March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

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March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:34 am

The competition is now closed. Please vote for your favorite.

Update: I had added a prize to this competition, but we did not get the 20 entries
I was hoping for. Thus, the prize will be available for April's competition, with the
same conditions. Grab your camera, go out (or stay in, depending on your idea),
and shoot your submission for April

For this month only, I will personally send out a cool prize to the winner of
the assignment. What is it? It's a copy of Joe McNally's "The moment it clicks",
a great book about photography describing the stories behind some of Joe's
images. Goes for over $30 on Amazon, but you can get it for free. I will even
pay for the shipping myself, which is why I will only do this once, shipping
charges can get crazy here in Holland.

There is, however, one condition: there have to be at least 20 entries.
If there aren't, I might consider moving the prize to next month, or not offer
it anymore and keep the book for myself, not sure yet.

So, if you want a chance to win a free photography book, submit an entry to
this month's assignment themed "Growing up". You have until the end of the
month as always. Good luck!

- Bjorn

Hi everyone! Welcome to March's Photo Competition!

The theme for this month is "Growing up", as suggested by me, because I won the January 2012
competition. Be sure to read the whole post for the rules.

In my own words:
    "On March 7th, I will be celebrating my 22nd birthday. Being in my final years of university, I recognize how much has changed (and is going to change) over the past few years. You learn and do new things, give up others. The gradual transition from child to adolescent to grown-up is something worth documenting. How have you, or do you, experience(d) this process?

    There are so many possibilities within this theme. You can shoot a birthday cake, photograph a kid in clothes that are too small, or in some way or another show how old parts of one's life might make way for new ones. I'm interested in seeing how you experience the process of growing up, what associations you have with it. I will have my entry up early so you can see my take on growing up.

    As I said, March 7th is my birthday. It would be awesome if you could post your entry then (or a week later), so we can get several pages of submissions this month!"

The rules!

1: You can only submit one image and it MUST be taken during March 2013. Photos taken earlier will be disqualified!

2: All images submitted must be no more than 1024 pixels on their longest side, although you can include a link to a
full resolution version if you like. Flickr users must link back to the original version to comply with its latest rules.

As always, please exercise good judgement on what is suitable for the forum. Keep it clean and family-friendly or it'll
be removed. See the Forum Rules for guides.

Please include a sentence or two with your photo describing what you were trying to achieve and if there were any
particular challenges in doing so like, for example, any special exposure or lighting setup.

We're all enthusiasts here, so it's also great to see what equipment you used and the settings too. So please also
include the following:

Camera Model:
Lens and focal length:
Shutter Speed:
Post processing:

Submissions will close at midnight GMT on March 31st 2013. The final poll will follow.

Please remember this thread is for submissions only. If you'd like to comment on any of the submissions or ask any
questions, please do so in the March 2013 Comments and Questions thread!

Thanks and good luck!

- Bjorn
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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:10 pm

I promised I would have my entry up early this month, so here it is. The weather has turned bad again so no street photo from me this time.
Note: My entry will count toward the minimum number of shots for the prize, but of course I will exclude myself from the poll (though it would be cheap to send the book to myself...)

As a kid I used to have quite a lot of stuffed animals, and Sesame Street figures were my favorite by far (Ernie in particular). It all started when I got an Ernie when I was 9 months old, and he's been around ever since. These are less old than that, obviously, making them a bit more photogenic.

Part of growing up was moving these guys from the side of my bed to a box in the attic. I guess they miss me up there. :wink:

Was working on a university assignment earlier today and waited just a little too long to take this picture (it was just a bit too dark, so I had to raise the ISO). There's nothing in the Amazon box on top by the way, no idea what we're keeping an empty box for.


Camera Model: Leica M9-P
Lens and focal length: Leica 50mm Summilux
Aperture:f/1.4 (though somehow the EXIF data says f/3.4 (??))
Shutter Speed:1/24th
Sensitivity:ISO 1600
Post processing: RAW conversion (mainly for contrast), frame

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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby cujo » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:23 pm

Growing up for me has lots of good memories but some stand out more. One of them was having to deal with the death of both grandparents to cancer. I took this photo to symbolise this. There used to be 2 trees near the tennis courts. The front one, a silver pine, had a big branch blown off early in 2012 and had to be cut down for safety. This tree represents my dead grandfather. The tree that is still standing in the background is then representing my grandmother who had to go on alone.

