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05-01-2012, 10:16 AM
Hi members!

It's May already - wow.
Anyone got ideas for the regular and level 2 assignments.

I'll throw 2 ideas out and feel free to support them or freely suggest other ideas. The ideas with the most support in the next 24 hours become this month's assignments.

regular - wide open aperture

Level 2 - texture

both of those ideas work for me!

Nice ideas. Another possible suggestion? - high and/or low perspective.

As for a possible theme, how about bodyscapes (with or without nudity)

regular - wide open aperture

Level 2 - texture

has the most support so those will be the challenges this month. merging posts now.
Thx all!

05-02-2012, 10:13 AM
Hi members!

So the regular assignment this month is wide open aperture.
This means photographing with the larger apertures available to your lenses (F-1.8, F-2, F2.8 etc) to achieve a shallower depth of field.
Please post your assignments in this very thread. (The level 2 assignment (texture) can be found here. (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f34/may-2012-texture-17839.html))

Ok then who will post first?

05-02-2012, 12:35 PM
OK, I will start. Shot at f/2.8. These are 41 Italian hand carved wood figurines called "Anri'. I bought them last weekend for $1200 and I am selling them to hopefully double my money. I have them stuck in a cubby hole in my dining room, all lined up nice and neat.



Here is just a snapshot of all the pieces lined up in the cubby hole


05-02-2012, 05:13 PM
Nice start AT! Shot 2 best exemplifies the wide open concept imo.

05-03-2012, 07:19 AM
Hi tiger, you almost gave life to those wooden little guys... I love it!

Doug L
05-03-2012, 11:10 PM
Since I tend to generally tend to think in terms of maximum possible resolution and depth of field, this assignment is challenging, but very worthwhile for me. I spent the afternoon experimenting and this tree/shrub blossom image was the only one I liked. I hope to get more keepers as the month progresses. Canon XT, 50mm lens wide open at f1.8


05-04-2012, 09:05 AM
So um, yeah, my kit lens is F3.5- 5.6 and it's the only lens I have, so I have to get REALLY close and creative. :D




05-05-2012, 09:14 PM
great images so far guys.
I visited a local park with the idea of taking some photos for this assignment:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7145393831_dd3683f32c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/7145393831/)
daffodil sun (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambe1964/7145393831/) by bambe1964 (http://www.flickr.com/people/bambe1964/), on Flickr

05-07-2012, 08:30 AM
I am enjoying all the posts in the thread so far.

This assignment is very timely for me, as I have been waiting for my new "nifty fifty" to arrive in the mail. It arrived today, and I was straight onto the assignment. This is taken at f1.4. Expect a few more as I keep playing with the new toy.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7134/7006107122_4181f7a83d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56001877@N04/7006107122/)
glasses (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56001877@N04/7006107122/) by runmonty (http://www.flickr.com/people/56001877@N04/), on Flickr

05-07-2012, 09:19 AM
Nice new additions here - digging the variety!

05-07-2012, 11:48 AM
Here's one I shot this weekend. I actually cooled the image down a wee bit.

05-07-2012, 05:15 PM
Nice one Marko, Off to a life behind bars :)

05-07-2012, 09:04 PM
Thanks Antz - it was almost too easy :footinmou

Doug L
05-09-2012, 02:33 AM
... Off to a life behind bars
Bravo, Marko! Even though I don't agree with the sentiment :) I'm really impressed with this shot. Besides telling a story, you've managed to make the out-of-focus part of the image just as recognizeable and important as the area in-focus. That's a great lesson for us - thanks. Also, the positioning of the couple in the lower portion of the photo and the cooler tones gives me more of the feeling that the couple is attending a sombre funeral rather than a joyful wedding and emphasizes the implication.

05-09-2012, 08:45 AM
I appreciate the comment Doug. I must admit, that when I have some time (the couple stood there for a few minutes) I am very slow and deliberate when I compose an image and I'm glad you find it interesting.

05-10-2012, 09:49 PM
Cool shot marko! I am going to have to agree whole heartedly with dougL...whole lotta subtext going on.....

Here's one from me and my 50 cal...shot at 1.8:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7237/7155081914_d234c72840_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinryansr/7155081914/)
seed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinryansr/7155081914/) by Justin Ryan sr (http://www.flickr.com/people/justinryansr/), on Flickr

05-11-2012, 06:36 AM
I really like the tones Justin. Fabulous image.

Isa Luna
05-12-2012, 12:19 PM
Hello Folks ! I haven't posted in a while, but have not completely disappeared :) With the start of May an warm weather I've been a bit more inspired, and took this shot in my friends' garden that I quite like. I thought the late afternoon sun lit up this tulip quite nicely.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7081/7182547758_8c86cc1be3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23856171@N05/7182547758/)
The Goddess Blooms (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23856171@N05/7182547758/) by Isa MTL Luna (http://www.flickr.com/people/23856171@N05/), on Flickr

05-19-2012, 02:28 PM
Love all the additions. :)

05-21-2012, 08:10 PM
Very nice additions, everyone... I've been slacking so much lately on the challenges.... I'll have to knuckle down and get some done! :)

05-22-2012, 08:24 AM
Lovely interpretation JR215!
Dig the colour Isa Luna!

05-23-2012, 11:37 PM


05-24-2012, 09:46 PM

05-25-2012, 09:19 PM

new sprigs of lavender in our garden shot with a 50mm at f1.8

05-26-2012, 11:30 PM
Wide open on my 50 f1.4