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rmigliaccio Administrator Nikonian since 10th Mar 2004Fri 25-Jul-08 01:12 PM
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"July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"


Barrington, US
          

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

The July Assignment is “FORBIDDEN”.

This Assignment will require you to think before you shoot! Think of things that are “forbidden” and capture an image that expresses that point.

There are no restrictions other than the image must (a) be an artistic image depicting something that is “forbidden”, and (b) be taken during the month of July .

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 Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery.

I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this assignment!

Good luck!!!

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Jerry Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jun 2004Sat 05-Jul-08 01:30 AM
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#1. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Rockaway, US
          

Interesting assignment. Requires a lot of thought.

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#2. "Don't You Dare!"
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Crestwood, US
          

Nikon D300 w/18-200 VR at 200mm, f5.6, 1/90sec, ISO 320, handheld w/fill flash
Captured at Lone Elk Park, outside of St. Louis.

Jeff Meyers
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Barrington, US
          

Jeff,

The expression, and angle of the owl's head, suggest exactly as you state - "don't you dare". It works for me!

Nice job!

Thanks for posting.

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Phoenix, US
          

D40 F/14 1/80s
Nikon 18-55 @55mm

The sharp spikes and the red paint say it all. Don't go there!


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Barrington, US
          

Dean,

The subject of the image works well for the assignment. Your exposure looks spot on too. My only issue (and it may only be me) is how it is composed. Did you try different angles? Were any shots taken with the camera on the ground? Would it make a difference if the spikes traversed the image from the lower left corner to the upper right corner (rather than ending in the upper center of the image)? What do you think?

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#6. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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London, UK
          

Hello, ok this my first attempt at photo assignment.

I have couple of ideas but this a shot i have been after for a while and thought it would fit assignment well, though was not sure i would every get it this month but luck was with me and i did. (See post in wildlife)



My reason behind image and assignment is one of conflict and rights, specifically those of nature and man.

In the UK most course fishing waters are controlled and payment is required to fish, this of course puts a value on the fish. Nature of course does not know or recognize such restrictions so there can be conflict between fishery owners and predators.

Being an angler myself i have no issue with Herons, (Cormorants is another story) and just love the irony of this shot.


Model: NIKON D300

Date/Time: 2008:07:10 13:17:48.57
Program: Manual
Metering: Evaluative
Exposure Time: 1/250 sec
Ev Bias: None
F Number: 5
Focal Length: 160mm
ISO: 200
Lens: 70-200mm F/2.8
WB Mode: AUTO
AF Mode: AF-C


Raw image processed in BibblePro, finished off in Gimp








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#10. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

Michael,

Great shot; and I agree with you on the cormorants! The irony does bring it within the Assignment, and I like your ingenuity.

Thanks for posting!

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lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007Sat 12-Jul-08 04:58 AM
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#7. "Forbidden Fruit"
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Dallas, US
          

A (hopefully) self-explanatory take on the forbidden theme!

D80, 85mm, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, ISO 200
Shot with an SB-800 in manual mode at 1/16 power bounced off the wall behind the camera.





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#11. "RE: Forbidden Fruit"
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Barrington, US
          

Mark,

Very clever. The blurry background adds to the suggestive nature of the image. My only nit is the fact that fingers on the hand are cut off. Do you think having the full hand would improve the image?

Thanks for posting!

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lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007Fri 18-Jul-08 01:39 AM
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Dallas, US
          

I didn't think the full hand worked at the time... I wanted the hand to clearly be very open and "offering," but then it seemed to be too large if I included it all (particularly the thumb.) There's probably a way to make it all work, though.

Best,

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Fort Worth, US
          

One little thing that bothers me is the stiff hand. If it was relaxed a little, I would get more of a feel of temptation. Nice shot.

Tedski

  

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#8. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Jacksonville, US
          

Hi Rob,
I guess this will piggy-back on the last photo by the previous poster. I found these grasshoppers at the local park--their behavior is necessary for survival of the species but is certainly considered "taboo" for comment by most in "polite" society.
PP in CS using Curves

D-300
on-board flash used
shutter not recoreded
aperture priortiy--f/4.8
Nikkor 70-300 G lens @180mm.
ISO 800
Auto WB

Thanks for looking.
Susan


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Barrington, US
          

Susan,

Dynamite macro shot and dead-on for this Assignment.

