This is the place to submit and vote on photos for the week of 20 June to be featured on the main site. This contest should showcase your best quality work, demonstrating at least moderate skill with a camera and a general understanding of the artistic aspects of photography. Remember, the selected photo will be displayed on our main site header for a week. Submit something that you and the members of our site will want to look at and admire for seven days! Rules:

  • Limit one photo per person per week.
  • A specific photo may be submitted at most two weeks in a row, and not more than four times a year.
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  • Images should be 375 x 210 px.
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    Very nice! Not that it matters but what is it? – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 15 '11 at 11:45
  • A building, a theatre, I believe (just one corner of it). – ElendilTheTall Jun 15 '11 at 11:51
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    +1 - Nice shot! – rfusca Jun 15 '11 at 15:05
  • Thanks very much. – ElendilTheTall Jun 15 '11 at 15:37
  • saw this and the same moment my mouse went for the up vote :D – fahad.hasan Jun 15 '11 at 17:52
  • Link to something bigger? – Jay Lance Photography Jun 15 '11 at 17:55
  • Edited to include a link to larger. The linked to version is the original, I had to crop it to fit the requirements for here, but I'm not sure if I prefer it cropped now! – ElendilTheTall Jun 15 '11 at 18:08
  • Very dramatic. Love the composition. A bit heavy on the processing, but that's part of what makes it. Great job. – jaxxon Jun 15 '11 at 20:56
  • Thanks. The weather turned overcast about 2 minutes before I got to this spot, the building is covered in some kind of grey metal, the sky was grey, so I had to process it up a bit to give it punch. It kind of gave it a kind of rusty, gritty feel so I went for it. – ElendilTheTall Jun 15 '11 at 21:12
  • What is the "Single... 2011" watermark in the bottom right and right/top/center area? – dpollitt Jun 15 '11 at 22:00
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    Single Tree 2011... hmm – JT.WK Jun 16 '11 at 1:11
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    Yeah, I understand wanting a watermark on the larger version but is it needed on this small version? – Vian Esterhuizen Jun 16 '11 at 4:14
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    Changed to non-watermarked version. I'd just cropped and shrunk the one already in my gallery, didn't realise it would be so popular. – ElendilTheTall Jun 16 '11 at 8:50
  • You are right it is better cropped. Could you share what technique was used in post processing? – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 16 '11 at 12:33
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    Sure. I ramped up the sharpening and contrast in Adobe Camera Raw first, then in PS I converted it to black and white using Image > Calculations, then used the technique I described in this question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/12836/… to apply the colouration. I made two of those Curve Adjustment Layers and set them both to Overlay which boosts the contrast massively. I masked the sky so I could adjust it separately from the building. Smart Sharpen quite aggressively to finish. – ElendilTheTall Jun 16 '11 at 13:02


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This photo was selected as Official Wallpaper in Ubuntu 10.10...

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    I can imagine that this probably made a halfway decent full-sized wallpaper, but the the dimensions it has to be here on photo-SE makes it seem really busy/cluttered and that doesn't really do it any favors... – Jay Lance Photography Jun 15 '11 at 1:43
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    wasn't this photo already submitted a few weeks ago? – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 15 '11 at 2:07
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    @Jakub: It's within the rules: "A specific photo may be submitted at most two weeks in a row, and not more than four times a year." – Jay Lance Photography Jun 15 '11 at 2:20
  • my sincere apologies... – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 15 '11 at 2:25
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    this is very.... well... wallpapery :D – fahad.hasan Jun 15 '11 at 17:52
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    I actually kinda like it. Yes, it's wallpaper-y/stock-y but it's compositionally strong and draws the eye in with texture and form. Great processing, too. EDIT:spelling – jaxxon Jun 15 '11 at 20:59

A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far

This wagon and covered bridge are on the grounds of a Boy Scout camp an hour or so East of Columbus, OH. It's been there for years, but I've never taken the time to go out there and get any photos. I got some other photos of the wagon alone, but I like it with the bridge in the background, even though I was fighting the morning sun behind it.

Canon 40D; 17-85 f/4-5.6. More from this campout can be seen here.

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    very nice for such a small crop – dpollitt Jun 15 '11 at 1:52
  • Thanks - I went a little heavy on sharpening, hoping it would help when downsized. The reds in the rusted wheels & bearings don't show up very well in this size, though -- it looks like plain sepia. I've done this with a couple other "rusty" pictures, and I sort of like the look. – D. Lambert Jun 15 '11 at 2:01
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    I really liked the shot, it carries some history with it. – John Cavan Jun 15 '11 at 3:21

Orion's Nebula

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Something a little different this week. Haven't seen any astrophotography represented yet.

