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.: Voting Closes on June 18th at 9:30pm EDT (UTC-4) :.

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    Last weeks competition appears to have ended in a tie. Doesn't that usually mean that this weeks competition should run for two weeks, to allow each of the pictures a week on the front page? – forsvarir Jun 4 '12 at 21:41
  • @forsvarir yup! fixed – rfusca Jun 4 '12 at 22:59
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    I thought we had agreed to a rule that allowed downvotes, but only for cat pictures? – dpollitt Jun 5 '12 at 23:35
  • @dpollitt — that was for the idea of a cat theme in general. I think you're going to have to out-compete the cat picture here if you want something else. :) – mattdm Jun 6 '12 at 3:38
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    I'm pretty anti-cat - if the cat photo wins, I'm not sure I can post it in good conscious ;) – rfusca Jun 6 '12 at 4:18
  • @rfusca: I'm GMT, but it seems like maybe this should have closed by now? – forsvarir Jun 19 '12 at 18:18

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The Remnants of a Glorious Past

The Remnants of a Glorious Past


  • Wow. Thank you all for all the votes... – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 15 '12 at 13:57
  • great work indeed. – gsharp Jun 16 '12 at 8:45
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    Thunder Bay, sweet! – dpollitt Jun 19 '12 at 1:10
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    I don't get it. Do people really want to look at such a grey and depressing picture for a whole week? – Martha Jun 19 '12 at 13:59
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    It's that or an empty bar... :- ) – Paul Cezanne Jun 19 '12 at 14:16
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    Oh, I think this is a fantastic picture! Look at those colors. And the texture in the clouds. Jakub captured the mood of an overcast day perfectly. I would love to be there (well, maybe somewhere similar, a lot farther west), just walking around and taking it all in, whenever I see this picture. – drewbenn Jun 19 '12 at 16:37
  • Thanks @drewbenn! much appreciated. Usually, we are one of the sunniest places in Canada but this year it's more gloomy than ever. After all the flooding we've had I must be the only person who looks out the window in the morning and says: "stormy skies, great!" I am very happy i was able to capture the mood of what I was seeing in an image. ..and yes, grey and depressing were some of the feelings I wanted to invoke with this... – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Jun 19 '12 at 17:03

Winter in Provincetown

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I live in a tourist town, Provincetown Massachusetts to be exact. It is crowded in the summer and pretty empty in the winter. My girlfriend and I had been out night shooting and stopped by our local for a drink. She headed off to the ladies' room and I looked to my right. The place was almost completely empty. So I grabbed my gear (and Susan's Sigma 8-16mm ultra wide), laid the camera on the table and snapped off three shots of 4/5th, 3.2, and 13 seconds at f4 on a Canon 40D crop body, ISO 100. Tone mapped using Photomax Pro.

Click here for a larger verion

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    I like how relatively subtle your HDR work is. You have some very nice samples in the gallery you link to. I really liked "Richard and Arnold". You should submit it as well - maybe next week? – ysap Jun 6 '12 at 4:12
  • Thanks, I do appreciate it. – Paul Cezanne Jun 6 '12 at 10:40

Family Of Four


This was taken at Leadenhall Market in the City of London. You can see the fullsize image on Flickr.

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    +1 Cool title, it creates hidden relationships in the photo. It would be much less impressive without it :) – Petr Újezdský Jun 5 '12 at 9:58
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    I think the rightmost one helps satisfy the rule of odds :) – MattJ Jun 6 '12 at 2:34

Jungle Road

Jungle Road

  • This looks like a scene from Dead Island. – Birdie Jun 8 '12 at 23:15

Oh Hai

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    This is a great photo, sorry everyone is hating on it because it's a cat – Jane Panda Jun 9 '12 at 3:28
  • lol, I did notice that. I do like how it came out thou. I didn't even have to edit it! – Birdie Jun 10 '12 at 21:18

Alien - Rock Hugger

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An alien in our world.
Nicely adapted to its own.

There's a story that I'll add to this shortly, plus a link to a larger image.
We followed it for some way by its trail. Until we found it we had no idea of what we were following and were duly surprised when we found out.

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    Ok, so what the heck is it? – Martha Jun 4 '12 at 22:39
  • @Martha - wait until I tell the accompanying story :-). To find it we followed its tracks - which were even weirder than it was :-) – Russell McMahon Jun 5 '12 at 5:02
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    Nice picture, but it's a bit too weird for me to have it in the homepage :) – clabacchio Jun 5 '12 at 9:14
  • It's not at all weird - just not what our brain is used to seeing. I imagine we look similarly strange to it. It's about as big as my hand – Russell McMahon Jun 5 '12 at 11:27
  • It looks like a kind of crab to me. Is there more to the mystery than that? – Ian Lelsie Jun 5 '12 at 20:18
  • Where's the story? – clabacchio Jun 7 '12 at 9:38
  • You don't get a story for 2 votes :-) . But no, later maybe. – Russell McMahon Jun 8 '12 at 10:48
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    @RussellMcMahon: I'll reverse it, and say that you won't get more votes without the story :) – clabacchio Jun 8 '12 at 13:03
  • @clabacchio - I was aware of that when I said it :-). I like the picture. If it needs a story to make it more attractive than eg an (admittedly very cute and cheerful) pussycat then I've misjudged what's required :-). – Russell McMahon Jun 8 '12 at 23:10
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    So where is the story that we are waiting for? – Vikas Jun 13 '12 at 9:52

The Demon's Paw

I've never shown any of my photos online. I guess this is as good a place as any to start. So know what happens when you are burning piles of wood from a project and said wood is pressure-treated lumber? Awesome flame colors. And the occasional fire demon trying to escape from Hell.

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    Pretty. Don't breathe the smoke! Beware burning fibrolite sheet - it literally explodes - sometimes after a considerable while. – Russell McMahon Jun 12 '12 at 2:52
  • Yes, the flames are quite toxic. The green flame comes from mercury in the wood treatment! – huzzah Jun 12 '12 at 17:10

Drop Effect...

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Bigger version


Amnye Machen - A Great Protector in Tibetan Buddhism. Kora (circumnavigation) of Buddhist Great Protector Mountain, Tibet

A bigger image of this can be found here.


How to resist to winter

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I want to give a shot too :)

This is a narcissus that I found on the side of my road to work, just after sunrise. It astonished me because it was the only one and it was quite cold.

Sadly my equipment is very limited - a Nikon Coolpix 3200 - but I like to have it always with me, to not lost such things. And I try to use this limited resources to practice the composition

  • I took over 12,000 images with my Nikon Coolpix 3100 before it finally gave out. Great little camera! – dpollitt Jun 5 '12 at 23:34

Slice of Life

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High Resolution - Denver Airport

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