On Assignment - the winners!

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On Assignment - the winners!

Postby Gordon Laing » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:07 pm

Hello everyone, this thread is to showcase the winners of the monthly Cameralabs Assignment contest.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Month: May 2014
Theme: 'Dream'
Winners: Vissie

Dream Of Fire


14-24 Nikkor 2.8

Month: April 2014
Theme: 'Flight'
Winners: mikeroch

OK, I'll come clean.... this was taken last autumn just before the terns migrated south, so it misses the 6 month deadline by a month, I've put it into keep the numbers up in poor old OA. By all means disregard it from the voting. It was a grey day, with a grey sky and the birds are mostly grey so, although it appears to be a monochrome shot, it is actually full colour. My luck being what it is, they all chose to turn their backs on me as they hovered over a school of small fish hoping to grab a meal.


Pentax K20D ISO1600 1/1000 sec @f8
PP: Crop, downsize to 1000pix

Month: March 2014
Theme: 'A photo starting with the letter 'S''
Winners: JeepnDave, mikeroch & maxjj


Taken March 9th 2014 with Canon 70D and 600mm lens.
1/1250, f4.0, ISO 100
The final image has been cropped.

    Toying with a thick catalogue of tools and equipment I feathered the colour-coded pages and was rather pleased by the effect.


    Canon Powershot G10. Macro. ISO100 1/60th @ f8
    PP: Dodge and clean up. Downsize to 800Pix

Lucky Bay Le Grande National Park WA.
My son opened the car door the second we stopped and raced off into the surf. Tried to capture the moment.
EXIF details on flickr, just click on picture

Lucas at Lucky Bay Le Grande National Park by maxjj, on Flickr

Month: February 2014
Theme: 'A photo starting with the letter 'S''
Winner: matthiasmesser

Startrails above St.Saviours Church in Tetbury, UK


Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8
30s @ f/4
100 Exposures overlayed in Photoshop CS6

Month: January 2014
Theme: 'Candid portrait'
Winner: Bjorn van Sinttruije

Opted to stay inside for this month's entry, so it's not a street portrait. It is completely candid though. Taken in a dimly lit restaurant on a night out with friends.


Leica M9-P with 50mm Summilux
ISO 2500
PP: just a black and white RAW conversion and framing

Month: December 2013
Theme: 'Your best shot of 2013'
Winner: Chopper

B&W HDR St Marys by Chopper267, on Flickr

Taken in June on a cold, wet, windy day in Sydney. One of the hardest things on this day was trying to keep rain drops off my lens.

Canon 5D MK III
Hoya ND400
f 22
ISO 50
113 seconds

Month: November 2013
Theme: 'Depth of field as a compositional tool'
Winner: kimchi

myanmar -1110805 by Creative Vacuum, on Flickr

Panasonic G3 @ 1/100s, ISO500 & Olympus 45mm @ f/1.8

Month: October 2013
Theme: 'Long exposure'
Winner: Bob Andersson

Sorry folks, I couldn't resist it! Does 27 hours and 10 minutes qualify?



If you want to see a 2048x2048 pixel version then please click here.

TEC 140 with an FLI ML16803 camera and Astrodon filters (3nm for the narrowband work)
8 x 1500 secs Ha, 18 x 1500 secs for each of OIII, NII and SII, 8 x 200 secs for each of R, G and B.
Image processed in PI and PS.

There's a little more about the image over in this thread. This is by far the most exposure time I've devoted to an astro-photograph to date. So long, in fact, that I'm almost loath to try a repeat on something else given the unreliability of the British weather. :(


Month: September 2013
Theme: 'Shadow'
Winner: mikeroch


Puffins nest on a headland near us, they choose rocky sea-stacks so that they are safe from predators like Foxes, Pine Martens and Weasels... BUT, they cannot protect themselves easily from the attentions of Great Black Backed Gulls which cruise the colony looking for chicks and weaklings. I was trying to photograph the puffins and only discovered that I'd got this shot of one running for cover once I got the pictures into the computer.


Here's a link to a shot (not mine) of a Great Black Backed Gull doing its predatory thing: http://tinyurl.com/oaldhu5

Pentax K20D ISO800 1/1000@f11 300mm lens
Crop, downsize.

