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Contests update - upload fixed ... !

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 19, 2012 05:04 PM

As you know, many of you have had trouble getting the photos you submitted to the past few contests - June's 'My Backyard', July's 'Need for Speed', August's 'Center It', and October's 'The Color Green'. It's a problem that has plagued every department here that uses the photo submit tool, from News to Sports to A&E.

One of our newsroom developers has given us a snippet of code to add in front of the code for the form you fill out to attach and submit your photos. Early reports are that it works. So I've added it to our August and October contest forms; if you have tried to submit a photo, but didn't get a confirmation or see your photo in those galleries, please try again.

Here are the links to those pages:

June 'My Backyard' contest

July 'Need for Speed' contest

August 'Center It' contest

October 'The Color Green' contest

Sorry for the hassle you've had to endure ... meanwhile, we've signed a contract with a photo-upload company called Cell Journalist whose software we think you'll like. I'll let you know when we switch to that platform.

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October contest theme: The color green

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 21, 2012 12:49 PM

October is our color theme month. I was tempted to use red or blue, since they are nice, strong colors. But this being an election year, choosing one of those colors is fraught with danger. So lest I be accused of favoring Democrats or Republicans, let's go with green.

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'Famous Places' contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 19, 2012 06:21 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

As an editor and curator, I look at a lot of images every day and, by necessity, have to look at them from the standpoint of their potential application. This particular contest, Famous Places, lends itself to that concept quite easily. So I thought it might help fellow shooters out there to look at their potential shots from that standpoint, and in particular for three specific applications: magazine, book, and CD covers.

Which means there are heavy technical considerations to take into account when shooting.

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August contest theme: Center It

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 1, 2012 04:13 PM

With all we have learned about the Rule of Thirds -- and seen how effective it is -- why would you ever center your main subject in a photo? Here's what some of the pros say:

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In memory of a friend

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 24, 2012 03:24 PM

Back in February of 2011, I posted a note from Janet Claffey of Newburyport telling us of the passing of a dear friend of hers who was a RAW enthusiast - Barbara Bailey. Recently, Janet took Second Place in "The Color Yellow" contest, and sent me this note:

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July contest theme: The Need for Speed

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 1, 2012 05:00 AM

Have you ever tried photographing a moving object?

This is your chance.

Take a photo of a moving car, bicycle, motorcycle, runner, animal, whatever.

You can shoot the main subject as stationary with the background or foreground blurred by panning with your camera, or you can convey speed by letting your subject(s) blur as it races past.

Here are some tips for you:

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'The Color Yellow' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 15, 2012 01:18 PM

The color yellow commands attention, both in nature and on man-made objects.

Watching the Euro soccer tournament, I noticed that the warning cards are yellow. Yield signs, police crime tape, and school buses are yellow. Lance Armstrong is being accused of doping during his Tour de France races, in which he wore the leader's shirt, a bright yellow, many times.

In nature, the stamens and pistils of a flower are often yellow to attract those pollinating -- and yellow -- bumblebees. Autumn leaves turn yellow. Many flowers and fruits are yellow. And of course, there's our glorious sun.

So you had a fun challenge in the 'Yellow' contest. And our judge John Blanding, assistant chief photographer for the Globe, had just as much fun choosing the winners. Here's what he said:

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'Outdoor Sculptures' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 12, 2012 02:00 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

For me, there are, perhaps, two ways to shoot sculpture: straight documentary style, cleanly capturing the work by the artist in a technically proficient manner; and a more interpretive manner, adding some additional emotional dimension to the work already created by the artist without losing its meaning.

In both of these, all the technical issues discussed in the terrific links Teresa posted in the initial contest outline come into play to some degree or another: background clutter, separation between subject and surroundings, interplay of light and shadow, composition, color, does the structure of the photograph enhance the form of the work, use of positive and negative space, rule of thirds, depth of field, and more.

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Two more contest results are in

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 7, 2012 10:17 AM

Photographer Paul Marotta has sent me the results of his judging of the "Outdoor Sculptures" entries, and John Blanding, assistant chief photographer for the Globe, sat with me last night and judged "The Color Yellow" contest.

I'll post the Sculpture results today and the Yellow results tomorrow.

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June contest theme: My Backyard

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 4, 2012 12:22 PM

SpiderWeb.jpgPollen accentuates a spider web connected to several iris plants in a Pembroke yard.

Globe Staff Photo / John Tlumacki


Let's take advantage of the long days this month - the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is June 20 - and rediscover beauty that's close to home.

Walk out your door and photograph something in your yard or around your house or apartment building. It can be something as sublime as a butterfly on a flower or as gritty as graffiti on a dumpster.

Your image will be judged on composition, lighting, and creativity.

Your photo must be taken this month, and it must be taken outdoors. As usual, one image per photographer.

JUNE 'MY BACKYARD' CONTEST GALLERY AND SUBMISSION PAGE

By the way, what do you think of these upcoming themes?

July: "The Need for Speed." Have you ever tried photographing a moving object? This is your chance. Take a photo of a moving car, bicycle, motorcycle, runner, animal, whatever. You can shoot the main subject as stationary with the background or foreground blurred, or you can convey speed by letting your subject(s) blur as it races past. You can start shooting this one now, or dip into your archives.

August: "Center It." Let's throw the Rule of Thirds out the window and see how our photos come out when we place the main subject smack dab in the middle of the frame. This one will have to be shot during the month of August.

Have any other suggestions?

By the way, judge Paul Marotta is working on our contest backlog right now. More later.

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Attention April contestants

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 21, 2012 03:33 PM

Many of you submitted only AFTER photos in our Photo Editing contest. You must submit both versions of your photo so the judge can see the changes you made, and compare the condition of the original photo with the work you did on it.

When you submit your BEFORE images, just put a note in parentheses under your caption that tells me you have already submitted. I'll match them up before I post them.

Thanks!

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April contest theme: Photo editing

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 3, 2012 09:30 AM

I just finished editing a bunch of photos I shot at a friend's daughter's Confirmation and my niece's wedding shower, and I realized how important photo editing is to presenting your family, friends, and potential buyers with nice pictures they can enjoy for years.

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January contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 8, 2012 02:17 PM

Hello my patient friends,

Our photo upload tool is finally working again, so I am extending the deadline for the January contest to midnight March 31 so that those who entered, but whose photos didn't show up, can re-submit, and those of you who didn't enter have a chance to.

I'm emailing everybody whose entries showed up with no photo so you can re-submit.

Here's the link to the original entry, with a link to the upload gallery at the bottom:

http://www.boston.com/community/photos/raw/2012/01/january_theme_whats_that_v3.html


I'll also post the theme for April.

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Contests update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 9, 2012 10:47 AM

Hi folks,

I wanted to let you know that the reason I haven't posted the February theme yet is that we are having technical difficulties with our photo upload tool. In fact, I'll have to extend the deadline for the January contest because several photos did not come through with some of the contest submissions you made.

The developer who built the tool for us is working on the issue along with our system administrators, and I hope things are back on line soon. Meanwhile, we'll get past contests judged -- including last year's Scavenger Hunt -- and announce a new theme as soon as the tool is working again.

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January theme: "What's That?" v.3

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 9, 2012 12:11 PM

It's our recurring January theme: Take a photo in which an object is difficult to identify. We then hold a follow-up contest asking people to guess what the item is ... and award prizes to those whose guess is correct or comes the closest.

These were the winners in 2010 and 2011:

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'Rule of Thirds' photo contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 22, 2011 04:48 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

I think I must have changed my mind at least a dozen times on both the Top 10 and the Top 3 ... so many in the Final 50 had wonderful and redeeming qualities, both in terms of technical characteristics and content.

And in the end, what it should come down to is an image taking the eye directly to the subject matter, not any of the technical issues. If the subject or content is strong enough, has enough meaning, and strikes a response in a viewer, then other things can be overlooked.

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'Rule of Thirds' photo contest Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 6, 2011 12:00 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

Three rules for Rule of Thirds: Edit in the camera, edit in the camera, and edit in the camera. It is vitally important in photography to pre-visualize, i.e. how and what do you see in a shot or a moment. And, that includes everything from color to emotion to composition and more. And Rule of Thirds is all about composition: Where to position a subject and how to compose a shot are both critical elements to Rule of Thirds.

That being said, there were many extremely lovely images in this round, some that made the Final 50, and some that did not.

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December theme: 'Group Portraits'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 2, 2011 01:07 PM

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(Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Young actors at the Lyric Stage in Boston.



We've had a few contests recently where we photographed inanimate objects, so let's return to the realm of the living with this month's theme: Group Portraits. It's the time of year when we gather with family and friends, and if you're known as the photographer of the bunch, your ability to assemble people into a coherent whole for a photo that everyone will want to keep forever will be tested.

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Contests update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 14, 2011 04:44 PM

Hi folks,

I'm happy to say that Paul Marotta of Arlington, who has been a terrific judge for us, has agreed to help me catch up on outstanding contests, judging them one at a time over the next several weeks.

Paul had offered to do so earlier, and when I recently received a press release about a cool honor he has received, I decided to take him up on his offer. (More on his honor in a subsequent post.)

As for the Scavenger Hunt contest, I will finish checking all the submissions by the end of this week and have it judged next week.


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November theme: 'Famous Places'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 4, 2011 03:58 PM

There are thousands of locations around the world that are iconic places to visit not just for the experience, but also to capture an image by which to remember your journey.

And if you're a photographer, you'll challenge yourself to take that image from a different and interesting perspective.

This month, we're interested in seeing your take on famous places around New England, the United States, or the world that are popular destinations for photographers.

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October 'Yellow' photo contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 3, 2011 06:58 PM

Hey, folks ... the deadline for the October 'Yellow' contest is near: midnight Sunday, Nov. 6. So far we have 83 great entries, and are awaiting another 5 - those photographers' images didn't show up with their submissions.

It does help if you're able to reduce the size of your photo a bit before you try to submit it ... our photo upload tool chokes on massive image files. But if you don't know how, and a second try fails, then I let people email the photo to me and I'll post it for them.

You can check out the October photo contest entries here.

PS The November contest theme is Famous Places. More tomorrow.


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'Grill It!' photo contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 17, 2011 01:04 PM

By Paul Marotta
Perfect Bokeh Photography

One of the problems with shooting food is lighting. (Well, there are numerous issues, not least of which is NOT judging photos while you’re hungry, but that’s another story!) Aside from the usual issues of color and composition, light presents a significant issue for the photographer because of the deep contrasts between flaming embers and fire and shadows. There must be light in some way, whether natural or flash, but being aware of the light differences can make all the difference in the world.

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'Singular' photo contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 14, 2011 03:00 PM

In choosing her Top 10, judge Susan Vermazen of the Globe Photo Dept. relied on my original instructions for this theme:

"We all yearn for simplicity in our busy, oft-complicated lives. So let's illustrate that desire with sparse, simple pictures of just one subject. Strive for peace and quiet - the zen of life."

Her choices:

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'Singular' contest Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 13, 2011 06:05 PM

Susan Vermazen, the Globe photo editor who judged the 'Singular' photo contest for us, evaluated the overall field of photos as "a really interesting, thoughtful effort." She has some good, basic advice that in summary, really says, "Slow down!"

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October contest theme: 'Yellow'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 3, 2011 04:20 PM

The color yellow, in US culture, is the color of optimism, energy, warmth, happiness, creativity. The sun is yellow, are as school buses, taxis, lemons, and most pencils. (it's also the color of cowardice!)

Artists say that yellow emerges from colors surrounding it, so use that to your advantage.

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September theme: 'Outdoor Sculptures'
(and an August contest extension)

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 6, 2011 11:22 PM

First, August contest news:

Some of you wrote to me asking if the deadline for the August "Rule of Thirds" contest could be extended because so many people in New England were without power for several days after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene struck. And you can lose even more days just getting back to normal after a situation like that.

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Meet the June and July judges

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 6, 2011 10:32 PM

I've tapped the Globe's excellent Photo Dept. for our judge for the June 'Singular' contest: Susan Vermazen, who has been with the Globe as a picture editor and multimedia editor since 2000.

Before arriving at the Globe, Susan, a graduate of Boston University, had quite the interesting and varied resume:

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May 'Reflections' Top 10 ... I mean 12

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2011 03:44 PM

By Paul Marotta
May contest judge

These Top 12, I think, really grab a viewer’s attention and hold it, making them look for all of the elements that are present: color, composition, structure, unusual subject, and even, in some cases, confusing the viewer.

Looking at a strong image that is a reflection and hard to decipher or even confusing is actually quite fun, and even technical flaws can be overlooked if the image is compelling.

The Top 12, and especially the top three, should and do make other photographers say, “Wow, I wish I had done that!”

Getting to the Top 3 winners wasn’t easy. It never is in any competition, and this was no exception.

At this stage, all the finalists have something strong going for them, and it’s usually either a tiny flaw or something subjective that creates the order. All three here had good form and structure on their side, strong technical editing, good reflections, as well as that something extra I define as having passed the “so what” test.

Congrats to all who entered, and special kudos to the top three. Herewith are more specific thoughts.


FIRST PLACE - $100

Yellowlegs Reflection

Yellowlegs Reflection
Photo by Hans Zimmern of Newburyport

Sometimes the perfect shot is not always the most complex. The photographer may have done tons of work on an image to get it where they want, or they may have done nothing, letting it speak for itself. But if it seems effortless and elegant and powerful all at the same time, then that is perfection.

I really liked the simplicity in this image. The white background removes any distractions and focuses the eye on the bird itself. I see a very slight blue haze around the head in the reflection, implying that perhaps the background may have been brushed out? The bird is simple and elegant all at once.

The horizon line is not visible, but is implied as it splits the image. The green grasses and the yellow legs provide a subtle and elegant touch of color. The reflection is strong and clear; the image could be virtually turned upside down and not lose any effect. Is this bird a tern? Where was it shot? The bits of brown in its feathers are perfect.

In its simplicity it holds my eye for a long time; there is a lot to look at in the image despite its simplicity. Nice - bravo!


