This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (8-14 Aug ‘10)

Weekly Assignment

Static in the EbbThis week's assignment was to capture Motion Blur with People or Animals. We wanted you to try to keep the background steady, but blur people or animals in your shot in order to show movement. Our winner this week was highwayman's “Static in the Ebb”. This shot was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the static person in the shot really adds to the concept of the movement of the crowd. This shot had an almost cinematic quality to it, with the lone still person seemingly oblivious to the outside world. Our first runner up this week was SarahRachel's Soccer (or Football) Player. Another great action shot here. There was room for the player to move into, it was well composed, and you could definitely tell that the people on the field were running, And last, but not least was tremble's incredibly impressive photo of the Bee in Motion. This shot looks like it was tough to take, which makes it that much more impressive. The bee is in excellent focus, but the wings are moving so quickly that they're blurred. Well done everyone!

Assignment: Motion Blur: People or AnimalsThis week we started our Celebrate assignment. Think birthdays, holidays, or something else that you want to celebrate. Then show us how you celebrate. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 4-18 August 2010. Second, your post must include the date your photo was taken and the words “Assignment: Celebrate” to show us that you want it included in the contest. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it's useful if you can include some of the main details like camera, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Next week's assignment we'll be looking at those small creepy crawlies that are everywhere…Bugs or Insects. Take a look in your garden, your house, the park, or somewhere else and see if you can find a tiny critter to photograph. Try using a macro lens, extension tubes, or a close up lens if you have them, and remember, shooting bugs often requires patience. So start shooting early!

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This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (8-14 Aug ‘10)

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