This is the place to submit and vote on photos to be featured on the the main site and on our blog. This contest should showcase your best quality work, demonstrating at least moderate skill with a camera and a general understanding of the artistic aspects of photography. Remember, the selected photo will be displayed on our main site header for a week. Submit something that you and the members of our site will want to look at and admire for seven days! This contest is for the community to choose what they LIKE (not what they dislike), so downvotes aren't allowed — see below for more.

Contest Format

Starting in December 2012, this contest follows a new perpetual format with continuously-rolling voting. Submit and vote on photos whenever you like. Every Monday (give or take; it's done by hand when site moderators have a spare moment), the top-voted image will be selected as the winner, and:

  • moved to the Winners' Hall of Fame

  • featured on the main site header for the next week

  • and, coming soon, featured in a blog post.

Then, the contest will continue with the remaining photos in the thread.

(Note that the themed photo contest will work on a different scheme.)

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like.

  • Make sure to look at the "active" tab for this question to see new submissions.

  • Up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote. (If you notice a downvote on an entry, make a note in a comment, and that will be taken into account when the weekly winner is selected.)

  • When you vote, consider the small size primarily, even if a larger image is linked. This contest's primary function is to select a header image, and we need the winners to be successful at that size.

Submitter Rules

  • Showcase your best work in any genre of photography by providing your image inline in an answer.

  • You may enter one photo per week. This is on the honor system, but abuse will eventually earn a strong talking-to.

  • Don't re-enter the same photo. Since the contest is continual, there's no need. You may withdraw an image from the contest at any time by deleting the answer.

  • You may edit your entry to fix problems or to add missing information, but don't switch the photo itself for a different one, or make gratuitous edits simply to "bump" the entry.

  • Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide. This is the requirement for the header. Please feel free to provide a link to a larger version, but as explained above, the primary focus is on the header image.

  • For the same reason, images must be in landscape orientation.

  • Images must not contain any artificially added borders, watermarks, or decorations of any kind.

  • Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a specific question about your image on the main site.

  • The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, cc-wiki with attribution required. This will only apply to the low-resolution version provided on the site directly, not to the same photograph in other formats or to linked images, but if you're not comfortable with that, this isn't the contest for you.

Submitter notes

Be patient! This contest is relatively obscure, and it takes a while for images to accumulate votes. It's normal for really excellent images to have only one or two upvotes even after a time. The format of the contest should let them rise to the top eventually.

Feel free to include a concise description that explains the image, the emotions behind it, and so on, and perhaps some explanation of gear and exposure settings. This site is a collaboration for teaching and learning, so it's great to know those things — but it's not required for the contest.

When we get up and running with featuring these photos on the blog, this will provide the opportunity to go into more depth and to engage in conversation about your work.

Community Wiki?

Please don't make your posts community wiki, or convert the whole thread. (details on that...)

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As with all past contests, I'd like to stress the up-vote only policy. Let's keep our contest cordial. This is not a place for critique or a forum within which to express dislike, choose what you like, have fun, and let the contest roll! –  jrista Dec 4 '12 at 22:22
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I do have to say, I like this continuous voting. I always had to reserve my vote for the very end in case we needed a tie breaker...and I often forgot to. Now we can simply take whoever is on top, tie or not, as the winner, and I can vote at any time, and actually cast a vote when I remember to. –  jrista Dec 5 '12 at 19:22
    
Let's keep the comments here short and discuss the meta aspects of the contest over in this thread. –  mattdm Dec 7 '12 at 15:29
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@jrista Some of my friends got introduced to this site through this competition. They opened accounts because they want to participate, but unfortunately you require 5 rep to answer. So they can't post a photo here. Can't something be done about it? –  Abhranil Das Apr 10 '13 at 18:46
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The contest is really for site participants; it's not that we don't want your friends in the contest, but we want them to be active on the site as well. 5 rep is a very low bar -- a single upvote on a question, or two accepted edits will get you there. –  mattdm Apr 10 '13 at 18:51
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Also, please let's keep the comments here short and discuss things like that in the other thread linked above or in Photography Chat. –  mattdm Apr 10 '13 at 18:52
    
Matt is right on, here! Your friends should participate, and gain all the benefits of doing so! :) –  jrista Apr 10 '13 at 18:59
    
