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rmigliaccio Administrator Nikonian since 10th Mar 2004Tue 01-Jan-13 12:03 PM
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" January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
Tue 01-Jan-13 12:07 PM by rmigliaccio

Barrington, US
          

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The January Assignment is “BREAK THE RULES”.

You are all aware of the various “rules” or “guidelines” that are supposed to govern your photography. For example:

• Rule of thirds
• Balancing elements
• Leading lines
• Use of symmetry and patterns
• Watch your backgrounds
• Watch your foregrounds
• Creative cropping
• Framing of the subject
• Angle of light
• What should be blurred
• Etc.

This month’s assignment is to break the rules. A great article posted on a National Geographic site (http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/breaking-the-rules/) is an awesome place for you to start as you consider how you are going to break the rules this month.

One requirement – YOU MUST TELL ME THE RULE YOU BROKE WHEN YOU POST YOUR SUBMISSION! Let’s make this interesting and instructive – why did you break the rule? What did you hope to achieve? Do you think you achieved it?

There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) MUST BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2013. I have noticed that some have used archived photos to satisfy an assignment (i.e. photos NOT taken during the month of the assignment). Using images taken prior to January of 2013 is NOT PERMITTED and will be deleted. Please honor the rules of the assignment.

As always, I emphasize “artistic”. Strive to be different; let your artistic juices flow when composing your image. Is the image you post for this assignment one you would be willing to frame and hang on your wall?? Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the assignment, and creativity just to name a few.

Also, over the course of the month, you may post no more than four (4) images. I want you to be discriminating in the selection of images you post for this assignment – PLEASE POST ONLY YOUR BEST SHOTS!!!

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!!!

Rob

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mattpayne11
02nd Jan 2013
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Reply message Mallards on Alert
D2Xstatic Silver Member
02nd Jan 2013
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Reply message Who says your subject has to be in SHARP, CRISP FOCUS?
tekneektom Gold Member
04th Jan 2013
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Reply message Centered subject with centered horizontal
mefnj Silver Member
13th Jan 2013
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tekneektom Gold Member
14th Jan 2013
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domer2760 Silver Member
21st Jan 2013
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Reply message Reach For The Sky
DeanAZ Moderator
21st Jan 2013
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21st Jan 2013
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21st Jan 2013
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tekneektom Gold Member
22nd Jan 2013
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Reply message Shoot With Sun At Your Back
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24th Jan 2013
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25th Jan 2013
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EAPhoto
25th Jan 2013
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27th Jan 2013
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29th Jan 2013
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mattpayne11 Registered since 02nd Jan 2013Wed 02-Jan-13 01:43 AM
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#1. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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Colorado Springs, US
          

Cool theme, I'll give it a go!

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#2. "Mallards on Alert"
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Eugene, US
          

I shot this yesterday at my favorite duck pond. This pair was on the grass when I arrived. There is a red tailed hawk that hangs out there and the drake mallard had his eye on him, circling above. The female was nervous on my account, as well as the hawk's. I broke the thirds rule with a large background and the drake's eye isn't looking at me. I felt the concern/ drama when I composed the pic. There is a small hill where the ducks were standing. I got low to get a better angle and put the female behind it and the drake. I felt the bokeh was good enough to smooth/ blur out the busy background, increasing the viewer's focus on the ducks. That was my reasoning for a 3/4 to 1/4th composition
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#3. "Who says your subject has to be in SHARP, CRISP FOCUS?"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

While taking down the Christmas decorations I suddenly thought about how some of the lights would look if imaged with a telephoto lens set about 30 feet from the lights and focus the lens at about 3 feet. The result is exactly as anticipated; out of focus, colorful and interesting.

