The November contest selected by Christian Praetorius (snaefell) is "Unusual Perspectives of Common Items". We are looking for macro and close up images of items that are ordinary things found in daily life. Images should use macro techniques to show them in a unusual way.
This month's contest should provide lots of opportunity for creativity - so let's see your best images. Here are a couple of examples from Christian to prompt your thoughts.
Participating in our monthly contests can help us to become better photographers. We can see and learn from all of the entries as our members showcase their best work each month.
These monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest where you have the opportunity to win attractive prizes and have your images highlighted in the Winners Galleries and published in the eZine.
The top images will be selected by the winner of the previous months challenge and will be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. Please keep in mind that images will be selected based on image quality, subject matter, relevance to the theme, and creativity just to name a few.
The winning image will be added to the Monthly Challenge Winner’s Gallery for the Macro and Close-Up Forum.
We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!
RULES: -- Post up to 5 images but only one image per post -- Include shooting info so we can learn from each other -- Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners. -- When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. -- Include a title in the subject line -- Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens -- Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback -- WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice.
Note: The number of finalists will be proportional to the number of entries. 50+ post will have 6 finalists, less than 50 will be 5 finalists, and 25 or less will have only 4 finalists.
I'll reveal what it is a bit later. It looks better to me if I don't think about what it is! It was an accidental shot on the day the competition subject was posted that lead me to try a better composition rather than to just delete it and forget. Such is the value of being challenged to see as well as look! Thanks to Nikonians.
It is a pane of thick obscure glass in our front door. The shot was taken at an angle of about 45 degrees to the glass and nearly 90 degrees to the sunshine striking the glass. Focus was within the glass where subjectively it looked most interesting. The colours are from a blue sky, trees with a few leaves, and brown trunks and leaf litter.
No forethought, no planning, it was just there and I was carrying a camera.
Sun 17-Nov-13 09:22 PM | edited Sun 17-Nov-13 09:33 PM by domer2760
What do you do when the wine is gone? You can mourn its passing or use the bottle as a photographic subject. These N scale hobo figures were photographed inside a wine bottle punt. The figures are approximately 0.5 inches tall. I previously posted a more traditional photo of the same bottle. I hope this qualifies as an unusual perspective.
D700, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR, f/16, 1/8sec, -1EV, ISO 1000, single SB-800 from below, tripod, LiveView focusing, and exposure delay mode.
This is the spout from a stainless steel teapot. The rest of the teapot is silhouetted behind. This Infrared photo was taken in a single long exposure capture. The spout was lit by light painting with a mini mag light.
D90IR, 720nm conversion, 105mm F/2.8 VR, f/5, 15sec, -2EV, ISO 200, tripod, LiveView focusing, exposure delay, with long exposure noise reduction ON.
This is a macro of flaming "Goof Off" floating in a container of water. I was going for a more abstract image of fire with this image. Shot with D200 and 200 mm Micro Nikkor f/4D EDIF lens manual focus on tripod. Lighting was from flame alone. f/4.5, 1/800, 0.67 EV, ISO 100
I bought my 105mm AF-S micro to use underwater...first time to try anything like this.
ISO1000, F29, .4 sec - tripod, cable release, manual focus (not stacked). I used a clip-on lamp affixed to a chair with a linen shirt over it to add some softer light and a SB700 pointed at the ceiling. This is really challenging, and fun!
My wife and I got this beautiful Cab in a black bottle as a gift. Usually when lighting glass I would strive to minimize any specular highlight by using negative fill. But with the bottle being black I took the opposite approach and put a rim of highlight around it.
D700 with a 105VR at f/14. BG is purple seamless. Rim light is two Elinchrom RX-600's with Rotalux strip boxes and BG is an RX-300 with 7" reflector and 20 degree grid. Post in LR5 and CS6.
Thank you. I purchased a sheet of linear polarizing film and placed it over an LED panel light that has the bulbs in rows and columns (they use them for video lighting). When I rotate the circular polarizer, the light panel becomes dark in the viewfinder. This is the point where you have cross-polarization, colors are maximal, and the background is the darkest.
I read that you can also use the screen from a laptop or tablet as a polarized light source. Just put in in flashlight mode.
Just a little playing with light. The subject is an old battered traffic cone. The field is the retro-reflective collar consisting of glass beads stuck to white plastic under a transparent plastic cover. Many of the beads have fallen off leaving 'lunar' craters.
The photograph was taken with a D800E, Zeiss 100 mm macro, f 11, ISO 100, closest focus. Three SB-R200 flashes were taped to the body of the lens in front of the focussing ring. The flashes were as near to the axis of the lens as possible. Three old gelatine filters were taped to the flashes: Green, blue and purplish.
The attached picture was selected from between the dirt and scratches on the collar. It was cropped to about 300% before manipulations and posting. It is not beautiful, nor technically good. Just a bit of messing around when I should have been doing something more serious.