Weekly Photo Assignment : Fresh Start

Welcome back to the weekly photo assignments “from the forum” and, as it is our first of this year on the blog, it works well that the theme was “Fresh Start”

We are looking at some slightly different formats for our forum assignment this year, so keep your eyes open for that! we also have some cool “weekly assignment” prizes lined up for the coming weeks and months, so make sure you check in every week and see what is happening! –> Here’s the assignment section of the forum if you’re new around here! (Welcome!)

The winner this week comes from MattJohnRobinson with his self portrait in the mirror, before we show you his winning image, here’s what he had to say about it;

Every day is the first day of the rest of your life…through free will a fresh start can made at any time. It all begins with some serious introspection, self-reflection.

I took this in my tiny apartment bathroom with my tripod and a small torch-style desk lamp covered with my twisted up (the way it’s made to fit in the zip-up pouch) 42″ diffusor/reflector to soften it.

This was my first time shooting and processing RAW and also my first self-portrait. Really liked being able to fine-tune the white balance and sharpness. Got my first camera in the fall of 2011 and I’ve just been totally thrilled with this entire world of photography that I’ve immersed myself in…looking forward to learning a lot in 2012 with the help of all the wonderful enthusiasts and professionals sharing their knowledge on the net.”

Congratulations Matt, you did well – and great job on the lighting with what you had! [Ghetto lighting, anyone?!]

You can see more of Matt’s work on Flickr

In second place this week was Prasad_Shejale with “A sunset on 2011″ which I liked very much, and as Wulf pointed out, it was if the sun was weighing down the left hand of the image.. We all thought very cool.

You can see more of Prasad’s work on Flickr too!

We have two third place winners, so I’m going to post them both! Great!

So, on her health kick, all the way from Sheffield is RozSheffield! Roz is also back from a little “time away” from her camera, so welcome back to the shutter button Roz!!

Here is Roz’s image of “Fresh Start”

Roz is on Flickr, Too!

And “Second” third place goes to Nita.W (who may need to have support take that . out of her user name as they cause problems – sorry!) with her “Relax, let go and wash away” photograph, taken whilst on holidays! (Hararu Falls in NZ! Nice!) (I almost remember what holidays are!)

Here’s Nita’s photograph – lovely work, Nita!

You can also find Nita.W on Flickr!

That’s our “From The Forums” wrap up for this week! Don’t forget “The color Yellow” is happening in the assignments section right now and there are many other interesting threads bobbing along.. This one, for example! “A Few Shots from India” or, here’s my current fave… a 305 second (!!) exposure, during the day!! – See how it was done.

 

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See you next week! —Sime

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Weekly Photo Assignment : Fresh Start


This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Four Elements

Sorry I’m a little late with our “From The Forums” assignment post this week! It’s been a fun week to say the least!

This week our assignment was “The Four Elements” where you had to take at least two of water, earth, fire and air.

Let me get STRAIGHT to the point! Our winner this week is JonSim Congratulations, Jon-Sim!

 

We'll All Float On by Jon-Sim

Wulf Say’s : 3 points: earth (slightly kicked up) and water are obvious and air is clearly conveyed by the flock of birds in flight. If it had been my shot, I might have argued for fire in the energy of the action too! That flock of birds makes the shot verge on the surreal but the best detail is that they man is dressed in the same colours as the seagulls, even down to brown(ish) feet.

Bruce-A takes second spot with his beach photograph, my personal fave for this week! [maybe I've been there!]  “Beach Soccer”

Beach Soccer form BAN Photography

“I like Bruce’s attempt to include all four elements, including air (by the haziness of the background) and fire (by the heat of the sun, implied by golden colours and the activities and dress of the people).”

And third place goes to ExDeltaLady for her lovely photograph of the four elements…

Saralonde say’s : Foggy air that can be seen and frozen water, that’s two. That clear blue sky over the snow made me feel cold. Compositionally, I liked the large negative space, although it seems a little closely cropped at the bottom.

Congratulations to all of our winners, thank you for thinking about the topic this week! Don’t forget! There’s still time to win our entire eBook suite with the thinkTankPhoto IN A BAG competition (Free to enter, all welcome) and we’ll see you back here next week for “THE BEATLES”

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Four Elements


This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Gratitude

“Gratitude” What are you grateful for?

