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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Weekly Photo Contest Jan 8 - Jan 15 (Theme: Early Work)

Weekly Photo Contest - Dec. 29 - Jan 4 (Theme: Early Work)
Welcome folks to this weeks photo thread!

Theme: Early Work.
This will require everyone to be honest with their work. Please post your best or favorite photo when you were just a few months into shooting photos. It is interesting to look at your early photos and compare it to stuff you are shooting today to see how different/better/worse you have progressed.

So any subject is allowed. Please state when you started shooting and when you shot the picture. I think 6 months should be the maximum amount of time allowed between when you started shooting and the photo.

Hope this is clear

Rules:

1. You may only submit one photo per contest.

2. Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.

3. The contest runs for exactly one week, starting NOW! (see time/date stamp at the start of this thread)

4. At the end of the week, The Judge (last week's Winner) will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photo, providing as much feedback as possible. (Judge has 24 hours to make decision)

5. The 1st place Winner will start a new thread with the topic/theme of their choice, and act as the Judge for that contest. (Winner has 48 hours to create new theme)
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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This category is a little tricky, as many photographers took photos for years before they became serious about the craft. I didn't start getting into photography until 2009. This was one of my first macro shots. It was a flower in my neighbor's yard. It was about the size of a nickle.

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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MacInnes, March 11, 2009, IMG_0046, first one I kept (started following Doylem's "delete" advice right away). $120 50mm f/1.8 plastic lens on a 50D. Loved the lighting ...
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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This is opal in an ironstone matrix. I shot it at Chicago's Field Museum in 2006 about a month after I got my first DSLR (Nikon D50).
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 02:44 AM   #5
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000010_Edit by plainfacedproductions

One from my first roll of film... Taken 2011
I've taken point and shoot film and digital for years. But this was when I got my first SLR, that wasn't my dads.

Now I own an ILC (K-01) and I'm never going back to film..
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 03:17 AM   #6
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I purchased my 1100D/T3 in July of last year and took this shot on the 20th of December. I think it's my best use of equipment, programs, space and light thus far.

1100D/T3, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, ISO 100, 7 shot (neutral) composite in Photomatix Pro & the real work was done in Photoshop.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 03:36 AM   #7
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Very interesting theme. Veeeery interesting...


strum. by tristangage, on Flickr

Camera Canon EOS 300D Digital
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This was just about when I was getting into photography as a hobby. This is a photograph taken of my father when we were staying in a cottage in Harmby, Yorkshire. My own camera was a point and shoot with manual capabilities which I had been using artistically for about 4 months and was quickly outgrowing, but here I was using my Dad's EOS 300D (First Digital Rebel) for a bit more practise with quality, using a zoom lens to achieve a shallower depth of field. This was taken over 3 years ago, in August 2009. The interesting thing about this is that it's still one of my favourite photographs that I've ever taken. So does that mean I've not improved at all since my first forays into photography, or does it mean this photo was just a bit of a flukey good'un? Or maybe it just means this photo means something to me..
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 04:40 AM   #8
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Personally I love it. If you've been there, you would know how blue the lake is on a sunny day.

First year I believe.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 10:16 AM   #10
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I only got my DSLR in April, so I'm still pretty new. Here is a shot from my first outing with the camera.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 02:40 PM   #12
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Revealing my age now...

Yikes! Ok, here is my first self-portrait when I was 20 years old back in 1984. Again, remember, this was 1984; this is what musicians looked like back then, almost 30 years ago!

Can't remember the camera, maybe the Canon AE1? And the photo was processed and printed in the [actual] darkroom by me.

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First time poster. Bought my first digital camera (Sony DSC-P9) the summer of 2002. Here's a picture of a water lilly from my family vacation that summer. Forget the location.
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This is the very first photo I took with my Canon 550D in June of 2011. It took a good six months to deflate my head after this one.

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This was taken soon after I got my first "serious"digital camera, a Minolta DiMage 7i back in 2006. Well I thought it was serious. I've always liked it just because it was the first shot I took where I really felt it was a photograph and not just a snapshot.

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:51 PM   #16
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So I should've had everyone post their best early and best recent.

Hankster: Very nice colors and love the depth of field, especially since it is solid green. This was framed well and love the textures.

gaswerks: That 50mm is a powerful inexpensive lens. I agree that the lighting is great. Nice warm natural colors.

deep diver: Nice texture. It sorta looks like leaves frozen in ice with blue water under. Nice mixture of colors and textures.

electronique: Nice playing with the dof. My eyes get drawn to the bush on the left but you got the toy is in focus.

ijohn.8.80: Man if this is one of your first HDR shots, you did an awesome job at it. I love the framing, the books in the background, the way the library is designed, that the library looks empty and obviously the lighting.

andalusia: Nice tones and depth of field. I like how the lighting stops in the bottom left of the guitar and completely darkens the background.

fitshaced: The dark colors really help bring out the water. I know things like the branch and bushes are hard to control. I like the water splashing on the rock in the background.

sim667: Man that is a bummer if he did. Nice film choice since black and white makes this picture. I wish you could see more of his face but I know you had to shoot this while being subtle.

fireman32: Shooting flowers always seems to give you nice colors and a nice depth of field. I like the maroon mixed with the white edges and how they all wrap into each other.