Month: August 2013
Theme: 'Movement'
Winner: Chopper

Mahon Pool Waterfall by Chopper267, on Flickr

One wave washes over the rocks, another builds ready smash into the shore line.

0.6 sec, ISO500, f14, 0.9 Grad ND

Cropped, WB=Auto, Profile=landscape, clarity, sat & vibrance .... LR5

Month: July 2013
Theme: 'Tree'
Winner: Savlet

I want to be a tree...!

A young sapling finding its own way in the woods at Porthkerry Park, Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales.


Taken with my Lumix GX1 and 100-300mm lens:
108mm, F5.6, 1/1000, ISO 800


Month: June 2013
Theme: 'Black and white'
Winner: Chopper

Church flikr by Chopper267, on Flickr

ISO 50
Hoya ND400

A local church in the area shot on a cold, windy day just recently in Sydney. Maxed out the settings so that I could drag exposure out as long as I could to get as much movement in the cloud as possible.

Month: May 2013
Theme: 'The Great Outdoors'
Winner: mikeroch

Yes, it really was this colour... no adjustments applied. I live in a remote area in the far NW of Scotland. It has disadvantages (city / shopping/ hospitals 100 miles 160km away) but early morning sights such as this compensate enormously!


Pentax K20D ISO200 1/250 @ f.5.6 55-300 lens at 180, against the light.
PP: crop and resize

Month: April 2013
Theme: 'Juxtaposition'
Winner: kimchi

3 red bags

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53061745@N02/8681214402/ by Creative Vacuum, on Flickr

14mm (28mm EFL) | 1/125s | f/4 | ISO800

Month: March 2013
Theme: 'Growing up'
Winner: maxjj

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

7D f5 1/250 exposure +1/3, flash -1 fel
15-85 canon lens

Month: February 2013
Theme: 'The power of music'
Winner: Trevor Harris


Shot this one of my buddy, just havin' a little party one night at his climbing him. He dabbles as a DJ on the weekends.

Nikon D200
Tamron f/2.8 17-50mm

Photo Specs:
ISO - 560
Apeture - f/2.8
Shutter - 1/60s
Focal Length - 34mm

Wallnuts Climbing Centre
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Month: January 2013
Theme: 'The morning after'
Winner: Bjorn van Sinttruije

Waited for almost the whole of January to post this photo from Jan 1st. New Year's Day always involves a visit to the grandparents, and this time I brought my Leica to take some snaps of them. The picture below shows my grandmother, who suffers from dementia. I processed a black and white version too, which I prefer for most of my work, but the color was too important in this picture.


Camera Model: Leica M9-P
Lens and focal length: 50mm Summilux (f/1.4)
Aperture: f/2
Shutter Speed: 1/125th
Sensitivity: ISO 640
Post processing: RAW conversion, very slight crop, frame

Month: December 2012
Theme: 'December Greeting Card'
Winner: EvanK


Nikon D7000, 35 1.8, 1/80, ISO 640, -2/3 EV, convert to B&W and contrast/exposure adjustments in Lighroom 4

Month: November 2012
Theme: 'Double trouble'
Winners: robbon44

More up my street.

Missed last months so hope this makes up for it.

Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, New Zealand by robbon44, on Flickr

Mount cook on a calm evening. Long exposure panoramic.

Minor touch up in Lightroom.

Month: October 2012
Theme: 'Sunsets'
Winner: Phoenix Jackson

Hi everyone! Quite a lurker for a long time and I finally found the guts to submit an entry.

Come of Night by phoenix_jackson2002, on Flickr

Canon EOS 60D with nifty-fifty
Exposure 13
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 100
Boost clarity and applied High Pass (trying to understand how it works).

