This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (28 Jun – 4 Jul ’09)

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Weekly Assignment

F16 012 (by Freebs2009)This week’s assignment was Keikyu‘s Lily of the Nile. This shot had an almost x-ray quality to it, but it’s also another great example of how f/16 works well when you’re close to a subject and want to capture all of the details.

24/365 -  Lily of the Nile (EXPLORED!) (by Keikyu)Starburst (by photoboothguy)We also started our this week’s assignment to learn what our next assignment will be.

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  • Thank you for the runner-up recognition, and thank you for stepping me out of my comfort zone. Had it not been for the “F16” assignment, I never would have shot those fireworks at f/16. F/16 took away a lot of the smoke and haze that I’ve seen in shots with lower f-stops, and made the fireworks crisp and clear. Thanks again!

  • Brandon Nielsen

    Is the winning image not a fractal? I don’t see how it could be a photograph of a lampshade, close up or not.

  • The winning image is a close-up picture of the pretty cool looking Jigsaw Lamp. You can see some pics of it via Google. Great shot!

  • Brandon Nielsen

    Thank you, briliad. You are right, it is a great shot!

Some Older Comments

  • Brandon Nielsen July 9, 2009 12:07 am

    Thank you, briliad. You are right, it is a great shot!

  • briliad July 8, 2009 12:52 pm

    The winning image is a close-up picture of the pretty cool looking Jigsaw Lamp. You can see some pics of it via Google. Great shot!

  • Brandon Nielsen July 8, 2009 03:53 am

    Is the winning image not a fractal? I don't see how it could be a photograph of a lampshade, close up or not.

  • Ryan Taylor July 5, 2009 01:11 am

    Thank you for the runner-up recognition, and thank you for stepping me out of my comfort zone. Had it not been for the "F16" assignment, I never would have shot those fireworks at f/16. F/16 took away a lot of the smoke and haze that I've seen in shots with lower f-stops, and made the fireworks crisp and clear. Thanks again!

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