This is the place to submit and vote on photos for the week of 9 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!  This contest is for the community to choose what they LIKE (not what they dislike), with the most liked being displayed on the main site header for a week. 

.: Voting Closes on July 9nd at 9:30pm EDT (UTC-4) :.

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Wheat in clouds

Photo was made near Kyiv, Ukraine.

Wheat in clouds

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    It would be best if there was not a border effect, as it will disrupt the standard display if it wins and ends up in our header. – jrista Jul 3 '12 at 14:31

Early morning Stonehenge

Early morning Stonehenge

  • my congratulations – garik Jul 9 '12 at 7:09

Let's look at the bright side

Let's look at the bright side

Pentax K-5, Sigma 8-16 at 12mm f/8

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"You lookin' at me?"

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focal length = 100mm* - about right for a head and shoulders portrait - even without the shoulders :-)

Some thoughts on "composition":

Original is in portrait mode - how else do you shoot an Ostrich with attitude! ? :-)
Despite the limitations of the landscape crop and the low resolution allowed, most of the attitude still comes across.

How much to crop? - while this is always a challenge for best results, the small size, low resolution and given aspect ratio make it harder than usual.

Photos on the page need visual impact and filling the frame is desirable.
Cropping off part of the top of his (her?) head is not unacceptable in any context but makes you think twice about the visual effect.

Head 'hairs' go to an appreciable height above the head and, while in for example an A4 or higher resolution print you have the luxury of including them, at 210 pixel total image height they are hard to see, and reduce the overall visual impact for no real gain.

The long Ostrich neck is part of demonstrating its visual pride factor and attitude - but is unshowable here without reducing the head to a minor part of the page. After some trials with various amounts of neck visible it seemed that no neck at all achieved best results in conveying the bird's "in your face attitude" - which is much of what the photo is about.

Get a little closer and you get solid pecks on the lens front - ask me how I know! :-)

All the preceding makes more sense when the full size image is viewed.

*-(150mm @ 35mm FF equivalent)


nel blu dipinto di blu

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french bulldog, larger version


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Many shots of children fail for various reasons, but with this one the flash froze the water flow exactly as hoped.

In terms of composition, I tried various crops, but this was the one that felt right, allowing equal space for the water and her head.

  • Atesome picture! It's a pity that it's portrait though, it limits the overall size a lot – clabacchio Jul 5 '12 at 9:42

الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام

These Arabic words were the main slogan associated with the Arab Spring. It means "The people want to bring down the regime". The photo was taken at June 8th 2012, Egyptian protesters were chanting in front of the Consulate General of The Arab Republic Of Egypt at New York City. Protesters are against the new constitutional declaration amendments by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which limits the president power.

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Not sure why, but I like this one from NYC. Just a random capture as I was crossing the street.

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  • Please resize and crop according to the rules. – jrista Jul 3 '12 at 14:32
  • Sorry about that. Correct crop up now. – AndyML Jul 3 '12 at 14:58

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