Month: September 2012
Theme: 'welcome to our curious but beautiful world'
Winner: AdamP

I took my new alien friend out to Moreton Island this past weekend, so he can experience life here on Earth in a relaxing, and beautiful, way. He saw a ton of wildlife, including starfish, dolphins, kookaburras, rose-breasted cockatoos (Galah), and tons of fish. He was in awe of how different each and every animal was. I thought about posting a wildlife pic here for this assignment. However, on the last night, my friend was absolutely taken aback by the sunset. Being that the sky in his planet is always the same color, black, he was amazed by the colors and the clouds. Hopefully you all feel the same :)

IMG_1474 by amp82585, on Flickr

Camera Model: Canon 600D
Lens and focal length: Canon 18-55mm kit lens, at 29mm
Aperture: 9
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
Sensitivity: 1250
Post processing: Shot in RAW, the only PP was to increase the saturation a tad, and crop a tiny piece off the bottom where I caught someone's head down on the beach


Month: August 2012
Theme: 'Seize the moment'
Winner: Lensbaby

Reinforcements by Elmore Photography, on Flickr

Sony a700
Minolta Beercan 70-210 f/4
Exposure 1/2000
ISO 800
Sharpened, cropped, enhanced saturation.

Month: July 2012
Theme: 'Nationalism'
Winners: robbon44 and 4xxxx

robbon44's entry:
    ok here we go.

    I am from the UK. I loved the UK and support everything about it but im not that patriotic about it. It has just become too over crowded and i felt completely over powered by it, so we moved.

    We moved to a country with a population of less than 4.4million. I live in a place where there is over 40km2 per person.

    We moved to a country of outstanding natural beauty and most importantly space. Space to live, to breathe and feel free.

    I am a geologist and an engineer, i love the outdoors and the world around me especially knowing that here the country is still geologically evolving.

    I love the country i live in and it has given me the elbow room i needed to live. I am very proud to be considered a local now in our new country, our new home.

    NZ Room to Breathe by robbon44, on Flickr

4xxxx's entry:
    There are many things in an oz life style we feel good about, where I live it's sunny and warm most days even in winter with the green and gold of our city with an outdoor life style. The green of the national parks and rain forests behind the golden beaches. You can sit on a beach with hundreds like Surfers Paradise or sit on a beach with few people on it like Diamond Cove at the end of an expansive beach.

    Diamond Cove Cabarita mid winter @ 20c


    Camera Model: Nikon D7000
    Lens and focal length: 18-200mm VRII @ 18mm
    Aperture: f13
    Shutter Speed: 1/100
    Sensitivity: ISO 200 & -0.7EV, CPL used
    Post processing: Lighten shadows & crop


Month: June 2012
Theme: 'Work done'
Winner: mikeroch

As Clint Eastwood said (as Dirty Harry) "A man's gotta recognise his limitations".


Canon G10 powershot, close-up mode, wide angle ISO100
PP: hard crop, sharpen adjust contrast

Month: May 2012
Theme: 'Panning photography/blurring action'
Winner: dingo27mobile

Weee, i'm lucky this month, lot of action happened here lately, but it is hard to choose...


1/30, f13, ISO800, 26mm, 60D with 15-85 ES-S

Month: April 2012
Theme: 'Commercial photography'
Winner: Ivan Manko

My pic:
Tissot for CML 3.1 by Ivan Manko, on Flickr

I’ve decided to go for my father’s Tissot. (My Orient doesn’t catch up :( ). Not exactly what I wanted at the beginning of the shoot, but I think the result is OK.
Nikon D5000
18-55 Kit lens at 26 mm (eq. to 39 mm on full frame)
250 ISO

I used an off camera flash, trigged by a self made cable and taped to my Canon 420EZ flash. :lol: The flash fired at a big plastic board for diffusion.
Converted to B/W, contrast, fill light, brightness, and probably something else… and added vignette and text.
Hope you like it. :)

Month: March 2012
Theme: 'Street photography'
Winner: kimchi

Hanoi Old Quarter by Creative Vacuum, on Flickr

Panasonic G3
20mm (EFL: 40mm)

Month: February 2012
Theme: 'Wings'
Winner: Lensbaby

Dove on wavy sea by Elmore Photography, on Flickr

Shutter speed 1600
150 mm
Sony A700 DSLR
Minolta 70-210 lens

This was taken through my window as the doves came in late in the afternoon to feed. Processed with Photoshop, waves and clouds added with brushes over original background.

