Weekly Photo Assignment : Fresh Start - Digital Photography School

Weekly Photo Assignment : Fresh Start

Welcome back to the weekly photo assignments “from the forum” and, as it is our first of this year on the blog, it works well that the theme was “Fresh Start”

We are looking at some slightly different formats for our forum assignment this year, so keep your eyes open for that! we also have some cool “weekly assignment” prizes lined up for the coming weeks and months, so make sure you check in every week and see what is happening! –> Here’s the assignment section of the forum if you’re new around here! (Welcome!)

The winner this week comes from MattJohnRobinson with his self portrait in the mirror, before we show you his winning image, here’s what he had to say about it;

Every day is the first day of the rest of your life…through free will a fresh start can made at any time. It all begins with some serious introspection, self-reflection.

I took this in my tiny apartment bathroom with my tripod and a small torch-style desk lamp covered with my twisted up (the way it’s made to fit in the zip-up pouch) 42″ diffusor/reflector to soften it.

This was my first time shooting and processing RAW and also my first self-portrait. Really liked being able to fine-tune the white balance and sharpness. Got my first camera in the fall of 2011 and I’ve just been totally thrilled with this entire world of photography that I’ve immersed myself in…looking forward to learning a lot in 2012 with the help of all the wonderful enthusiasts and professionals sharing their knowledge on the net.”

Congratulations Matt, you did well – and great job on the lighting with what you had! [Ghetto lighting, anyone?!]

You can see more of Matt’s work on Flickr

In second place this week was Prasad_Shejale with “A sunset on 2011″ which I liked very much, and as Wulf pointed out, it was if the sun was weighing down the left hand of the image.. We all thought very cool.

You can see more of Prasad’s work on Flickr too!

We have two third place winners, so I’m going to post them both! Great!

So, on her health kick, all the way from Sheffield is RozSheffield! Roz is also back from a little “time away” from her camera, so welcome back to the shutter button Roz!!

Here is Roz’s image of “Fresh Start”

Roz is on Flickr, Too!

And “Second” third place goes to Nita.W (who may need to have support take that . out of her user name as they cause problems – sorry!) with her “Relax, let go and wash away” photograph, taken whilst on holidays! (Hararu Falls in NZ! Nice!) (I almost remember what holidays are!)

Here’s Nita’s photograph – lovely work, Nita!

You can also find Nita.W on Flickr!

That’s our “From The Forums” wrap up for this week! Don’t forget “The color Yellow” is happening in the assignments section right now and there are many other interesting threads bobbing along.. This one, for example! “A Few Shots from India” or, here’s my current fave… a 305 second (!!) exposure, during the day!! – See how it was done.

 

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See you next week! —Sime

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Sime is the community manager of the dPS Forums and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter

  • raghavendra
  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula

    Amazing pics, I loved the second one most.

  • http://untamednewyork.com crockny

    Matt I knew your photo was a winner when I first laid eyes on it! Great work …

  • Robert M

    Some what happen with the holiday weekly theme winners?

  • JacksonG

    Love that sunset shot.

  • http://halfpennysparrows.wordpress.com/ CindyMc

    I love RozSheffield’s apple and scale pic – so clean and well, fresh :-)

  • ihateliver

    Congratulations to the winners – some inspiring photos.
    It’s always good to see which ones “come out top”, and even better when some of the judging comments are posted too.
    When will we see which ones were considered the best for the the missing assignments (The Beatles, It’s the holiday season and Best of 2011), please ?

  • Scottc

    Congrats to the winners, quite inspiring!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5498488129/

  • JayBerg

    So where are the Beatles winners?

  • Nita W

    Wow, thanks, I’m really flattered! I couldn’t get a decent distance shot but Haruru falls really are a lovely place to visit, if you’re ever in New Zealand. On a side note, who should I talk to about the dot in my user name?

  • MattJohnRobinson

    wow, that was a surprise! thank you so much–for me, this is some serious encouragement. and we all definitely appreciate the time you guys put into juding everything. now even MORE excited to be a part of DPS!!

  • RozSheffield

    Wow, thank you :-) Really wasn’t expecting to see that when I clicked on to this post.

    Sad to say the health kick hasn’t worked out but then I didn’t really expect it to! ;-)

  • http://www.haydenmurtagh.co.uk Hayden

    Like Roz’s work – love seeing things differently – inspirational it is.

  • jeremy beasley

    Do you ever post the announcement of the weekly assignments to the blog? Or do I need to dig through the forums every week to stay updated?

Some older comments

  • jeremy beasley

    January 13, 2012 03:12 am

    Do you ever post the announcement of the weekly assignments to the blog? Or do I need to dig through the forums every week to stay updated?

  • Hayden

    January 12, 2012 03:35 am

    Like Roz's work - love seeing things differently - inspirational it is.

  • RozSheffield

    January 11, 2012 09:10 am

    Wow, thank you :-) Really wasn't expecting to see that when I clicked on to this post.

    Sad to say the health kick hasn't worked out but then I didn't really expect it to! ;-)

  • MattJohnRobinson

    January 11, 2012 01:33 am

    wow, that was a surprise! thank you so much--for me, this is some serious encouragement. and we all definitely appreciate the time you guys put into juding everything. now even MORE excited to be a part of DPS!!

  • Nita W

    January 10, 2012 08:59 pm

    Wow, thanks, I'm really flattered! I couldn't get a decent distance shot but Haruru falls really are a lovely place to visit, if you're ever in New Zealand. On a side note, who should I talk to about the dot in my user name?

  • JayBerg

    January 10, 2012 01:07 pm

    So where are the Beatles winners?

  • Scottc

    January 10, 2012 11:36 am

    Congrats to the winners, quite inspiring!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5498488129/

  • ihateliver

    January 10, 2012 08:06 am

    Congratulations to the winners - some inspiring photos.
    It's always good to see which ones "come out top", and even better when some of the judging comments are posted too.
    When will we see which ones were considered the best for the the missing assignments (The Beatles, It's the holiday season and Best of 2011), please ?

  • CindyMc

    January 10, 2012 06:15 am

    I love RozSheffield's apple and scale pic - so clean and well, fresh :-)

  • JacksonG

    January 10, 2012 05:48 am

    Love that sunset shot.

  • Robert M

    January 10, 2012 05:04 am

    Some what happen with the holiday weekly theme winners?

  • crockny

    January 10, 2012 01:46 am

    Matt I knew your photo was a winner when I first laid eyes on it! Great work ...

  • Mridula

    January 10, 2012 12:54 am

    Amazing pics, I loved the second one most.

  • raghavendra

    January 10, 2012 12:16 am

    congrats to all the winners

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/

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