  • Got a larger shot? – John Cavan Jun 15 '11 at 0:26
  • @JohnCavan - rfusca.smugmug.com/Other/Astro/16498667_siG6h#1241752856_UA3uL I'm hoping in the next couple of months to get a better shot of it. – rfusca Jun 15 '11 at 0:28
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    Nice shot - did you consider a tighter crop for the banner picture? – D. Lambert Jun 15 '11 at 1:17
  • how long was this exposure? – dpollitt Jun 15 '11 at 1:53
  • @D. Lambert - its already up so I won't change it now - but a tighter crop may work. It was already a huge crop from a 300mm shot. – rfusca Jun 15 '11 at 2:50
  • @dpollitt - it was like 30-40 stacked of a like 8-10 second exposure. It needed to be that many stacks but like a 5 minute exposure once I finally finisher my tracker. – rfusca Jun 15 '11 at 2:51
  • A K-5 or K-r with the new GPS attachment may then be beckoning I suspect... I like the shot and I hope to do something like that this summer. – John Cavan Jun 15 '11 at 3:19
  • @John Cavan - I think you said you preordered that? - so I'm awaiting your judgement and then we'll see if it ends up on the Christmas list. K-5 or K-r will be happening by week end. – rfusca Jun 15 '11 at 3:27
  • I have, I expect mid to late July, but I hope before I'm going north in July. Either way, I'll fill you in. :) – John Cavan Jun 15 '11 at 3:29
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    those sparkles look unreal! – fahad.hasan Jun 15 '11 at 8:44
  • @ShutterBug - the sparkles are real, but enhanced. – rfusca Jun 16 '11 at 15:17

Summer Sunset

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The first awe-inspiring sunset of the Colorado summer.

Canon 450D
Canon EF 16-35mm L II
1/200 @ f/10 & ISO 800

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    I would prefer slightly more ground/mountain in this – dpollitt Jun 15 '11 at 1:52
  • Me too...sadly, its all city, streets, and homes instead. :( – jrista Jun 15 '11 at 1:53
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    Still .. a little more context would be welcome. Even if it's of urban life. :) Phenomenal sky, though! – jaxxon Jun 15 '11 at 20:58
  • The foreground really didn't add much of anything. It was all dark, black with the car lights here or there, with random city lights winking on everywhere. But it was a very wide angle shot, so none of it would have been distinct, and none of it would have been much more than just noise that detracted from the sky. The consequences of having a day job, 45-60 minutes away, in the middle of a city. :\ – jrista Jun 16 '11 at 1:39
  • +1 for "Hey! That be real purrrdy!" ;-) – Jay Lance Photography Jun 17 '11 at 18:23



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    Gosh, how I wish I were that dog right now. – blubb Jun 16 '11 at 8:47

Sunday at Camp

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Canon 60D, 18 mm, f/16.0, ISO 100, HDR processing with Nik HDR Efex Pro (3 shots -2ev, 0ev, and +2ev)

see it on Flickr

  • The sky somehow doesn't look natural to me. – Aquarius_Girl Jun 18 '11 at 4:08
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    I didn't want it to look natural. HDR often yields an unrealistic look. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 18 '11 at 4:44
  • I feel good on reading an honest reply :) – Aquarius_Girl Jun 18 '11 at 5:35

Glimpse of Peace

Glimpse of Peace

Taken in a indoor zoo specializing on butterflies.

Large version

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    IMO, the wing of the butterfly shouldn't have been cut off. – Aquarius_Girl Jun 16 '11 at 6:33
  • @Anisha Kaul: I agree, but it's a compromise I had to make in order to adhere to the wide format while still being able to show sufficient amount of detail :( – blubb Jun 16 '11 at 7:04
  • I would have taken this photograph by holding the camera vertically. – Aquarius_Girl Jun 16 '11 at 7:49
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    @Anisha Kaul: Unfortunately, that doesn't help if the image must be exactly 375x210. – blubb Jun 16 '11 at 8:14
  • Oh, I thought one can take a large resolution photograph as desired and then save it as a low resolution photograph. – Aquarius_Girl Jun 16 '11 at 8:33
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    @Anisha you can, but the resolution isn't the problem, it's the aspect ratio. (see the higher res version Simon linked to.) To fit the entire (tall) wing in the allotted space you would have to pull back to the point where the butterfly would be tiny. – cabbey Jun 19 '11 at 23:06
  • Then this probably isn't a great choice for this contest... – jaxxon Jun 20 '11 at 5:03

"Ponte della musica" (Bridge of Music)

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Original on Flickr.