D7000, Tamron SP 70-300 at 300mm, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/15th



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#4. "Centered subject with centered horizontal"
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f/8
ISO 200

3 captures combined using HDR Efex, then additional adjustments and touch-up using Color Efex Pro and Capture NX2


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#5. "Centered Subject"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

Came across this predator on a bike ride in Charleston, SC.
Accepted Rule - got close
Accepted Rule - got closer
Accepted Rule - got really close
Broken Rule - centered eye and ingnored rule of thirds

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#6. "Leaf Litter"
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Mon 21-Jan-13 10:33 PM by domer2760

Ann Arbor, US
          

A major rule for macro and closeup photography is to keep the background simple and avoid distracting elements that take your eyes away from the main subject. This photo breaks that rule with a vengence. Breaking the rule works (IMHO) because the foreground leaf isn't all that interesting. The really cool stuff is all around that leaf. My intention in taking this photo was to highlight the diversity of shapes, colors, and contrasts found in a simple pile of leaves.

D7000, 18-200 VRII @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/20 sec, ISO 200, handheld.


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DeanAZ Moderator Expert nature photographer Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007Mon 21-Jan-13 10:19 PM
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#7. "Reach For The Sky"
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Phoenix, US
          

I went wandering in the desert today with every intention of breaking the rules. I have only had the 8mm fisheye for a month now and at first I found it quite limiting (if you intend not to break the rules.) Once you realize how plastic the scene is and that you can use the distortion and bending to some advantage you move around, change the level, rotate, add a little sun flare, bend the saguaro you can start having some fun.

Camera not level (in several planes)

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#9. "RE: Reach For The Sky"
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Vancouver, CA
          

that's a cool shot

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#8. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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Vancouver, CA
          

I broke the rules by shooting directly into the sun, and including it in the frame. We have a fog inversion right now, so I decided to go up to a viewpoint to get some pictures of the bridges and skyscrapers poking out of the fog... alas, no cooperation so I was left to make the best of the situation.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8404083218_bab772649b_c.jpg

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#10. "Image In The Golden Hours"
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Land O Lakes, US
          

One of the primary rules has always been "shoot in the golden hours" or stated another way "don't waste your time exposing images in the mid-day". I exposed this image at 1:11 pm.

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#11. "Shoot With Sun At Your Back"
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While walking in a nature area just off a beach on Marco Island, FL I came upon an Osprey (Fish Hawk) eating a fish while perched upon a Wildlife Area sign. The only good way to approach for a good photo was to circle the sign and then shoot into the sun. The image below demonstrates that you can get a good image while shooting up into sun with your subject backlit & toplit in high sunshine. It is also an example of allowing highlights to wash out a bit in order to capture detail in bird's wings.

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#12. "Frosty Weed"
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Eugene, US
          

This has a busy foreground, lots of OOF places and leading lines. I think it still works. The viewer has a lot to look at. I enjoy the overlapping branches coming in and out of focus.
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#13. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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Fri 25-Jan-13 10:12 PM by EAPhoto

Asheboro, US
          

Thinking about breaking the rules and following through with them while shooting proves to be just as hard as thinking about abiding with the rules. I usually just react with out much thought.

Early on during my photography journey I was taught when photographing animals for nature photography to always get the whole body of the subject in the shot.
While kayaking I rounded a point and came upon this heron and was to close with my 300mm to get the whole body in the frame in a horizontal position but I snapped anyway. I might have been able to squeeze the herons whole body in vertically but that would not have shown as much surroundings as I would have liked to.

Also while processing I broke the rule of tilting the horizon in the background. Granted it is harder to tell in the final product but I have included a full frame file for observation. I felt the tilt gave the heron a sense of interaction and intensity that is not actually the reality of the situation.

1 Full Body rule
2 Level Horizon rule
3 Ethical rule(one I still find hard to break from years of photojournalism)

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#14. "Beach Stroll"
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Astoria, US
          

Nikon D800, F/16, 1/20 sec, ISO 100, 16-35VR @ 17mm

"Reverse the Active Space Rule"






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#21. "RE: Beach Stroll"
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Waunakee, US
          

Darryl,
I really enjoy this capture - very dramatic sky and a lot of subtle amazing colors. Thanks for sharing.
Gary

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#28. "RE: Beach Stroll"
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Astoria, US
          

Thanks for the kind remarks, Gary.

