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#1 raven74

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

I'm going to make it easy this week and hope that we get heaps of entries!
So this week, OPEN CHALLENGE.
Give me whatever you want biggrin.gif





The rules:
One photo per person which has been taken this week (starting TUESDAY). Everyone is welcome to join in. Competition will start Tuesday with submissions ending the following Monday.

If you wish, please note your rating after your image:
Rating 1 Beginner (just got my camera)
Rating 2 Amateur (learning about settings)
Rating 3 Hobbyist (have a good grasp of the theory)
Rating 4 Semi Pro (improved well beyond when I started)
Rating 5 Pro/serious hobbyist (I'm well experienced and have been doing this for quite a while)

All images must be up by next MONDAY at (9pm EDST, 8pm EST, 7.30pm CST, 6pm WST) for inclusion.

Remember the EB rules state images within posts must be smaller than 500 (wide) x 470 (high) pixels and 100kb.

Challenge history for the winner:

Something New - -raven74
Bokeh - mummy26
Food - rbat
Portrait - elle-M
Macro/close up - ILBB
Rule of Thirds - mummy26
Vanishing point - rbat
Patterns in nature - Jupiter123
Fun - Silverwattle
Seven - mummy26
Texture - ILBB
At Home - elle-M
Nostalgia - rbat
Reflection - Bryden
Half - Nut
Spring - millie71
Antique - elle-M
Tells a story - Ev
Postcard - raven74
Favourite things - winkwink
Long exposure - rbat
Wings - silverwattle
Sweet - rbat
Light - Skepticaemia
Wild - Mecurial
Moody - BeagleBoy
In the eye of the beholder - cat
Symmetry - JamieLee85
Serenity - winkwink
Out Of Place - Peanut
Water Drop Shot - blue4me
One - Raven74
Black & White Portrait - rbat
Red - Luckyseven
Suggestive - Abbygirl
Mostly Black/Mostly white - PrincessPinkenIt
Autumn - Superman+4Sisters
Capturing Action - Peanut
Black and white perspective - Abbygirl
Shadows - winkwink
Props - Jalex
Numbers - apocketfull
Circle - mummy26
Coke - rbat
Abstract - mummy26

Edited by raven74, 01 January 2013 - 01:20 PM.


#2 MegMogandFiestyCat

Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

Congratulations on you photo Raven and great topic.

I was outside keeping Miss 2 yo entertained while DH and DD 7yo put together a double decker bus model that was recieved for Christmas this afternoon and took this. Miss 2 was having a ball going between the wading pool and the sandpit

My Water Baby...

rating 2

Edited by Fiestycat, 01 January 2013 - 05:33 PM.


#3 SW-

Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

Congratulation Raven, that little bubby was so cute!   Great challenge by the way.

#4 CupOfCoffee

Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

I would like to join in.

I would be rating one (I just got my NEX5r a few days ago).

This is called 'whale song'.  



#5 rbat

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

Congratulations V! Beauty of a shot & a very open ended theme. My mind will now boggle with possibilities laughing2.gif

Ali, I got a nd8.

#6 rbat

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:40 PM


Bubbles on black by rbat75, on Flickr

My entry original.gif

#7 Millie71

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

My project 52 this year will be the use of textures, here is my week one shot, and entry this week


1/52 by milbs1, on Flickr

#8 SUSIE25

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

Summer Days



Larger version

#9 ILBB

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

From a shoot I did today.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/67678223@N04/8348108283/

That should work now!

Edited by ILBB, 05 January 2013 - 06:35 PM.


#10 mummy26

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

That is just WOW Bek  biggrin.gif

#11 ~4's enough 4 me~

Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Here is my first ever entry.

This photo was one of the first I took with my new camera a Canon EOS 60D.

Rating is 1

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb114/p...zpsf47f5e64.jpg


#12 rbat

Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

Thanks Ali  biggrin.gif

Susie, long time no see! Your munchkins are just as cute as ever!

4's enough, welcome to the group. My favourite flower is the gerbera. Looking forward to seeing more of your entries. What lens did you use?

cupofcoffee, very cute expression!

Think I got everyone else in Flickr.



#13 Jupiter123

Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

I'm in this week.

I took this photo in bay just off Aldinga Beach, South Australia, from the back of my dad's boat when he took me out for the first time and taught me to drive the boat.


White Wash by Jupiter_123, on Flickr



#14 3'sACharm

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

Hi all hope you don't mind me tagging along...

This is my entry..sorry it's so small (that's a whole another story)

Rating 2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/73765460@N04/8349472858/

#15 SUSIE25

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

Thanks Rbat.  Keeping busy elsewhere but like to pop back in  wink.gif  practicing my skills through a few challenge groups and comps and enjoying it very much.

Little munchkins keeping me busy too.  They were recently on the front page of the Herald Sun yesterday for those in Vic . First edition though. Not my photo unfortunately but the photographer sent me a few he took which was awesome.

Love the bubbles by the way, so crisp.


Edited by SUSIE25, 06 January 2013 - 10:40 PM.


#16 SW-

Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

Here is my entry for the week


carnival_2 by silver wattle, on Flickr



Great shots this week and welcome to all the new ladies biggrin.gif

Edited by silverwattle, 07 January 2013 - 07:16 AM.