That was the brief in this week’s assignment. And just whilst I’m here, on the subject (and I’ve got the microphone and YOU DON’T haha) I would like to take a minute to thank our tireless moderation team who spend their time helping you guys, all for nothing. Please join with me in the comments (if you have a minute!) and thank them too, Please!

As always we have THREE winners and we’ve had a last minute ‘nod’ to give away a prize to our winner! thinkTankPhoto are a professional camera bag manufacturer and have donated one of their ace memory card holders to the winner! They also have the most amazing FREE give-away I’ve seen in a while going on right now – check it out!

FIRST PLACE | HeartMySony (Please contact spollock@thinktankphoto.com)
“Not only does this portray “Thanksgiving Dinner” with the family, but her description of her taking the photo made me smile!” 

SECOND PLACE | Sneha Thakur 

“I might have stretched to more points if the top of the frame had been cropped a little lower. I do like the patient / physician image combined with supplicant hands – almost as if both are praying to find a way to make the patient well again.”

THIRD PLACE | Devel 

“This one gets 3 points from me. I like this one because it’s a good combination of the typical “thankful of family” theme but done in a nice photographic way. By that I mean photos were in the shot, but he also used nice DoF and I like the bokeh as well. This sort of shot is general enough that people can relate to it as opposed to some random shot of a person they don’t know.”

Great work to all our winners – thanks! Please make sure you check out thinkTank’s Give-away, there’s a camera bag to win every day and a massive grand prize to be drawn at the end (in time for Christmas!) you can find out more HERE.

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing what you all shoot for “The Four Elements”

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Gratitude


This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Golden Hour

Golden hour, that magic bit of the day when the light screams at you to take pictures. This week your winner is going to be very excited to be walking away with a “Capture” from Peak Design! thanks, guys!

So, let’s find out WHO is this week’s “Golden Hour” winner!

“While more pink and blue than golden, the soft modelling of the dunes demonstrates how low and gentle the sun is in the sky, while the biker is a vivid point of focus”

BlackSquiggle Wins! (Please email me -> simon @ gtvone . com and I’ll happily organise your capture!.. well, not YOUR capture.. oh, you know what I mean! hah)

BlackSquiggle-Motorbike-Dune-Jump-dPS

Second place, or rather (drum roll!) equal second / third place as we had a tie! Is RookieP01 with this great image. “Not a sunset and it shows how the light hits the plant stalks highlighting the individual pieces.”

And in (again) equal second . third place, was this great photograph (and might I suggest you take the time to check out Carly’s set!) from CarlyRocksPhotos. “ Possibly an unusual choice, but I kept going back to it. It didn’t have a golden color that people might expect, but the early light gave it a softness that more direct lighting later in the day would have lefta much more harsh landscape.” (I loved this one, too –Sime)

Meanwhile – Have you thought of your photograph for the “Gratitude” assignment? Best get those thinking caps on! – There’s no prize this week, just the fact that you’re awesome should be enough, right?! We may well be back with thinkTankPhoto next week! –Sime

P.S. If you’re interested in winning some awesome prizes, I happen to know that on the thinkTankPhoto blog (starting from the 28th, in 24hrs from now) there is going to be one massive fun competition! ;-)

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Golden Hour


This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Coffee

Coffee! that’s right… That lovely little cup of *POW* that some of us consume from time to time… (Some maybe more than others?!)

Well, this last week, you guys went away and photographed your coffee! This last week you also probably had in the back of your mind that BlackRapid were going to be giving the winner a little Strap / Bag named the SnapR10! Well, let’s get on with the show, shall we?

Massive Thanks BlackRapid!

SnapR-Camera-Strap-System-Snapr10

 

The winner of the Coffee Assignment is ShutterBugDeb! slips into first place by ONE point! “Nice use of repetition. Circles everywhere from the bubbles to the cup and saucer (and the circles on the handle) to the tablecloth. Well thought out.” —Deb, as ever, drop me an email simon at gtvone dot com and I’ll organise your prize! Congrats! –s

Coffee Chocolate Assignment Photo on DPS

ShutterbugDeb with Coffee and Chocolate

Second place this week for “Strong Hot Black” is AnnWen from just up the road in Victoria, Australia! “not just your average here’s some coffee beans photo. The layout was well thought out, nice and crisp. Could be used for an advertisement!”

