This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (4-10 Sep '11)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (4-10 Sep ’11)


Weekly Assignment

We finished up our Obijuan interpreted the assignment in a rather creative way with his found broom. In this shot it’s really the expression on the girls’ faces that makes it. Not to mention a really well done shot overall.

Spin Broom

cristen spotted something that was unlikely to be noticed unless you were looking for it, and that was a small plant in the window panes. The contrast of the rust against the newness of the plant created a very nice shot.

Found on my window sill

And last, but not least was RC Nofrada‘s shoes on a wire. We’re all used to seeing birds on wires, but you don’t always see shoes there, and you especially don’t always see such new looking shoes! This was one of the shots that really matched the idea of found objects well and there’s a nice clear contrast between the blue and black.

Nicely done guys!

We started our Cameraphone assignment this week too. Lots of us have cameras in our phones these days, and it can be really helpful for when you don’t happen to have your main camera with you. We want you to show us how you can use your camera phone to prove that its’ the photographer, not the gear that makes a great shot and shoot with your camera phone this week. As always though, a quick reminder of our weekly assignment rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 31 August and 15 September 2011. Second, your post must include the words “Cameraphone Shots” 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.

Our next assignment will be Horizons. Next week we will be doing a landscape shot with particular emphasis on the horizon. I want you to make the horizon line the focus of your image. Cityscapes, mountains, lakes, oceans, treelines, all can make interesting horizon lines. Try using lighting – sunrise, sunset, or manmade – , contrast, reflections, and/or colour to bring attention to your skyline. And don’t forget to keep your horizons horizontal!

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Some Older Comments

  • Erik Kerstenbeck September 12, 2011 04:04 am


    Here is a nice shot of LaJolla California at sunset, nice foreground draws you in!

  • darla beller September 12, 2011 01:32 am

    I really love the winning image! It made me smile and inspires my creative mind. I have also heard that shoes over a wire mark drug related activity. My teenage son alerted me to this one day when I pointed out someone's shoes thrown over a wire at an intersection near a trailer park. Still, it's a found item, and a good shot!

  • Cristen September 11, 2011 02:49 pm

    Thank you for selecting my shot to be among the winners in this week's themed assignment. It's an honor to share the top place with Mr.Gonzalez' photo.

  • Janna September 11, 2011 10:14 am

    Lol, my thoughts exactly. And yes, you do see shoes on wires fairly often. Nevertheless, a good photo. Well done to all the winners.

  • Katie September 11, 2011 08:31 am

    Um... you do realize that shoes over a wire like that usually indicate a house where crack and heroin are sold, right?

  • Juan Gonzalez September 11, 2011 12:57 am

    Thank you for selecting my image for first place (tie). The kids definitely made the picture. BTW one is a girl and the other is my boy. I'm sure he will get a kick about it later on when I tell him that he was confused with a girl. I have a FB page with 5390 likes and would love to have some more DPS people there

    I'm still waiting for the Google + business page as you more likely are also.

    Thanks again.