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Photography Competition -- April '08

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Old 04-02-2008, 06:24 PM
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Photography Competition -- April '08

Entries are now being accepted for this month's competition -- make a post in this thread and attach your entry.

The theme for this month's competition has been chosen by the
1st Place WINNER of our March 2008 competition -- DWTHOMP - Dennis!!

Dennis has chosen the subject/theme "Trees".
Trees are part of our planet's life cycle, and are among the most long-lived creations on Earth. They are beautiful, variable, and some are endangered.

Each member may submit only one entry for this competition. You may change your entry (or submit another entry in its place) up until the deadline.

Deadline for submitting your image: Monday April 28th, 2008 at 2 am EDT.

The goal of these friendly competitions is to inspire members to grab our camera and actually use it. New photos are our goal, but we also accept recently photographed/recently processed images that fit the topic also.

We'd love to hear any shooting info you have (shutter speed, ISO, f-stop) as well as any regular photographic post-processing -- cropping, levels, saturation, dodge/burn, etc.

What does the winner get? The winner gets to choose the next assignment (this time PLUS gets all the nice accolades that come from being chosen "Winner".

Post your photo submissions in this thread, and we'll have a separate thread for discussion of this assignment and your comments regarding any of the entries that strike your fancy.

All RetouchPro members may take part in the competition and all members may vote, whether they have submitted an entry or not.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:33 AM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

I pulled off the interstate and shot this at a rest stop in Oklahoma.
Shutter Speed 1/100
ISO 100
F / 8

Cropped slightly, Bumped color slightly, curves. Then I shrunk it unmercifully until we both cried.

I posted one that is half the origional size here.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:43 AM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

This is a California Valley Oak taken behind my house. The photo was taken with my Olympus E-500 set at: f8.0, 2 sec., ISO400, and an R72 infrared filter. The image was processed in Photoshop CS3 as black & white, then I applied a Virtual Photographer (from optikVerve Labs) plug-in.

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Old 04-03-2008, 09:46 AM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

Here is my entry: Trees!
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:52 PM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

It has rained so much here in the midwest lately that finding any dry (or semi-dry) day to shoot is extremely difficult. We've had over 15 inches of rain in the last two weeks. I took this one just a few minutes before the last downpour.

ISO 200
F 2.8
400th of a second
60 mm macro lens on a Canon 40D body
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Last edited by Janet Petty; 04-27-2008 at 08:31 PM. Reason: changed out picture
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:10 PM
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I took this description verbatim from my personal website (shameless plug: but it seemed fitting for the description and technical data.
Missing technical data: Minolta Maxxum 700si with a Tamron f2.8 28-105 lens.

I took this picture the first evening I arrived in Yosemite for one of my annual winter visits. There was frost on the tall grass and a bit of ice on the roadway. I wandered half blind into the meadow and could faintly make out Yosemite Falls somewhere along the cliffs. I could clearly see the tree in front of me and roughly composed what I thought could be a decent scene. Then I bracketed the scene by 4 minute stops; This shot was f22 @ 8 minutes. Of course at the time I was using analog film, this was Agfa 25 speed black and white film. I had no idea what I had captured until several days later when I got the contact sheet back. What a surprise!

Now on to Photoshop. The negative was somewhat damaged, there might have been dust specks on the film backing that stuck to the silver via static, I’m not really sure. There were thousands of specks though as well as several scratches horizontally running across the negative. The specks were largely removed with the Dust and Scratches filter, the scratches were removed with the clone tool. I also increased the contrast to help bring out the details in the mid-ground trees and the cliffs.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:06 AM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

Here is a photo I took last week, it was a beautiful spring morning, very mild after a looong winter, the sun was just coming up and was hitting the trees nicely. I'm just working on improving my amateur photography.
I used a Nikon D40 on program setting and I don't know how to recall the information.
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:44 PM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

Hi, i'm not sure if exactly suitable for this contest....
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Date/Time 07-Aug-2007 05:20:07
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D
Flash Used No
Focal Length 200 mm
Exposure Time 1/50 sec
Aperture f/11
ISO Equivalent 100
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:17 PM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

Hi, this is my entry
This was photographed on 35mm Ilford FP4 125 with my Nikon F3, it
cold winters day.
I hand printed the neg on Agfa multi contrast paper with some of the
film rebate showing and then scanned it. I made adjustments to match
the scan to the print but otherwise no photoshop work.
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:32 AM
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Re: Photography Competition -- April '08

Here is my entry taken on 4/21/08. This is a blend of 2 shots.

Canon 20D with ef24-70 f2.8L @ 35mm.
1rst shot - 1/100 @ f10 ISO100
2nd shot - 1/50 @ f10 ISO100

Post processing - converted both RAW images in ACR. Boosted contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation a bit. Also added just a little saturation and luminance to the yellows, greens, & blues. Brought both into CS3 and used blend-if on the 2 layers. A slight curves adjustment, then sharpen & resize.

Had a hard time trying to get this one under 100k and decent quality. Because of that here is a link to a little better quality.
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