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rmigliaccio Administrator Nikonian since 10th Mar 2004Wed 25-Jun-08 01:06 PM
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"June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"


Barrington, US
          

Please read the Rules and Objectives before you submit a photo for this Assignment.

The June Assignment is “CIRCLES”.

This assignment is rather simple, but calls upon your ingenuity to be different or unusual. This month, I would like you to take an artistic image of something circular or round. I emphasize “artistic”. Anyone can take a picture of something round. Strive to be different; let your artistic juices flow when composing your image.

There are no restrictions other than the image must (a) be an artistic image of a circular/round subject and (b) be taken during the month of June .

Also, please:

• Be imaginative and go for the unusual shot. After all, that’s what makes this fun!!!
• Do not use a shot in your archive – the whole point of this exercise is that it is an assignment.
• Submit only artistic shots. Naturally, we want to see your very best work with regard to subject matter and composition - translation – snapshots are not permitted.
• Include shooting data, and ideally, please include your thinking behind the scene – what were you trying/hoping to capture, and did you succeed?

As discussed here, the top five images will be selected by the previous month’s winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image with be added to our new Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery.

I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this assignment!

Good luck!!!

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Ayje Registered since 02nd Feb 2008Sun 01-Jun-08 10:40 PM
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#1. "Paper chinese lantern"
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I thought this was a "Different" way of looking a something circular as we have a few of these lights in our patio.
D200
Hand-held
AF 28-105mm nikkor

ISO 400, F/4.5, 1/500, Cropped so that it wasn't an entire circle using CS3Ext.



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#3. "RE: Paper chinese lantern"
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Barrington, US
          

Adrian,

I like the image and the concept. I also like how you composed the image with the lantern offset to the left. My only issue is the background. The beams are a distraction, IMO. Is there another angle at which you could shoot the image to avoid the busy background?

Thanks for posting!

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#2. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Melbourne, US
          

What Price Liberty? I had been shooting macro and the setup was still on the camera. I emptied my pocket change and saw "circles." The filled frame leaves the implication of circles without showing them.
D70, Nikkor 60mm f2.8, 12mm extension tube, ISO 200, manual exposure: f/16, 4 sec, spot focus, matrix meter.
SB-600 off camera left (white highlights), camera command mode 1/16 flash, incandescent light right (warm light on penny edge).


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#6. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Barrington, US
          

Bill,

Nice image. I like how you have organized the circles, and what you used for circles. I like how you lighted the set-up too; however, what do you think the effect would be if the SB-600 were diffused (I am assuming it was not)?

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#7. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Melbourne, US
          

Rob, the SB-600 was diffused - I forgot to mention it because it's on there virtually all the time. However, perhaps it was a bit close - about 10" - 12" away - resulting in a few blown spots. I appreciate the feedback!
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#8. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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NZ
          

My circle comprises a beautiful vase of dying flowers, viewed from above.

I love flowers and to me, the textures become even more interesting and the colours more subtle after they wilt - and since it is autumn where I live, they seem to match the general tone of the trees here in the neighbourhood.

D300, 18-200VR, f/8.0 1/160 ISO 200 with SB800 bounced from the ceiling.


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#11. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Barrington, US
          

Deb,

Nice use of circles - from the arrangement as a whole to some of the flowers themselves. The colors are beautiful too and, after the heatwave we have just experienced here in the NE part of the US, it makes me long for the Fall.

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#9. "Purple Pollination"
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Colorado Sprinngs, US
          

I wasn't seeking circles when I photographed this bee. There were some large purple flowers that attracted numerous bees, including this one. When I was able to look at the photograph on my PC I was amazed at the circular bands of purple pollination that accumulated.

Nikon 105VR - Hand-held (bees move too fast!)
F10
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Post processed with Capture NX, then photoshop to eliminate one small piece of dust.

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#12. "RE: Purple Pollination"
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Barrington, US
          

Rob,

I love this image! The bokeh is stunning! It is sharp as a tack and the detail is wonderful. IMO, the circular banding on the bee as well as the circular "blobs" on the flower satisfy the "circles" requirement.

Nice job!

Thanks for posting!

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#10. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Brisbane, AU
          

here is my post for the assignment this month.

this is the picture of a study lamp facing towards the wall. there is no shortage of circles with 4 concentric ones showing in the image and eight small ones making up the smallest one of those concentric circles.

i personally do think it is more than just showing round things.

if only the arm of the lamp could have disappeared and it could have hung in the air .

hope you like it.

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#13. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Barrington, US
          

Kush,

It works for me!

The representation of multiple circles is well done here. The "arm" holding the lamp doesn't bother me - rather, it breaks up the symmetry which IMO is a good thing for this image.

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#14. "Cenotaph"
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Crestwood, US
          

This is a portion of the John F. Kennedy Memorial in downtown Dallas, Texas. Shot this morning.