SECOND PLACE - $50

View of the world above

View of the world above
Photo by Elizabeth Swain of Medfield

Wow, I really liked this image. There is a lot going on here. The colorful glass beads cut across the image from top left to lower right corner perfectly. The colors are subtle. The three glass beads create a perfect pattern of thirds structurally, and the fill the frame nicely.

Not sure how exactly how big these are in real life. Did the photographer shoot these in macro mode? How close was the photographer? Where are these? Was the image cropped or edited in the camera, so to speak? Where are these? Were other angles possible? This wonderfully subtle image has me asking a lot of questions, which is always a good thing in an image.

My only caveat would be that a round reflective image is always hard to shoot. It’s in essence a "fisheye", so getting out of the shot is not easy, and the photographer is reflected in the image. I wonder if moving around it would have yielded a different shot? The sky is nicely reflected as is the garden arbor. My personal rule of thumb as a photographer? Stay out of the shot!

However, well done, and this subject warrants another outing!


THIRD PLACE - $25

Double Boats

Double Boats
Photo by Elliot Gilfix of Acton

There is a lot going on here, and I always like to see complexity and simplicity combined in a photograph.

First of all, the colors are great, as is the strength of the reflection itself. The little bits of stuff floating in the water help define the difference between the reflection and the actual subject.

More importantly, the subject fills the frame, but the smaller boat steals the show, so to speak, just at the perfect position in the image, splitting the mid frame. And that something extra in this image is the juxtaposition of smaller boat against the larger one.

The contrast between the two, combined with the reflection and everything else going on in this image, make it a terrific shot. Well done!

ED. NOTE: The rest of the Top 12 photos are all Honorable Mentions, in no particular order. Here's a gallery of all Top 12 winners.

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May 'Reflections' Final 50 ... er, 51

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 8, 2011 04:12 PM

Judge Paul Marotta of Perfect Bokeh Photography liked your "Reflections" photo so much that he chose 51 instead of 50! He also has chosen the Top 10, but is having a bit of a tough time deciding which to make the Top 3 winners. He'll get me those results tomorrow.

Meanwhile, he wrote some very thoughtful and thorough comments for you about the field of photos:

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August contest theme: The Rule of Thirds

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 3, 2011 02:48 PM

The Rule of Thirds is an important rule to know and practice in your photography, one that often yields dynamic, interesting images. (Of course, rules are made to be broken, but you have to master them before you can break them!)

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July contest theme: Grill It!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 1, 2011 12:00 PM

As I announced last month, the contest theme for July is Grill It!

It's a challenge to get creative with an everyday event, so let's see what you can do. I am talking about grilling food -- not photos of sewer grills or the braces on somebody's teeth.

For you apartment dwellers, if you can't get yourself invited to an outdoor cookout, then indoor George Foreman grills or stovetop grills are fine.

I'm looking for creative shots of food on the grill, closeups of the grill itself, grilling accessories, the grillers doing their magic ... just remember these aren't quick snapshots for the family album. Good framing, lighting, perspective, and creativity are necessary.

Just a few rules:

Your photo MUST be taken this month.

The deadline is midnight July 31.

One photo per photographer.

Here's the gallery where you can see others' photos and enter your own.


AUGUST CONTEST

We'll try our hand at demonstrating the Rule of Thirds for the August contest. Those photos can be taken any time, so you can start work on that now, or find something exceptional in your portfolio.

Here are some good tutorials:

Digital Photography School - Rule of Thirds by Darren Rowse

Photo Composition Articles

Pixiq - The Rule of Thirds

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June contest theme: 'Singular'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 1, 2011 07:17 PM

We all yearn for simplicity in our busy, oft-complicated lives. So let's illustrate that desire with sparse, simple pictures of just one subject. Strive for peace and quiet - the zen of life.

The rules:

Your photo MUST be taken this month. No appeals this time!!!

If you know how, please resize your photo to 500 pixels in height.

One photo per photographer.

The deadline is midnight June 30.

* BONUS *

The July theme will be "Grill It!"

It's a challenge to get creative with an everyday event, so let's see what you can do. I'm telling you about it now so you can plan enough cookouts to get a good photo -- and yes, your photo will have to be taken during the month of July.

I am talking about grilling food -- not photos of sewer grills or the braces on somebody's teeth.

And for you apartment dwellers, if you can't get yourself invited to an outdoor cookout, then indoor George Foreman grills or stovetop grills are fine.

I'm looking for creative shots of food grilling, closeups of the grill itself, grilling accessories, the grillers doing their magic ...

* BONUS 2 *

The theme for August will be "The Rule of Thirds." Those photos can be taken any time. More later.


Here's the gallery where you can submit your June entry and see those of others.


Questions?


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May contest entries -- wow!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 1, 2011 07:08 PM

You RAW Dawgs have outdone yourselves ... your "Reflections" photos are really terrific. And close to 250 entries. Just fantastic.

If you haven't seen them all yet, here's the gallery. And the June and July themes are coming right up.

May "Reflections" photo contest entries

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Calling the April contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 30, 2011 10:58 PM

Lauren of Whitman (Second Place) and Mark of Chelmsford (Third Place): I need your home addresses so I can send you your gift card prizes. Please write to me at raw@boston.com. Thanks.

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April 'Humor' contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 23, 2011 05:28 PM

I think judge Michael Cevoli had a good time looking through your April "Humor" entries. How could he not? They were clever, silly, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Glad you had some fun.

Here are Michael's thoughts on the overall field, followed by his Top 10 winners:

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Meet the April contest judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 19, 2011 08:26 PM

Michael Cevoli is a Providence-based photographer and educator.

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May contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 19, 2011 07:36 PM

Hi everybody ... sorry for the absence. My project is starting to ease a bit. I still don't have a producer to help me, but hope to hire one soon. Meanwhile, I wanted to clarify one of the rules for the May contest:

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March 'Human Form' contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 4, 2011 02:02 PM

FIRST PLACE - $100

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"Triathlete"
Photo by Robert Terry of Boston



SECOND PLACE - $50

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Untitled
Photo by Helen of Acton



THIRD PLACE - $25

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"33 Weeks"
Photo by Lauren Silverio of Methuen



You can find all of the Top 10 winners in this gallery.
Here's a look back at the Final 50, and here's the full gallery of all entries.
Congratulations to all!


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Two contest updates

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 4, 2011 12:05 PM

Hi folks,

For the May "Reflections" contest, I received pleas from several people to let them use photos of reflections that they have in their portfolios from trips, etc., so I've decided to eliminate the rule that your photo must be taken this month.

That rule is meant to encourage people to get out and explore and shoot, but I also understand that if you captured a terrific image in the past, you would want to show it off for this contest.

For the March "Human Form" contest, I have the Top 10 choices of our judge, Mark Sarver, but I still don't have his comments for each of the Top 3 finishers. As soon as I get those, I'll publish the winners.

But if I don't get them by 2 p.m., I'll publish the winners anyway and add his comments later. Don't want to leave you hanging!


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March 'Human Form' contest Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 2, 2011 01:54 PM

My name is Mark Sarver and I was honored to participate as a judge in the Boston.com photography contest.

My background is as a photographer and a teacher of digital imaging, printing, and design, and as a digital technician hired by many photography professionals to enhance their images and realize their vision.

The theme this month was "the human form." I interpret "the human form" to mean the study of the human body using design, shape, and light. Many great portraits, editorial portraits, and action shots were submitted, but they didn't quite fit the theme.

Within the Final 50 were some images that would have been better with a simple crop. Others could have been enhanced by shooting in RAW and using better image processing.

The images I ranked highest were those using design, shape, and light to say something about the human form.

Thank you for this opportunity to participate as a judge.

Mark Sarver

Here is a gallery of Mark's Final 50 choices. Look for his Top 10 on Wednesday.


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May contest theme: Reflections

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 1, 2011 12:00 PM

Let's take photos of reflected objects this month. Not simply reflected light -- make sure it's objects or people that are being reflected. The reflecting surface can be something shiny, glass, plastic, water, your car, a mirror, a wine glass, an eyeball ... use your imagination.

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March contest judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 27, 2011 06:33 PM

I know you all think I have been in Timbuktu for awhile, but I've actually been on two major projects. I apologize for neglecting you. But some good news: We have a terrific judge for the March "Human Form" contest: Mark Sarver, a freelance photographer and technical consultant who formerly taught at the New England School of Photography.

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April contest theme: Humor

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 1, 2011 10:00 AM

After the hard work you all did on the Scavenger Hunt and trying to get provocative shots of the human body, let's relax and indulge ourselves a bit. We want photos that make us laugh (after all, it's April Fool's Day).

But remember: This contest is always about skill and creativity, so while you're taking your funny photo, make sure the composition, lighting, framing, etc. are top-notch.

You must take the photo this month. One photo per person.

We'll go back to using our internal gallery; here's the link to the gallery.

Meanwhile, post any questions below.

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Scavenger hunt update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 21, 2011 09:59 AM

Yikes, I did not anticipate how long it would take me to go through 1,919 photos to make sure each one met the criteria of the contest. I'm still reviewing them, so please indulge me awhile longer.

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'What's That?' guessing game winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 9, 2011 03:54 PM

I've heard back from all but one of the Top 10 winners in the "What's That" contest - those who had the best, most intriguing, most mysterious photos.

We looked over all of your guesses and chose those that came the closest. I have added the winners names to the Comments section of each of the photo blog entries where you guessed.

Thanks a lot for taking part, and congratulations to all of the winners.

You can find all of the blog entries here.

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Guessing game update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 4, 2011 11:38 AM

We'll close guesses for the January 'What's That?' Top 10 photos at 2 p.m. today. Then I'll consult with the photographers to choose the winners, and I'll post the results Monday.

Thanks for joining in!

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March contest theme: The human form

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 1, 2011 09:00 AM

We've done several themes lately in which we haven't had to include people in our photos, so let's challenge ourselves to capture images of people while at the same time celebrating the human body.

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It's time to start guessing!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 27, 2011 02:56 PM

It's finally time to start guessing what the Top 10 images are. Please read the guidelines carefully:

* Please don't cheat by trying to find the photos on the photographers' Flickr accounts. That's not good sportsmanship.

* If you are one of the finalists, please don't tip off a relative, friend, or neighbor about your photo. I know these RAW insulated mugs are like gold, but please play fair.

* Finalists are welcome to post a guess on each other's photos.

* You can post a guess on as many of the 10 photos as you like, but only one guess per person per photo.

* Be as specific as possible. The difference between winning a valuable RAW mug or not may be how well you describe what you think the photo is.

Sorry to have to sound like a scold, but past experience makes it necessary, I'm afraid. With that out of the way, have at it!

You can find all 10 entries here.

Good luck!

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January 'What's That? contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 27, 2011 11:44 AM

We had a bit of a glitch in the January contest, folks, which is why I delayed posting the Top 10 winners for you to guess. I had to disqualify the 2nd place finisher because he didn't take his photo during the month of January 2011.

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January 'What's That?' contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 23, 2011 03:00 PM

FIRST PLACE - $100

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Photo by Timothy DeWitt of Chilmark

Judge John Blanding of the Globe Staff said: "This is a scary photo! It has a human element, yet I don't know what it is. The photographer got this shot at just the right angle to use the light really well."

SECOND PLACE - $50

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Photo by Simone Brogini of Quincy

John Blanding said: "This photo has beautiful colors. Many of the photos were one color; this one conveys fun with the whole rainbow - the prismatic effect. It's captivating."

THIRD PLACE - $25

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Photo by Lynn Cianfarani of Saratoga Springs, NY


Here's a gallery of all Top 10 winners. Congratulations!

AND NOW ... more fun begins. I'll post the Top 10 winners in separate entries at noon tomorrow, and as soon as those links are live on the RAW homepage, you can start guessing what the items are. The descriptions that come closest to what the object is, and is posted first, will be the winner. I'll have each photographer choose the winner. Please -- just one guess per person.

I'll send the 10 winners a cool RAW insulated mug. Woo-hoo!


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January 'What's That' contest Top 25

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 13, 2011 09:31 PM

Ah, another great contest with some amazing photos. And our judge, John Blanding of the Globe Photo Staff, had a good time making his choices. He told me, "As someone who has photographed rotting food in my kitchen sink, I love this kind of photography!"

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Scavenger hunt contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 9, 2011 08:45 AM

I've been looking over your terrific entries in the scavenger hunt contest - there are some really excellent images in the group. I'm glad that you have been able to fulfill the requirements of the list and be artistic at the same time -- bravo!

I do have some thoughts about the photos. If we get a lot of entries, we may have to be picky in terms of who met the criteria of the list items, so here are some suggestions that may increase your chances of making it to the finals.

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Feb. contest: Photo Scavenger Hunt

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2011 12:00 PM

HuntsLogo2.jpgThe details of this contest took a little while to sort out, but I'm really excited about it, and hope you will be, too. I'm also happy to announce that the value of the gift certificates is being increased for this contest, and even better, they are being supplied by Hunt's Photo and Video (appropriate name). More on that later.

We're going to try a Photo Scavenger Hunt for the first time. The rules are extremely important, so I am going to post them first.

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Last call for 'What's That?' entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 31, 2011 04:57 PM

The January 'What's That?' photo contest ends at midnight today ... we have 118 submissions so far. Remember, your photos is supposed to be unrecognizable. Once our judge chooses the Top 10, we'll hold another contest and ask you to guess the item in the photos -- and we'll award some nice trinkets to those winners.

Here's the description of the contest, and here's the form to enter.

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The December 'Photo Titles' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 14, 2011 03:09 PM

FIRST PLACE - $100

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"Seriously???"
by Jamie Mastrio of Wilbraham

Judge Charlie Mansbach said: "The single word and three punctuation marks seem to animate this photo, explain the look on the face, the body language, an attitude, and all the wonders of emerging girlhood. With no title, or with a title giving only her name, I would spend much less time looking and would appreciate the photo far less."