Best wishes,
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#15. "Tranquility Bay"
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Astoria, US
          

Nikon D800, F/16, 2 seconds, ISO 100, 16-35VR @ 16mm

"Shoot into the Light" infraction




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#16. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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Waunakee, US
          

Rob,
Thank you for the theme this month - it really pushed me to try several new techniques I had never attempted before - selective focus (where only a key element is in focus), intentional camera movement, and zooming in & out while shooting. More great stuff from Nikonians!
Thanks again,
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Waunakee, US
          

The Butterfly Effect
Zooming in and out while shooting. Started wide open, then full zoom, then wide open.
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#18. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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Waunakee, US
          

Pitcher Plant
Selective focus on left half of subject
Nikon D300, 50mm Lens Baby lens, f/8, 1/10s, ISO 200


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Waunakee, US
          

Green Maze
Intentional camera movement
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#20. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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Waunakee, US
          

Catch the Wave
Intentional Camera Movement
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#22. "Retention Reflection"
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Wed 30-Jan-13 01:38 PM by DeanAZ

Phoenix, US
          

Water floods into the retention basins in my neighborhood during the really wet weekend we had. I loved the reflections of the trimmed up tree trunks and placed the nearest specimen dead center. I also cropped in an unusual way (not rule of thirds, etc.) when I composed this image.

Nikon 1 V1 f/6.3 1/30s VR 10-30 @ 22.7mm


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#23. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules: The Dome"
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Milwaukee, US
          

Breaking a rule that the center of focus be dead center and even lopping off the top as well as creating an image handheld in the dark at very high ISO. Everything said use the tripod. But, with the D600 and good noise reduction software and the inviting structural patterns and light it seemed to have possibilities. Taken with Nikon D600, Nikkor 28-300mm at 68mm, f/4.8, 1/40s, ISO 25,600, Manual Exposure, Auto White Balance due to the minimal mixed light, and handheld in the cold. You can even see the condensation on the Horticultural Dome.


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#24. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules: The Domes"
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Thu 31-Jan-13 06:08 PM by jdroach

Milwaukee, US
          

Odd numbers rule. Well I broke that rule and decided to capture the light on two domes instead of the three. Taken with D600, 28-300mm at 50mm, ISO 6400, f/5, 1/40s, Auto White Balance, Manual Exposure.


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#25. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules: A Rose for You"
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Milwaukee, US
          

Do not crop too tight. Well, I just have to do that sometimes with flower photography. In addition, I kept the focal point dead center but with the surrounding elements on the left, I believe it frames the rose. This one was taken with Nikon D600, Tamron 90mm, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, 1/60s, f/36, Manual White Balance, Converted to Monochrome in Lightroom.


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#26. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules: Luminous Sepia Rose"
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Milwaukee, US
          

During long exposures, support your camera! That is no fun! This is handheld all the way. This is a case of shooting in shutter priority with the highest of ISOs and very small aperture to reduce some the duration of the shutter being open. Then I furthering the adventure during post processing by softening and reducing noise using Lightroom and a monochrome preset. Once again I tightly cropped to display the nuances of the light. It is sort of like getting a double exposure with a single exposure. Taken with the D600, 28-300mm at 300mm, ISO 25,600, f/36, 1.6sec, auto white balance, -0.7 EV.


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hoseA Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Nov 2010Thu 31-Jan-13 10:05 PM
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#27. "RE: January, 2013 Assignment – Break the Rules"
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New Harbor, US
          

"Frost Forest"
The broken rule: before the sun rises leave home for a beautiful place to take pictures. Never even got the truck started as these frost patterns were on the inside of the windshield. Probably stretching the intent of the assignment but had some fun. Thanks for viewing, John








D200, Nikkor 28-105 @ 46mm, f8 for 1/160, ISO 400

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D2Xstatic Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Mar 2011Fri 01-Feb-13 06:54 AM
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#29. "Rule of Thirds and Balancing Elements"
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Eugene, US
          

My neighbor's yard light 3/4 mile away, with one of my apple trees between us. I purposely put the main object there, no cropping. Reminded me of a flag symbol, once I framed it.
D300, 400mm Ai-S, TC14E-II, 1/25s, f4, ISO 1600, ) EV


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