + Nikkor VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6

First: ISO 200, 1/100 sec, f/8, focal distance was 170mm, October 20th
Second: ISO 200, 1/160 sec, f/8, focal distance was 150mm, December 17th

Post processing on both was limited to crop only.

I wanted to show the decay on this animal's body. While it has changed position (I don't know how), it's the same one. The change in light was a matter of necessity: early morning was the only time I had available to shoot the second photo. In my mind, it works well. The corporeal (rotten flesh) gives way to the incorporeal (light/spirit). I find it kind of poetic.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:09 pm 

The Only Change that Matters...

This was a shot of how a friend of mine thought before and after he found God.

Nikon D90 w/ Sigma 24-60mm 2.8 EX DG D
1/40th Sec @ 2.8f @ 38 and 40mm
Manual exposure
Noise Reduction: High
D-lighting; Auto
Spot metered onto poster board.
shot RAW

Post Processing through Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2.1
Crop and Combine
Black and White
Blur tool with burn tool
vignette correction
layer overlays

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:04 am 

My first time entering in an Assignment!!! This series of shots is from a couple of separate Agapanther flowers of different ages. I wanted to show the flower at different stages as it blooms.

Camera Model: Pentax K200D
Lens: Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 AL II
Aperture:between 3.5 & 4.5 (depending on lighting)
Shutter Speed: Between 1/250 & 1/1000 (depending on lighting)
Sensitivity: ISO 100

Post processing: Cropped a little, put into collage. That is it.

 Post subject: Modification
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:09 pm 

This photo shows the motorbike that has been modified or in other word it has been changed from its original form.

Camera Model: Nikon D80
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 29 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post Processing: Tonemapping in Photomatix from single RAW and then adjustment in PS and noise reduction in NOise NInja.

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