This month's judge, Melissa Robotti, finished reviewing the 82 contest entries and narrowed the choices to the Top 25. We'll load them into the Voting Machine and open voting later today. Meanwhile, here are Melissa's thoughts on the photos she judged:
"Many of this month's entries showed a lot of creativity. The photographers looked beyond the obvious to make some very interesting photographs. It's great to see photographers thinking outside the box. I encourage everyone to keep experimenting!
"A few things to keep in mind:
"When composing your photo, be sure to pay attention to all the elements in a scene -- look at everything that is within your viewfinder. There were some entries that were close to making the cut, but didn't because part of the main subject was cut off or there were other things in the photo that distracted the eye from the main subject, didn't complement it, or detracted from the photo in some other way. These problems can be easily fixed by carefully considering your composition before hitting the shutter button.
"Also, pay special attention to your focus point and make sure your shutter speed is fast enough. A few photos had strong composition, but were eliminated because nothing was in focus, or something that should have been in focus was slightly blurry. A good shutter speed rule of thumb for digital SLRs (handheld, not on a tripod) is the shutter speed should be 1/focal length of the lens. So if you were using a 50mm lens, you should use a shutter speed that is 1/50 of a second or faster.
"Keep up the good work, RAW Dawgs!"
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