Nikon D300 w/18-200mm VR at 18mm
f9.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 200

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#15. "RE: Cenotaph"
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Barrington, US
          

Jeff.

Outstanding! The placement of the towers in the frame, the focal point that the eyes are drawn to, the perfect sky, and of course the circles, all work to make a fine image.

Nice job!

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#16. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Tarpley, US
          

I started out shooting my little ones blowing bubbles and I chased a few with the zoom. Once I realized how interesting they were my motivation became to shoot "My World in a Bubble". I like they way my tree line reflected with the sky.

D70s 80-200 Nikor; F3.5@1/320s; ISO200; WB Shade. In PS, I did a 4.0 Gaussian Blur on the background to smooth out the grain from a tight crop. Tweaked the color and contrast a bit to help the bubbles. Added an inner bevel to frame the shot.


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#17. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Barrington, US
          

Rich,

Lovely shot - and unique too. The background is delightfully creamy and it enhances the shot in that while you cannot make out the scenery from the background, you can get a sense of where you are from the reflection.

Nice job!

Thanks for posting!

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#18. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Jacksonville, US
          

Greetings,
I decided on poker chips. My husband and I play sometimes--Texas Hold 'Em. So here are some--

D300
50mm lens
Manual exposure
tripod
auto white balance
hot light to camera right
blue sparkle lame background with a black flag to keep out stray sunlight from the window behind
f/18
shutter speed not recorded
ISO 200

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rmigliaccio Administrator Nikonian since 10th Mar 2004Sat 21-Jun-08 11:11 AM
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#22. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Barrington, US
          

Susan,

Nice shot - good use of circles!. The high aperture provided nice DOF as this is a shot IMO that should be in focus front to back.

Thanks for posting!

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skibreeze7 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the continuous sharing of his inspirational photographic abilities and for helping and encouraging members as they advance from beginner into advanced photography. Nikonian since 18th Nov 2006Mon 16-Jun-08 07:41 AM
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#19. "Ship's Wheel"
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Astoria, US
          

Had the opportunity to go aboard the U.S. Coast Guard sailing ship 'Eagle' yesterday, and out of a couple hundred images taken, this was one of my favorite.

Nikon D80
Aperture Priority
F/11
1/40 sec
ISO 100
18-200VR @ 82mm





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#23. "RE: Ship's Wheel"
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Barrington, US
          

Darryl,

Nicely composed with rich tones - I like it a lot. Was it intentional to offset the wheel from the perspective of left to right? I like the circles within the circles too.

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skibreeze7 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the continuous sharing of his inspirational photographic abilities and for helping and encouraging members as they advance from beginner into advanced photography. Nikonian since 18th Nov 2006Sun 22-Jun-08 07:12 PM
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#32. "RE: Ship's Wheel"
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Astoria, US
          

Rob, you certainly have a critical eye...

Yes, it was intentional to offset the wheel. There were distracting image elements just off camera right, and I felt cropping the left side to center the wheel would make the image too narrow-looking.
However, after cropping the image to give the wheel left-right centering, I actually prefer the look. Thanks once again for the helpful critique.









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#20. "Pre-school Building Blocks"
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Astoria, US
          

While waiting for a potluck at our church to start, I snuck into the pre-school room, and did some circle scavenging.

Nikon D80
Aperture Priority
F/11
1/15 sec
ISO 800
18-200VR @ 200mm





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#24. "RE: Pre-school Building Blocks"
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Barrington, US
          

Darryl,

This one is superb! Need I say more?

Well done!

Thanks for posting!

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#34. "RE: Pre-school Building Blocks"
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Tampa/Lutz, US
          

simply stunning a winner here!!!!!!



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#48. "RE: Pre-school Building Blocks"
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Mahwah, US
          

AGREED ... winner here. =)
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#50. "RE: Pre-school Building Blocks"
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New York, US
          

Beautiful !!

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#21. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Vancouver, US
          

i've been searching all month for the subject that i wanted to use for my first official entry into the monthly contest/assignment. i came across it today. :-D

i'm up in seattle for the next few days, here for my orientation at Seattle Pacific University that i'll be attending this fall, and decided to go to the 'Museum of Flight' near Boeing Airfield on the way up. the main attraction there is the only remaining Skunk Works M/D-21 Blackbird. with it already being an amazing plane, the rarity of the M-21 just enhances the experience.

the primary difference between the M-21 and the famous SR-71, is the drone that many of you have no doubt seen, if you're at all interested in planes, and the second seat for the guy that controlled the drones seperation from the 'Mothership'. not to mention the M-21(or the 'Mothership') wasn't ever used for spy missions, since the space that the SR-71 used for it's camera equipment was filled up with the effective second cockpit. that's what the drone was for. also, only two M-21's were built. because the first M-21 crashed after a minor technical problem in seperation during one of it's early missions, this particular aircraft only has about 110 hours of flight time.