Is it possible to have non-English titles for photos? (or a combination of English and non-English words). Will it be used on the main site? –  Meysam Nov 11 '13 at 8:30
    
@meysam Sure, no problem. If understanding the meaning is important you may want to provide a translation for us monolingual voters, but that's not required. –  mattdm Nov 11 '13 at 8:56
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I liked the old contest format MUCH better. The weakly contests were fun. Not a fan of this format. Every week we had a manageable number of fresh entries and every week we started anew. Now we have a huge number of entries some of which have been around for a year. Personally I no longer look at the entries because there are too many and the first several pages rarely change. –  Jakub Dec 29 '13 at 0:22
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@Jakub As recommended above, use the active tab link to see the newest entries. These change regularly. –  mattdm Dec 29 '13 at 0:25
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Sorry for my long and sudden absence...but I agree with Jakub. The number of entries here is...unwieldy. Maybe we can compromise and do this rolling format, but with some kind of restart on it - monthly or such? –  rfusca Mar 14 at 12:36
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@rfusca I think it's working. The banner photos every week are consistently high quality, and relatively new photos often do rise to the top, so clearly people are looking and voting. But I would like to see the themed contests restarted as discussed here — the idea is that that one would run once a month and be reset. That way, there are options for everyone (and people who don't like this format could just ignore it). –  mattdm Mar 14 at 12:50
    
@mattdm: the problem with this thread is that I get the "you haven't voted on questions in a while" popup Every. Single. Time. I vote. With the one-thread-per-week format, I'd upvote the thread itself, and that would be enough to appease the popup. Here, I can't do that. –  Martha Apr 1 at 16:58
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Time to be with your loved ones.

Time to be with your loved ones.

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I was sure this one was going to be at the top by this Christmas. Maybe next year. :) –  mattdm Dec 11 '13 at 5:29
    
yeah, more than a year now for this post :D –  sat Dec 11 '13 at 6:40
    
maybe before new year? –  lalli Dec 24 '13 at 9:16
    
Winner: 2014-04-15 - Christmas at Easter, but it kind of works... –  John Cavan yesterday
    
As a note, had to alter the title slightly for the sight as there's a length limit before messing up the header. –  John Cavan yesterday
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Orquid "Phoenix"

Orquid "Phoenix"

Large version of the image here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cesar_camilla/8088289871/

This picture was take using Auto Extension Tube Set (macro) for Canon EOS (I don't remember how much MM I used) + external flash speedlight 430

Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Lens Type Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/18.0
Focal Length 32 mm
ISO Speed 800
Flash On, Fired
Canon Flash Mode External flash
Orientation Horizontal (normal)

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Pftthhhbt!

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A white hummingbird, shot at Inniswood Metro Garden in Columbus, OH. I'd never heard of such a thing, but there it was. Note that this is not an albino, as seen by the dark eye and the tan pigments in the feathers beneath its throat.

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I know we're not supposed to critique here, but I'd love to see this one processed to see more detail in the bright-white areas, if possible. –  mattdm Oct 28 '13 at 13:52
    
Edit attempted. Being a white bird, the detail in the highlights is very subtle, and some is lost in the resizing. This is edited to try to accentuate the detail that's present. –  D. Lambert Oct 28 '13 at 14:39
    
Yeah, I think that worked. :) –  mattdm Oct 28 '13 at 16:02
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Dots of color

Tuileries Garden

Taken in the Tuileries Garden at the end of October 2010.


Here is the original picture, with a link to a higher resolution of the picture.

Tuileries Garden (original picture)

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I can't believe that this one isn't higher. The "dots" of colors appear magical to me. –  Paul Cezanne Mar 19 '13 at 10:36
    
Can you link a larger image? –  Jakub Mar 28 '13 at 21:01
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I like the cropped version better than the original full frame. That long branch extending left from the tree really wants the picture to be wide. +1 –  Olin Lathrop Oct 29 '13 at 12:46
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HDR Moon

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Created by making seven photos of sequentially increasing exposure, in order to capture detail in the bright part as well as some illuminance on the dark part. Manually aligned & blended in PS CC, with a few levels, curves & brightness/contrast adjustment layers to bring out the maxim detail in as many areas as possible.