SECOND PLACE - $50

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"Hot Dog"
by Jill Henry of Revere

Judge Charlie Mansbach said, "The clever double use of the term makes the viewer look carefully at the photo. And the title comes across as affectionate, a celebration of the lad and all that sustains him."

THIRD PLACE - $25

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"The Blizzard is Coming, The Blizzard is Coming"
by Patrick Gookin of the North End

Judge Charles Mansbach said, "I know: Paul Revere probably never said, 'The British are coming.' But this title still has fun with our historical lore and with our Boston landmarks. If the viewer doesn't recognize the snow-covered statue in the photo, the title furnishes a gentle nudge."

Here is the gallery of all Top 10 winners.

Congratulations!

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The December 'Photo Titles' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 13, 2011 01:09 PM

Judge Charlie Mansbach enjoyed himself reviewing your entries and narrowing them to a Final 50. His thoughts:

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Meet the December judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 3, 2011 02:00 PM

Our December contest, "Great Photo Titles", emphasized wordcraft above all else: Creating a title that captured the essence of a photograph while also enticing viewers to examine it more closely, to pause and ponder, to think, or to smile.

So for a judge, I sought out a venerable wordsmith here at the Globe: Charles Mansbach, the Globe's Page One editor for 21 of the 33 years he has spent at the paper.

In all this time he has been immersed in the craft of headline writing, which requires conveying in a few words the essence of a story no matter how long and complicated. And, of course, a subset of the craft is producing words that capture the essence of a photograph.

In addition to attending to stories and page layout and late-breaking news, he has the final say on the Globe's front-page headlines, a responsibility that involves rewriting many offerings, writing many on his own, and, as Charlie said, knowing well enough to leave plenty of others alone.

I am grateful to have Charlie as our judge for December. I'll give everybody until Wednesday evening, Jan. 5, to make sure your photo is in the gallery, and then I'll ask Charlie to start judging.

December "Great Photo Titles" contest gallery

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January contest theme: 'What's That?'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 1, 2011 12:00 PM
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Air bubble in a tealight candle holder by Ollie Gapper
First-place winner in last year's "What's That" contest


One photographer shot an air bubble in a candle holder (above). Another shot his own reflection in a cheese grater. Others took pics of olive oil, ice crystals, a martini glass, a Mac screensaver, a paperweight, glass containers, and even theater seat shadows.

In other words, creativity was on full display a year ago when we ran this same contest. The challenge is to take a photo of an object that is difficult to identify. It can be an extreme close-up, part of an object, or just something odd.

Be as tricky as you'd like, but make sure it's still a good photo. Since the judge won't know what the object is, your photos will be judged on technical merits. So use lighting, shadows, composition, lines, and angles to create a visually arresting image.

BONUS CONTEST: After the judge has chosen her or his Top 10, we'll post each photo in a separate entry so everybody can post comments guessing what the object is. The first person to guess correctly for each of the 10 photos will win a nice RAW insulated mug and a thumb drive.

SIMPLE RULES

1. Your photo MUST be taken this month.

2. One photo per photographer.

3. The deadline is midnight Jan. 31.

Enter here: Photo gallery and contest form

And Happy New Year!

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November 'Bokeh' contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 27, 2010 12:07 PM

Professional photographer Mark Ostow had a tough time deciding among all of your terrific photos. In the end, he chose photos where the bokeh clearly complemented the photo, or added depth or motion, or even a little mystery.

I think this is one of the best competitions, in terms of quality of photos, that we've had in a long time. So please don't feel bad if your photo didn't make it into the Final 50 or even the Top 10. The talent on display was terrific. Congratulations to everybody.

November "Bokeh" contest Top 10

MEANWHILE...

The December photo titles contest has less than a week to go -- the deadline is midnight Friday, New Year's Eve. I'm lining up the judge this week, and I've decided to ask one of the Globe's long-time copy editors who has a knack for good titles, captions, headlines, etc. to be our judge.

For our January contest, we are going to reprise last year's popular "What's That?" theme. Photograph something in such a way that it is difficult to identify. No titles, no captions. After our judge chooses the Top 10, we'll hold a second contest in which I'll ask you all to guess what each of those 10 photos is depicting ... and we'll hand out prizes for the guesses that come closest and are posted first.

Our January Challenge (not a contest) will be "Dark" and will run from Jan. 15 to Feb. 14. More details to come, but in general, let's see how effectively you can use darkness in a photo, either as the dominant element or a complementary one.

And in February, our contest is going to be a photo scavenger hunt. I can't wait!

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November "Bokeh" contest Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 20, 2010 04:00 PM

Photographer Mark Ostow sent comments to go along with his Final 50:

"Congratulations to all the photographers who entered! Choosing 50 out of such a strong field was very difficult.

"Bokeh can add such beauty to a photograph, as well as direct the viewer's eye to go where you want it to be.

"Some people blurred the most important part of their image, almost leaving a lot up to the imagination. In other images, the blurred areas were used to call attention to the (sharp) subject matter in the foreground.

"Since photography is an art, any way that you use bokeh to express your vision is as valid as the next person's. Thank you all for doing a great job at turning the ordinary into the extraordinary!"

November "Bokeh" contest Final 50

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Meet the November judge: Mark Ostow

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 17, 2010 09:16 AM

Mark Ostow

Last month I went all the way to Malaysia (not physically, unfortunately) to find a great judge, Steve Chong, for our October "Purple Power" competition. This month, I stayed home and found the perfect judge for the November bokeh contest right in Cambridge: Mark Ostow.

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November contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 14, 2010 05:43 PM

Hi folks ... I'm afraid the judge I had lined up for the November contest had to back out, but I have a request out to another local professional, and hopefully she can help us. It's not a great time of year, but my bad for not lining up a judge earlier.

Meanwhile, I wanted to say something about the December title contest: Many of the titles are humorous, and that's perfectly fine, but please keep in mind that this isn't a comedy competition. I'd love to see a good mix of the practical and dramatic in there as well.

Pretend you are about to have a show of your photos at a local gallery, and what sort of titles would likely attract or intrigue would-be buyers. That's why we're doing this exercise - to force you to think about what titles would be most appropriate in a show setting.

In other news, we are going to redesign RAW very slightly either later this month or at the first of the year. We'll be able to display more entries, and will be posting more photo-related news items. We're also going to start featuring local photo bloggers and camera clubs.

So stay tuned.

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December contest theme: Great photo titles

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 1, 2010 06:00 AM

 
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"Get Me to the Church on Time" by Ellen Cahir-McFarland of Newton
October contest winner

It's an oft-overlooked element of the photographic process: Choosing an arresting title for your photo.
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The October 'Purple Power' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 19, 2010 06:00 AM


FIRST PLACE - $100

Get Me to the Church on Time

Get Me to the Church on Time
by Ellen Cahir-McFarland of Newton

Judge Steve Chong said: "I love the idea of the toning! The purple balloon and string fitted the theme very well, and the composition made the image very dynamic! I could feel the energy in the image."


SECOND PLACE - $50

Purple Ornamental Cabbage

Purple Ornamental Cabbage
by Leslie Gibson of Cambridge

Judge Steve Chong said: "A wonderful idea. The author turned something so simple into art, while at the same time not forgetting the theme. Simple, but nicely composed."


THIRD PLACE - $25

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Lightning
by Mike Murowchick of Boston

Judge Steve Chong said: "Shooting lightning is hard. I admired your getting such a nice effect, and at the same time, I was jealous. And the colors were so brilliant!"


I'm very grateful to Steve for taking the time to judge our contest.
Here's a gallery of all Top 10 winners.


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October 'Purple Power' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 15, 2010 12:59 PM

"It was an honor to be invited as the judge for the competition," our October judge, Steve Chong, wrote to me over the weekend as he finished his judging of your entries in last month's "Purple Power" contest. "I find the images were of very high standard. As far as the theme is concerned, some photographers have been really pushing the envelope."

I asked Steve, as I do all the judges, to offer a critique of the images overall so that we can learn how to get better. Here's what he said:

"I find there is room for improvement on some of the images.

1 - Do pay attention to the corners or sides of the frame. Having some unwanted or unintended subject appearing at these places only creates unnecessary competition with the main subject.

2 - Move / zoom closer and put more emphasis on the main subject. In other words, create a tighter composition. As the saying goes, keep it simple.

3 - Technically, brush up on the techniques of exposure and focusing.

4 - On some, the composition could be more creative. Do not always put the subject at the dead center. Try the Rule of Thirds, albeit old, but it always works.

"Learn the rules before attempting to break them!"

Here, then, are Steve's Final 50. We'll post the Top 10, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, on Thursday. Congratulations to these finalists:

October photo contest "Purple Power" Final 50


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Meet the October judge: Steve Chong

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 12, 2010 02:19 PM

Steve Chong


You'd never know by looking at his images, but 45-year-old Steve Chong has been taking pictures for less than 10 years. He was asked to build a website for his hometown, and used a point-and-shoot to take local images for the site. He was smitten. His story:

"Thus begun the journey of an inspiring, interesting, and philosophical quest for better photography. The process involved started from the inspiration, to the intense attention and concentration required before pressing the shutter, followed by the eager anticipation of the final print.

"I read extensively on anything to do with photography and art. After reading the series by Ansel Adams, my smoldering passion for photography was fueled further. His dedication for perfection in photography truly amazed and inspired me.

"I bought an entry-level Canon EOS/88 SLR camera and before long, I discovered that my needs had outgrown this faithful camera. After much research, and with due consideration of my budget, I finally upgraded my gear to Canon EOS/1V plus a few more lenses and accessories.

"After more than a year into experimental photography, I found a comfortable niche in conceptual and surrealistic photography. Creating an idea and turning and seeing it materialize is such an exciting process. It is like pointing the camera into the real world but shooting my subconscious.

"As far as conceptual photography is concerned, especially for those who demand instant feedback, a digital camera came in handy. With this in mind, I acquired a Sigma SD9 and a couple of lenses. It helped my work a great deal, and I became more productive and effective.

"I have always been impressed with the quality produced by medium-format cameras. Large film, excellent detail, sharp and amazing tonal range. After much consideration, I bought a Mamiya RZ Pro II with a fisheye, 90mm lens, and eventually a 250mm lens.

"At this time, I am concentrating on still-life photography. I find it fascinating where the photographer has to come out with a composition from the genesis of an idea. It is a challenge to both the photographer's creativity and technical skill.

"My motto: It is not what you see, but the way you see it."

Steve has earned international accolades from more than 15 countries, including Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, the USA, Singapore, Luxembourg and more. He has won more than 100 awards.

He obtained his associateship under visual art from the Royal Photographic Society in 2009.

Steve is also very fond of landscape photography. He has been photographing and documenting the magnificent terraced paddy fields of Yuan Yang, China for the past four years. The images and narrative have been compiled in his first book, "The Light & Mist of Yuan Yang".

Steve is also the co-author for two of the most widely read photography magazines in Malaysia, "Photo Creator" and "Advanced Images".

You can see his images on his website.

Steve doesn't have the greatest Internet connection in Malaysia (or wherever he is right now), so it is taking him a long time to go through all 199 images. However, he's working away, and as soon as he chooses his Final 50, I'll post them.

Meanwhile, the November "bokeh" contest has 72 entries.

The Fall Leaf Detail Challenge is about to end, so watch for a new Challenge on Tuesday, and a new Featured Photographer on Monday.


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November contest (bokeh) update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 29, 2010 03:52 PM
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Nilton Sergio Ramos Quoirin/Getty Images/Flickr RM

"Bokeh" comes from Japanese words meaning blur, haze, or blur quality. But true bokeh as practiced by photographers isn't just about having blur in your photo; it's making that blur pleasing to the eye, with no sharp edges on the lights or objects that are out of focus in your foreground or background.

Pleasant bokeh photos turn points of light into a pattern of fuzzy balls, or background objects into a blur of ill-defined color. Extremely shallow depths of field are part of the trick; another is an artistic eye so that the bokeh adds an interesting element to your photo that complements your main subject without distracting from it.

This is probably one of the most artistic themes we've had!

The first thing to do is to read about the technique and study examples of it. I've pulled together some good sources for you. Keep in mind that not all of the photos shown on these sites are necessarily great bokeh, but the more images you examine, the better understanding you will have.

Wikipedia

robertsdonovan.com tutorial

KenRockwell.com

A bunch of images from Google

More great bokeh examples from Desizn Tech

Some Flickr groups

RULES: After compelling appeals by a few of you, I've removed the this-month rule. So your photo does NOT have to be taken this month.
Deadline is midnight, Nov. 30.
One photo per photographer.

Upload your photo here and view others in the gallery.

Hope you have fun with this one!


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Sept. 'Stormy Weather' contest Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 22, 2010 01:54 PM

Professional weather photographer Jim Reed, our judge for the September theme of "Stormy Weather", really enjoyed choosing the winners this month ... although he admits he had a bit of a hard time (as most of them do!).

He found the Top 10 winners to be emotionally stirring, or powerful and dramatic, or unique in some way. But all were outstanding.

Gallery of the September "Stormy Weather" contest Top 10 winners


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The Sept. 'Stormy Weather' Final 25

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 20, 2010 01:39 PM
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By Jim Reed

I think a masterful storm image should always trigger an emotional response; it should make a viewer almost instantly say aloud, "Wow," and then want to lean in for a closer look.

I expect a winning storm image to possess a skillfully composed, isolated subject. Next up are the skilled choice of lighting and contrast, followed by the use of color. Then I look for an intriguing shape or hypnotic landscape, followed by depth and texture.

Since this contest asked photographers to make good use of movement and action, I favored strong, stormy images that also possessed motion in the frame, such as a person, an object, or water or the hint of something moving, like blowing snow or rain.

It was tough selecting only 25. There were so many very good submissions so close to that. You all did a very impressive job of composing your photos. I was also delighted by the fine-art qualities of some of the frames. I was happy to see submissions in black and white as well as color, and I really enjoyed the use of post-production effects.

The images suggest to me that you are very observant, imaginative and assertive - and certainly not afraid to get wet (the earmarks of a skilled weather photographer). I was surprised when I realized that a few of the Final 25 images were captured with camera phones. In several instances, you also did a very effective job of captioning your photos.

