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    Default Assignment: Balance

    Continuing with our "Back to Basics" theme, our compositional challenge this week is "Balance". Check out these:
    Visual Balance - Means Taking Another Look
    Balance - Symmetrical and Asymmetrical

    Just back from a week away, I didn't have time to take a shot for this assignment, so I took a look through my archives. I was amazed to see how few shots I had taken with this specifically in mind. Assuming this one doesn't count,

    I'll have to go with this and think more about the use of Balance in the future. I think the two smaller dials in color help balance the larger white dial on the left without being symmetrical.

    As always, the rules...Please note the change in closing time.

    1. Your image you submit should be taken between the 11th and the 25th of February. Each week as an assignment closes on the Wednesday, it will be AUTOMATICALLY deemed *CLOSED* after 8am GMT ( 3am EST) and any posts after that time will not be eligible for the assignment competition.

    2. Your post must include "Assignment: Balance" (to show your permission to count it for the contest) and the date the picture was taken (to show that it is a valid entry).

    3. EXIF data should be intact. It helps if you can include the main points (including camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed and aperture) in the text of your message.

    4. Only one entry per member (if you can't restrain yourself until the end of the first week you can post two or three separate pictures but your entry should be in a separate post and the only marked with the text above).

    5. Remember the cross-site image size limit (800px on the longest side).

    6. If the image does not exist in post at the end of the contest, it is disqualified. If you modify anything on flickr and re-save the image then the link is broken and the message needs edited to link the picture again before it will be included in the contest.
    For everyone, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).

    7. If you are looking for the winners of the mini-contest, please check the front page of the DPS blog Saturday late afternoon (EST) or here.

    Next week, more composition. This time it's "Rhythm". We are aware of rhythmic patterns in music and they exist visually as well. It can be pleasing and soothing or somewhat erratic, but it keeps our eye moving in a repeating pattern. Fence posts, ripples in water, as well as shapes that echo each other such as circular patterns of different objects, are all examples of rhythm in composition. These elements should compliment each other, creating a flow that is pleasing to the eye.
    Last edited by Saralonde; 02-18-2009 at 04:51 PM. Reason: added info
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    Default Assignment: Balance


    Took this last week at a friend's exhibition, and it seems to work well for this week's assignment so here it is.

    Taken: 13th February 2009
    Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X2
    Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
    Aperture: f/1.4
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
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    Default Assignment: Balance

    A Balanced Life

    "A Balanced Life"

    I took this yesterday - this little house just spoke to me! I just read the Wulf would like us to explain our thought process for posting the image. The "balance" of this house is clear but it is an interesting color and the yard art and porch swing create an interesting picture, if you look on flickr in a larger size you can see the details better.

    Taken: February 17, 2009
    Camera: Nikon D90
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
    Aperture: f/3.8
    Focal Length: 21 mm
    Exposure: 0.00
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: No Flash
    Last edited by Miss Mae; 02-20-2009 at 01:37 AM.
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    assignment | balance

    sun down : flowers up

    Joshua Tree National Park - Tuesday 17th Feb

    Camera: Canon EOS 30D
    Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture: f/10.0
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Exposure: 0.00
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Off

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    I think this shot shows how graceful these turtles actually are in their environment. And, hopefully, it appears balanced as well

    Canon Powershot G10
    Feb. 12, 2009
    1/320 sec
    f/ 3.2
    ISO 80


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    The Stand-Off

    She needs to work on her modeling etiquette. I had to put a Cheerio under the snake to make her sit still and look at the toy.

    The Stand-Off

    Camera: Nikon D80
    Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
    Aperture: f/3.5
    Focal Length: 18 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: Auto, Fired
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    Default Assignment: Balance

    From February 2009 dps

    Taken 15 Feb 09
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: 1/40 sec
    Aperture: 3.2
    Focal Length: 11.7mm
    Flash Used: No

    My non-Valentines tulips with some afternoon sun. I was really happy with being able to capture the texture of the petal. There is informal balance between the flower in focus and the two out of focus, at least as I understand it.
    Last edited by egon; 02-19-2009 at 08:45 PM. Reason: Add date taken

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    Default Assignment: Balance

    This is my 3rd attempt to submit an assignment in DPS.

    This one is actually a portrait of a friend of mine that I took yesterday

    DPS Assignment: Balance

    Exposure Time: 1/15"
    F Number: F8
    ISO: 1600
    Date Taken: 2/18/2009
    Focal Length: 38mm
    Nikon D80
    18-55mm stock lens, 28-80mm Sigma Macro lens, 55-200mm Nikkor VR AF-S lens, 50mm 1:1.8D AF Nikkor

    I'm still learning so I'm always open to suggestions

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    Default Assignment: Balance

    hope this counts,did a little post processing in lightroom.
    Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Focal Length: 21 mm
    Exposure: -0.29
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: On, Red-eye reduction
    Last edited by karen1961; 02-19-2009 at 07:41 PM. Reason: forgot to add exif
    just learning!
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    Default Assignment: Balance

    i guess i took it pretty literal but here is my effort

    taken: 2/18/09
    gear: nikon d40, 18-55mm sb600 speedlight
    iso: 400
    exposure: 1/60
    focal length 18mm
    flash: auto, fired
    Last edited by tobin999; 02-18-2009 at 11:12 PM.

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