This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (28 Aug - 3 Sep '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (28 Aug – 3 Sep ’11)

Weekly Assignment

Trees are all around us, and they were also the focus of our weekly assignment this week. Trees can be found in forests, in cities, even if they are sparse at times, and in all sorts of different places. Our winners this week found interesting ways to interpret the assignment and to photograph their trees.

Our winner this week was debsij‘s broccoli trees. This one stood out because it took us a few seconds to realise that it wasn’t actually trees. It was a creative use of something different to create the idea of trees. It was really outside the box and well carried out. Nicely done!

Our first runner up was phillj‘s tree shot that had a very watercolour feel to it. The slow shutter speed really worked well here and it presents an excellent example of how sometimes you want to have movement in your photos. And it just goes to show that you don’t always need photoshop to create effects like this.

And last, but not least was mshockley‘s detailed tree shot which focused on the bark of the tree. This one has really nice sharp focus and really directs your eye to the texture of the tree.

Nicely done everyone!

We also started our newest assignment this week, which is Found Objects. Whether it’s something you’ve found along the side of the road or something you found in the attic, we want you to photograph something unusual or out of place. Keep your eyes on your surrounds to find things you might not ordinarily see. As always, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 24 August and 7 September 2011. Second, your post must include the words “Found Objects” 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 our assignment will be Cameraphone Shots. Almost everyone has a camera on their phone these days. And it can be really handy to have when you don’t have your normal camera with you. Lots of people also use these as their secondary camera, and with all the photo apps out there these days, you can really create something interesting. So put away the DSLR this week and focus on taking a really excellent shot with the camera on your phone.

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

Some Older Comments

  • Slawek September 7, 2011 05:33 am

    The photo with broccoli is really fantastic :)

  • Hyde Stevenson September 5, 2011 12:43 am

    Thanks Janna :) I'll check the next ones :)

  • Blacksquiggle September 4, 2011 02:29 pm

    Great photos for sure all so different congrtats everyone. :-)

  • Greg Aitkenhead September 4, 2011 07:59 am

    Great choice. I love the effect that looking at the broccoli trees gives you--as you glance over the post with soft eyes you initially take the tree-ee-ness of the veggies for granted--then it dawns on you. Then you realize how perfectly the image is developed. Nice work all, cool assignment. Can't wait to jump in--checking janna's link now.

  • Janna September 4, 2011 07:31 am

    Here you go...

    It's under 'forum' at the top right hand corner of your page. :)

  • Hyde Stevenson September 4, 2011 01:01 am


    I'm doing something wrong but ...

    Why I'm always missing these weekly asssignments ?! Where can we found them on the website ?