My advice to you? Watch those pesky distracting elements, such as tree branches and power lines in the foreground. Be sure to zoom in or compose your shot to include only objects that truly matter. If you have a tree in your image and it's being hit by lightning, then the tree is a vital part of your composition. If it's a tree in the foreground, and the lightning is way off near the horizon, then the tree is likely a distraction and unnecessary.

If you return home, only to later discover a distracting element, crop it out using an image-editing software. Your computer is your digital darkroom; don't be afraid to experiment with your image by adjusting contrast, hues, and tones.

Finally, my advice is to shoot, shoot, shoot - and keep shooting! With digital cameras, there's no excuse NOT to bracket.

Gallery of the September "Stormy Weather" contest Final 25


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Meet the Sept. 'Stormy Weather' contest judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 18, 2010 08:28 PM
Jim Reed

Just as professional weather photographer Jim Reed chases storms all over the country, I've been chasing him to be our judge for the September contest. He finally stopped to catch his breath in Montana, and right now is looking over your entries in the September contest with an eye to narrowing the 147 entries to a Final 25.

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October contest theme: Purple Power

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 1, 2010 03:26 PM

Purple Sports Fan

AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Michael Paulsen

I'm thinking of making October our color month every year -- what do you think? And purple is such a fantastically interesting color, that's what I chose for this month.

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Reminder: September deadline looming

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 30, 2010 04:46 PM

A reminder, folks, that you have until midnight tonight to submit a stormy weather photo for the September contest.

The new upload tool we are testing is a little funky since it's still in beta, and we've had a handful of cases where photographers had to upload their photo a second time because it never arrived the first time.

So if you upload a photo and entry tonight, send an email at the same time to raw@boston.com and we'll be sure to look for your photo.

If it doesn't arrive, don't worry; we'll give you extra time to re-send it.

Here's the entry link.


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The August 'Pets at Play' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 19, 2010 10:23 PM

FIRST PLACE - $100

Alphanikonrex - Schuylar

Comment by judge David Ryan of the Globe staff: "The composition is great, there's wonderful lighting, and the pony looks like it is interacting with the photographer. It's really a nice moment."

(Ed. Note: alphanikonrex is 14-year-old Arman Bilge of Lexington, whose portfolio of photos underwent a Globe Critique by staff photographer Yoon Byun in July, and who captured 3rd place in our Spring Sports contest in June of 2009.)

SECOND PLACE - $50

Cool HDR (ChrisPokorny) - Catch Me If You Can

David's comment: "This is an excellent grouping. Nice cropping as well, with no paws or ears cut off. I also like the near-square format. Very effective."

(Ed. Note: Chris placed 2nd in our May "Landscapes" contest.)

THIRD PLACE - $25

suzfoldsfive - Play Ball

David's comment: "Another great moment that depicts the interaction between a dog and a human, but shown in shadow. Very creative. Not sure I like the vignetting around the edges, possibly from a lens hood, but that's not a big deal; it captured a really wonderful moment."

Here's a full-screen gallery of all Top 10 winners. Congratulations to all!

We have close to 70 photos of stormy weather for our September contest ... you still have 11 days to enter.

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The August 'Pets at Play' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 15, 2010 05:32 PM

A little curveball today, folks: Barry Chin was unable to judge the contest after all, but we were lucky to get another Globe photo veteran: David L. Ryan, well-known around here for his daredevil willingness to take photos from any heights, anywhere, anytime.

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Your August 'Pets at Play' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 31, 2010 01:56 PM

The deadline to enter the August 'Pets at Play' contest has passed. We'll finish adding your entries to our full-screen galleries over the next few days. If you don't see your photo in our galleries, please read this.

Here are the eligible photos: Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3

And here's more information about this contest.


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August contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 24, 2010 09:32 PM

Hey, folks -- several of you have written because you are unsure whether your photo has made it into the contest. Here's some guidance for you.

1.) Check your contest tags to make sure they are:

Boston.com contest August2010 pets

That 4th tag isn't "pets at play" -- it's simply "pets".

2.) Make sure that there are at least 5 photos in your Flickr account. That's the minimum number Flickr requires before it will add your account to its search index.

3.) Make sure your privacy settings allow Flickr to add your account to its search index. On this page, UNcheck all 3 boxes:

http://www.flickr.com/account/prefs/optout

4.) Check this page, which is a search on the contest tags, to see if your photo is here. (You can see the tags in the search box.)

http://www.flickr.com/search/?z=m&w=all&q=boston.com+contest+august2010+pets&m=tags

5.) If your photo is there, but it's not in one of our full-screen galleries yet, don't worry -- it will get there. We build those galleries manually.

6.) If you have followed Nos. 1, 2, and 3 above, and still don't see your photo on the Flickr search page in No. 4, then write to us at raw@boston.com, include a link to your photo on Flickr, and we'll check it out.

NOTE: Next month, we're going to try using an in-house photo upload tool built by one of our developers for the monthly contest. That means no Flickr! I'll be interested in hearing what you think about it.

Again, thanks for taking part.


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The July 'Self-Portrait' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 11, 2010 04:08 PM

I'm always pleased by how much the pros we enlist to review our contest entries enjoy the task, and this month's judge, Ronald Cowie, was no exception, as you'll see by his comments below.

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The July 'Self-Portraits' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 10, 2010 10:59 AM

Ronald Cowie

Self-portrait by Ron Cowie

By Ron Cowie

A successful self-portrait reveals and nurtures a relationship. The first is the relationship to self, and the second is the relationship to the viewer. Everyone has an image they like to present to the world. The self-portrait I made was done in my darkroom. I want to be perceived as a competent photographer and artist. I am surrounded by the tools of my trade and evidence of my work. I want you to see these things and translate that into an identity that conveys knowledge and experience. The message underneath that message is, "I need to be surrounded by my stuff to be validated as an artist. I, alone, am not enough."

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Meet the July judge: Ronald Cowie

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 10, 2010 09:55 AM

Ronald Cowie

Self-portrait by Ron Cowie

To judge our July "Self-Portraits" contest, we've returned to the pros who teach at the New England School of Photography in Kenmore Square in Boston.

Ron Cowie is a professional photographer and artist specializing in alternative processes and portraits. He not only is an instructor at NESOP; he also graduated from there in 1998 with concentrations in editorial and advertising photography (after getting a BS in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati).

Ron's work has appeared in a variety of publications, and he counts among his clients Estee Lauder, Bryant University, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Recent exhibitions have been at the Wolfe Gallery in Toledo, the Photo-Eye Showcase in Santa Fe, and the Central Gallery in Old Saybrook, CT.

You can see more of his work on his website.

Ron has chosen his Final 50; we'll post that gallery after lunch.


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August contest theme: Pets at Play

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 3, 2010 09:38 AM

Okay, so this may seem a little self-serving, but honestly, I'm choosing this theme for you as well.

We've had a couple of challenging assignments in a row (Lines and Curves, Self-Portraits), so let's do one that's also should be challenging, but fun.

In addition, we launched a new Pets section on Boston.com -- that's what's been keeping me so busy -- and I thought a tie-in between RAW and that new section would be interesting.

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Another gallery of 'Self-Portrait' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 28, 2010 06:42 PM

Wow -- it's fun getting to see what some of you look like (or your hands, feet, shadows ...)! I was going to submit a photo of myself, but I have such an uncanny resemblance to Penelope Cruz that I thought better of it.

We have finished adding all of the photos on Flickr that carry the contest tags into 4 full-screen galleries. Please check all of the galleries to make sure your photo is there; if not, please send an e-mail to raw@boston.com WITH A LINK TO YOUR PHOTO ON FLICKR.

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3 | Gallery 4

I'll post the August theme later today.


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The June 'Lines and Curves' Top 10 winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 19, 2010 02:51 PM

Although our judge for the June contest, Globe staff photographer Bill Greene, found that the field of "Lines and Curves" entries contained some typical shots, he was very impressed with the number of "fresh looks at the commonplace. I liked the details of the natural world, lines in an old piece of wood, an infinity look of kids under a bridge.

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The June 'Lines and Curves' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 16, 2010 01:17 PM

Our judge this month, Bill Greene of the Globe staff, had a very hard time winnowing the field of 217 photos down to a Final 50. Why? "I was incredibly impressed with the caliber of the entries," he said. "It was a very diverse and impressive lot. I had a hard time narrowing it down." But he did, and here are the results.

Photo contest: June "Lines and Curves" Final 50

We'll post the Top 10, include First, Second, and Third Place, on Monday.

Check out the entries submitted so far for the July Self-Portraits contest on this Flickr tags search page.

And please check your tags again - they are:

Boston.com contest July2010 self

A couple of people have used "self-portrait" as the 4th tag, and that's not correct, so please check.

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Our June 'Lines and Curves' contest judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 14, 2010 02:42 PM

Sorry to be so late this month, folks, but it was difficult finding a judge who was available. With summer here, many of the pros are off studying, teaching workshops, traveling, and of course, taking pictures.

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July contest theme: Self-Portraits

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 1, 2010 06:00 AM

I admit it: I was quite taken with POTW Korri Leigh Crowley's self-portraiture. I had been thinking about self-portraits as a contest category, but seeing Korri's variety and creativity sealed the deal.

So what the heck -- let's give it a shot (so to speak). Pretty much anything goes -- you can take an arms-length photo of yourself, a reflected image, a funny picture. You can wear a mask, take a photo of your shadow, or shoot a body part other than your face (but keep it clean).

Simple rules:

> Some part of your body must be in the photo.

> Remember the storytelling part of photography and make your photo revelatory about yourself. Are you curious, experimental, pensive, silly, hungry, a birdwatcher, a runner, a parent, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Try to capture an image that will tell viewers something about you.

You can dig into your archives this month, but please consider shooting something new.

This month's Flickr contest tags are:

Boston.com contest July2010 self

If you're new to our contests, set up a Flickr account ASAP and upload at least 5 photos so that it becomes activated in Flickr's Search index. Then upload the photo you want to enter in the contest by midnight July 31 and in the right column of that photo page, add the four tags above. In fact, you can just copy and paste the line above into the Tags box. Don't add any commas.

Please make sure that you read these contest rules.

That's it! Questions? Post a comment below, or send a private email to raw@boston.com.

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Last chance to enter the June contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 30, 2010 10:44 AM

Midnight today is the deadline to enter a photo for the June "Lines and Curves" theme, and with 132 eligible entries so far, it promises to be a competitive contest.

Here's how to enter, and here's a look at the entries received to date:

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3

If you don't see your photo in one of these galleries, write to raw@boston.com.

Good luck to everybody!

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Your June 'Lines and Curves' entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 24, 2010 05:59 PM

There's less than a week to go in our June contest -- Lines and Curves -- and we have 81 photos entered on Flickr. Unfortunately, there are some multiple entries, and some photos that were not taken this month. So we have 63 eligible photos so far, and are looking for more.

Remember: the fewer entries, the better your chance of placing or winning. So if you haven't shot your image of lines or curves (or both), then take the opportunity this weekend. The deadline is midnight Wednesday. June photo contest details.

Meanwhile, here are the galleries we've built to date. We'll keep adding eligible photos.

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

If you have any questions, just write to me at raw@boston.com.

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The May 'Landscapes' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 17, 2010 09:17 AM

The judging is done and the winners are chosen. The results:


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The May 'Landscapes' Final 40

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 14, 2010 02:00 PM

Our May judge, Alison Shaw of Martha's Vineyard, chose 40 finalists from this month's entries. Her comments:

I took the liberty of judging these photos with my partner, Sue Dawson, a former designer at The Boston Globe, and co-owner of Alison Shaw Photography and Gallery. We looked through the photos separately, and then compared our lists. Interestingly, we agreed on our top choices, but our opinions varied a bit as we went through the photos again and again, looking for the next tier of photos to choose.

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May contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 10, 2010 02:49 PM

Our May contest judge, Alison Shaw, is going through your 270+ landscape photos and plans to have her Final 50 chosen by the weekend. So we'll post that gallery on Monday.

This weekend, think about taking a photo for the June contest, with the theme "Lines and Curves." The photo has to be taken this month. You can see the 20 or so entries we have so far here.

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Meet the May 'Landscapes' judge: Alison Shaw

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 4, 2010 01:59 PM

Alison Shaw
I'm very excited to announce that Alison Shaw, the award-winning Martha's Vineyard photographer whose fine art and editorial photography has been featured in newspapers, magazines, books, catalogs, and even on CD covers, has agreed to judge your photos entered in the May "Landscapes" contest.
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June contest theme: Lines and Curves

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 2, 2010 08:36 AM

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Photo by Getty Images

Photography is about geometry as much as creativity: The rule of thirds, triangulating your subjects, using lines to create a sense of depth or lead the viewer's eye to your main subject. So let's dive fully into this world of symmetry and asymmetry and hold a contest where lines and curves are the most obvious elements of your image.

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Your May 'Landscapes' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 2, 2010 08:00 AM

This month, you submitted 270 gorgeous landscape photos for our contest; we've now finished putting them into six full-screen galleries so everyone can page through easily and see them in all their glory. There are some that are borderline sea/lake/pondscapes, despite what the rules said, but I'll let the judge decide if they qualify. (More on the judge later.)

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Another nature photo contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 21, 2010 06:00 AM

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Burney Falls, CA / Photo by Jim Shoemaker of Oak Park, CA
First Place, NNL 2009 photo contest

Got a note from our friend Jonathan Parker, park ranger at the Lowell National Historical Park, telling us about another nature-related photo contest that's going on -- this one involving all 586 National Natural Landmarks, of which there are 11 in Massachusetts.

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Top 10 winners of the April 'Doorways' contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 17, 2010 01:15 PM

The top three winners of this month's contest contain story lines, some mystery, and even a bit of history -- and the seven Honorable Mentions are just as intriguing, in the judgment of professional photographer Stephan Jacobs. Here are the top three finishers, with a link to a full-screen gallery of all 10 winners.

