The Medium of Photography

Challenge #8 in the Great Movements in Photography series. Hosted by Mark Scott Abeln.
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Photographers usually attempt to produce images that are representations of subjects out in the real world. This kind of representation is not unique, for skilled artists can make pleasing representations using the media of painting, drawing, mosaics, and others. But the photographic medium offers specific possibilities and problems not found in the older art forms. For this challenge, produce images that take advantage of the specific properties of cameras: for example, shallow depth of field, motion blur, wide-angle distortion, or perspective control. Perhaps you have specialty soft-focus, star-filters, diffraction grating, or split-tone filters. Perhaps extreme digital noise is more to your liking, or freezing motion using strobes. Experiment with over or underexposure. If you have a Lensbaby, pinhole, infrared, or a Holga camera, use it!
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Spring Beach
by JohnK
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Taken on a day in March, at a beach in New York Harbor. No one has come yet to disturb the shells left by winter tides.
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Submitted: Saturday, 2nd April, 2011 23:18 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 27th March, 2011
Focal length: 20 mm
Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 100
Notes: Image made with infrared radiation. The camera is a Sigma DSLR which is well suited to this sort of work.
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