  • Canon EOS 7D + 840mm lens
  • Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II
  • Canon EF 1.4x TC

See more at my blog.

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Unusual and interesting shot of the moon! Nice shot, great processing work! –  Jakub Dec 29 '13 at 0:48
    
Very nice but IMHO the contrast looks a bit weird, like if the tones were not uniformly scaled (not sure how to explain though) –  clabacchio Jan 13 at 17:57
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There is probably about 20 stops of dynamic range here. ;P And the terminator is a region of exceptionally high contrast. It isn't easy to have both the light side and dark side of the moon without some harsh transitions at that contrast barrier. –  jrista Jan 14 at 14:31
    
I love it. The light looks like a cover/shell to the moon. –  Vian Esterhuizen Apr 8 at 19:08
    
Love this capture. Great idea and execution. I continually amazed by the photos you take since you've acquired your huge-ass lens. –  Jakub 14 hours ago
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Bridge Couple

Bridge Couple

A couple walking on Sydney Harbour Bridge in the rain.

Sats and Larger Uncropped

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the uncropped version is really nice, but the "cropped to fit this contest" version doesn't work at all. such a shame. part of the game is to choose a photo the fits the medium. –  Michael Nielsen Jul 21 '13 at 18:29
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@Michael I sort of agree but it has a few votes and so I won't change the crop now. –  damned truths Jul 22 '13 at 14:11
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Captive Stare

Captive Stare

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Baby Shrimp and Mom

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Taken with Canon 550D + 50mm f/1.4 @f/4.0 + 12mm Extension Tube

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perfect one! where was it ? –  woliveirajr Sep 24 '13 at 20:54
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In one of my aquariums, I don't have that setup anymore! 'Nuf with the reds, now working with yellow shrimps! –  fahad.hasan Oct 7 '13 at 11:31
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Forgotten in its old age

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This old house is near The Mall, which is the commercial center of Shimla, HP, India. This image is supposed to invoke the image of melancholy and loneliness.

Full resolution image available on Flickr

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Time passes by

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I took this picture of a waterfall in the river Burano near Urbino, Italy. It's my first attempt with long exposure of flowing water, and the place is very nice. I had to shoot handheld, and just before sunset when the shadow covered the place, to get a long shutter time.

As a side note, the water was quite cold!

Link to full resolution picture

Camera: Nikon D5100

Focal length: 18 mm

Aperture: f/18

Shutter speed: 1/3 sec

ISO: 100

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Incense

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Shot in a temple in Chengdu, China.

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 + M42 to EOS adapter
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 100

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Love that hot pink on the incense sticks, +1! –  Abhranil Das Apr 15 '13 at 16:16
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Not Your Everyday Banana

Part of a stop-motion project I'm working on. Split-toned in Lightroom.

Banana

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 25mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter: 1/10
ISO: 100
Flash: pop-up through DIY snoot 
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Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Larger version viewable at: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-QyBB_ufSH4A/Ugo6qsudvuI/AAAAAAAABFM/ONq3TaEvIHE/s800-no/schweers_dragonfly.jpg

ISO 100, 1/125 at f/5.0

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Nice shot! What lens did you use for this? –  Bart Arondson Aug 18 '13 at 18:09
    
Thanks! Canon 100m L Macro + Circular Polarizer –  restlake Aug 19 '13 at 16:57
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Perfect Sunrise

The perfect sunrise, captured from the top of a mountain in the middle of winter

5D MkII, 27-105mm @ 105mm f/4, 1/100s, ISO-160

Original (uncropped) can be seen here

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Taken from UNESCO Paris balcony, hand-held.

Colors of the night

NIKON D800 with NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8
14mm, f/2.8, 1/6s, ISO1000
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nice view. I feel like gold land –  Bala Oct 21 '13 at 8:54
    
nice view , can you give link to larger version –  Himanshu Punetha Nov 25 '13 at 4:04
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I dare you!

Red deer rutting

Full sized image can be viewed here http://500px.com/photo/47673264

With rutting season start I decided to visit Richmond Park in London to show my London friends there is wildlife close by they can see and enjoy with no much travel hassle. Only requirement, be there when the gates opens at 7 a.m.