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Your April 'Doorways' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 14, 2010 02:37 PM

Our judge, Stephan Jacobs, writes:

"My review of the submissions was guided by the parameters determined for April's selection. I was looking for images that successfully communicated, whether concrete or abstract, interpretations of a portal, a passageway, a doorway as an opening to a space or idea beyond. My initial selection is an edit of photographs I believe express these ideas with a heightened rendering of light, color, spatial balance, and conceptual dexterity.

"In general, the entries were quite interesting, with many photos displaying creativity, good composition, and nice use of light. If I could offer a critique to help the RAW photographers improve, I would say that some submissions lacked visual complexity, in that they depicted portals with no clear destination or focus beyond. My advice is to consider each photograph as some part of a narrative, large or small. The visual language within each photograph should be clear; give key elements their due space in relation to the whole of the composition. Take risks: simple sentimentality and visual cliché can detract from the power of an image.

"Good photography is not about gear. Look up, and down, and inward.

"Be informed and self-critical; your imagery will strengthen.

"Most importantly, keep making photographs: they will show you the way."

Here's the gallery of the April "Doorways" Final 50.

We'll publish the Top 10 winners on Monday. Meanwhile, please enter the May contest, which has a simple theme: Landscapes.



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Meet the April 'Doorways' judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 10, 2010 12:03 PM
 
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Photo by Stephan Jacobs from his "bunkerworld" series

Stephan Jacobs, our judge for the April "Doorways" contest, has a varied and impressive background.

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Your April 'Doorways' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 5, 2010 03:48 PM

We're done building all five galleries, containing nearly 230 eligible photos. A couple of photos were uploaded after the deadline, and somebody submitted two photos instead of just one, so none of those are included.

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3 | Gallery 4 | Gallery 5

If you don't see your photo in this Flickr tags search, write to us at raw@boston.com ASAP.

Don't forget to enter the May "Landscapes" contest, open until midnight May 31.




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May contest theme: Landscapes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 1, 2010 12:14 PM

We've tried many different themes here on RAW -- 21, in fact, since we launched in August 2008 -- but haven't yet done one of the most basic shots in photography: Landscapes.

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The March 'Items We Carry' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 13, 2010 12:16 PM

Despite his experience and professional achievements, our judge, James Worrell, admitted that he had a tough time making his final choices. And on top of that, "It was really tough to pick 3 out of my top 10!"

But choose he did, and here are the results:

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The March 'Items We Carry' Final 25

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 12, 2010 12:17 PM

The results are in! With fewer than 100 eligible submissions this month, we asked our judge, James Worrell, to choose 25 finalists instead of 50. He did so, and sent this comment:

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Meet the March 'The Items We Carry' judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 9, 2010 10:00 AM
 
James Worrell
Photo by James Worrell

Even though the instructions for our March contest were to empty your pockets and pocketbooks and start photographing (I think I'll skip the phrase "shooting" this month), the critical part of the instructions was to arrange the items in an interesting or creative way.

In essence, we were photographing still lifes -- just with unexpected items. So when I looked for a judge, I wanted someone with an expertise in this field. And I found one.

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April theme: Doorways

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 2, 2010 12:00 PM

We've all heard the English proverb that the eyes are the doorway to the soul; this month, let's use our eyes and photographic talent to examine doorways, passages, and portals of all types as a transition point between two places.

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Your March "Items We Carry" entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin April 1, 2010 06:00 AM

Keys, wallets, iPods, iPhones, lipstick, cell phones, money, watches, credit cards, Chap Stick, insulin pumps, combs, pill boxes, hand sanitizer, pacifiers, receipts, hair clips, tweezers, glasses, lozenges, gum, diapers, toys, paper clips, inhalers, losing lottery tickets -- and of course, camera equipment -- clutter up the pockets and pocketbooks of the RAW amateur photographers who entered our March "The Items We Carry" contest.

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The February 'Loving Portraits' Top 10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 15, 2010 06:00 AM

A bit of a twist this month, folks: Our judge, Suzanne Kreiter, liked four of your Loving Portraits photos so much that she asked if we could award a prize to the 4th place finisher in addition to the usual Top 3. As I think you all know by now, I'm pretty easy about these things. Besides, what's another 25 bucks?

So here are her Top 4 choices, followed by a link to a full-screen gallery featuring those 4 as well as the other 6 Honorable Mentions.

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The February 'Loving Portraits' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 9, 2010 02:26 PM

In judging February's "Loving Portraits" contest, Globe staff photographer Suzanne Kreiter said she was "very impressed by the depth of the interpretation of portraits of love. There are many truly successful portraits that scream love and devotion.

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March theme: The Items We Carry

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 2, 2010 06:33 PM

I came across a cool Flickr group: The Items We Carry. The criteria for that group is simple, and one I'll adopt for this contest: Take a photo of the most commonly found items in your pockets or on your person, arranged.

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Your February 'Loving Portraits' entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 2, 2010 05:59 PM

Among the more than 160 photos entered in our February contest are many really lovely -- and loving -- portraits. Shooting portraits isn't easy, but between the tips links I provided in the original solicitation and Suzanne Kreiter's comments as she judges your images, I hope the February contest helped you improve your skill in that genre.

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Meet the February 'Portraits' judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 1, 2010 01:17 PM

I'm very happy to announce that the judge for our February contest, with the theme "Loving Portraits", is Globe staff photographer Suzanne Kreiter.

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The winning guesses for the January contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 18, 2010 08:00 AM

The photographers have looked over the guesses, we've had some discussions about those guesses, and now it's time to reveal the names of the 10 people who came the closest to correctly identifying the subject of the Top 10 winning photos in our January "What's That?" contest. It was quite challenging, and some of the guesses were very entertaining.

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The January 'What's That?' Top 10 winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 16, 2010 08:32 AM

Abstracts, colors, shapes, ambiguity, and mystery marked the Top 10 winners in our January "What's That?" competition. Our judge, Philip Greenspun, made his final choices over the weekend and added comments to each of the winning images.

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The January 'What's That?' Final 40

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 10, 2010 08:00 AM

Technically excellent, artistically abstract, impressively composed. That's what our judge, Philip Greenspun, saw in your January "What's That?" contest entries. After examining all four galleries, he decided to choose 40 as finalists. Those photographers can revel in that honor for a few days; we'll post the Top 10, including First, Second, and Third Place, on Monday.

His comments:

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Meet our January judge: Philip Greenspun

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 9, 2010 10:11 AM
 
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Philip Greenspun and Alex
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He founded a community photography site that's one of the most successful such sites on the Web. He starts companies, nurtures them to success, and sells them. He flies helicopters. Oh, yeah -- he also teaches at MIT.

Meet the judge for our January "What's That?" contest -- Philip Greenspun.

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January contest entries finished

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 05:57 PM

We've downloaded all of the January contest entries from Flickr and put them in four full-screen galleries. Please look through the galleries to make sure your photo is there.

We're starting the judging later this week, so please check quickly.

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February contest theme: Loving Portraits

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 03:31 PM

We announced this theme last month, but now it's time to provide the details.

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January 'What's That?' 10th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:10 AM

davefitz46Photo by davefitz46


And the winner is ...

Linda, who guessed "glass bottle with writing."

davefitz says: "It is an old glass bottle of Hood's Sarsaparilla with the name embossed on it."

He shot this with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with an exposure of 1/500 sec. at f/7.1, ISO 1600, and a focal length of 100mm.



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January 'What's That?' 9th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:09 AM

Paul BroderickPhoto by Paul Broderick

And the winner is ...

Jennifer Bennett, who guessed "a green decorative bowl."

Paul the photographer writes: "My ninth place entry is a photo of a decorative salad bowl/plate made with two sheets of regular window glass with a common doily between the two sheets. The white decoration is the doily.

"The plate was shaped into a design that allows deviled eggs to sit on the scalloped rim with potato salad or other salad in the bowl. My wife also puts cocktail shrimp in the scalloped rim and cocktail sauce in the bowl.

"The first person to mention 'a glass bowl' was KGibbs. But I feel the added description of 'decorative' puts Jennifer's entry into the winner's circle.

"I just want to add that this contest was a lot of fun not only for me, as a Top 10 finisher, but also for the many people who took time to view, inspect, and enter the contest."

(I love publishing compliments.)

Paul used a Nikon D90 with an exposure of 1/200 sec. at f/25, ISO 200, and focal length of 105mm.



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January 'What's That?' 8th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:08 AM

KayshinePhoto by Kayshine

And the winner is ...

Pat Glennon, whose incredibly detailed description of what this photo depicts elevated his guess over those whose guesses were correct, but not as detailed.

"He specifically named each element of the photo, i.e. theater seats, arm rests, and cupholders," Kayshine wrote. "It was the armrests & cupholders that created the alien-like shadows. Unfortunately, previous guesses named only the theater seats.

"Thank you to the staff. And to the judge: a special thanks for the encouraging comments."

Kayshine used a Fujifilm FinePix F20 with an exposure of 1/4 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 2000, and focal length of 8mm.


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January 'What's That?' 7th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:07 AM

zen grannyPhoto by zen granny


And the winner is ...

Deirdre Wingell, who guessed that this image portrays the inside of a Murano glass-type paperweight.

"While it is not specifically a Murano glass paperweight, it is the inside of a glass paperweight," zen granny writes. "It is the same type of glass paperweight as a Murano, although a very cheap version!"

The photographer used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an exposure of 1/250 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 400, and a focal length of 100mm.



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January 'What's That?' 6th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:06 AM

Dancer72Photo by Dancer.72


And the winner is...

michpc, who correctly guessed that this is a photo of the "Flurry" screensaver on a Mac. Others knew it was a Mac screensaver, but michpc was the first to provide the essential detail of which screensaver it was.

"What a great theme!" Dancer wrote. "I had a great time trying to find something to use for a subject, as well as trying out some different angle shots and macro techniques."

Dancer used a Canon EOS 5D with an exposure of 1/250 at f/4, ISO 1600, and a focal length of 55mm.



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January 'What's That?' 5th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:05 AM

Michael BufisPhoto by Michael Bufis


And the winner is:

Steven, who guessed a martini glass with a blue base.

"This shot was taken looking into a glass lying on its side," writes Michael the photographer. "It's a clear parfait or dessert glass with a blue scalloped rim, clear stem, and blue disk-shaped base. The image is of the blue base seen through the clear glass with the center formed by the stem.

"Although it is not a martini glass, the closest and earliest guess was posted by Steven. Here's a link to the original shot before it was cropped. (Unfortunately, I broke the glass during the shoot).

"I chose that answer because it was the only one that specifically referenced glass with a blue base; many of the others that mentioned glass thought the glass was colored."

Michael used a Nikon D90 with an exposure of 1/250 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 200, and a focal length of 170mm.


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January 'What's That?' 4th Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:04 AM

cheryl.rose83Photo by cheryl.rose83

And the winner is:

ChelleR, whose simple answer of ice crystals ended up being the most accurate -- and first.

Cheryl the photographer writes: "The photo actually shows a thin layer of ice hovering over the edge of a stream. The sun hit the ice crystals, making them white, and the dark water shows through the clear parts of the ice.

"I think I have to go with the simplest answer -- #5 ice crystals. It did not show reeds, grass, gouges or cracks and it was not on glass."

Cheryl shot this with a Sony DSC-H7 with an exposure of 1/320 sec. at f/4, ISO 100, and a focal length of 19mm.


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January 'What's That?' 3rd Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:03 AM

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Photo by LBpics

And the winner is ...

Jill Henry,
who wins because Sara already won the Second Place photo guessing contest!

Sara's description was the most detailed and absolutely accurate: "This is a close up of a cheese grater. While the photographer is captured in the reflection of the metal grater, that isn't where the focus lies as the pierced holes are the most in focus ... it almost appears as though the holes that are in focus are the second layer in a 3-D grater (not a single sheet grater). So we are looking through/past the holes in the first layer to be able to see the exposed holes in the second layer."

Since we said that guessers couldn't win on two photos, we moved on to the next candidates.

Erica was the first one to guess cheese grater, but Jill's detail that "the photographer focused on his own reflection rather than the grater to good effect" was a specific detail that tipped the scale in her favor.

But given that "cheese grater" was a tough item to discern from the photo (tougher than say, the oil on water of the Second Place photo), our photographer asked that we send Erica a prize pack, too. Done.

LB the photographer writes, "The cheese grater does have multiple sides and I was focusing in on the holes in the back layer."

LB used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with an exposure of 1/13 sec. at f/4.5, ISO 1600, and a focal length of 34mm.


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January 'What's That?' 2nd Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:02 AM

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Photo by Carl_Reid


And the winner is ...

Sara, who wrote, "I think this is a layer of (olive? veggie?) oil on water ... probably in a holographic container that is relatively flat due to clarity. The oil has been stirred to call separate circles and different sizes."

That was the closest guess, Carl said: "It is olive oil on water and I've used some holographic wrapping paper to provide the background colours!"

Carl shot this photo with a Samsung GX10 using an exposure of 1/20 sec. at f/8, ISO 100, and a focal length of 105mm.



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January 'What's That?' 1st Place photo

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 1, 2010 08:01 AM

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And the winner is ...

Paul Hughes, who correctly guessed that this is a photo of an air bubble in a tealight candle holder. "The others were so close," Ollie wrote, "but as you said, specifics matter."



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Your January "What's That?" contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 25, 2010 09:39 AM

It's amazing how gorgeous ordinary objects can be when photographed just so.

All you have to do is look over the entries in this month's "What's That?" contest to see that in the hands of skilled photographers, even a speck of dust can be a thing of beauty.

The deadline draws near for the January contest, in which we asked you to take unusual shots of familiar items (or not so familiar) in such a way that most observers would scratch their heads.

This was a challenge; not only does your photo have to be taken this month, but the style of photography may be a first for many of you.

We have posted all eligible photos in four full-screen galleries here:

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3 | Gallery 4

We had to eliminate 7 photos because they weren't taken this month, and two others because they were from the same photographer (but as soon as he removes the contest tags from one we'll add the remaining photo to our full-screen galleries).