anyway, the photo is the business end of one of the Whitney & Pratt engines used to push this plane to speeds above Mach 3 officially, and very likely, since the 'official' top speed of the aircraft is still classified, beyond speeds of Mach 5+. i've heard it rumored that the plane touched Mach 7, but that's really just speculation that can't be backed as of yet.

at take off, there would be approx. 34,000 pounds of thrust, effectively pushing the plane forward, and killing anything unfortunate enough to be caught behind it. allbeit, a very fun place to stand with the motor off.

shooting data:
Nikon D80
ISO 200
F5
1/60
18-200 VR at 32mm
SB-600 for fill light
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#25. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Joshua,

Great circles, and I appreciate the story that goes with it. It must have been a sight to see!

My only nit is that this is an image, IMO, that might be better symmetrical. Look at your top corners. They are different. As a result my eye is drawn to the inconsistency rather than to the subject. Do you think a different crop would work better?

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#26. "Woodpile"
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When I saw this pile of cut wood, I knew I had a subject for "circles." I liked the way I first saw circles, then saw that none is really a circle. The longer I looked the more imperfections I saw.

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#27. "RE: Woodpile"
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Mark,

Great subject for this assignment. Consider, however, shooting the image a little lower so that the butt ends of the wood are directly facing the lens. Also, a little closer and you can crop out the hole in the upper right corner and perhaps also the grass along the bottom. Just a thought What do you think?

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#31. "RE: Woodpile"
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I agree entirely on the lower vantage point and the upper right corner. Not so sure about the grass along the bottom - I tried to preserve it, thinking it added context.

Thanks very much for the helpful critique, and making this forum go.


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#28. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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This seemed like an obvious selection for me. I wish I had remembered to adjust the ISO.

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#29. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Not sure if this works. My ceiling fan, taken from a position on the floor.

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#30. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Anne,

Both images are great "circle" images. I like the ingenuity of the 2nd one a lot; although it looks like your sensor may be dirty !

Nice job!

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#33. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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CH
          

Well, then, here's my go at the month's subject!

There is a roadwork depot next to the freeway on my way to work, and these huge concrete pipe sections have been watching the cars pass for years.

I've long been wondering what it would be like to be there with a camera, and today I had a chance to try!

This is the first shot I have selected...

Click the image for a bigger version from my gallery!



Technically, it's D200 and 18-200VR at ISO 100, handheld at 1/125 and f/5.6 in A mode for "maximum" smoothness of OoF zones. WB was left to auto, although I had plenty of grey to meter against... BTW, it is a colour image, not a BW

I'll add that it was shot in .jpg directly, after checking the highlights in the histograms. PP was minimal, basically a levels layer and minor levelling of the horizontals and cropping, plus the usual sharpening.

The "thinking" was to show some circular forms without showing a single one completely (my own assignment on top of the monthly one), so as to evoke rather than show.

Hope this works!

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#40. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Olivier,

It works just fine. Nice composition too. It is a perfect image for B&W even though you have it as a color image and I was fooled until I read your description!

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#35. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Was drinking some wine and looked at some of my corks and liked the colors against the butcher block and dried corn husks ... anyway // I put them inside this thing that holds hot dishes because of the swirls and spherical feet. I know .. not very inspiring =/.(anyone know that that thing is called ??)

I shot it with a 60mm macro at f/3.5 to pull focus to the cork tops (circles). Shot using ISO 100.
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#36. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Very nice!

>I put them inside this thing that holds
>hot dishes because of the swirls and spherical feet. I know ..
>not very inspiring =/.(anyone know that that thing is called
>??)

It's called a trivet.

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#41. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Michael,

I like the ingenuity. What do you think it would look like if you shot straight down at the cork tops - kind of a view from above?

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#47. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Mahwah, US
          

Rob ... if i can get the time I will give that a shot ... i actually did shoot a couple straight down and had trouble getting a perfect angle using the tripod in my kitchen. But its a really good idea.

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#37. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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CH
          

I'm getting time for a second submission.

Taken yesterday, some hours before my "big pipes" above, at the center of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, where I work.

Some years ago, the state and the city built the Espacité tower, an administrative building (there's a restaurant on top, but let's avoid that subject for the sake of our deepest innards

As you can see in the picture linked above, it has a section made (roughly) of a circle next to a small rectangle. What I wanted to do here is show the rhythm of the "piled circles" the tower seems to be made of. Speaking of rhythm, I thought I would remove colour and go for something as black and white as possible without going into caricature too frankly.

And once again, I stuck to my motto of "no entire circle"...



Technically, it's my faithful D200 with the 18-200VR at 200, ISO 400 (handholding and bad memory), f/11, 1/80 (for -0.66EV), WB... auto and for BW.

