I have an idea for 2014's assignments. The theme for the entire year will be the "cover shot". Each month will be a different magazine. You are the magazine photographer and your assignment is to capture the perfect image for the cover of that month's magazine. You will have complete freedom to choose the subject of your image so long as it is appropriate for the chosen magazine; however, the image must clearly be "cover worthy". Your image(s) must be presented in the "portrait" format as if it were going directly on the cover of the magazine. Landscape oriented shots will not be permitted. You may "photoshop" the magazine cover name on to the image for effect, but it is not required.
The January "cover shot" Assignment is National Geographic.
There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) MUST BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2014. 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, 2014, 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!
Nikon D800, F/16, 1/4 sec, ISO 100, 16-35VR @ 16mm, +2.5 ND Grad
Had my first opportunity in over a month to shoot a sunset today, and remembered to shoot some vertical captures for this month's assignment. This was one of my favorites from tonight, and decided the "theme" for the cover would be "Top Destinations of the Pacific Northwest."
I shot this photo on 3 Jan 2014 diving a spring-fed lake in San Marcos, Texas. This lake is habitat for many endangered species, and special permission (as well as scientific diver training & certification) is required to dive these waters.
National Geographic feature, "San Antonio Gateway to Mexico" Cover Photo: San Juan Capistrano Mission, founded 1731, at sunset
D800 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8) f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200
I was looking for a shot of the mission with San Antonio River in the background. Unfortunately, the mission is not that close to the river, so I had to improvise. I like the glow through the bell portals. The mission is just South of San Antonio.