Meanwhile, if you haven't entered yet, get moving: As I said earlier, the photo must be shot this month. So your photo must be taken and uploaded to Flickr by midnight Sunday, Jan. 31.

If you want to jump in, all the details about the contest as well as instructions on how to enter are right here.

E-mail any questions you have to raw@boston.com

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Winners of the RAW / Globe Magazine contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 17, 2010 06:00 AM

You submitted 152 photos for our special "New England Beginnings" contest last month, co-sponsored by the Globe Magazine. And now it's time to announce the winners.
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Winners of the December 'Toys' contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 12, 2010 06:00 AM

Brian McCarty
, a professional toy photographer, has made his choices for the Top 10 photos in our December "Toys" contest. He had an interesting thought process as he set about picking the winners:

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The Top 25 December 'Toys' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 8, 2010 01:29 PM

Professional toy photographer Brian McCarty had a good time looking through your excellent photos of Toys for the December contest. He writes:
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Meet the December 'Toys' judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 5, 2010 11:46 AM

Toy photography is an interesting niche; it provides a photographer with the opportunity to be creative and, using a little imagination, to infuse inanimate objects with life. So it was important that I find just the right judge for this quirky theme.
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January contest theme: What's That?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 4, 2010 10:19 AM

I was thinking of calling the theme "Mystery Meat", but then I figured I really would get a lot of shots of Spam-like substances. The idea is to take a photo of an object that is difficult to identify. It can be an extreme close-up, part of an object, or just something odd.

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Your December 'Toys' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 28, 2009 04:02 PM

Colorful, creative, hilarious, and yes, even downright scary -- that's a fair summary of the photos submitted so far in the December "Toys" contest.

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Winners of November's 'Silhouettes' contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 16, 2009 01:16 PM

The final results are in. No public voting this time, so our judge, the Globe's Lloyd Young, was on his own. But with a wealth of experience in the photo editing arena, this contest was in excellent hands.

His Top 10 selections:

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November 'Silhouettes' Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 14, 2009 03:33 PM

Globe picture editor Lloyd Young sent me his Final 50 choices from all of your Silhouettes entries, along with these thoughts on your photos:

"I've seen quite a few silhouettes over my years of editing and shooting images for newspapers. The best are aesthetically driven and technically excellent. They should be images you'd hope someone might want to frame and hang on their wall.

"I was impressed by a good many of the images submitted for this month's contest, with their attention to color, thoughtful framing, and a few with genuine moments.

"As you continue to shoot silhouettes, concentrate on the technical details by nailing the exposure on the highlights, and really pay attention to the separation between the edges of the silhouetted object and your overall frame."

As I said before, we're going to discontinue the voting according to the poll results. Therefore, we'll post Lloyd's Top 10, including First, Second, and Third Place, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, check out the finalists:

November "Silhouettes" Final 50



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RAW / Globe Magazine contest is closed

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 12, 2009 09:09 AM

In just two weeks, 152 of you submitted photos for the special RAW / Globe Magazine photo contest, with the theme "New England Beginnings."

Our judge, magazine design director Chin Wang, will look over the entries and choose a Top 10. The top three winning photos will be published in the Magazine's Best Photos of 2009 issue Jan. 17; we'll print more if space is available. All 10 winners will be published on RAW the same day.

New England Beginnings Photo Gallery


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Bio of our November judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 11, 2009 12:15 PM

The November "Silhouettes" contest judge, Lloyd Young, came to the Globe as a picture editor in 2006 to handle the daily Metro and Business sections. He also edits the weekly Globe staff Photos of the Week gallery that appears on Boston.com, and has filled in for fellow editor Lane Turner to update Lane's Big Shots blog.

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Should we continue the contest voting?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 7, 2009 03:28 PM

A question for all of you: Should we continue to have the public (and you) vote on the Final 50 contest entries, as chosen by our professional judges, or should we just leave it all to the judge each month in the interest of getting the Top 10 posted faster?

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November 'Silhouettes' entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 2, 2009 02:32 PM

We've received 182 entries for the November "Silhouettes" contest, but only 148 of them are eligible. Twenty-eight photos were not taken during the month; another four photos are double entries from two photographers (the rules clearly state one photo per photographer), and two photos that are disturbing/creepy.

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3

Details about the judge to come.

Remember, if you want a shot at having your photo published in the Globe Magazine's Best Photos of 2009 issue Jan. 17, then enter our special bonus contest by midnight Monday, Dec. 14.

And don't forget the December contest, with the theme "Toys".

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December contest theme: Toys

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 1, 2009 12:07 PM

Here's a good theme for the season of giving ... toys. You can go in many different directions here: Studio shots of interesting or antique pieces, environmental shots with interesting angles, toys as props in funny scenarios (remember the traveling gnome in the film Amelie?), or images that incorporate a child's joy. Just make sure that the toy is the main focus of your shot. Use a macro lens for added drama.

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The October 'Pink' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 30, 2009 03:50 PM

Many thanks to colleague Lane Turner, a Globe picture editor who came to our rescue today to finish the judging for the Pink-themed October contest. And we have a record: Our first three-time Top 3 finisher.

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Yet another October contest update ...
and hopefully the last

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 29, 2009 11:40 AM

Folks, I can't apologize enough for this delay. I honestly don't know what's going on ... I haven't heard a word from the judge since she told me almost a week ago that she would send me her Top 10 choices that day or the next. I hope that everything is all right with her.

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Another October contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 23, 2009 08:55 AM

Our judge, Sharon Pruitt, is making her Top 10 choices now and will send me her final picks tonight or tomorrow morning. I'll post the winners as soon as possible after I hear from her. Good luck to everybody...

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November contest alert!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 16, 2009 10:22 AM

Lots of you must have read right past the rule for the November contest that your photo must be taken this month. Of the 40+ photos entered so far, 14 are ineligible because they were taken earlier than Nov. 1. You have a little more than 2 weeks left to get a shot this month ... and please remove the contest tags from the old photos! Thanks ...

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Vote for the best 'Pink' contest entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 13, 2009 02:39 PM

It's time to vote for the best "Pink" photos from among the 50 finalists as chosen by our judge, New England native D. Sharon Pruitt. The top 3 finishers win gift cards worth $100 for First Place, $50 for Second, and $25 for Third.

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October 'Pink' contest Final 50

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 8, 2009 03:41 PM

When I chose a color as the theme for October, I was looking for a bit of a break from tradition, opting for something a bit more abstract than many of the themes we usually tackle. And when I asked professional photographer D. Sharon Pruitt of Utah to be our judge, I had unconventionality in mind as well.

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Meet the October judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 6, 2009 02:35 PM

So I was cruising around the Web, looking for Pink photos and just reading on the topic of using color as a contest theme, when I came across an interesting site called Pink Sherbet Photography belonging to a Utah photographer.

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The 'Pink' galleries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 2, 2009 09:32 AM

Folks, the October 'Pink' contest has some of the best photos we've ever received. We've built five galleries to show them off. Later, I'll introduce our judge ... she's pretty interesting!
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3 | Gallery 4 | Gallery 5

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November contest theme: Silhouettes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 2, 2009 07:47 AM

Back when we were voting on contest themes (I temporarily discontinued that because I had enough theme ideas from you to last a year or two!), many of you voted in favor of Silhouettes as a theme -- and I think that's a great idea.

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Pink Alert!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 22, 2009 01:20 PM

Please check the tags on your October entries ... some of you have neglected to make your month tag October2009 ... instead you wrote simply October, so your "Pink" photos are showing up in the "Get Close" contest we had a year ago. To reiterate, the 4 tags for this month are Boston.com, contest, October2009, pink. Thanks...

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The September 'Jobs' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 20, 2009 03:46 PM

There was a nice variety among the "Jobs" contest entries this month -- a variety that made judge Glen Cooper's job challenging. Nonetheless, he reviewed his 25 choices and your votes and came up with the best 10 pictures.

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September 'Jobs' contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 19, 2009 12:18 PM

OK, Dawgs, the voting is finished for the September "Jobs" contest; I'll compile the results and send them to Glen Cooper, this month's judge. He'll then choose his Top 10, taking your votes into consideration. Stay tuned.

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September 'Jobs' contest Top 25

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 15, 2009 12:23 PM

September contest judge Glen Cooper, a photojournalist and photography teacher, finished his review of your entries last night and has culled the field to the Top 25 finalists. But first, he had some interesting comments about the field of photos:

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Your September 'Jobs' entries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 9, 2009 02:16 PM

Final gallery added: Five full-screen galleries containing all of your eligible entries for the September "Jobs" contest have been posted. Our judge, Glen Cooper, will narrow the field to 50, and we'll open the Voting Machine next week.

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Meet the September contest judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 6, 2009 08:35 AM

We have a judge for the September "Jobs" contest: Glen Cooper, an award-winning Boston photojournalist who also has a wedding photography business and teaches at the New England School of Photography.

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October contest theme: Pink

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 1, 2009 03:55 PM

She wasn't really into pink herself, my good friend Sarah; she favored more muted earth tones -- they went better with her light brown hair and fair complexion that tanned to a warm glow by August.

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The winning Architecture photos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 15, 2009 08:22 AM

Judge Bruno Debas was very impressed by the work of everyone who entered.

The top three winners are:

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'April showers' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin May 22, 2009 01:44 PM

FIRST PLACE - $100

 
Day 21 of Year 2
Nikon D80, 1/30 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 720, focal length 55mm

Judge Isa Leshko's comments:
"This image is all about breaking the rules of conventional photography and, in fact, feels more like a painting than a photograph. By not treating the subject matter too literally, the photographer created an atmospheric and moody image. This image reminds me of the work of Mark Yankus, who created impressionistic images of New York City at twilight.

"You might also be inspired by the work of Jeri Eisenberg, who is represented by Lanoue Fine Art on Newbury Street in Boston, and Nicholas Hughes' Verse 1 series of images.

"I encourage this photographer to continue experimenting with this approach to image-making. But I also want to offer a word of caution: Like any technique or photographic process, the use of blur can become a gimmick. Ask yourself when editing your work whether the image is dramatic purely because it's blurry. If the answer is yes, push yourself harder. Mind you, I grapple with this very issue when making images with toy cameras, which create very distinctive visual artifacts."


SECOND PLACE - $50

 
Umbrella Boat
Nikon D80, 1/250 sec. at f/4.5, ISO 1100, focal length 38mm

Isa's comments:
"This image is charming and quirky without being cute, and certainly captures a moment. I like the uniformity of the umbrellas, which causes the two different ones to particularly stand out. Perhaps a rumination on the herd mentality that frequently occurs in tourists? Without showing a single face, the image compels us to relate to the people inside the boat and their very human impulse to huddle together against the elements."


THIRD PLACE - $25

 
Water droplet on grass
Canon EOS 40D, 1/100 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 400, focal length 60mm

Isa's comments:
"There were several images of wet flora that were submitted to this contest, and this image was my favorite from this category. The placement of the droplets in this composition skillfully draws my eye deeper and deeper into this image. I like the use of shallow depth of field to draw attention to the few sharp droplets. Each of these sharp droplets is a small world inside which I can get lost. (My only wish is that these droplets were a bit sharper in focus to enhance this effect.) This image is a contemplation on the beauty that is all too often overlooked during the hustle and bustle of daily life."

Here's a gallery of all the Top 10 finalists, including the seven Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to all for another strong contest.

There's still time to enter the May contest.

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A word about the contest galleries

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 2, 2009 10:53 AM

I've received a few emails and others have posted comments wondering why their contest entry isn't showing up in one of the three contest galleries below. The photos you upload to Flickr with the three contest tags don't show up in these galleries automatically (ah, wouldn't that be nice!). I post them manually. I build these galleries for two reasons:

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Your February contest entries: Gallery 1

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 1, 2009 12:40 PM

So many entries that I'll have to split it into at least two galleries, and perhaps three. If you haven't entered the February Black & White contest yet, read more about it here. The deadline to upload your photos to Flickr is midnight this Saturday, the 28th. And if you want to size up the competition or make sure your tagged photo has made it into Flickr's Search, check the entries on this Flickr page, filtered by the contest tags. As always, if you need help, just email me at raw@boston.com.

Use the "Full-screen" link on this gallery to get the best view of the photos:

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February contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 25, 2009 09:57 AM

OK, folks, I'll start the February contest gallery today, as soon as I get out of a 10 a.m. meeting and post some exhibit info. There are a TON of entries, and some really terrific compositions.

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Vote for March and April themes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 17, 2009 03:55 PM

Now that the January contest is over, and February's Black & White theme is in full swing -- more than 150 entries have been submitted already -- it's time to vote for themes for March and April.

We'll close the March poll on Feb. 28 and close the April poll on March 14. As always, if you have suggestions for themes, leave a comment below.

MARCH POLL

APRIL POLL

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Winners of the December 'Tis the Season contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 19, 2009 12:46 PM
 
FIRST PLACE -- $100

Bog Hockey

'Tis the season for enjoying the cranberry bogs - when they are flooded and frozen!

A classic winter scene -- outdoor skaters on a frozen pond (or, in this case, a frozen bog) captured the top prize in December's 'Tis the Season themed contest. Our judge, professional photographer Melissa Robotti, was fulsome in her praise for this shot:

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Vote for a February theme

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 16, 2008 02:08 PM

It's never too early, and now that we're running ahead of schedule with the January contest, might as well think about a theme for February. But don't forget to enter the December contest, with the theme 'Tis the Season; the January contest, for pictures that illustrate Cold, is also open for submissions.


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November 'Motion' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 15, 2008 01:25 PM
 
Like A Record
First Place: "Like a Record" by shoothead

Of this photo, judge Peter Southwick of Boston University's photojournalism department said: "A really engaging image that earned the highest ranking because of the creative angle, and the right choice of lens and shutter speed to accentuate the action. The difficult light is handled well, and the subject's expression made it a winner. Everyone who looked at this picture smiled."