NZed: Putting the park bench in the foreground provides nice depth. I like that there is someone actually sitting on the bench. Very soothing and relaxing photo. I always enjoy just sitting and looking at the water and mountains while out west. I might do a bit different of a crop.

Melizard: When starting out, using auto is sometimes the best option. Its easy to get burned out because you don't know what settings to choose sometimes. Very nice greens in the background but there is a very slight circle in the center of the picture that catches my eyes.

milbournosphere: Spider webs provide great lining and textures. Nice use of lines and love how its hanging. I wish you were cropped in more to just show the spider web.

genshi: I was hoping for more of these! This is an awesome portrait just to keep for memory sake. My original idea was to show something like this then show something very recent to show how much you progressed. I just love the old feeling of this photo.

byamada: I like all of the different colors and really like the center of the lily with all the red and yellow. I like the black to kinda create some negative space.

AlexH: Nice DOF and detail of the cords. Sorry just don't have much to say about this.

butch10x: It took me a few looks to figure out what this was exactly. I like the mixture of different colors and that they all flow together. The background provides a nice additional color to compliment the flower colors.

pakyooh: I love the dark liquid in the flower with how white the flower is. Nice post processing choices to give a bit of a different color tone.

Badrottie: Nice picture of the bird and shadow over a portion of its body.

Chappers: I hate bees. Terrific detail of the bee, the dark background helps bring him out of the background and the white flowers have provide contrast.

Neur0genesis: Great photo...just with foreground with the trees, the clouds covering part of the landscape and the sky / sun just all blend well together and make a relaxing photo.

SLC Flyfishing: Kinda a scary / creepy photo. I assume this is from a museum but the arm just reaching out makes the sculpture. It is screaming help.

pmxperience: I always liked these style of buildings. I love the nice red bridge and how bright the gold is on the building.

justinLONG: I like how the lighting falls across his face. Its awesome just to see photos and just know it was shot with film. Yours and Genshi were perfect examples of this.

JDDavis: I agree this is a nice photo. The nice bright orange butterfly pops out of the background. I like the framing and how the flowers in the background are noticeable but aren't really distracting at all.

DirtySocks85: Nice broken down type of look. Messed up bike, sorta looks like an alley and how the back tire rim looks like it is attached at first then I realized it is sitting across the bike.

VirtualRain: Nice blue skies with the subtle slow shutter at the bottom

Puckman1: Looks like a very relaxing place to live. The mountains, houses and water make it look scenic but sorta like a neighborhood. I wish the stick was not in the front.

acearchie: Great learning experience! Terrific photo. You captured the car very nice. I've faked a couple photos like these that were shot in mid day but its not the same as what you got.

GT41:Nice using the leaves and braches as framing. While I don't have much to say about it, I do like it. I bet it would be crazy to live up there...sorta looks like it is either a mansion or a museum.

3rd Place: acearchie
2nd Place: ijohn.8.80
1st Place: genshi
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DirtySocks85: Nice broken down type of look. Messed up bike, sorta looks like an alley and how the back tire rim looks like it is attached at first then I realized it is sitting across the bike.
As embarrassing as it is to admit, I did too at the time that I took the photo. It wasn't until i got home and was going through the day's shots that I noticed it. Luckily, I think that it turned out for the better that way. Adds an extra element of depth and really makes you look twice. I ordered some prints from Mpix the other day and they just came in the mail today. This shot was one of them. It's even better to hold as a print.

And you're right, this was taken in an alley. When I decided to go back a couple of days later to take another crack at the subject, the bike was gone.
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ijohn.8.80: Man if this is one of your first HDR shots, you did an awesome job at it. I love the framing, the books in the background, the way the library is designed, that the library looks empty and obviously the lighting.
I'm revisiting this shot over the next few weeks, with a new camera and lens. Will be interesting to see how much more I can squeeze in with the 11-16mm vs the 18mm of the kit lens and to see a difference of quality of image.

Thus far I've only taken three shots that I've composited in Photomatix Pro. This one twice, so I guess that's four!

Well done everyone, I'm constantly surprised by the quality of folks early shots using DSLR's!

genshi, you look like you just stepped out of an early INXS photo-shoot! Great selfie. acearchie, that is an amazing capture, it took me ages to get my first good panning shot.
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3rd Place: acearchie
2nd Place: ijohn.8.80
1st Place: genshi
Thanks for the kind words Sideonecincy. It was a great theme, and you judged very well! Congrats to the three winners, and to everyone else with their fantastic photos
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Congrats to the winners and nice job on the judging. I look forward to the next contest.
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