This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (22-28 Aug ‘10)

Weekly Assignment

Hairy Maggot Blow Flies (Chrysomya)_02This week we got up close with some creepy crawlies in our Bugs or Insects assignment. I have to admit, sometimes it wasn't too nice looking through the assignment, but there were some amazing details captured. And who realized that bugs were so colorful? Our winners this week were separated by only 1 point, so let me start out by saying well done. The winner though was pedro96's Fly. This one had some great colours, and the details in the eyes really just drew us in. Technically very well done as well. Our first runner up was kansasA's Hornet's Nest. Oh, kansasA was brave to take this shot! The detail was great, and the blurred hornet flying in really adds to the shot. And last, but not least was yet another fly shot, this one by i speak in math. Once again, those colours just catch your eye. This time the fly's body is a little bit different in colour though. Just goes to show how much bugs can vary!

Wasps NestThis week we started an assignment that should please all the bookworms out here, because our assignment is Books. Whether it's the lazy days of summer that make you want to pick up a book or just a desire to spend some time in another world, we want you to put the written word into your photos this week. As usual, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 18 August – 1 September 2010. Second, your post must include the date the photo was taken and the words “Assignment: Books”. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it's helpful if you can include some of the main details like camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Next week will be fun for all the car lovers out there as we focus on Cars. We've all seen some gorgeous shots in car magazines, and that's what we want you to aim for. Good luck everyone!

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (22-28 Aug ‘10)

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