Nice job!

Thanks for posting!

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Sun 13-Jul-08 12:56 AM by waleedy

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Was at a local zoo today .. the guy had the look in his eyes .. but I told him that it was forbidden !

D300, 70-200mm VR @ 200mm, F1/7.1, Shutter 1/200, WB Auto, Handheld, No flash, Taken near Ottawa, ON


Click on the image for larger version.

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#13. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

Waleed,

Very cute image - and indeed, the enlarged version is much better to appreciate the detail.

Thanks for posting!

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#15. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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UK
          

Hello,my first attempt at photo assignment too:)

Model: NIKON D300

Date/Time: 04/07/2008

Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm f/2.8,1/250,ISO 200
SB-800 used @ TTL mode

I did a little fine-tune colour temperature with iPhoto.


Captured at The City of London, this abandoned window nailed with some kind of cheap wooden board on one half, the glass on the other half looked rather grimy, along with the faded wall, to me, is a perfect match to create a forbidden theme.

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#16. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

>Captured at The City of London, this abandoned window nailed
>with some kind of cheap wooden board on one half, the glass on
>the other half looked rather grimy, along with the faded wall,
>to me, is a perfect match to create a forbidden theme.

I agree. I like how you composed the image with the location of the window. The marks on the wall are also appealing.

Thanks for posting!

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#18. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Columbus, US
          

I came across this sign while hiking with my daughter and thought of this assignment. Couldn't resist.

Nikon D80
70-300mm Lens @ 70mm
f5.6
1/1250s

Using Capture NX I reduced the overall saturation while increasing the the saturation on the sign for emphasis.






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Mon 21-Jul-08 03:08 PM by Japokskee

PH
          

Judas Cave located in Hofuf City. Also called as Jabal Gara in arabic

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#23. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

Steve,

The sign certainly sets forth what is forbidden!

Thanks for posting!

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#20. "Forbidden - nuke site"
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Boudry, CH
          

Hi!

I didn't need long to find my subject for the month's challenge... I knew I was going to spend not quite two weeks of my summer holiday in France, more precisely in Haute-Provence, and yet more precisely near the Plateau d'Albion, where France maintained 18 MRMB's from 1971 to 1998. A very forbidden place it was then, although never really "closed" as some other places are meant to be, real or invented. As soon as someone stopped their car in an even slightly sensitive place, "gendarmes" and "commandos de l'air" would know it (helicopters, foot and horse patrols were all over the place) and intervene in rather short delays to evaluate the threat...

To those that would object that the date visible on the panel is 1933 and thus a bit early for nuke-related things, I'll answer that they are perfectly right. This is the date of the decree that allows the army to close places to the general public, and 1933 corresponds nicely, for example, to the construction of the Maginot line in the Vosges area!

In that spirit, I chose to photograph the entrance of a launch pad, but sadly I couldn't, so I grabbed a shot of a side entrance to the Base Aérienne 200, at the center of the strategic zone where the missiles were assembled, in St-Christol d'Albion.

I then savaged the image to try and emulate what someone would have obtained on a BW film from a passing vehicle, possibly using hyperfocal on a camera like the Minox 35. This is what I obtained...

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Technically, the shot was: D200 and 18-200 @ 40, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/1500 (underexposed by .66 EV).

PP was then: two levels of "hue/saturation" for the BW conversion, sandwiching a levels layer to wash out the sky and make details and grain appear. I then copied the background layer to a new layer and added more grain to it and some directional blur.

"Pour finir", I framed it and added the "references" just for fun!

Hope you'll like it!

Olivier Rychner

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#24. "RE: Forbidden - nuke site"
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Barrington, US
          

Olivier,

Very clever approach to the assignment. I like it! I also appreciate the story behind the scene as it gives me an idea of what the sign says (as I cannot translate!).

Thanks for posting!

