NBPS Flickr Contest (Image by Bertie Gregory)

Awesome picture Bertie!

The upward angle was a great decision here because you were able to clean up the background of the photo. Be careful when using your flash though; you want to make it seem as if you weren’t using one. Try to diffuse the light next time, I like to keep an index card with me for just such occasions.

Keep up the great work!

– Adrianne

Flickr Contest: Timothy Brooks!

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Photo Info: “I was out birding with my new Canon 400mm lens, when this butterfly came right in front of me. I had no space to back up, but I did have an extension tube with me. I quickly put on the tube, only to find that I couldn’t fit the whole butterfly in the frame.

You may notice the abnormal square framing of this shot, that it because I took two photos (vertically), and merged them like a panorama. I actually really like the square framing, and by having this made of two photos, the resolution is a lot higher then if you were to take one, and crop it to look square.”

This is a beautiful shot, with a very simple and quiet background. You’re able to see all the fine details of the butterflies features which is great as well. Maybe trying capture the butterfly from another angle. Other than that, great shot Tim!

Flickr Contest: Evan Pagano!

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Some photo info: “I took the photo at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA, right after sunset on July 3rd, 2010. I was using a Nikon D50 and a Manfrotto 055xprob tripod setup just inside the shoreline. The image was exposed for 1.3 seconds; f/22.0; ISO 200; and at a focal length of 17mm. I had to run down the beach with all my camera gear just to make sure I had enough time and light to take some shots. I ended up taking around 30 different exposures, all of which gave me a different pattern of flowing water.”

Evan, I really like this photo. It looks like you picked a great time to shoot, with the subtle natural lighting and beautiful horizon line. It’s very simple, nothing distracting the viewer from the landscape. Well done!

Flickr Contest: Tobias Hayashi!

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Photo Info: “Another warbler, to follow on from the previous photo. This guy was about as common as the Black-browed Reed Warblers, and at times occupied the same habitat. And like the BbRW, I had quite a few half-chances but in the end only came away with this shot.

I am quite pleased with me effort here though. When the bird is small in the frame, composition becomes even more important. Especially, I think, keeping the photo as simple as possible to allow the bird to stand out from the setting. For the first time on the trip I really felt like I had a short lens (although to be fair, I was comparing lenses with a couple who had a 500/4 and 600/4 respectively…)”

I think this is a great photo because of its simplicity. The depth of field is right on point, giving the bird a nice (non-distracting) backdrop. I would have liked if the shot was a bit tighter, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. Nice job!

Just Another Day At The Zoo

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I’m going to set the scene… Think, scorching hot desert. Think, the heat is melting your brain cells and you’re going crazy. As you trudge up the concrete mountain some people call a hill you see a mist. Could it be? Water? It’s like the world collapses away and you zone in. You finally reach the mist, knock over a few kids and just stand there. It’s like you were just transported to a tropical island.
Then you open your eyes and you realize you lost your 5-man project group, fail. You hold tight to your colossal camera bag, which in this heat feels like it weighs a ton, and run up the mountain (I mean, hill).

That was basically my day. My hot, sweaty, think-I-might-die day. But despite feeling like my shoes were melting I had a great time behind-the-scenes. Ever want to know what was behind the ‘STAFF ONLY’ door? Well now I do!

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NBPS Flickr Contest: Jenna Stirling

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Photo Info: “I photographed this dragonfly at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, TX. Obviously, a spot known for its birding but this trip i focused more on the insects and reptiles that reside there. Hundreds of drogonflies, butterflies, lizards, snakes and much more reside in and around the once waste management site lakes. This drogonfly presented a challenge as it kept flying and readjusting as I was focusing in on it. Finally, it landed and just long enough for me to take a few shots! I took this photo with my Canon Rebel XS and Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Tele-Macro (1:2) lens at 1/1250, f5.6 and at an ISO of 400.”

I love the crisp details in the picture; you’re able to see the tiny hairs on the dragonfly’s legs and the pattern in its wings. I’m pleased with the simplicity of this shot, there’s nothing distracting. In most circumstances I would not want the plant in focus at all, but I think in this case it fits well with the composition. Well done, Jenna!


NBPS Flickr Contest: Matthew Sullivan!

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Photo Info: Wolf Spider in Alexhauken Creek, NJ

This image is great – When I first opened this image I actually jumped! The crisp detail of the spider’s features made the creature seem like it would leap out of my computer. I love how tight Matthew is with this shot and how the focus is primarily on the spider’s eery eyes. Awesome job Matthew!


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