This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (21-27 Aug '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (21-27 Aug ’11)


Weekly Assignment

We finished up our assignment on the Joys of Childhood this week. And in one of our rare outcomes, we had a 3-way tie for first place. So this week, in no particular order, we have three really stand out shots that we think captured the joys of childhood.

First up is Specialk‘s boy with a a boot. Getting dirty is often a part of childhood, but what really made this shot special was the sense of wonderment that was captured on the little boy’s face.

Next up is cgibbs‘s boy in a swing. Once again, it’s really the expression that catches the eye here. And the out of focus person in the background also helps contribute to the story. Not to mention it being a perfectly timed action shot.

just looks like he's having fun

And finally, we have Meggsiek‘s little girl setting on the grass in “Life on the Farm”. One of the greatest joys of childhood is being able to sit around with your toes in the grass and the sun on your face, and once again, you can see the joy and relaxation in the little girl’s face.

Georgie August 2011 copy

Well done everyone!

We also started our latest assignment this week, which is Trees. With such a simple topic, the hard part is making it interesting. Whether it’s a single, lone tree, a forest, or something in between, try using an unusual point of view to create interest. As always though, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 17-31 August 2011. Second, your post must include the word “Trees” and the date the photo was taken. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points, such as camera, lens, shutter speed, and aperture.

Next week’s assignment will be Found Objects. Maybe it’s something you see along the side of the road. Maybe a treasure you found in your attic. Have you find something that seems unusual or out of place? Keep your eyes open and really look at the things you might not generally notice for our next assignment.

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Nicole is a DPS Forum moderator and keen photographer from New Zealand. See her Flickr account.

Some Older Comments

  • Bob Panick September 23, 2011 01:40 am

    Nice job!

  • Holly Hawkinson August 31, 2011 01:53 am

    I have been a fan of your site for two years now. I also have sent many friends to your site for information and advice, but I personally have never "participated". With my kids back in school, and it being awhile since I challenged myself in my photography, I am looking to do the assignments. How do I submit photo's and participate beyond reading?

  • Erik Kerstenbeck August 30, 2011 01:05 am


    Here is an interesting tree shot - a California Oak after a wildfire:

  • Special K August 29, 2011 05:36 am

    I just want to say thank you very much for choosing the boy & the boot picture!! The photo is of my friends boy who is adorably animated all the time. He sat & played in a mud puddle without a care in the world.... then before going to get washed off took his boot off shook it then looked up inside to see if there was anymore up there..This is only my 2nd weekly assignment entry! I'm still learning the site.. I love it... its been very informative & fun... I hope to enter more contests in the near future. I really enjoy seeing all of the other entries you guys inspire me to do better! Thank you all !

  • Greg Aitkenhead August 29, 2011 03:08 am

    Great shots--I look forward to getting involved in future DPS contests. And I just wanted to say that I'm really enjoying this website! Great job.

  • Blacksquiggle August 28, 2011 02:56 pm

    Hi there I love all the photos of our winners,
    i just have a little query. The last couple of assignment winners "silhouettes and childhood" photos have been very similar to each other i just wondered why there is not a variation of winner photos as in the composition.
    I understand we all have differant taste and ideas of art.
    I certainly dont have a sore loser syndrome i am very much a learner photograper and love this site im addicted actually.

  • Ashley Bailey August 28, 2011 02:13 am

    How exactly do we submit our photos?

  • Barry E.Warren August 28, 2011 01:44 am

    All three shots are awesome, just love em