#17 Peanut

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:22 AM

I have taken little of worth this week but here's one I took with my point and shoot on a visit to Dreamworld on Saturday.  This cute kitty is 10 months old, just a babe!


Beating the Heat

Edited by Peanut, 07 January 2013 - 09:30 AM.


#18 Bryden

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

Wow! Some truly beautiful entries this week.

Finally I'm organized enough to get an entry in. I ended up getting a laptop, which incidentally has Windows 8 (another challenge for a technologically challenged tool like me) and for my birthday I got PSE11 and this is my first (minor) edit using it. I have to say though that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing with and it's all VERY overwhelming.

Anyone in QLD want to help me out  blush.gif tongue.gif  


_MG_0991 by Bryden3, on Flickr

Teressa

#19 raven74

Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

Wow this week is hard! I'll be a touch later with the judging as miss almost three is a bit of a spitfire to put to bed.  Eh, she's just a bit of a spitfire!
Loving your work this week ladies and thrilled to have some newbies - thank you!

#20 raven74

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:11 PM

SO many stellar entries this week.  Great to see new faces, and some old ones biggrin.gif

Fiesty: Ilove water babies and water shots. Great colours, love the water action - the CC i'll gove you is that it just need a little tweak composition wise - it would be nice to have it not quite so tightly cropped - just needs a little bit more around his head and the watering can.  I can see his joy tho, and that is fabulous!
CupOfCoffee:  HILARIOUS!  Her expression is priceless!  Great capture.  It is a tiny bit soft when you look closely but still a great lifestyle type pic, which I adore.
Rbat: Do you ever take a bad shot?  Light, balance, the flares are gorgeous.  You MUSt tell me how you achieved this shot.  Brilliant.  Really, I know and respect that you love not having pressure as a hobbtist but I think you'd be one of the nest pro shooters out there if you ever wanted to.
Milbs: This took my breath away.  The subtley of colour, texture, DoF.  Just lovely.
Susie: what a great capture of expressions and fun! Love the sun flare, good separation from the background. The only thing I wish is that the kids had catchlights in their eyes - not always easy, I know! Also love to see a more balances exposure between the fore and background but I really do  love this shot. Well done!
ILBB: Swoon! Those lips!  No secret that newborns are a fave of mine.  What are you posing on? I find the fluffy rugs a bit distracting but the colour of this is great.  Lovely skin tones, a SLEEPING BABY!  Love it.
4'senough: Welcome and great first entry!  I loooove gerberas.  Such vibrant colours.  Just watch your focus - htis is a little soft (blurry) and also the black thingie in the right of the shot is slightly distracting.  Overall for a forst effort you have done very well.  The composition of colour is lovely.
Jupiter: I'm a boat babe from way back.  This appeals - the wake of a boat - I can imagine scurfing behind it. I'd have like just a wee bit more in the distance, just a wee bit.  Ahhhh, summer days!  Did you enjoy driving the boat?
3'sacharm: We don't mind you tagging along at all!  Another botanical fave, I san almost smell those frangipani's.  Just a little soft, and perhaps couldhave done with having the flowers cnetral as opposed to being off centre - it's just a composition thing.  I love the vibrancy, it all ties in well together - well done!
Silvewattle:  I need to do one of these shots, it's great.  Lovely long exposure.  I imagine that tree stump would have been hard to shoot around, it's a bit of a visual pain isn't it?   A touch more space above the wheel would have beena bit better compositionally, but hey, these shots aren't easy.  Again, love it.
Peanut:  Oh my that's a baby????  Lordy it's huuuge!  I want one biggrin.gif  Great texural shot with the water, rocks and the cat's stripes.  P&S's can be great!
Bryden: I think we have the same cot!  What a cutie and a great capture.  I'd like a little more exposure but this really is my fave style of photography.  Awesome.

Ok toooo hard this week - my faves are... Bryden, Milbs, rbat, ILBB, I really could go on!  But the winner is...

MILLIE71 - I just keep coming back to it.  Love it.
Bryden, you were snapping at her heels - hard choice!

Edited by raven74, 07 January 2013 - 10:20 PM.


#21 Millie71

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

Oh wow, thanks :-)

Will put on my thinking cap!!

#22 Peanut

Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:17 AM

Well done Shirl, gorgeous photo!  original.gif

#23 rbat

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

Congratulations Shirl, great shot! I loved the colour & DOF too.

Vicki, thanks for your lovely words.  In terms of the photo, I find f/4-ish a good range, shoot against a dark background without too many distracting reflections but enough light to make it interesting. In PS, I just increase the black & contrast and fix any lighter patches with the cloning tool. The editing is very simple if you shoot against the right background. Hope that helps.

#24 Jupiter123

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

Congrats Shirl. Was a lovely shot.

#25 ILBB

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

Congratulations Millie - lovely detail and colour and great challenge for the coming week.

Raven - that baby was posing on a double sided rug - just from a homewares store.  The fluff can be a bit distracting on it when it stands up in front of the babies face though biggrin.gif  Thanks for the lovely feedback too.




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