Month: January 2012
Theme: 'Silhouettes'
Winner: kimchi

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53061745@N02/6792785771/ by Creative Vacuum, on Flickr

Olympus E-520 | 40mm | 1/50 | f5.6 | ISO400 | -0.3EV

Month: December 2011
Theme: 'Travel'
Winner: Bob Andersson


      The Flaming Star Nebula - click for an annotated thumbnail.
The Flaming Star Nebula is actually just the bit at three o'clock (IC 405 on the annotated thumbnail) and a quick inspection shows how it got its name. To give an idea of how much sky is visible one could fit roughly 25 full moons across the width of the image.

Not your typical HDR look but the image actually does cover an enormous dynamic range.
8 x 1000 seconds exposures of Hα to capture the nebulosity
5 x 200 seconds through each of Red, Green and Blue filters to capture the stars
3 x 1000 seconds through the Blue filter to see if there was any reflection nebulosity
Camera: FLI ML16803 cooled to -25°C.
Captured on the night of December 23rd/24th.

Month: November 2011
Theme: 'Travel'
Winner: sbl03


Camera Model: Sony a580
Lens and focal length: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 0.125s (1/8)
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Post processing: Inc. exposure/brightness/contrast/clarity. Dec. saturation/vibrance.

Was handheld. This was a really long escalator in the DC metro that I wanted to capture. Not happy with the Flikr photo quality, so I reuploaded with Photobucket.

Month: October 2011
Theme: 'Equipment'
Winner: darthkindy

this guy was at a local craft show selling his CD and he was drumming up some business (so to speak)
very simple
a crop and black and white conversion
sorry about the banding it looks better it is an artifact of the compression
for the web
DSC_6824a by darthkindy, on Flickr

Month: September 2011
Theme: 'Construction'
Winner: ianganderton

Al Hamra Sunset


This is the scene before me as I drive home each evening. Cranes on horizon line are, for me, one of the defining images of this part of the world.

Model Canon EOS 550D
ISO 100
Exposure 1/1600 sec
Aperture 11.0
Focal Length 135mm
Exposure Bias -2.0

Minor PP done in Picasa, cropped and contrast

Month: August 2011
Theme: 'Humor'
Winner: Jiko


Canon EOS 500D
Canon EF 50mm 1.8
1/640 sec
ISO 200

Processed from RAW and cropped.

Month: July 2011
Theme: 'Antique/vintage/nostalgia'
Winner: dubaiphil

This is a scene that hasn't changed for a long time, so it was ripe for conversion to black and white and given a vintage feel.

Souk Passageway


Camera Model: Nikon D700
Lens and focal length: 14-24mm f2.8 @ 15mm
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/160th
Sensitivity: ISO200
Post processing: Original colour image given a boost in tonal contrast using Colour Efex v.3, before converting to monotone using Silver Efex 2. Sepia toning, vignette addition, local brightness enhancements around the man's face and body, adding a little grain and punching up the structure and contrast to enhance the details along the passageway. Finally adding a vintage effect frame.

Month: June 2011
Theme: 'Circle'
Winner: MBrutus2009


Here is my submission.

I took this at the Ponce De Leon Lighthouse.


Shutter Speed - 1/25th s.
Aperture - f/3.5
ISO - 400
Camera - Nikon D40
Lens - 18-55mm kit lens @18mm

Month: May 2011
Theme: 'Animals'
Winner: Lensbaby

Peace in the midst of the storm by Elmore Photography, on Flickr

This was one of a pair of Ring Necked Doves visiting my feeding station.
It was processed using HDR in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.5 Shot with Sony A700 and Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens.
ISO 500

Month: April 2011
Theme: 'Genesis'
Winner: popo


Camera Model: Canon 300D (DIY IR modified)
Lens and focal length: Samyang 8mm fisheye
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Sensitivity: ISO100
Post processing: Dust removal, red-blue channel swap, levels, WB adjust, denoise.

I think I got at least 4 days of creation in there, with hints up to the 6th day.

Month: March 2011
Theme: 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'
Winner: naniani

Steam train 69621. I tried to make this look like a really old photograph. Sue


Siggy lens. AV mode. f 6/5 1/160sec ISO 400 134mm
pp desaturated, levels curves, gaussian blur, framed and text added

Month: February 2011
Theme: 'High key'
Winner: djfsolo

Albino Tigar Oscar Cichlid, this is one of my amazonian fish. He has quite the personality, his name is zeus, pushing about 9 inches right now (grow to 12-14"). It took him a little bit to get used to the flashes but he started to like them soon enough. Hope you like it.


Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 70 mm
Lens: Canon 28-135 IS USM
ISO Speed: 100

Lighting: Alienbees AB800 with 32x40 softbox, mounted to Century stand and set as backdrop behind tank, Alienbees AB800 with 20 degree reflector from above tank, triggered with sync cord and slave.

Month: January 2011
Theme: 'A-Z'
Winner: djfsolo



Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 33 mm
Lens: Canon 28-135mm IS USM
ISO Speed: 100

Gotta love yoga girls for making human letters!

Lighting is done with an Alienbees B800 upper-right with silver-bounce umbrella, and an Alienbees B800 with 30degree grid and lavender gel firing at the model's back. There is a 40" silver disc reflector below the model to reflect back under her face. Triggered with cybersyncs by cyber commander.

Month: December 2010
Theme: 'Translucence'
Winner: daisy


Canon EOS 350D, 18-55mm kit lens at approx 50mm. Programme setting. Post processing: Crop, downsize

Month: November 2010
Theme: 'Night shots using long exposures (5 second minimum)'
Winner: thestig2010

Anybody excited for the new Harry Potter movie yet? Oh yeahhhh!!!


Camera Model: Nikon D80 - the classic Nikon workhorse
Lens and focal length: 18-135mm DX @ 18mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 20.0 sec
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Tweaked the contrast, that's it.

I first shined a flashlight on my subject (Paige, my roommate), then in the dark, shined a red and blue light toward the camera to make the effects. Since a light wasn't directed at me, I didn't show up in the picture. I want to try this in a totally dark room... the window and street lamps were a bit of a bleed.

Month: October 2010
Theme: 'Black'
Winners: djfsolo

Is there anything blacker than the hearts of THE UNDEAD?


A dancer at a local halloween event.

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 135 mm
ISO Speed: 640
PP in LR2: levels, clarity, contrast

Month: September 2010
Theme: 'Unnatural'
Winners: sonnyboy and Jagadish_C




Was shot in an Unnatural white balance setting. The result of not checking the camera's white balance before shooting: Tungsten in broad daylight.

Camera: SONY
Model: DSLR-A700
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 2.8
Focal Length: 24mm


    A craftsman at work gearing up fo a big festivity in Bengal - India.
    The whole situation looks unnatural... the man almost getting bitten by the clay lion, the demon trying to smack on his head from behind and he unperturbedly working on the Elephant God - Ganesha.


    Exposure - 1/50
    Aperture - f/3.4
    70 mm at 35mm equiv.

Month: August 2010
Theme: 'Colour'
Winner: popo

Click for bigger version.

Camera Model: Canon 7D
Lens and focal length: Sigma 150mm macro
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Sensitivity: ISO400
Post processing: crop, usual raw stuff but done on jpeg :P
Also Nissin Di622 flash used, ceiling bounce.

Month: July 2010
Theme: 'Village / Small town life'
Winner: Synchestra


Taken in Bellingen, New South Wales.

Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Zuiko 40-150mm @68mm
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 400 (must have left this on auto, a little higher than I would have liked)
PP: None.

Month: June 2010
Theme: 'Decay / destruction'
Winner: naniani


Taken with my Tamron on a tripod. No pp only text added.
f/5 1/250 sec ISO 400 180 MM

Month: May 2010
Theme: 'Noise'
Winner: caesartg


Camera Model: Nikon D3
Lens and focal length: Nikon 28-200 G @ 28
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Post processing: (Lightroom 3 beta 2) RAW output cropped, face burned slightly, background darkened slightly, noise reduction.

Month: April 2010
Theme: 'Motion'
Winner: AL


I wanted to give an impression of speed. So I did a long exposure down a local street lit road. My speed: 25mph

Camera Model: Nikon D300S, Lens and focal length: 11mm
Aperture: F2.8, Shutter Speed: 10 seconds, Sensitivity: ISO 100
WB: Cloudy, Processing: Re-sized and sharpened

Month: March 2010
Theme: 'Early Morning'
Winner: Plymer


A fun take on a morning ritual I'm sure a lot of us go through every day. I wanted to go humourous with this assignment because I've been shooting a lot of "serious" stuff lately. Definitely needed to lighten my mood a bit :)

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length: 27mm, ISO: 400, Shutter Speed: 1/320, Aperture: f/8.0

Strobist Info: LP120 @ 1/4 on 24mm into shoot-through umbrella Triggered via sync cord

Month: February 2010
Theme: 'Asia'
Winner: Naniani


Taken with the siggy lens f/5 1/20 ISO400 51mm prog. mode.
As taken from camera, but i cropped 1 inch off bottom of photo.

