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The Weekly Challenge 7-12 October.

Discussion in 'Photo Challenges' started by bilzmale, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    woof has provided these instructions for the new WC.

    Beautiful Blur

    Let's see photos that exhibit a "Beautiful Blur." I am often in awe of what people can do with various kinds of blur, and am not myself very good at it. It is probably easier to do well with an SLR, and being new to serious compacts I am interested to see what can be done with compacts... It could be a motion blur, a particularly beautiful bokeh, a long exposure, a zoom blur (are there any compacts that will do this?). My LX-5 just received a new "Miniature" mode which is akin to using a Lensbaby or tilt-shift. That could qualify... Use your tools and be creative!


    I'd really like it if the contestants would perhaps say a little about the tools and techniques used. I think that we can all learn something (especially me) from this, so please do share. I am looking forward to everyone's entries. Thanks very much!
     
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  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    excellent!
    there's far too much attention paid to "sharp" ...
     
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  3. gracefruit

    gracefruit SC Regular

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    Jun 23, 2011
    central scotland
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    Stirling Tilt Shift by gracefruit, on Flickr

    I was so excited to see this challenge and that tilt-shift was included.

    The photo is of the old cemetery in Stirling. The tilt-shift effect was achieved using the Tilt-shift maker.
     
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  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
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    Night Train: Canon G11
    I went for shutter priority and set it for the lowest speed I could reasonably hand hold (1/10) and let the rest take care of itself: I wanted the train in motion. Sorry, its an older shot, its been raining nonstop lately. If I can get out again before the comp closes I may be able to switch for something else.
     
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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    20110923-4 by _loupe, on Flickr


    there are no special techniques used here, although the RAW file required a small amount of work (exposure, blacks and contrast) to make the final image match what I had seen and visualised
    E-P2, 17/2.8, 1/20s, f/5, ISO100
     
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  6. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/briar34/6222063057/" title="Untitled by Briar34, on Flickr"> 6222063057_8f912a2027_b. "1024" height="768" alt="Untitled"></a>

    X100 + Snapseed
    Technique: Go on a camping holiday in the Scottish Highlands when it is forecast heavy rain.
     
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  7. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Rust Never Sleeps

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramirezaponte/5412209924/" title="el moho no duerme III by ramirezaponte, on Flickr"> 5412209924_a88a09e51a_o. "1024" height="768" alt="el moho no duerme III"></a>


    This is one I have posted before. The out-of-focus parts are simply the result of shooting the Lumix 20mm 1.7 wide open. The photograph is a composite of two photographs using layers and masks in PS CS5.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  8. ntrolls

    ntrolls SC Regular

    43
    Oct 8, 2011
    London, UK
    Politekhnicheskaya Station, St.Petersburg, Russia

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    Technique: trying to hold my breath and be as still as possible while my camera tries to capture the scene, plus not having the brightest lens :p
     
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  9. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Really like this. Great shot.
     
  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    an artist who uses softness and defocus to great effect is Uta Barth
     
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  11. woof

    woof SC Veteran

    319
    Sep 23, 2011
    Nice entries all... Glad to see everyone jump in. The idea of blur was on my mind this past week while I was in San Francisco. This is a bus coming through the Stockton Street Tunnel near Chinatown.

    Edit: Swapped in color version which works a little better. The lights really were very yellowish like this...

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    LX-5 @24mm, 1/4 second, f/3.5 at ISO 100. I placed the camera on the hand rail to steady it and waited ... took several. As a larger target, this was the best of the bunch. I kind of like the gritty feel. This is a bit of a departure from the usual for me.
     
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  12. Photorx12

    Photorx12 SC Regular

    177
    May 31, 2011
    Life is a blur

    Life_s_a_blur.

    Taken with IPhone 4......R.I.P. Steve Jobs.
     
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  13. Michael T

    Michael T SC Top Veteran

    512
    Jul 31, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Michael
    Running Man

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/meterpening/6224119730/" title="Running-Man by mterpening, on Flickr">"470" height="640" alt="Running-Man"></a>

    LX5, f8, 1/200, 80iso

    I tried to get some motion blur on runners in the park this morning, but with f8 as low as the LX5 goes and the ND filter at home in the bag, I had to add some extra blur in post.
     
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  14. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
  15. flysurfer

    flysurfer SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2011


    S100FS
     
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  16. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
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    Olympus Pen E-P1 + OM Zuiko 50mm f1.4 Silvernose
     
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  17. AzPete

    AzPete SC Veteran

    404
    Dec 24, 2010
    Selective focus

    Here's mine. This pic has become a favorite of mine, the guitar player trained in Spain in classical guitar but turned metal... Go figure. I decided to use snapseed which has a selective focus control, so I zeroed in on his gifted hands.... And btw he's a great kid.
    6066956353_0eab12b1ce_z.
     
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  18. scary

    This one just looks kind of ghost like.

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  19. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
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  20. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo SC Veteran

    499
    Jul 11, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    ~ jasmine ~

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