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#22. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Edmonton, CA
          

Here is my attempt. I went to the local zoo and saw this red sign interrupting the pattern provided by the fence. Does it work?

Shooting info: D50 with Nikkor 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 AF at 112mm, F5, 1/2000 , ISO 200, in Aperture Priority mode, -0.67EV, matrix metering, Daylight WB, handheld. The only post processing was to remove an unwanted out of focus element and apply the unsharp mask.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3295/2695130550_e7814661a8_o.jpg

Csaba

D50
Quantaray 28-90mm F3.5-F5.6 AF
Nikon 75-300mm F4.5-F5.6 AF
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#25. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

Csaba,

I think it works. Myonly issue is the DOF on the sign. The near letters are OOF. Given the high shutter speed, might it have made sense to bump up the aperture it increase the DOF? What do you think?

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#28. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Thanks Rob for your comments. I agree about the DOF. I need to get into the habit of taking several exposures with various apertures. Unfortunately, the D50 does not have a DOF preview.

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#27. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Dirty Literature

D80, Manual Program
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2 ea Westcott Lightstands (model W-806)

Howdy,
I'm from the sin city capital of the world with the advertising slogan of: "What happens here stays here" enough said. However it's only an illusion and so is this photograph.
Happy Trails



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#29. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Brenton,

Very clever! It is perfectly exposed (IMO) and the subject is accentuated by the black background. The idea is great!

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#30. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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The last day of June I decided that online photo assignments would be a great way to make myself think differently and expand my shooting. I have thought most of the month about the topic forbidden, but was not thinking about it at all when I visited a flower garden for macro shots. Then I spotted a coneflower forbidding access to its goods.

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#32. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Liz,

I love this image - it is a perfect response to the assignment. It is well-executed and perfectly exposed, IMO. My only nit is that, IMO, there is too much "dead space" to the right of the subject. What do you think?

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#34. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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US
          

I have the same photo cropped and it has a very different feel. I'm pretty sure most people would prefer the cropped image, which is both more traditional and follows "the rules." The reason I prefer the dead space is the sense of emptiness and the way the spikes seem to be reaching to fill the emptiness suggested by the out of focus spikes in the back of the image.

Thinking about it, the cropped image is probably better for this assignment because it fits the theme better. The uncropped image is more complex to me, with the emptiness, the void, and the reaching out to the void of a seemingly inhospitable and isolated world.

  

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#31. "Stop > Rail Road Crossing"
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I live in a small Iowa town that is defined by the rail road running past the town.

Crossing the tracks after the arms come down is certainly forbidden. The car never wins a battle with a fast moving train.

I wanted to get the engine as it passed but the trains haven’t been running as often as normal. I shot at f/22 to get some motion blur from the train. I wanted it to look like it was moving to illustrate the danger of crossing the arm. At the shutter speed I shot at only one of the red crossing light was lit so I used the clone tool to make the second light look like it was just fading out.

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#33. "RE: Stop > Rail Road Crossing"
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David,

Excellent! The blur of the train drives home the point of why crossing is forbidden when the gate is down!!

Nice job!

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#35. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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US
          

Carbohydrates are a diabetecs nightmare in blood sugar control. Potatoes, especailly fries, are a forbidden food. If eaten a diabetec needs to inject a generous amount of insulin (and it's not cheep!). And for those who wondered what happened to the fries, I ate them, enjoyed it greatly, then shotup a generous amount of insulin.

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#36. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Garry,

Very clever! I am glad that some of the syringes are turned to permit the displey of the contents. I also like the tight crop and how the image is composed - the angle is reminiscent to me of the old "Batman" TV series' days when the scenes of the bad guys were turned on an angle (here we have the fries - the bad guys for a diabetic - on an angle).

Good job!

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#37. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Mon 28-Jul-08 10:08 PM by stevezz1

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'No!'
As soon as i saw the topic of this challenge i thought of forbidden fruit but Mark beat me to it......
Trouble is, i already had this image in my mind and i could not think of anything better, so here it is......
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#38. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Steve,

Well done! Nice concept and execution, great lighting too!