LR-2063.jpg by Cujo1976, on Flickr

[edit] Forgot to enter the details for the photo so putting it in now.
Camera Model: Nikon D60
Lens and focal length: Nikon AF-S DX 18-55 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR @ 18mm
Aperture: 3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Sensitivity: ISO100
Post processing: Lightroom 4 straighten and adjust White Balance

PS: If it didn't fit the theme of the assignment feel free to delete my post Bjorn.
Camera: Nikon D60
Lenses: Nikon AF-S DX 18-55 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Flash: Nikon SB-910
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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby dara1982 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:48 pm

Mother and child statue in Lisbon, I love the way the baby is climbing up the mother.


D90 48mm F13 1/640 and
some cropping and colour correction.
Nikon D90 + AF-S 18-55mm + AF-S 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby saloncuts » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:08 pm


This photo always brings me back to my childhood. This is the swinging bridge over the Mouse River Park in Tolley, ND. As a kid, we went there every weekend, and while this bridge has cables & steel & is considered safe, growing up it was a couple ropes with wooden steps that you could bounce & swing side to side. So scary!! This was taken on a beautiful foggy March morning. I am so new to the camera world, that the only thing I know is that I put the camera on Auto & started shooting. Canon Powershot SX500is.Picture was edited in Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006. A true camera newbie!
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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby robbon44 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:50 pm

Sorry its been ages since i posted anything but work is stupidly hectic. Still i hope i am not too late !

Blows the dust off the camera, spends 5 mins trying to remember what settings to use...and


Brandy. Our lovely old Lab. Getting older by the day.

I remember the days when she would bounce all over us and the day i brought her home in a shoe box. Now she is 14 and is still adorable. She cant chase the birds like she used to, she cant jump on the bed but her look still says everything it needs to.

She lies here every day, its the main route through from the lounge to the living room area and everyone has to step over her.

Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T2I (550D)
Lens and focal length: Canon EFS 10-22mm @ 17mm
Aperture: F/4
Shutter Speed: 1/30
Sensitivity: ISO-400
Post processing: Lightroom. Color change to blend in Sepia look to age the photo. Light exposure alteration around the eyes. Lower the exposure of the backlight window. Overall balancing and leveling.
Canon 550D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, Canon EFS 10-22mm USM, Canon EF35mm F2.

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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby Savlet » Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:22 am

Here's my take on growing up:

Time Waits for No One.
This is a shot of hubby doing another one of his watch modifications, which I felt suited my thoughts on growing up. When I think of growing up, I immediately think, 'where has the time gone...?' Things come and go, friends and family come and go and yet time just tick tocks away regardless and is a constant reminder that nothing stays the same, however much we may want them to.
Time Waits for No One

Camera Model: Panasonic Lumix GX1
Lens and focal length: Lumix G Vario 100-300mm lens at 100mm
Aperture: f4
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Post processing: Converted to B&W in Pixelmator with layer mask to bring back the colour of the watch face.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix GX1
Lenses: Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f4-5.6 and Samyang 7.5mm f3.5
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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby maxjj » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:48 am

Easter Egg hunts in the backyard bring back some
special memories for me.

Here is my son hunting for easter eggs, used LR4 B&W to take some colour out of it.

LR-7664-3 by maxjj, on Flickr

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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby janern » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:55 pm

I really like the idea of the prize, Bjorn :) too bad there seems to be too few entries

We celebrated my sister's 20th birthday yesterday and I got some good shots then, but I don't want to publish those (and neither does she want me to), so I will use a shot of my parents' youngest cat instead, "Miss Yellow Eyes", as I like to call her. She's pretty small and looks kind of kitten-like, but she's nearing three years and fully grown up


Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 200mm
Shutter: 1/640
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
PP: +1/3 exp comp, saturation boost, slight crop
Some flappy mirrors and lots of glass
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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby Bob Andersson » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:02 am

Hi folks,

Please vote for your favorite.

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Re: March 2013 Submissions >> Update: PRIZE ADDED

Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:06 am

March 22nd - The poll is now closed. Congrats to maxjj for winning this months on assignment. I will send you a PM later Max.

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