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Vote for your favourite!
Poll ended at Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:32 am
mikeroch 10%  10%  [ 8 ]
Lensbaby 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
GCJ 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
rogersjt 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Anel-slo 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
jamier01 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Orsan Kart 29%  29%  [ 24 ]
Silvanoe 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
magnipheeque 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Jonabe 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
thomasvo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
daisy 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Marc Saylor 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
Jim Hawksworth 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bob Andersson 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
antipropho 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
pgtips 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
GLXLR 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
madczech1271 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
djfsolo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
naniani 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
chickenflavoredchips 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
jka 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
picturesonthemind 22%  22%  [ 18 ]
AlexanderSkak 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
jake.rohan 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
HTG 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
YosserY2k 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
popo 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Bjorn van Sinttruije 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 82
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:04 am 
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Orsan Kart, the winner of Feb's assignment, is currently flooded with work for University exams, so has asked that we defer the choice of theme for April to the runner-up: picturesonthemind.

So picturesonthemind, you have until midnight GMT 31st March to come up with a theme for April's contest. As always, please post your theme in the February comments thread. Thanks!



It was a two-horse race this month between Orsan Kart and picturesonthemind, winning 28 and 22% of the votes respectively. Orsan pipped to the post to win once more though, so as always now has until the end of March to let us know the theme for April's Assignment. Orsan, please let us know in the February comments thread before March 31st.

Congratulations to all who entered, especially our first-time entrants and a special mention to mikeroch and Bob Andersson who came thrid and fourth respectively.




Congratulations to everyone who entered, especially all our first-time entries!

As always, you have until Midnight GMT on March 21st to vote for your favourite photo. The winner get's to choose the theme for April's Assignment!


Hi folks,

Welcome to February's On Assignment!

The theme for this month is "Tension", as suggested by mikeroch who won the December 2008 competition.

In Mike's own words: "The topic I am proposing is "TENSION". A single exposure with basic post processing permitted to enhance rather than radically change the composition. The image should speak for itself requiring little additional explanation. Contributors are encouraged to hard crop their original; allow the subject to dictate the format.

No cunning theme-bending please. A technically outstanding picture of a fluffy little kitten that has been shoe-horned into the theme with the text "my Tiddles gets really TENSE if she doesn't get her daily dose of Moggy-Meat" is a transparent device and unworthy of the forum."

So there you have it, the theme for February is "Tension", and as always the image you submit has to be taken during the month of entry – that is, taken during February 2009. Photos taken on an earlier date will be disqualified! And remember, all images submitted here must be no more than 500 pixels on their longest side.

Good luck!


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 February 2009. Photos taken earlier will be disqualified!

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 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 28th February 2009. The final poll will follow.

Please remember this thread is for submissions only and that posted images should be no more than 500 pixels on their longest side. If you'd like to comment on any of the submissions or ask any questions, please do so in the February 2009 comments thread!

Thanks and good luck!


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: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:20 pm 
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We retirees need to get our excitement any way we can!


Pentax K20D on tripod, set to take 10 exposures (of which this is the least embarrassing) at 5 second intervals. Direct flash on camera, ISO800, 18-55mm Pentax DA lens. PP= Light cropping, desaturated then tinted to sepia (for that authentic 'old-codger' effect!!), one or two areas of extraneous detail blocked out with black, dodging and burning tools used to even-out the illumination.

 Post subject: Tension
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:11 am 
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My take on "tension."
shutter speed 1/125
F 5.6
ISO 800
Darkened the background to get rid of clutter and focus on the main components in the shot. Resized, touched up Wolf-Wolf's pupil just a tad.

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

 Post subject: Tension
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:34 am 
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Hi all,
Title- Tapping Fingers,
A way of relieving nervous TENSION.

18-135 lens at 80mm, 1sec, f5.6, iso100, no flash, some PP in captureNX.

John :)

Nikon D7100, Nikon D80, D40 and various lenses.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:30 pm 

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Location: Beavercreek Ohio, USA
The cables on my Grandfather Clock have the tension of the weights. Not to mention the tension that time puts on all of us.
Shooting Date/Time
2/8/2009 17:12:33
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Centerweighted average metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length
55.0 mm

Canon XTi
Canon EF 50mm
Canon EFS 18-55mm
Canon EF 75-300
Canon Speedlite 430EX Flash
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod
Manfrotto 804RC2 Head

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:30 pm 
here's mine, good luck everyone ;)


 Post subject: Tension
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:00 pm 

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Location: Hampshire, UK
My first post on the forum. Quite tense in itself, but I digress.

A paperclip using water surface tension to float.

Canon 450D with kit lens at 55mm + 39mm of extension tube
f/16 aperture
1/8 sec exposure
ISO 800 (I forgot to change from previous playing!)
Camera flash used to highlight the tension in surface of the water


Canon EOS 450D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM, EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, Sigma AF 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM, Canon Speedlight 430EXII, 9/16/30mm macro extension tubes.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:52 pm 
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Compact Tension


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens and focal length: Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.4
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Sensitivity: 160
Post processing: Lightroom2 -

Mark Osborne
My life through an iPhone

 Post subject: High Tesion
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:59 pm 

here double tension: wire tension + voltage tension. :)

Sony W610
Aperture 2.8
Shutter Speed 1/1250
ISO 100
PP moderate crop, Black/White[/img]

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:22 pm 
here's my submission for this month..its me trying to tune my guitar..thus applying 'tension' to the strings..hope u like it..=)


Camera Model: Sony Alpha 200
Lens and focal length: 18 - 70 kit lens at 50mm(i think..)
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 0.4"
Sensitivity: ISO400
Post processing: a little colour tuning n sharpening

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:13 pm 
My first post here at Cameralabs

here is my take, tension cracks in the ice.


Camera Model: Nikon D80
Lens and focal length: Nikkor 50mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter Speed: 1/3200 sec
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post processing: B&W

Nikon D80, 18-70mm 3.5-4.5f, 50mm 1.8f, 14-24mm 2.8f,
SB600, Manfrotto 680B

My Flickr

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:52 pm 

The tension of the moment, should he pass or should he shoot?

oh and First post on camera labs!

Shooting information:
Camera Model: Canon EOS 30D
Lens: 18-55mm EFS
Focal Length: 18mm
Aperture: 1/640 sec.
Sensitivity: ISO-200
Post Processing: Increased Highlights and Shadows


 Post subject: faking it
PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:36 pm 
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Shamelessly faked-up with a bit of polypropylene rope, a couple of bungee cords to pull it tight and a hacksaw to do the damage ... but it'll be our secret!

Canon Powershot G7. ISO200, aperture priority f.4 to render background soft.

 Post subject: Tension
PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:21 pm 
Just trying to ease the.... Tension


Stretched balloons with black velvet background

Camera Model: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.8
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/500
ISO: 3200
No post processing
Cheap tripod

Last edited by Marc Saylor on Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:25 am 
Man vs. Nature


Camera Model: Canon 30D
Lens and focal length: EF50mm f/1.8 II
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
Sensitivity: ISO 640, Under exposed one full stop.
Post processing: ACR via Lightroom, Grayscale, Brightness +7 off 50, straighten a bit, and noise reduction.

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