At the Chinese New Year celebrations in Londons Chinatown yesterday, the dragon dance parade symbolising success and good luck was calling at every establishment.Whilst watching I noticed the family within the restaurant lift their child to watch the celebrations, they made a lovely sight and feel i caught a special moment. Although the lanterns and crowd can be seen reflected in the window, sadly the dragon could not. I just love the happiness which seems to radiate from this family. Sue

Month: January 2010
Theme: 'Food'
Winner: Jonabe


Lime Action
Camera Model: Nikon D700
Lens and focal length: 70-200 f2.8 VR II @ 200mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec
Sensitivity: ISO640
Post processing: Change exposure

Month: December 2009
Theme: 'Shadows'
Winner: shallowlife


Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/1600
Av( Aperture Value ) 2.8
ISO Speed 400
Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

This is a HDR from a single raw file. You can see the lake of constance, and the alps. Taken with a Canon 100mm 2.8 IS L out of a window of my university.

Month: November 2009
Theme: 'History'
Winner: Naniani


Hi everyone, Big Ben in London is one of the famous historic sights at Westminster, although the name Big Ben refers to the bell inside the clocktower. After heavy rainfall i took this reflection in a large and deep puddle on the other side of the road.
Siggy lens. f/5.6 1/200 ISO 400 63mm
Aperture priority. Slightly cropped and contrast/brightness adjusted.

Month: October 2009
Theme: 'series'
Winner: SolarSanction

Empty, colorless, still, and so lifeless...
It's only until someone comes by when they start to scream out their existence in the silent room, for they are excited--anxious to be chosen, waiting endlessly...
The moment that one is chosen, it becomes enriched in life, and color is drawn into its world, as well as into the eyes of its beholder.

And thus, the Story comes to Life!
Part 1:
Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens and focal length: EF S 18-55mm Kit Lens @ 21mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter Speed: 1/13sec
Sensitivity: 800
Post processing: Photoshop CS4 for Border and -1 exposure

Part 2:
Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens and focal length: EF S 18-55mm Kit Lens @ 18mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Shutter Speed: 1/13sec
Sensitivity: 800
Post processing: Photoshop CS4 for Border

Part 3:
Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens and focal length: EF S 18-55mm Kit Lens @ 18mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/20sec
Sensitivity: 800
Post processing: Photoshop CS4 for Border, and for black and white background and colorizing the book

Month: September 2009
Theme: 'Goodbye'
Winner: zazu

Goodbye another day!!!

Camera: Olympus E-520
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 150 mm
Exposure: +1.00
ISO Speed: 100

Month: August 2009
Theme: 'Portraiture'
Winner: Bjorn van Sinttruije

(or larger)

Camera Model: Sony DSLR-A700 (+ grip)
Lens and focal length: Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM @ 50mm
ISO: 3200 :oops:
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/250th
Post processing: Hmm, quite a bit. Darkened a little on her face, swapped the background (that managed to make the picture a little ugly, can you imagine, with Doutzen?), reduced the noise, sharpened slightly, processed from RAW

Month: July 2009
Theme: 'Extreme'
Winner: palakaboy


Left the house before the sun went up and decided to go and take some pictures.
I came home with something:
extremely serene
extremely early
extremely beautiful

Camera Model: Nikon D90
Lens and focal length: Sigma 24-60mm 2.8 EX DG @ 60mm
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed:1/1250 @ -.7EV
Sensitivity:500 ISO
Post processing: Processed through lightroom

Month: June 2009
Theme: 'Alien'
Winner: lensbaby


They come while we are sleeping....

shutter speed 1/320, f/5.6, 210mm, ISO200

Changed to negative image, played with brightness and contrast and added some stars with the paint brush. Simple.