 
Warp Speed
Second Place: "Warp Speed" by Helioscribe

"It looks as though this image employed a lot of Photoshop post-production work, but the final result screams MOTION," Peter said. "Creativity was very much in play in the choice of camera angle and the use of slow shutter that accentuated the motion in the light sources while keeping the main subject sharp."

 
Follow the Star

Peter said this photographer employed "a tried and true technique utilizing a slow shutter and zoom during exposure, but it's not easy to do this successfully. Great care has to be given to the coordination of the zoom and shutter, but even more important is the arrangement of elements in the frame so the viewer feels the effect of the motion. This photographer pulled it off very well."

Every time I show your photographs to whatever professional photographer happens to be judging or critiquing in a given month, they look them over and inevitably say, "Wow -- these are really good." Peter Southwick was no different.

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Vote for December and January contest themes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 24, 2008 03:07 PM

In order to get a little ahead on the monthly contest themes, we're posting two polls here: One to choose a December theme, the other to choose a theme for the January contest. Both polls will end at midnight Nov. 30, giving you a lot of time to shoot photos for the January theme if you don't have anything suitable in your portfolio.

Here's the December poll:

and here's the poll for January's theme:

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October 'Get Close' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 21, 2008 01:11 PM
 
FIRST PLACE -- $100

Green Eye

izzysmama says: "Our cat Tilly. I'm surprised she let me get this close to her; she's not the friendliest cat ever." Camera info: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, focal length 60mm, 1/250, f/6.3, ISO 400.

Of this photo, Globe assistant chief photographer John Blanding, who chose the winners, said: "The eye color is stunning. You could even say the photo is a little scary, but it epitomizes the 'Get Close' theme."

Congratulations to izzysmama for taking home the $100 first prize. The rest of the winners:

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The best 'My Neighborhood' photos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 15, 2008 02:29 PM
 
Hundreds of entries and thousands of votes later, you all have made the tough choice of picking the best photo that both fit the theme "My Neighborhood" and was an interesting, well-composed shot. Your choice was "Paesan and his Picciones", a simple black-and-white photo -- and a classic city neighborhood image -- of a man feeding pigeons ("picciones") in the North End.

This first-place honor earns the photographer, mecr22, a $100 American Express gift card. Second Place (and a $50 gift card) goes to mfitzy24 for the haunting "The Friendship After Dark" photo of a ship at anchor in Salem Harbor, and the $25 gift card for Third Place is awarded to kseiffer for her quiet, reflective shot of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester.

The gallery also contains seven Honorable Mentions to round out the Top Ten. Don't forget that October's contest, with the theme "Get Close", is in full swing; here's how to enter one of your closeups.

The full slate of winners (try out "Full-screen"):

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Your thoughts on the monthly themes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 24, 2008 08:51 PM

Folks, there were some interesting comments and suggestions posted on the entry announcing the winners of the August contest. The ideas ranged from having the contests judged by professional photographers to having more than one themed contest per month.

Here's what some RAW readers said. Please add your own thoughts.

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And the winners are ...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 22, 2008 09:49 AM

FIRST PLACE

 
No Dogs Allowed
No Dogs Allowed by richgurska

A cute yet forlorn doggie looking longingly at Revere Beach while sitting next to the sign banning her from joining the fun proved a winner for RAW readers, who voted this photo by photographer Rich Gurska First Place in our August photo contest, which had the theme, "At the beach". The award comes with $100 prize.

What's remarkable about this photo, other than the touching subject and nice composition, is that it was taken with a cell phone camera. Rich writes:

"I was walking my daughter's 12-week-old puppy, named Reina -- a beagle, Boston terrier, Chinese crested powder puff mix. When we approached this break in the wall, she turned and sat down on the cool sand in the shade of the wall. The only camera I had was my Samsung Alias camera phone, so I shot away hoping for the best."

RAW readers thought it was the best of all 238 entries, so congratulations. And now for the rest of the prizes:

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"At the beach" contest winners to be announced today

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 22, 2008 12:16 AM

Lots of great shots among this bunch, with a fan favorite leading the pack. We'll announce the winners at noon today.

Meanwhile, the September contest is in full swing. You can read about the theme, "My neighborhood", look over the photos entered so far, and then enter a photo yourself.

To inspire you, tomorrow we'll post some cool neighborhood photos from the Neighborhood Project of the Boston Photography Center, and we'll put up a new poll for you to choose the theme for our October contest.

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August contest vote is officially open

Posted by Eric Bauer, Boston.com Staff September 12, 2008 06:10 PM

We're officially re-opening the August contest now. Our sincere apologies to the four photographers whose pictures didn't make it in for some confounded reason; please try again in the September contest. We'll keep voting open until 6 p.m. next Friday, the 19th, and we'll announce the winners -- the top three finishers and seven honorable mentions -- on Monday the 22nd. Please pay attention to these rules:

1. Don't cheat. Everybody wants his or her photo to win; we know that. But the photos that should win are the great pictures that deserve recognition -- not the photos that somebody spam-voted for a hundred times. Let your photo compete on the merits. It will hurt your reputation, and the credibility of this site, if photos that clearly are not among the best of the bunch get the most votes.

As we were posting the contest entries, there were a few photos that got a suspiciously high number of comments, far more than any other photos, in an obvious attempt to influence you voters. Because of that, we are monitoring this contest very, very closely, and if we catch even a whiff of attempted sabotage, that photo will be pulled. And there is no appeal.

The Voting Machine does allow you to vote more than once, but that's so that you can vote for more than just 3 different photos if you want. And yes, of course it's natural that friends and family are going to vote for you. Just tell them to curb their enthusiasm so they don't get your photo disqualified.

OK, that's actually the only rule. Go for it!

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August Contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 11, 2008 05:16 PM

OK, everybody: We've gotten almost all of the eligible photos to show up in our Voting Machine. In many cases, the issue was a conflict between the time zone on user accounts and the time zone our server was using ... but we eliminated that as a search factor, and those photos showed up.

However, there still are 4 photos not showing up in the Voting Machine, and quite frankly, we are stumped. They are:

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Contest update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 4, 2008 11:46 AM

OK, gang, get ready to vote starting tomorrow. I've posted all of the eligible photos for our first-ever contest; you can see them all here: August Contest Entries.

There are 243 entries -- quite a haul! But there also were 31 ineligible photos that are missing out. Here's why:

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Ogunquit Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 4, 2008 11:45 AM
 
Ogunquit Beach
Ogunquit Beach

"This picture is taken from the Marginal Way, one of those places you have to see for yourself," the photographer writes.

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Rocks on the beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 4, 2008 11:43 AM
 
Rocks on the beach
Rocks on the beach, North Hampton, NH

Photo taken just after noon on an overcast July afternoon with a Canon Powershot A80, focal length 7.8mm, exposure time 0.002 seconds, aperture f/4.

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Sanibel for birds

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 4, 2008 11:39 AM
 
Sanibel for birds
Sanibel for birds
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Something's Afoot

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 4, 2008 11:32 AM
 
Something's Afoot
Something's Afoot

Shot in the British Virgin Islands. "Snuck a picture while the wife was sleeping," the photographer writes.

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Sailboat in the sun

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:53 PM
 
Sailboat in the sun
Sailboat in the sun

"This beautiful sailboat passed in front of the sun as it cruised along the beach at Provincetown," the photographer writes. "This photo was not digitally altered other than to scale it for uploading."

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East Shore, Oahu

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:48 PM
 
East Shore Oahu
East Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

"This photo was taken mid-morning on the east coast of Oahu with an Olympus C-700," the photographer writes. "I was only here long enough to take the shot, as I was on my way to the Polynesian Cultural Center."

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Discovery

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:46 PM
 
Discovery
Discovery
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Run! Run! Run!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:41 PM
 
Run! Run! Run!
Run! Run! Run!

Running on Second Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Dancing in the Sand

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:35 PM
 
Dancing in the Sand
Dancing in the Sand

"I took this photo of my daughter in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico," the photographer writes. "She was practicing one of her dance routines on the beach at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort."

Camera info: Canon EOS 30D, 17-85mm lens, focal length 59mm, ISO 100, f/10, 1/250.

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Two by Two

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:29 PM
 
Two by Two
Two by Two

Two girls, two gulls. Salisbury State Park Beach. Taken in the late afternoon with a Sony DSC-S40, auto mode.

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Jade rock on the beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:26 PM
 
Jade rock on the beach
Jade rock on the beach

Rock nestled in sand on a beach in Marshfield.

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Gurnet Lighthouse, Plymouth

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:22 PM
 
Gurnet Lighthouse, Plymouth
Gurnet Lighthouse, Plymouth

"Cross a wooden bridge ... meander along a dirt road ... turn right before the lighthouse ... then kick it into four-wheel drive over the dune and you come to paradise! Otherwise known as Saquish Beach in Plymouth, MA," the photographer writes.

Taken with a Canon Rebel XTi, ISO 200, 30mm (17-85mm lens), 1/500 sec. at f/11, HDR processing to pull out the colors and details in the sky and grass.

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Almost Gone

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:15 PM
 
Almost Gone
Almost Gone

This contest entry was shot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. "The sunset was just so perfect, I couldn't stop taking pictures of it," the photographer writes. (Sound familiar?) "This one seemed to turn out the best from the group."

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Best Friends at the Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:11 PM
 
Best Friends at the Beach
Best Friends at the Beach

"This picture is of my two best friends in our last few days of summer before the start of our senior year," writes the photographer. "We spent our days on the beaches of Plum Island and our nights were lit with bonfires and pure happiness. This picture epitomizes the carefree spirit of teenagers in the summer."

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Puerto Rico 2005

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 06:05 PM
 
Puerto Rico 2005
Puerto Rico 2005
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Portland Head Sunrise

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:58 PM
 
Portland Head Sunrise
Portland Head Sunrise

"Waiting outside the locked gate before sunrise to get into Ft. Williams Park, I could see the sky was breathtaking," the photographer writes. "Unfortunately, the police had more important things to take care of before opening the lock. When a cruiser came to unlock the gate, there were only 15 minutes to sunrise. I scrambled to get to the lighthouse and set up before I missed what I wanted to shoot. I didn't."

Camera info: Nikon D300, 1/30, f/11, 75mm, ISO 250.

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Esterillos Oeste

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:54 PM
 
Esterillos Oeste
Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica
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Launch

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:49 PM
 
Launch
Launch

"My brother Chris launching a kite at Great Point on Nantucket," the photographer writes. Taken mid-afternoon with a Nikon D200, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250.

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Where your road leads ...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:37 PM
 
Where your road leads
Where your road leads, I will follow

Shot just before sunset at GooseBerry Island in Westport, MA with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, f/6.3, 1/25, 22mm, ISO 100.

Photo title from lyrics to "Where Your Road Leads" by Trisha Yearwood

Where your road leads, I will follow
When your heart bleeds, I'll be there for you
When your night grows dark and you can't find your tomorrow
Then you can follow me.
When you've lost sight of your dreams,
Then you can follow me...

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Ready to relax

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:31 PM
 
Ready to relax
Ready to relax

Taken at Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine in the summer of 2007 with older Olympus digital camera.

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Bohol

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:24 PM
 
Bohol
Bohol: On the Edge of Night and Day

Alona Beach on Bohol, an island province of the Philippines. "My home is now on the neighboring island of Cebu," the photographer writes. "This photo was taken on 27 Oct while we were on our honeymoon." Camera info: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, 1/500 sec., f/11.

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Short Sands Shadows

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:21 PM
 
Short Sands Shadows
Short Sands Shadows

Late afternoon at Short Sands Beach in York, Maine, taken with a Canon SD600.

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Mojito at Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:10 PM
 
Mojito at Sunset
Mojito at Sunset

This photographer writes, "Here's to the simple pleasures of summer."

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Gay Head Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 05:03 PM
 
Gay Head Light
Gay Head Light

Sunset at Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard, shot in May with a Canon XTi SLR.

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Beach Baby

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 04:59 PM
 
Beach Baby
Beach Baby

Zack, age 9 months, at the beach on Prudence Island, Rhode Island, in July of 2003. "Zack is the fourth generation of my family to summer on the island," the photographer writes.

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Last moments of a beach day

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 04:56 PM
 
Last moments of a beach day
Last moments of a beach day

Taken at sunset on Skaket Beach, Orleans, with a Panasonic DMC-FZ50, f/4, ISO 100.

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Footprints at water's edge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 04:48 PM
 
Footprints at water's edge
Footprints at water's edge
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Acadia tree

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 04:23 PM
 
Acadia tree
Acadia tree

Shot at Acadia National Park in Maine near Sand Beach.

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Ocean Park

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 04:17 PM
 
Ocean Park
Ocean Park, Maine
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Gurnet Lighthouse

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 04:12 PM
 
Gurnet Lighthouse
Gurnet Lighthouse, Plymouth

This photographer notes, "There was a storm coming which created this fantastic background."

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Sunset on Ossipee Lake

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 03:46 PM
 
Sunset on Ossipee Lake
Sunset on Ossipee Lake, NH
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Shade in the Glade

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 03:34 PM
 
Shade in the Glade
Shade in the Glade

"This was taken at Old Orchard Beach, Maine in the early afternoon," the photographer says. "The bright colors in this beach umbrella made it stand out nicely against the green grass and blue sky."

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Sandy nose girl

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 03:27 PM
 
Sandy nose girl
Sandy nose girl

"My daughter and I were laying nose to nose at Harbor Beach in Mattapoisett when I noticed she had a sandy nose," this photographer writes. "I used my Sony Cyber-Shot on auto."

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Castle Island Kiteboarders

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 01:07 PM
 
Castle Island Kiteboarders
Castle Island Kiteboarders

Taken from Castle Island in South Boston. "The kiteboarders practice there a couple of times a week during the summer months," the photographer writes.

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Dingle Peninsula

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 3, 2008 01:04 PM
 
Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Seaweed on rocks

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 05:23 PM
 
Seaweed on rocks
Seaweed on rocks

Seaweed covering rocks at Pemaquid Beach, Maine. Camera info: Kodak P880, 1/125, f/3.6, 12.6mm, ISO 50.

