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Composition: Fill the Frame! Challenge finished on Saturday, 14 Nov 2009 Beginning photographers have a tendency to keep well back from their subject. The acronym SCUFI (Shoot Close-Up For Impact) was coined to remind novices to get in close and fill the frame. Using a STANDARD FOCAL LENGTH lens (between 35mm and 65mm equivalent), demonstrate your ability to get in and fill the frame with your subject. Be careful not to crowd the frame, just get in close to prove you're not afraid of the subject. (Note Additional rules.)
Winner: Extincion es por siempre
Wild Creatures: Amphibians Challenge finished on Saturday, 14 Nov 2009 :: An Insight into the Natural World III :: The challenge here is to post your best picture of an Amphibian, either tailless, e.g.: Frog or Toad - or tailed, e.g.: Newt, Salamander and Mudpuppy - or legless, e.g.: Caecilian (very unusual and hard-to-find creatures. More information here: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-caecilian.html). The Amphibian should be the main subject but it can be pictured in its natural environment - interacting with other animals, etc. If possible, please include information about where the photograph was taken and the name of the animal, if you know. Many species of Amphibians are under serious threat of extinction - so please take care in their habitat.
"D..." Like "Dog on a green grass background" Challenge finished on Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 Picture of a dog (not several) from face on an entire green grass background
Winner: come baby..
Disconnected Challenge finished on Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 This theme can be interpreted in many ways -- a telephone with the wire cut off, two people turning their backs on each other, or a homeless person roaming the streets. Be creative.
Winner: Mt. Hood in Spring
Old Manual Focus Prime Lens Challenge finished on Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 Over the last 30 years, photographers have become used to a variety of convenience features such as wide-open auto exposure, auto focus, and zoom lenses. Unfortunately, these features cost us depth-of-focus preview, precision and robustness of physical construction, and the superior IQ of prime lenses. This challenge is for photos created combining the best of both worlds: modern digital image capture and processing with an old, high-quality, manual-focus, prime lens.
Winner: The Conductor
Sony Alpha Only - Portraits Challenge finished on Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 With the first Alpha Only challenge now at the voting stage the second will be on 'portraits'. Don't just submit photos of people though, the best portraits are those that say something about the subject. Be creative.
Winner: The Guardians
Halloween Challenge finished on Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 Anything Halloween related: Pumpkins, Costumes, Hunted Houses, and the like.
Winner: old mill
Abandoned places Challenge finished on Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 Show us places of abandoned places. Houses will probably be the most common ones, but try to find other man-made things that were abandoned and started decaying, or that show how humans or animals are missing from. Think "ghost towns" when you search for entries :-)
Quiet Moments - The Extraordinary Ordinary Challenge finished on Sunday, 08 Nov 2009 Extraordinary pictures of ordinary events or things in a moment of quiet repose.
Winner: Woman in Train
Tribute to: W. Eugene Smith Challenge finished on Sunday, 08 Nov 2009 W. Eugene Smith was noted for his ability to tell stories through a series of photographs. According to many photography historians, he is arguably the originator of the "photographic essay". He was certainly a master of that genre as seen in his collections such as "Country Doctor" and "Minamata" He found ways of protraying the nobility of people regardless of the circumstances. His images are very poetic, and in some cases hardly seem like photojournalism. Show us your images which evoke the style of W. Eugene Smith
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