Coffee Photograph on dPS by AnnWen

Strong, Hot, Black by AnnWen

SiewFeun is in third place today! With this great piece of shadow play! “Great use of light and shadow. The light lends to the lovey dovey mood (yes, lovey dovey is a technical term).” (we let this one slip through as the assignment heading is in the post – sime)

Shadow Play, Coffee, SiewFeun

"Fancy a cup of coffee?" (actually, yes please! - Sime)

 

Next week the assignment is GOLDEN HOUR and we have a great new device from Peak Design for our assignment called “Capture Camera Clip System” or, just “Capture” for short! I’m fortunate enough to have one of these little guys, I use it with my thinkTankPhoto pro speed belt, but you can use it with your belt / bag – try it on anything. A truly great device (review coming, soon!)

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Coffee


This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums Nov 13 – 19

Assignment | Cool Colours

That was our theme this last week, and a few of you managed to nail it! well done! We could, as ever, only choose three winners, first, second and third…

Of course, first place comes to you courtesy of thinkTankPhoto this week (Next week it’s BlackRapid!) and so, without any further chatter by ME, let’s get these winners up here!

First place, and the new owner of a memory card holder from thinkTankPhoto is…

LISA as voted by our moderators “this has completely captured my attention. The softness of the image along with the cool blue and pods really set off the dreamy feel of the overall image.” Well done, Lisa! Please contact me via email [ spollock@thinktankphoto.com ] and I’ll post your prize out! – Find more from Lisa here on Flickr 

assignment | cool colours by Lisa

Second winner this week is HollyBug, well done!! “abusing white balance is a good way to pull the colour warmth one way or the other. All this dreamy shot was missing was a fairy or two.”

assignment | cool colours by HollyBug

And, this week our third winner was Veggie1215 with this stunning photograph.. “…not entirely dissimilar to the image given at the opening but definitely cool to the point of freezing.”

assignment | cool colours by Veggie1215

Well, there you have it!! Make sure you stop in and post your coffee assignment images!! Here’s one of my recent coffee images (for those of you that don’t know, I shoot my coffee almost daily)

 

Into the Black by Simon Pollock of Gtvone.com

Thanks as ever to thinkTankPhoto for kindly sponsoring our forum assignments! Please check them out for any camera bag related information you’re after! Next week we’re sponsored by BlackRapid, makers of some of the most fantastic camera straps that I have ever had the pleasure of hanging from my person!

See you next week! –Sime

 

 

 

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 50 – Nov 5

Welcome!

So, this week just gone it was ‘warm colours’ and I have to say that a lot of you guys have a strange idea of what ‘warm colours’ is :D

We have a winner despite a lot of images being… well… slightly off the old mark!

Congrats to StephenJay for “Great use, and capture of that light and for creating an image filled with “Warm Colours” – Congrats, you’ve picked up a Pixel Pocket Rocket from our assignment sponsor, thinkTankPhoto [please email spollock@thinktankphoto.com with your delivery address / contact number]

"Manzanilla - Coast of the rising sun"

Michael Cheung popped into second place with his tree photograph, Wulf noted that he’d framed it so that there was some structure to the image with the trunk being included. Congrats Michael!

And the third place today goes to JayBerg for his stand of Maples – very peaceful!

Thanks again for all of you who entered! I hope we pick up the “on topicness” of it all this week! ;-) —-> COOL COLOURS

 

I made this one a little ‘cool’ it was taken out the window of my hotel in New York last week at PhotoPlus

In a New York Minute photo by Simon Pollock

In a New York Minute

 

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 23 – 29

Sorry for the delay folks! I’ve just come back from PhotoPlus in New York! The show was filled with all of those photographic delights (mmm Sony NEX 7) and sounds that I will never be able to afford *sniff* -> You can check out the little videos I made if you like [here and here] I had the chance to play with the new Canon EOS 1Dx – Very tasty!

Anyway! Appears that you guys had fun without me, there were some GREAT entries in the weekly assignment! Let’s just hope we keep this momentum!

This week, our winner of the ABSTRACT theme was DEBSIJ with ‘Purple’ created using some A4 paper, husband’s muscles and PSE9 – This is a great example of thinking outside the box to create something abstract and attractive! Debbie, make sure you contact me to collect you prize! [ simon [at] gtvone [dot] com ]

Purple by Debsij

“Lovely lines that carry your eye through the shot plus that sensual swirl.”