  

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#39. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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That’s a extraordinarily creative take on “forbidden fruit.”

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#42. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Steve,

Your image can be described with one simple word: Fabulous! It is this type of artistic ingenuity that I find so motivating.

Excellent job!

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#51. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Fort Worth, US
          

Nice composition. The obvious biblical connection was apparent immediately. But the initial Genesis allusion was immediately followed by one of Christ's crown of thorns, which then brought a lot more symbolism into the shot, connecting Christ, original sin, salvation, etc. My fvorite shot, so far (I haven't scrolled lower, yet).

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#60. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Oh, I didn't beat you to anything, Steve. This is very creative and executed perfectly. A great image.

Best,

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#40. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Thu 31-Jul-08 01:31 AM by birdie6463

Greenville, US
          

This my first attempt at a photo assignment. The reason behind the image and assignment stems from what I've observed and would call a growing lack of appreciation for the beauty of our parks and nature in general in the USA. The more places I visit, the more bottles, cans, wrappers etc. that I see littered along the trails.

This image is from our first visit to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania this past weekend.

Gas for the trip there . . . $300.
Discovering nature’s wonders in the Poconos for the first
time . . . priceless.
Leaving the railed path . . . forbidden.


Model: NIKON D100
Date: 07/25/08
Program: Manual
Metering: Spot
Exposure Time: 1/80 sec
Ev Bias: None
F Number: 8
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Lens: 18-200mm F/3.5 VR
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#43. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Wallace,

Very nice - and it is perfect for the assignment. I especially like how you described it!

What did you spot meter the image on? It seems a bit dark. Any chance of bringing some detail out of the shadows? Do you think that action would help the image?

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#45. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Greenville, US
          

I used the spot meter (multiple shots) on the rocks in the foreground and the rocks adjacent to and on the right of the falls. I experimented with both lighter and darker exposures, but chose this one because I wanted your eye to go to the water, yet also to be intrigued as to where the stairs were going. The shadows help direct your eye.

  

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#41. "Sore Thumb"
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Tue 29-Jul-08 06:53 AM by advent_perspective

JP
          

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Theres no photo editing done to it. I don't currently have any photo editing programs to work with and I like getting the "final product" from my camera usually. *EDIT* I found some software cause I had to scale this down to a very small size cause it was originally a JPEG FINE + Large setting.

It's the first attempt I've every taken at "Fine Art" if that is what it would be categorized as, completely out of my style of photography. The idea/ composition just hit me out of the blue. I'm not really trying to make any type of political statement with this. What I'm trying to stress does relate to the theme "Forbidden".
It's funny thing the concept of "fighting for freedom", gaining peace with force, and yet peace cannot be used to win in war. Peace has no actual place in war it's forbidden on the battlefield where the path to resolution is through violence. Forbidden like the thoughts of peace which have no place in the mind of a soldier on the battlefield who's mind must only be focused on the task at hand. The rifle in the picture is like his mind which has no time to waste on thoughts of peace. There is only one thought that must register in this mind and that is the battlefield and his duty to it (hence the straight line of rounds entering the chamber of the rifle). The peace sign was trying to stand in line to enter the chamber (the mind) but it was caught by the other rounds (thoughts of war/ the battlefield) and hauled off.



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#44. "RE: Sore Thumb"
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Barrington, US
          

Sean,

Clever idea for satisfying this assignment. Your supporting story line is excellent and the image fits it perfectly. My only nit is the crop on the right where one bullet is partially in the scene - I would either include it completely (if you're able to) or crop it out entirely. I also think having a tripod would enhance your ability to provide a tad more DOF so that he two bullets supporting the peace sign could be sharp.

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#50. "RE: Sore Thumb"
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Wed 30-Jul-08 04:15 AM by advent_perspective

JP
          

Rob,

Thanks for the advice. My tripod is being shipped out to me right now, however not in time for this assignment and I was so eager to take part. I do have a few pictures with the other round completely in, and I think looking back at it it does look more complete that way. I don't suppose I can resubmit this picture can I? Just kidding.