Camera Canon EOS 7D
Lens Type Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure 1/125
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 260 mm
ISO Speed 320
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I need to be bothered to be up early enough to do this, but bed is so cosy –  Dreamager Dec 29 '13 at 14:12
    
@Dreamager in this case it wasn't bad since it is London's biggest park, Richmond. We arrived around 7am and while leaving at 1pm that was no end to all that calls and challenges. Even in mountains as long you know where to go you can get great shots during day. –  peter_budo Dec 29 '13 at 18:50
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Before the rush.

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Higher resolution image here

Canon Digital Rebel XT

75-300mm zoom @ 300mm

ISO 400

1/320 @ f5.6

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Spring 2012 with Canon SX200IS.

Spring 2012 with Canon SX200IS

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Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide. This is the requirement for the header. Please feel free to provide a link to a larger version, but as explained above, the primary focus is on the header image. –  gsharp Dec 24 '12 at 13:17
    
ok, will reduce the size –  Ani Dec 24 '12 at 13:21
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The evening star- Venus

An illusory capture after sunset in the mountains

An illusory capture after sunset in the mountains with venus in the backdrop of a hilly shrub

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Hello, I see in the edit history that you've replaced the photo a couple of time with another one. I understand that you want to showcase more of your work, but please make a separate answer for every photo. Otherwise the vote system doesn't really work as people vote for one photo and you replace it with another. –  Bart Arondson Jul 21 '13 at 13:38
    
@BartArondson : OK , i shall update this as a new answer, Previously when i tried to upload another answer, it wouldn't allow me. Now i can. –  sunset_star Jul 21 '13 at 14:33
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Thank you, could you also roll-back your edit to the previous photo? The one with which you gained the majority of the votes, I think it's the one with Venus in it. –  Bart Arondson Jul 21 '13 at 15:02
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Dinner table

Dinner table

I tried to catch the warm feeling of the summer light shining in through the window.

Experimenting with the tilt lens, I placed the focal plane horizontally a few inches above the table top, so that the top of the chairs and the middle of the candlesticks are sharp. No editing, just normal post adjustments.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Lensbaby Edge 80
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter time: 1/30 s
ISO: 100

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Amazing DoF!!!! –  Abhranil Das Feb 14 at 19:50
    
pretty unique.. –  lalli Feb 18 at 9:18
    
This is really nice. Do you mind if I add it as an illustration to one of my answers about Lensbaby lenses? (With proper CC credit, of course.) –  mattdm Mar 1 at 9:27
    
@mattdm: Sure, go ahead. (Sorry for the delay in answering.) –  Guffa Mar 13 at 16:37
    
@Guffa Followup question: do you mind if I include it at a higher resolution, like 600×400 from your larger link? –  mattdm Mar 13 at 18:12
    
@mattdm: Yes, that is ok. –  Guffa Mar 13 at 18:36
    
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Shadowy Daisy

Shadowy Daisy
A daisy with shadows cast by its center. Larger

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 50mm F/2.8 EX DG macro
Shutter: 1/400
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
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Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp

Taken with Canon 550D + Canon 50mm f/1.4 + Extension Tube

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After the recent New England snowstorm, at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

Original size on SmugMug

  • Camera: Canon EOS 650D
  • Lens: Sigma 30mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Shutter: 1/400
  • ISO: 100
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As far as I know, I didn't do either. IIRC it was CW before I answered, though I might not be remembering correctly. –  Matt Ball Feb 12 '13 at 16:25
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Indeed, one of the thresholds for auto-CW-ification is 30 answers: meta.stackoverflow.com/a/11741/133242 –  Matt Ball Feb 12 '13 at 16:28
    
Even based on the meta SO topic, once a mod reverts an auto-CW conversion, it should never happen automatically again. Regardless of the possible causes, it should still never happen automatically again. I guess it is possible the rules have changed, but this would be the first time I've seen it happen. –  jrista Feb 12 '13 at 18:15
    
@jrista was auto-CW reverted previously for this question? If so, this warrants a meta-SO bug report. –  Matt Ball Feb 12 '13 at 19:05
    
The thread was converted to CW once...we are not sure how. I manually removed CW, which should have prevented any future automatic conversion back to CW...yet, it seems it was converted once again. I do not believe a removal will prevent future manual conversions to CW...however it should prevent automatic conversion to CW. We are assuming a bug, but I think the logical conclusion is someone converted it. –  jrista Feb 12 '13 at 20:16
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A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

Large on Flickr

The Hornbill Festival is a celebration, held every year in the first week of December, in Nagaland, North-east India. The tribes dress up in their colorful ethnic wears and showcase a cultural display.

