This is the place to submit and vote on photos for the week of 25 July 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!

The goal of this contest is to pick a winner that the community would like to see. It is NOT to vote photos that we dislike into oblivion. Art is a subjective thing and we need to be respectful of others tastes.


  • Limit one photo per person per week.
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  • 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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Voting Closes on July 24th at 11:59pm EDT (UTC-4). Submissions may be added any day of the week until voting closes. The winning image (with the highest votes) as of the close of voting will be exhibited on the main site.

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Drops of water on stainless steel.
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  • nice picture, nice pattern and focus, well done... Jul 18, 2011 at 17:54
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    You've got an eye for color in the mundane.
    – rfusca
    Jul 18, 2011 at 18:10
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    Thanks :) ..that's my thing, I guess.
    – jaxxon
    Jul 18, 2011 at 21:53
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    Bet the full size makes a good large print on the wall.
    – rfusca
    Jul 18, 2011 at 23:10
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    Kudos for having found one's "thing" and being successful in it. Jul 19, 2011 at 10:20
  • Thanks @koiyu . . . it's a recent development in my photography for me to actually identify what my thing actually is. It's very fulfilling to have made that discovery. Now I can focus (so to speak) on that kind of work. It helps a lot!
    – jaxxon
    Jul 19, 2011 at 22:10
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    You don't have much competition this time, Jaxxon! :D Jul 20, 2011 at 16:31
  • We'll see @anisha .... it's only Wednesday. ;-)
    – jaxxon
    Jul 20, 2011 at 23:06
  • It is Friday :D The countdown begins, I hope EndilTheTall doesn't post any picture tomorrow ;) Jul 22, 2011 at 17:25
  • Fortunately for everyone else ( ;) ), I am precluded from posting a picture this week as the current one is mine. Jul 22, 2011 at 19:43
  • Whew! [wipes brow]
    – jaxxon
    Jul 22, 2011 at 20:07
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    'Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' :) Jul 22, 2011 at 21:12

rocker heart...

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Original version in flickr


An Ant's Paradise

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Lens used: Canon 100mm USM Autofocus Macro

An ant in a flower (a really small flower actually)

You can view the original here: An Ant's Paradise

  • Wouldn't an ant in heaven be sucking dew from the ass end of a thousand aphids? ;P
    – jrista
    Jul 19, 2011 at 3:22
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    You're a poet, @jrista. ;-)
    – D. Lambert
    Jul 19, 2011 at 4:15
  • @DLambert: Every so often.... ;)
    – jrista
    Jul 22, 2011 at 22:00

Prairie Bokeh

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Sunset at Prairie Oaks Metro Park. I had just enough time to get to the park before sunset. Although I was hoping for all sorts of reds & purples, I got this fantastic warm orange. I boosted blacks & contrast a bit, but the color here is very close to SOCC. No larger version at this time; I chose this specifically because it works reasonably well at small size, but I'll try to get some other shots from this sunset up on my gallery as soon as I can.

Canon 40D, Canon 70-300 @ 220mm, f/5.0, ISO 200.


Glacial Tree

Entry Attempt 2

Taken in Mt Rainier National Park

  • Fix your aspect ratio & size - notice its not a 'standard' one.
    – rfusca
    Jul 18, 2011 at 19:14
  • @rfusca: Hmm... I just typed the numbers into Lightroom but apparently it does not like it... fixing it now... Jul 18, 2011 at 19:17
  • @rfusca: Fixed now. Thanks! Jul 18, 2011 at 19:19

Strawberry Jam

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    Your strawberry jam looks delicious, but the image is one pixel shy in width. (I'm unsure should it have practical consequences, but rules are rules, eh?) Jul 19, 2011 at 10:14


Taken from Charles River, Boston, MA using Canon 500D with 12-24mm lens.

Larger version available on Flickr

  • any suggestions are welcome. Jul 21, 2011 at 21:17
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    the exposure looks fine. However, the wide-angle shot means you have a lot of sky and a lot of water, both of which are fairly featureless. This might work in a large resolution, but here the wide angle means the city skyline is reduced to a thin line and it's hard to make out much of the two boats in the foreground that you probably carefully framed that way. I would probably try to place the horizon towards the upper 1/3 and zoom or crop such that the two boats fill much more of the frame. Finally, with such a distinct horizon, it can clearly be seen the camera was not completely level.
    – user2559
    Jul 22, 2011 at 13:02
  • thanks for the suggestions. much appreciated. Jul 22, 2011 at 13:26
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    I would first straighten the horizon. Then I'd use a square crop placing the boats in the lower right third. Then I'd convert to black and white :) Oh, and GO RED SOX! Jul 22, 2011 at 16:29
  • @ElendilTheTall: Thanks for your suggestions. It helps a lot. If you don't mind, can you please straighten the horizon on this image? I am not able to do that properly and I'd like to compare my edits to one which is properly straightened. Jul 23, 2011 at 23:11
  • what software do you have @Appu? Jul 24, 2011 at 7:20
  • @ElendilTheTall: I have Lightroom 3. Jul 24, 2011 at 13:20
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    You should have no problem straightening the shot in Lightroom... Jul 24, 2011 at 14:28

An old Ring. I took this shot using my canon T1i and reverse 18-55 IS.

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