While you are not be restricted on the subject of your image, for the February assignment, you must creatively crop it. Creative cropping can add effect to your image. Indeed, consider searching the term "creative cropping" and you'll get all sorts of ideas.
PLEASE READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT FOR EACH IMAGE YOU SUBMIT, YOU MUST ALSO INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL UNCROPPED VERSION! The cropped version will be what is considered for the poll at the end of the month, but including the uncropped version will provide insight to your creativity!! Feel free to also include an explanation of the "method to your madness" - that will be a benefit to all.
There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) MUST BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 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 February 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!!!
Be imaginative and go for the unusual shot. After all, thats 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 months 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 Winners Gallery.
I look forward to seeing how you fulfill this assignment!
How to explain this madness? First off, this is part of a jewel case that holds a CD. I put a piece of polarizing film on an LED light and placed the jewel case on top of that. Used a polarizer on the camera to get the colors.
This was shot with the 24-120mm lens rather than a macro lens because I needed more DOF. I also increased the subject distance to further increase the DOF. I wanted the spindle and the far edge of the case to be in focus. I cropped tight so that the bright vertical piece would float above the dark "V" at the top of the photo.
D700, 24-120mm f/4, f/18, 1/10sec, ISO 800, tripod and remote release.
Here is the primary image converted to JPG and sized. No post-processing.
Thanks John. Glad you enjoyed it. The weather was bad this morning so I made a pot of coffee and tried a few things in the "studio." (It seems rather pretentious to call the dining room table a studio, but what the heck!)
This is my first trial with a D7000. I wanted to try one of the techniques explained by Brian Peterson in his video "The Perfect Picture".
So I took 2 glasses and positioned them as shown in the original photograph. I placed them behind a colorful curtain that my wife had selected so that the colors come through the glass nicely. I opened the window so that some light comes from behind the curtain for a soft look.
Here is the cropped version. I cropped it along the base of the glass. Did some post processing in LR which was basically Brightness/Contrast/Saturation. I also added a black frame so that the colors pop out.
Shooting details: Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 18-105mm VR Handheld 1/15 @ f/4.5, ISO 1000
The original image was shot with my D50 using 85mm on the 18-135 lens. f11@1/2000sec. I exposed for the overcast sky which silhouetted the trees and birds. With the cropped image I hoped to achieve a balanced composition.
You probably experience winters in Michigan that are a bit like ours in Northern Wisconsin - snowy & cold. My wife and I are making a concerted effort to miss most of the Wisconsin winter. Wait until you see where we're going next! Great landscape opportunities.
This image was taken during a traditional carnival festival in Matulji, in Istria, Croatia, on 9 February 2013. It is a crop made from a larger capture of the round dance performed by so called bell-ringers (zvončari). There were 16 bell-ringers' groups from the villages and small towns in Istria, who performed their traditional dances and customs, wearing sheepskin costumes, big horned masks or headdresses, and huge cowbells around their waists. During the time of Lent they go through their villages from house to house, driving away evil spirits.
I have tried to capture the motion of their round dance using the following settings: D700, Sigma 70-200mm @112 mm, 1/15 sec, F22, ISO 250. I cropped the resulting capture, turned it into b/w with Silver Efex Pro 2, and added a hint of sepia.
>I really like what you did. I think you got your 3D effect. >Nice. How did you do that? Thank you Ken, for your comments. I have seen lot of images like this. Maybe there is an easier way to do this than my method, but here is what I did. 1. Load the image in photoshop. Make a duplicate layer of the picture. 2. By keeping a white background, I cropped the layer on the top really tight taking out the beak, part of the tail and branches. 3. Filled in the parts of the beak, tail and branches from the duplicate layer below and violaa... I have by seemingly 3D looking crop.
>Crows are smart birds. I understand they remember faces and >good and bad deeds. Problem is that pretty soon your friend >and his buddies are our back waiting for food and squawking up >a storm.
Yes. What started as one, is now a group of five. But they start making noise only if they see my wife opening the kitchen door.
One more time. As you can see from the original photo, the dominoes were arranged on a piece of glass. Lighting was from an LED light that was a below the glass and to camera right, an overhead light, and the window is directly in front of the camera. I used a bulldog clip as a stand for the sticking out domino. The clip is hidden behind behind the other dominoes. The 135mm DC lens was used because I needed to blur out Roman Blinds in the background and compress the foreground.
D700, Nikkor 135mm AFD DC lens, f/8, 1/80 sec, +0.33 EV, ISO 800.
Here is the original shot. No post-processing except for sizing.
The image is a hand held shot using a D600,f/5,1/800th,ISO 200 with a Nikkor 24-85 @ 52mm with VR on to offset the effects of shivering. I liked the original scene but decided to concentrate on the buildings. I was unsure of the fences in the foreground but left a portion in the shot to give a feeling of depth.
My wife was cleaning a cabinet where she keeps figurines and had placed some of them on the kitchen table. I thought they looked interesting so I put a towel on the table and moved the figurines so that most of them were "looking" at the camera. D600, Tokina 100mm,f/16,.40sec, ISO 400.
>My wife was cleaning a cabinet where she keeps figurines and >had placed some of them on the kitchen table. I thought they >looked interesting so I put a towel on the table and moved the >figurines so that most of them were "looking" at the >camera. D600, Tokina 100mm,f/16,.40sec, ISO 400. >Dave
Thu 28-Feb-13 04:20 AM | edited Thu 28-Feb-13 04:22 AM by tekneektom
While on a walk in Santa Fe, NM I noticed a turquoise window in an adobe building. I was attracted to the color of the window, the texture of the window screen and the orange color of the adobe wall as it reflected the setting sun. D7000, Sigma 17-70mm at 70mm, ISO 200, f/16 at 1/80