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#53. "RE: Sore Thumb"
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Barrington, US
          

>I don't suppose I can resubmit
>this picture can I?

Sure you can!

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#46. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Tue 29-Jul-08 08:08 PM by jpope42

Winter Park, FL, US
          

"Out of the Box!"

Here's my attempt...

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Exposure Time: 1/60 sec
F-Number: f/18.0
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 400
Lens Aperture: f/18.0
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash, Return Detected
Focal Length: 28.00 mm




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#47. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

Jim,

Let me add you to the list of clever entries! Is that smoke coming out of the box? The imagination runs wild with this image - I like it!

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#48. "yep, a little smoke..."
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Winter Park, FL, US
          

but since I gave up cigars, I didn't have a REALLY good smoke generator, so it's pretty subtle

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#49. "No Vacancy"
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I came across this while biking. The image made an impression on me. I tried several different shots but unfortunately there were many different constraints in getting the shot I wanted and I am not really pleased with my shot. But the image I feel does fit the topic. I did another with an attempt at getting "beautiful, spacious skies", but the low angle and 18mm gave too much distortion.
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#54. "RE: No Vacancy"
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Barrington, US
          

David,

At first I had difficulty in interpreting the image, wondering what the "NO VACANCY" connection was - and then it dawned on me (at least to my interpretation) that it could address the illegal immigration issues facing the US. I am not making a political statement nor do I want there to be discussion on this issue as political statements are not permitted here. That said, I think it works to satisfy the assignment.

On the image itself, I think if you bumped up the shutterspeed and lowered your aperture, you might have achieved a blurrier background while maintaining a sharp subject. Do you think that would have enhanced the image?

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#57. "RE: No Vacancy"
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Rob,

You are probably correct in suggesting a wider aperture. I had originally set f11 because I was trying to include some very nice blue skies and clouds but that image just did not work. I often think about a shot before hand, but don't remember to adjust parameters after I start shooting. Of course I was laying in a gravel drive on the edge of a highway!

I also knew I was treading on political ground with the image but I hoped as long as I let the image represent itself without commentary, then the observer could interpret the image however he/she wished. If you think it is too controversial, I will gladly remove it.

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#56. "RE: No Vacancy"
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Wed 30-Jul-08 03:46 PM by tedski_tx

Fort Worth, US
          

I came upon this post directly after reading the Nikonian page on 5 basic composition tips, #5 being to leave lead room in front of the subject. This photo is a perfect example of how rules are made to be broken.

At the age of 53, I am following this election cycle with greater interest than any other in my lifetime. Upon seeing this shot, I thought what a great edtorial illustration it would make accompanying a liberal-leaning article expressing frustration over the current political atmosphere in which it seems Uncle Sam has turned his back on everything America originally stood for:
No room for Constitutional rights.
No room for checks-and-balances.
No room for honesty, integrity, or ethics.

Not trying to prompt a political debate, either. This photo says a lot to me. It may or may not be the message the photographer was attempting to convey, but that is the hallmark of great art, the ability to provoke different levels of meaning to different viewers.

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#55. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Memphis, US
          

Yield!

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#58. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Barrington, US
          

James,

Not yielding would certainly be an object lesson in why failing to yield is forbidden!

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Robb in Austin Registered since 25th Jun 2008Fri 01-Aug-08 04:06 AM
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#59. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Fri 01-Aug-08 04:08 AM by Robb in Austin

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Here is my first go at an assignment.

This is posted at a farm near our house.
I was trying to get the barb in sharp focus with the sign slightly blurred but they were in the same focal plane(for the most part)so it wasn't going to happen.

D40
55-200 at 145mm
f/6.3
ISO 800
1/2500

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rmigliaccio Administrator Nikonian since 10th Mar 2004Fri 01-Aug-08 12:25 PM
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#61. "RE: July, 2008 Assignment - Forbidden"
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Robb,

I am glad you joined us!

It works. I wonder though, with that beautiful OOF yellow background, if the image would benefit from simply having the barbed wire cut across the lower third of the image, without the sign. What do you think?

Thanks for posting!

Rob

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