In second place, but only by one point!, Deep Freeze by JonSim

“Not originally what I was looking for when I was looking for abstracts, but I kept coming back to it. I like the use of natural elements and the blue tones that give it an icy look.”

And only a couple of points off the top spot itself, This rusty truck was high on the votes list this week! Well done SitchaChante

“ LOVE the colors and textures. Commend them for zooming in and filling the frame with area they saw to make this. “

All three winners this week were very fitting ourthe theme, and very catchy. If you missed the assignment, post your “Abstract” image below!

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 23 – 29


This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 16 – 22

We had a pretty short ‘winners post’ last week, and I hope that I can do a little better this week! Thank you to all who entered the weekly forum assignment, the assignment is supposed to push you and help you think creatively and turn a simple subject into a dynamic photo that makes people think a little bit. We had the subject ‘Street Signs’ and to be a little bit controversial, the quality seem’s to have dropped somewhat! So, what we’re doing is adding a little tempter, a prize if you will, from our friends over at www.thinktankphoto.com. They are going to give the winner of our weekly assignment one of their memory card holders, and they’ve offered a code for dPS peeps to use if they decide to purchase a thinkTank bag, that means they get an extra free accessory. So, I hope that helps us to want to do better – though, we’re here on ‘Digital Photography School’ so that mean’s we already want to do better, right!

Enough of my jibba jabba!

The WINNER by popular vote, via the moderation team, and the first winner of a thinkTank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket is…

Who Me? By No Frada

date: 10/13/11
camera: NIKON D5100
lens: VR 18-55mm 3.5/5.6G
aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 2500
focal length: 28mm
shutter speed: 1/20s
flash: Off

Who Me Digital Photography School Assignment on DPS

Who Me? | © RC NoFrada

Here’s some insight from our judges on why they chose this image…

  • “Two points for this one as it’s funny and a good composition (ie not dead center) and good use of depth of field and nice b&w conversion”
  • “Firstly, three points for this photo, which is humorous and has a strong composition with good use of depth of field to make the intruder clear (as if any extra clues were needed… but a good photo avoids conflicting clues about the intended subject)”
  • “Two Points: I love simplicity and a shallow depth of field when it suits the subject and both work well on this”
  • “Three points- who me? - I like the fact that they took the time to think the assignment thru and then came up with something really creative. And the fact that they did a nice job on it is a HUGE plus!”

So, congratulations RC NoFrada! You’re the proud new owner of a thinkTank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket – Please contact me to arrange delivery.

RUNNER UP

Buddy in the toys by Fbroschart (Cute!! –S)

Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 29 mm
ISO Speed 200
Date Taken: Oct. 16, 2011

cute puppy in a pile of toys on dPS

Buddy in the toys © FBrosChart

  • But why?  ”Then 2 points for this shot. A subtle palette of colours and similar scales of the puppy and surrounding soft toys mean they blend together well, requiring a second look to spot the odd one out”

Second Runner Up

Doesn’t Quite Belong © Cadira

Camera Sony DSLR-A300
Exposure 0.4
Aperture f/29.0
Focal Length 40 mm
ISO Speed 400

Lime and Kiwi by Cadira for dPS Assignment

Soda and Lime by Cadira

  • This one got the votes for ‘Creative use of light!‘ –Cadira, tell us a little more about how you lit this on the comments below?

Congratulations to all of our winners – Make sure you pop along and enter the next assignment and think outside the box!

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums | Oct 9 – 15

Our weekly assignment winners post is a little late this week, sorry about that! (I’d like to say I’ve been out taking photos, but I haven’t!)

Again, as voted by our rad moderation crew, there was one stand-out entry and a handful of ‘runners up’ images as submitted by you guys…

Here’s our winner! All the way from Alberta, Canada and photographed by SoleilGlo

assignment | street signs © SoleilGlo

Congrats! I’m sorry to say that while there is no amazing prize, you have taken a great photo and we’re glad to see it on our website!

Strangely, this week, there were a handful of ‘not quite winners, but..’ images – and rather than only post two, I thought I’d post a few more!.. Thank you to all who participated!

Caution | Concealed Drive by iHateLiver

Dead End by u2BSmilin

Amish Buggy by DalMorloson

This Way by ArgoNaut

Please remember that the next assignment is already rolling! “Doesn’t Quite Belong” …make sure you stick to the rules!

Image CC by DavyBot

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