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Weekly Assignment

Nearly Christmas and a (hopefully) New Year (by zetson)

Christmas Decorations were this week’s theme and we had a lot of great entries. The entry that really stood out to us was zetson‘s Nearly Christmas picture which really made us think. So congrats to zetson for winning the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home. Our first runner up was bflynn‘s stunning shot of ornaments. We really liked the lovely bokeh background. And last, but not least was fbroschart‘s candy canes, which had a lovely sort of abstract quality to it. Congrats to the winners, and well done to everyone else!

Candy Cane Jungle (by fbroschart)Iridescent Bulbs (by Chumpbuster)Our latest assignment is Curves. We often look for straight lines in photography composition. Curves are another eye-catching way to lead to a focal point or create a feeling of motion. They can add softness or give a sense of depth. They also lend themselves to all types of photography. Try finding curves in macro, nature, urban or abstract shots. In order to be eligible for the mini-contest, your photo needs to have been taken between 10-24 December 2008, your post needs to include the words “Assignment: Curves”, and your EXIF should be intact.

Next week’s assignment is “My Best of 2008”. Look through everything you’ve taken from Jan 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2008 and show us your best one!

Hot Threads

  • Invitation: Your Best of 2008: Television and magazines do “Best of . . . ” features at the end of each year. Here’s your chance to see DPS members’ photos they believe represent their best efforts in photography for 2008.
  • Spring 2009 Photo Outing: Some forum members are trying to organise photo walks in spring 2009, so if you’re in Chicago or somewhere else, come join in the thread and see if one’s being organised by you.
  • Netbooks; anyone used ’em with their cameras?: For those who don’t know, a netbook is a new class of laptop. Small, cheap, and weak, they are doing what the ultra-mobile PC class tried to do and failed. But can you use these mini-computers to work with your photos? What will run, what won’t? If you have any experience come share.
  • DPS Scavenger Hunt – 2nd Challenge: We had fun with the first scavenger hunt, and now it’s back for Scavenger Hunt 2. This scavenger hunt is a little shorter, so if the first one was a little too long, this one should be just right! So, if you’re looking for something to keep you busy with terrible weather, this might be it!

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

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