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Larger version available to view? –  Russell McMahon Apr 10 '13 at 23:20
    
@RussellMcMahon the title is linked to larger version on flickr. Did you want to see a larger version? –  Vikas Apr 12 '13 at 15:01
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Probably just a matter of the link not being obvious (labelled as a link to a larger version). And in case anyone was wondering why the name "Indians" got attached to the natives of the Americas... –  user2719 Apr 13 '13 at 2:07
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Napioa - Wind Origins

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link to original

Canon 7D
f/10
1/200s
ISO-200
40mm
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Open

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This is a crop of Original

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Road Train !!!!!!!!!!

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'Road Train' (the official name for them), Australian "Outback".
Van driver's eye view - a roaring buffeting blur at your right elbow - differential speed up to 250 kph - drive straight, watch for buffeting as it 1st reaches you and leaves.

In adverse conditions these wag their tails by about +/- 1 lane and may travel at over 100 kph on less than ideal roads (speed limit 130 kph /80 mph), - so 'vigilance is advisable' when meeting one.

Purposeful blur from 1/80s shutter speed - conveys the 'edge of vision' effect as you concentrate on forward view and making sure it's not wagging its tail.
Up to 3 trailers.

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I like the way the motion blur and the framing work together, +1. –  Olin Lathrop Nov 21 '13 at 20:45
    
to me it is a picture of a splattered bug on your window :) –  Michael Nielsen Dec 27 '13 at 22:07
    
i agree that the bug splat and the gps are distracting, otherwise this would be a great shot –  Octopus Mar 6 at 7:10
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Cartolina Postale Veneciana

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Venice, Italy. The image is composed as HDR from 10 individually bracketed ones.

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Hi Hermann, Your image needs to be exactly 210px high (currently 214), as per the competition rules. Please resize it to fit this requirement. –  damned truths Mar 17 at 5:33
    
Thanks. I'll fix that. ... done –  Hermann Klecker Mar 17 at 6:44
    
Nice click. Can you add a link to large size image ? and btw dimension should be 375x210 I beleive. –  2-Stroker Mar 21 at 6:20
    
Thanks. ... done –  Hermann Klecker Mar 21 at 16:28
    
@2-Stroker It's exactly 210px high and up to 375 px wide, so less wide is OK as long as it's in landscape orientation. –  Bart Arondson Mar 22 at 2:17
    
I hope you like the image more than its dimensions. –  Hermann Klecker Mar 23 at 16:16
    
After I carefully measured the image in a plethora of units I had a good enjoyable look at the larger version. This triggered a chain reaction which ultimately ended in an upvote. –  Bart Arondson Mar 24 at 10:33
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Random clicks

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Large Version on Flickr:

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Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: 18-55 Kit F3.5/5.6 IS Kit Lens
Location: Albany, NY

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Great photo with a lot of story and depth. Please see the contest rules about image size and watermarks, though. –  mattdm Apr 11 '13 at 15:53
    
Ohh.... i didn't realize we couldnt use watermarks. I'm sorry... ill upload it again as soon as i get home without the watermark –  Harsh Apr 11 '13 at 15:55
    
Apparently the watermarks are a gray area; borders are definitely out. But more importantly, it needs to be the right size... this is too big. –  mattdm Apr 11 '13 at 15:55
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Btw, great to see someone else from Albany. I'm from Clifton Park originally and live in Troy now. Love the photo, will vote up once the correct size is posted. –  AJ Henderson Apr 11 '13 at 18:43
    
Thanks! Never thought somebody else form the capital region would be here as well :) –  Harsh Apr 12 '13 at 14:21
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this is a fun image –  Michael Nielsen Apr 23 '13 at 22:44
    
this photo takes me to 1990's +1 –  Bala Oct 21 '13 at 8:54
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Parrot in The Shade

Parrot in The Shade

This image was taken in Tuscany, Italy. Even the parrots were enjoying the shade on this hot day.

Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 125, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/320 s, 0 ev

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