Month: May 2009
Theme: 'Delicate'
Winner: Laurel


I found this leaf on a tree seedling underneath the fence in my yard.

Nikon D90, Sigma 18-50 2.8 @ 50mm, F/4, 1/400, ISO 200, no processing

Month: April 2009
Theme: 'Spring'
Winner: Mikeroch


Pentax K20D with 18-55mm DA II lens. Hand held, available light, ISO 800 Aperture priority F11. Post processing: Hard crop from larger image, Sharpened, brightened.

Month: March 2009
Theme: 'Luck'
Winner: Sublimity


"Luck is only as ephemeral as a draw of a card"

Camera Model: Sony a300
Lens and focal length: Minolta 35-70mm F4 in 50mm MF
Aperture: F4.0
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing: Crop + Contrast + Vignetting.

Month: February 2009
Theme: 'Tension'
Winner: Orsan Kart


"Compact Tension"

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens and focal length: Canon EF 50mm Æ’/1.4
Aperture: Æ’/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Sensitivity: 160
Post processing: Lightroom2 -

Month: January 2009
Theme: 'Resolutions'
Winner: thestig2010


"Anger Management"
Camera Model: Nikon D80
Lens: AF 50mm f1.8 D
Aperture: f/2.5
Shutter Speed: 1/4
Sensitivity: ISO 250
Post Processing: Color Balance, Contrast and Blacks, Mild Vignetting.

Month: December 2008
Theme: 'Change'
Winner: mikeroch


Camera Model: Canon EOS 350D (left half) & Pentax K20D
Lens: 18-55mm kit lens on each camera
Sensitivity: 400
Post processing: Scaled, floated together with Photoshop, resized and cropped

Month: November 2008
Theme: 'Cold'
Winner: Orsan Kart


Camera Model: Canon EOS 40D
Lens and focal length: Canon 24mm
Aperture: Æ’/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/5 sec
Sensitivity: 400
Post processing: Lightroom 2

Month: October 2008
Theme: 'Self portrait'
Winner: shallowlife


Canon 40D
17-70 2.8-4.5 Lens
430 EXII flash


Some post processing, removed some shadow and added some contrast.

Month: September 2008
Theme: 'Urbanism'
Winner: Photoj


City Hall, London. Taken on 20-09-2008.

The last image from my retiring D80: Sigma 10-20 @ 10mm. f/4, 1/40, ISO100.
Editing - Nil.

Month: August 2008
Theme: 'Trees'
Winner: Zorro


Trees are just about my favourite subject. I love them. Infinitely more interesting to my eyes than even the prettiest flower. I took this shot this evening whilst we were out with the dogs.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20 @ 20mm

Three bracketed exposures hand-held, RAW(NEF).

1/640sec, 1/160sec, 1/40sec, f/11, ISO 100

Processed initially in Photomatix Pro then Photoshop CS3. Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 used liberally. It's noisy but I like it this way.


Month: July 2008
Theme: 'Minimalism'
Winner: Orsan Kart


Tree in Fear

Minimalism - an avant-garde movement in music/art characterized by the repetition of very short phrases/colour/tone that change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect.

Camera Model:Canon 40D
Lens and focal length:59mm
Shutter Speed:1/1000
Post processing:Aperture 2.1

Month: June 2008
Theme: 'Power of light'
Winner: richcaw


Shot taken at Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page Arizona on June 12th

Canon 350D with 24-105mm L lens

Focal Length 24mm
Exposure 1s
Aperture f22

ISO 200

No post processing except resizing

Have edited the post to show a smaller version of the original

Month: May 2008
Theme: 'Reflection'
Winner: Georgie2H


Month: April 2008
Theme: 'Transportation'
Winner: JC



My first post ever. Wanted to capture spring's long shadows but the shot turned out to be good in this assignment too. The photo was taken while I biked, so had to mount the camera on my cycle rack with a gorilla pod - know Gordon Laing loves it too.

Camera Model: Canon Powershot G9 (my first camera and really loves it)
Lens and focal length: Standard G9 lens - maybe 7-44mm - no zooming
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Processing: "I feel lucky"-button in Picasa

That's the one I'll post for the April assignment. A picture explaining the technique behind the capture is posted in "April 2008 Comments and Questions".