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    I would love this...without the people there. – rfusca Jun 13 '11 at 19:16
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    it would be boring... wouldn't it? – Gabriele D'Antona Jun 13 '11 at 20:59
  • Maybe, I don't know...but the people look like they're invading would should be an architectural photo. – rfusca Jun 13 '11 at 21:06
  • Have to agree with rfusca on this one. The people don't really bring an intriguing element, and as they are walking out of the frame, it seems a little odd. In this case, I think the bridge alone would be better. There are some other issues with the photo as well...such as the severely blown out clouds. Artistically, I might have chosen an angled view of the bridge from the side, or maybe a black and white version. Something to make it more interesting and more stylistic. – jrista Jun 13 '11 at 21:22
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    I have to agree in theory. If they were walking into the frame (away from the camera across the bridge), it might draw the eye into the photo. As it is, it carries the eye away from the focal point, which feels odd. Nice feel to the architecture and sky, though. But it's your photo. If you like it, that's what counts! – jaxxon Jun 13 '11 at 23:17
  • Ok... the seagull wins :-) – Gabriele D'Antona Jun 14 '11 at 17:19
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    -1 for the last comment – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 14 '11 at 19:08
  • Ppl, this is not a photo about architecture. This is about flow, life, time, walking together on a bridge... It's asymmetric on purpose. – Gabriele D'Antona Jun 17 '11 at 17:46
  • @Friol Completely OK (potentially healthy, even!) to like your own picture even if others don't like it, or don't 'get it.' In the picture-of-the-week threads especially it's a good idea not to weigh downvotes- or even peoples comments- too heavily... They're far from a 'formal critique.' :-) – Jay Lance Photography Jun 18 '11 at 3:16


Tanzania Lion in tree

Taken in Tanzania in November.

Canon 30D, EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 @ 300mm, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400


  • can you add a link to a high resolution version? Is this the "L" series version of the lens? – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 14 '11 at 19:11
  • Was just in the process of uploading the larger version. I wish I had L glass, unfortunately this was not shot on the L version of the lens. – Vian Esterhuizen Jun 14 '11 at 19:29
  • Anyone got critiques on the image? Feel the -3 is a bit harsh. – Vian Esterhuizen Jun 15 '11 at 14:08
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    just made it -2 from -3, I liked it... :D – fahad.hasan Jun 15 '11 at 17:50
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    @Vian: This is at best a 'snapshot' quality image... It appears that (aside from the crop) this is right out of the camera with no post-production work. You've done nothing to help the subject stand out amongst a lot of busy background/foreground elements, overall the colors are dull, and the subjects eyes aren't bright so it appears lifeless. Ultimately there's nothing to draw the eye in, and nothing to direct the eye in the frame... It is, well, a snapshot. For those reasons I don't think that -3 is harsh at all... – Jay Lance Photography Jun 15 '11 at 18:07
  • @shutterbug Thank you :) It's not that I'm upset about rating, but thanks for the +1. I just wanted to get some feedback on why people were so against having it as featured image. After seeing the latest submissions it didn't stand a chance anyway. Just trying to learn. I actually got almost identical feedback on Photo.net as Jay gave. – Vian Esterhuizen Jun 15 '11 at 20:55
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    Genearally agree w/ @jaylance . . the exposure seems off as well. Blown highlights and low-contrast/desaturated mids and blown (is that the word?) shadows. Agree that a little post-production love would help this photo a lot. Compositionally, I like that there's space to the right where the lion is looking.. but the foreground branch and the bright spots in the background are distracting. Hope this helps. – jaxxon Jun 15 '11 at 21:03
  • @Vian Though I am NOT an expert photographer, but still I find the photo to be cluttered (with leaves) and too tightly framed. – Aquarius_Girl Jun 17 '11 at 10:08
  • While I like the composition, to me the biggest missing factor is the white balance. If this was pulled warmer it would make a huge difference. As others have stated, it also is too dark and could use exposure compensation. I wish I had a lion to photograph, looks fun! – dpollitt Jun 17 '11 at 17:56

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