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#42. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Olivier,

Again, the partial circle works here for me. And you are right - it is best as a B&W. The angle of the shot is perfect too.

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#38. "Grand Wheel"
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For years I've been seeing all these cool Fair photos and I finally got one this time. The sun was setting, the sky was coloring, the clouds were outstanding and there was the Grand Wheel. I knew it would make a great picture, but how to capture it?

One of the things I'm finally getting ingrained is that you don't have to show the whole object. Sometimes it makes it more dynamic. So I offset the wheel. Being a bright sky, I knew I'd get a siloutte and that was perfectly fine. And here is the result of my vision.

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#43. "RE: Grand Wheel"
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Wed 25-Jun-08 12:17 PM by rmigliaccio

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Richard,

Lovely shot. The sky is stunning and it is no wonder that you saw an opportunity here for a great "circle" silhouette.

Nice job!

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#39. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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CH
          

Hi again...

My third and last attempt for this time!

The thinking here was again to suggest circles, but also to play with the different textures at work in the scene. Then the light, although hard, was playing at the right angle to suggest the round shape of the pipe that makes the backdrop, and the squares in the iron plates made for a nice contrast with the circles.

You can access a bigger version in my gallery by clicking the image



Technically: D200, 18-200 @ 70, f/5, 1/60, ISO 100. WB on auto.
PP consisted of a slight crop to get rid of a small illuminated zone below where my sig is, then the usual suspect, aka sharpening and resizing.

Hope you'll like it!

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#44. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Olivier,

I like this one best - perhaps because the manhole cover provides a splash of a color that contrasts well with the gray. Nice detail in the cement too.

Again, the partial circle works well, as does the suggestion of a circle in the pipe which comes through onaccount of the shadow and DOF.

Nice job!

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#46. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Wed 25-Jun-08 01:00 PM by mdonovan

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Looks like I relied to the wrong post ... here is the correction. I dont know how to delete a post .

I really really like this ... It doesn't scream circles to me, but I LOVE the use of textures and colors. It feels so ORGANIC for even though the objects are industrial (steel manhole cover and concrete). Really like the feel. Excellent.
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#49. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Chinese Umbrellas

Shot at the “Ghost City” in Fengdu, China.

Upon returning from my travels June 11 and (still) processing through the gigabytes of images, I found this shot. The colors and geometry of these souvenir umbrellas drew me to the scene… not circles per se, but definitely circular.

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ISO 320
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#55. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Robert,

Excellent! Delightfully colorful too.

Nice job!

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#51. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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A little circle on the circle here - but larger than all in real lie
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#52. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Preston,

Very true. I thought I would get more sunsets as a response to this assignment! I am glad you posted one.

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#59. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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I thought after looking at the other posts that this would be too mundane!!!

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#56. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Vegasvic II

Nice subdued HDR! If this is where you reside in nice weather, I'll have to visit someday! Fantastic view:Orb, sea and cooling sand! Sand here is hot, we are only about 6" from hades. But I won't trade only visit! Thanks for sharing!

  

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#60. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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thanks for viewing- its a beautiful place to live & visit - Im from tampa another Hades!!!



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#53. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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This is an Allium flower before it has bloomed.

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#54. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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William,

Wonderful image; and I really like it as a B&W. The contrast against the creamy background is dynamite! My only nit is the crop at the top - it seems to have cut off the top of the flower.

Nice job!

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#57. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Rob,
A second post for this month's assignment. I need to update my profile--I just got a Nikkor 70-300 mm lens-the old "G" model-I take it from readings that it is not too well thougt of but I am having fun with it. I found a spider web a few days ago and shot it wih my "new" lens (e-bay purchase.) The photo doesn't do the web justice--who can compete with nature? The play of the light along with the dew just made the shot. I tried various crops but thought this was about the best one--left all the stray bokeh --as they are "circles" of confusion.

D-300
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#58. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Susan,

Great example of circles, and against the blurry background, is quite nice. My only nit are the pieces of we below that are reflecting light. Might the image benefit from cloning those out?

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#61. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Rob,
You're probably right. I didn't even think of it--just saw it as "part of the web."
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#62. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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After a trip to the local Krispy Kreme donut store the donuts reminded me of this months challenge. This statue is nearby and the setting sun provided a good backlight and a colorful sky. I especially like the juxtaposition of circles--the "peoples" heads, the sphere of color itself, the circles of colors within it, the sun. All are circles in keeping with the theme.

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#63. "RE: June, 2008 Assignment - Circles"
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Craig,

I see all kinds of opportunities with this subject. One would be catching the setting sun in the circle - could be kind of cool, as long as the sun wasn't too overpowering (might depend on the sunset, clouds, etc.). Nice subject for this assignment - I think the circles are great. My only issue are the telephone wires - might the image benefit from cloning them out?

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