Month: March 2008
Theme: 'Time'
Winner: Chaplainblake


It was recommended to me that I put this photo here, though I must admit that I feel inadequate doing so. I have no real title for this shot, as I was not really composing it, per se--I just though it looked neat. The organic (participants in time) versus the mechanical (the keeper of time) struck me though, which was the reason for the shot. Later, I also noted the contrast of geometry: the lines, crossing beams, and center window, set against the foreground of the individual nature of the human form...maybe what drew me to that frame.

I took this photo with a canon S80, black and white, zoomed out to 28mm, ISO 100, aperture 4.0, and shutter speed 1/200. No post-processing (I do not know how yet!) (I am new to photography, so please forgive me if I misuse the nomenclature.)


Month: February 2008
Theme: 'Your Living Place - your town'
Winner: zrmi


taken from Mt Eden, Auckland..I love the juxtaposition between the cow and the city background..those two portrays two different aspect that creates the purity of New Zealand.

Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 0.005s
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Month: January 2008
Theme: 'Love'
Winner: Big Pix

these 2 were very busy in the garden one morning.......


Camera Model: d2Xs
Lens and focal length: Sigma Bigma @ 480mm
Aperture: f 5.6
Shutter Speed: 160th
Sensitivity:ISO 200
Post processing: CS 3 levels

Month: December 2007
Theme: 'The Holidays'
Winner: Drazen Gal


Camera Model: Canon EOS 400D + Hama Star 63 tripod
Lens and focal length: Canon 18-55mm at 55mm
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 4 Sec
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Post processing:
DPP [RAW (-0.33 exposure, custom WB, faithful style, saturation +2, sharpness +6); RBG (saturation 110, sharpness 250)]
PS (crop-angle adjustment, resize)

Month: November 2007
Theme: 'A Glass of Water'
Winner: Luis



Camera Model: Nikon D40
Lens and focal length: Nikon Series E 50mm prime
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Post processing: 33% brightness increase, low increase in sharpness, enhance dark tones

My intention was mostly to see what this lens could do. I was expecting to show this effect of turmoil on the surface, after a droplet falls. The little one that seems to be ejected adds a little tension to the whole.
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Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:39 pm

Nice to see all the winners here Gordon. A great source of inspiration.
Hope one day, I'll see one of my photos lister here... :shock:

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Postby patti » Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:56 pm

What talent. You know, we have sifted thru tons of images, voting on this series, and it is really just like something to put up on your mantle, over the fireplace, being awarded the "winner", by your peers. Congrats to all of the winners, and even to us looooooosers..something to aspire to, belonging to THIS thread.

Eggggggselent thread.

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Postby MBrutus2009 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:45 am

Hopefully I can be up here with something as good as the ones up here... Phenomenal winners so far can't wait to see who wins the upcoming assignments.

Gratz to all so far!
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Postby phani_astronomy » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:22 am

great photography! These images not only inspire but they also teach how a particular photograph is taken..(the composing, setting the exposure etc).

Its very good to have the Imp part of the EXIF data when such images are posted. I am in a learning stage and these were very very useful for me..

Am late but, Great going and congrats to all those winners!

Postby symon_say » Sun May 03, 2009 3:50 pm

Nice pics, congrats to all the winners.

Postby Johanna » Sun May 03, 2009 4:24 pm

Wow, truly inspirational.
I really love the picture "reflection" by Georgie2H, what is that? A soap bubble?

Postby palakaboy » Sun May 03, 2009 5:51 pm

if you're ever compiling a port orsan, make sure you put these wins in it.

Postby ScrawledWords » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:55 am

Really love the Tension and Reflection shots here. I'd love a shot of mine to be up here one day.

Postby BelleMeansBeautiful » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:01 pm

Can't wait to see the august winner!

Postby 4xxxx » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:30 am

Interesting we have two consistent winners, Naniani and Orsan Cart with 3 wins each, impressive result, congrats to both.

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Postby NikonMac » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:15 am

those are some great shots!

Postby KSK » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:34 am

What a great shots. Hope one they i can have one of my pic in here, too. :D
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Reflection - Georgie2H

Postby Howzit » Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:16 am

Simply amazing!


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