We're posting the final entries in the August contest leading up to the start of voting on Friday. You can see all the entries we have posted so far, and vote for our September theme.

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God's Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 05:18 PM
 
God's Light
God's Light

Taken in Cape Canaveral in 2007. Fuji S5100, ISO 100, f/8, 1/350.

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Bodysurfing

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 05:13 PM
 
Bodysurfing
Bodysurfing at York Beach, Maine
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The Cliffs at Aquinnah

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 05:08 PM
 
The Cliffs at Aquinnah
The Cliffs at Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard
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Troubled Sky

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 05:00 PM
 
Troubled Sky
Troubled Sky over Corcovado

Sunset on the beach at Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. Canon EOS Digital Rebel, f/11, 1/400, ISO 200, 58mm.

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The pause that refreshes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:48 PM
 
The pause that refreshes
The pause that refreshes
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Smoky sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:42 PM
 
Smoky sunset
Smoky sunset

Shot in Trinidad, CA

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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:37 PM
 
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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Shot at sunset in Nova Scotia.

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Seaweed

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:33 PM
 
Seaweed
Seaweed

Taken in Hull. "The grains of sand give an idea of how small this little bouquet of seaweed was," the photographer writes.

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Sunset fisherman

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:27 PM
 
Sunset fisherman
Sunset fisherman returning home empty-handed

Shot on Ferry Beach in Scarborough, Maine. "This guy did not catch any fish," the photographer writes, "but the evening was beautiful."

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Sunset Over P-Town

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:23 PM
 
Sunset Over P-Town
Sunset Over P-Town
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Plovers at sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin September 2, 2008 04:14 PM
 
Plovers at sunset
Plovers at sunset

"A little different shot of a great sunset in Maine," this photographer writes.

We're posting the final entries in the August contest leading up to the start of voting on Friday. You can see all the entries we have posted so far, and vote for our September theme.

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We're almost done

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 06:18 PM

I've posted every eligible contest entry that we have received so far ... 198 photos. And I must say, the range of subjects you photographed within our theme of "At the beach" is quite something. And the quality of the photos confirms the reason why we started this amateur photography site: So many of you have high-quality cameras, enthusiasm for photography, and lots of creative ideas.

You're all snap-happy!

Here are more details about the close of the August contest, voting, and the start of the September contest:

READ MORE

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Vote for our next theme

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 06:17 PM

Well, September is upon us, and time for a new contest theme. We were going to use "School Days", but then we decided that since we already have such a great community of amateur photographers who have shown an interest in this site, why not let you pick the theme for September?

So here are 5 choices; pick your favorite, and we'll see what the winner is Tuesday morning.

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Outgoing Tide

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 06:17 PM
 
Outgoing tide
Outgoing Tide at Webb Park
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Shells at dusk in Provincetown

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 05:17 PM
 
Shells on wood
Shells at dusk in Provincetown

The shooter of this contest submission writes, "I saw this collection of shells on a walkway in Provincetown, and couldn't resist it - I loved the way the evening light made the scene turn blue! I took this photo with my Nikon D-40 in fairly low light."

Camera settings: A shutter speed of 1/10 sec., an aperture opening of f/4, lens focal length 24mm, and an ISO speed of 800.

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Shiny rock and seaweed

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 05:13 PM
 
Shiny rock and seaweed
Shiny rock and seaweed

"I like the contrast in this photo all around," the photographer writes. "Not only the contrast between light and dark, but also the contrast between the flat texture of the sand and the shiny rock and seaweed."

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Lunch

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 05:07 PM
 
Lunch
Lunch

When you're at the beach -- in this case, Monk's Park in Bourne -- and don't have a table handy, just rely on a cooperative friend, as the photographer of this contest submission did.

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Aruba

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:56 PM
 
Aruba
Aruba

Shot at sunset under a hut in Aruba, an island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean. A country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba's motto is "One happy island".

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Sunset on the Island

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:49 PM
 
Sunset on the Island
Sunset on the Island

This contest entry was shot at Lambert's Cove Beach in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard.

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Beach from afar

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:46 PM
 
Beach from afar
Beach from afar
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Chatham

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:38 PM
 
Chatham
Chatham

The photographer of this contest submission says this shot was taken from Nickerson Pier between afternoon showers.

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Crab in rocks

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:33 PM
 
Crab in rocks
Crab in rocks

Small crab hiding in the rocks on the beach at Point Montara in the San Francisco Bay area. "This photo was taken with a point-and-shoot Kodak digital camera," the photographer writes. "The camera was steadied on the rocks and set to a several-second exposure, as the crevice in the rock was quite dark."

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Perfect summer day

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:22 PM
 
Perfect summer day
Perfect summer day

This contest entry was taken in August at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester with a Sony DSC-H9. The photographer points out that you can see the oldest operating twin lighthouses in the US at Thacher Island in Rockport in the distance.

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LVB 2

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:19 PM
 
LVB2
LVB 2

Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard after sunset.

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Overlooking Jupiter Island Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 04:02 PM
 
Overlooking Jupiter Island Beach
Overlooking Jupiter Island Beach from up on a dune
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Dino & Kona

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 03:20 PM
 
Dino & Kona
Dino & Kona

Boogie boarding at Duxbury Beach.

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The calm before the storm

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 03:07 PM
 
Calm before the storm
Calm before the storm

This contest submission was taken at a beach in Surfside, Miami, Florida.

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The Green Grass Beach Standoff

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 02:43 PM
 
The Green Grass Beach Standoff
The Green Grass Beach Standoff

This photographer shot this contest entry with a 3G iPhone, and calls it "The American Classic".

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Culebra 2007

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 02:12 PM
 
Culebra 2007
Culebra 2007

Shot at Flamenco Beach on Isla Culebra (Snake Island) in Puerto Rico on a January afternoon.

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Buzzing beachgoers

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 02:05 PM
 
Buzzing beachgoers
Buzzing beachgoers

"Someone near us on the crowded beach started throwing some bread to the seagulls, and I think I just pointed-and-shot with a Canon Rebel XT in hopes of getting a least one shot of the birds," this photographer writes. "I had the lens set to manual focus, but luckily I caught this one." Other settings: ISO 200, 1/1000, f/8, focal length of 75mm.

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Sunset at Kaanapali

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 01:59 PM
 
Sunset near Kaanapali
Sunset near Kaanapali

The photographer's wife walking on a beach near Kaanapali, on the western shore of Maui in Hawaii.

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Abandoned boats

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 01:44 PM
 
Abandoned boats
Abandoned boats, Malden, Essex, England

The contest submission shows derelict fishing boats near Heybridge Basin, England, with the tide going out. Taken in August with a Canon EOS 30D, 1/60 sec., f/8, 70mm, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, ISO 100.

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Sandy Neck Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 01:38 PM
 
Sandy Neck Beach
Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod

"I liked the shadow of the fence in the sand," this photographer writes about her contest entry. Camera details: Canon 40D, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO100.

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Walking at Low Tide

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 01:33 PM
 
Walking at Low Tide
Walking at Low Tide at Wells Beach

Another film entry, taken with a a Nikon 4004s SLR and scanned in. "We were in Wells [Maine] over the 4th of July weekend," the photographer writes. "I was taking a morning stroll on the beach."

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Emerging from the fog

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 29, 2008 12:47 PM
 
Emerging from the fog
Emerging from the fog

Backpackers in Olympia National Park in Washington state.

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Pemaquid Point Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 11:28 PM
 
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Pemaquid Point Light

This contest submission takes a different angle on the Bristol, Maine lighthouse.

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Portland Head Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 11:21 PM
 
Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light

This scene, taken from Willard Beach in South Portland, shows the backdrop for the photographer's wedding as vows were exchanged.

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Red Sky at Night

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 11:14 PM
 
Red Sky at Night
Red Sky at Night

Sunset at Isle of Palms Beach in South Carolina is the subject of this contest submission, taken 10 years ago with a Minolta X700. "I up'd the saturation and contrast, & darkened the shadows in Photoshop," the photographer writes.

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From the bungalow

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 11:07 PM
 
From the bungalow
From the bungalow

This contest entry shows a sunrise view from a bungalow in Koh Samui, Thailand.

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I'm outta here

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 10:52 PM
 
I'm outta here
I'm outta here

This action shot at Surfside Beach on Nantucket was caught with a shutter speed of 1/4000 using a Nikon FE2, 3.8.

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Tanker at the beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 10:38 PM
 
Tanker at the beach
Tanker at the beach

"This isn't something you see every day!" writes this photographer about this contest entry. The photo was taken with a Sony Cyber-shot in 2003 from Lane Beach in Weymouth as a tanker entered the Quincy boat yard.

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From the Hill

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 09:53 PM
 
From the Hill
From the Hill

The contest entry from October of 2003 was shot from Great Hill at Wessagussett Beach in Weymouth. "The middle of the picture is Quincy, and Boston is in the background," writes the photographer. Camera: A Sony Cyber-shot.

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End of Days

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 09:46 PM
 
End of Days
End of Days

Sunset photo from the Cape.

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Surfing at the Delaware Shore

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 09:39 PM
 
Surfing at the Delaware Shore
Surfing at the Delaware Shore

Is this contest theme "At the beach" or "Ab the beach"?

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Rock Harbor trees

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 09:04 PM
 
Rock Harbor trees
Rock Harbor trees

These trees at the entrance to Rock Harbor in Orleans mark the channel for the deep-sea fishing fleet, the largest on the Cape. Rock Harbor is the scene of a famous 1812 battle where Orleans militiamen turned back the British HMS Newcastle.

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Tidal pond

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 07:35 PM
 
Tidal pond
Tidal pond

Photographer captured this shot one early July morning at a small tidal inlet beach in Yarmouth Port on the Cape. Taken with a Canon 10D, 100mm lens, 1/250, f/19, ISO 800.

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Wave hopper

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 07:23 PM
 
Wave hopper
Wave hopper
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Sandy beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 07:19 PM
 
Sandy beach
Sandy beach

A family summer vacation in Rockport yielded this contest entry: "My daughter enjoying the beach tossing sand against the wind," the photographer writes.

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Rowboat at West Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 07:13 PM
 
Rowboat at West Beach
Rowboat at West Beach

This contest entry, taken at Beverly Farms, was shot around noon with an Olympus Evolt 500, 45mm focal length, 1/320, f/9, ISO 160.

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Scusset Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 07:03 PM
 
Scusset Beach
Scusset Beach

"Peace and quiet at the beach," this photographer writes. "This is what it's all about!"

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Sugar Toes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 06:06 PM
 
Sugar Toes
Sugar Toes

This photographer writes, "I took my almost 1-year-old son to Gulf Shores, Alabama this past October so I could introduce him to the place I enjoyed so often as a child. He liked to wake me at sunrise and on the last morning of our trip, I took him out on the beach for one last photo session when the light was still pink and new. Although I took dozens of pictures that morning, this one was my favorite."

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Cole in Chatham

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 05:38 PM
 
Cole in Chatham
Cole in Chatham

This was taken two years ago when Cole, the photographer reports, was just 3.

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OBX

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 05:32 PM
 
OBX
OBX

For the uninitiated, OBX is shorthand for The Outer Banks of North Carolina, a chain of barrier islands on the Atlantic Seaboard. This skimboarding contest entry was shot in July with a Nikon D80.

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Everyone's Catching Fish Today

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 05:26 PM
 
Everyones Catching Fish Today
Everyone's Catching Fish Today

Taken in April in Englewood, Florida with a Nikon CoolPix E7600.

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Muscle Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 05:21 PM
 
Muscle Beach
Muscle Beach

This contest entry of WWF wannabes was taken at Great Island in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. "We had to walk quite a way from the parking lot to the beach and there were a lot of complaints from the kids," writes the photographer. "But we had a great day. As the tide went out, sandbars appeared up and down the beach. It's a beautiful, rather unknown, spot, and it's become one of our favorite places we make sure we visit at least once a year."

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To see a World...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 03:03 PM
 
To see a World
To see a World in a Grain of Sand

"While capturing some views from the edge of our shore in Maine," this contest entry shooter writes, "I looked down and saw the way the sun had been refracted by the water and added dimension to the small pebbles at my feet just under the surface. The bright grass blades on the right seem to suggest an Oriental garden with calligraphy, adding some interest."

Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel 300D and a 10-22mm Canon lens, ISO 100.

By the way, the title of the photo comes from a William Blake poem, Auguries of Innocence:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

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Lava Beach in Costa Rica

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:49 PM
 
Lava Beach in Costa Rica
Lava Beach in Costa Rica

Taken in Central America on a tour off a cruise ship using a Canon Powershot S2IS.

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Walk With Me

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:45 PM
 
Walk With Me
Walk With Me

Strolling the boardwalk at Plum Island on the North Shore.

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Sunset at Castle Island

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:38 PM
 
Sunset at Castle Island
Sunset at Castle Island

This photographer used a Nikon D80 to capture this contest entry in South Boston. "The time was around 7:30," he writes. "This is a great time to take sunset photos. Castle Island is a nice place to be at sunset when the weather is nice. With the planes flying over head, it makes for a nice night."

This is just one of neaarly 200 photo entries we've received for our August contest, which has the theme, "At the beach". You can see all the entries that we've posted so far -- more are coming -- so you can start to narrow your choices for first, second, and third place in time for the start of voting Sept. 5. To enter your own photo in the contest, read the guidelines carefully, and use our convenient Flickr uploader.

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Dock in the fog

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:32 PM
 
Dock in the fog
Dock in the fog

This entry was taken at Bryant Pond, Maine -- near Bethel in the western part of the state -- at 6 a.m. It was shot with a Panasonic FZ50 at f/8 for 1/20 of a second.

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Sunset Boating in St. Lucia

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:17 PM
 
Sunset Boating in St. Lucia
Sunset Boating in St. Lucia
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Wickford Point Dock

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:13 PM
 
Wickford Point Dock
Wickford Point Dock

Wickford Point, the setting for this contest submission, is located on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

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Moonrise

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 02:05 PM
 
Moonrise
Moonrise

"This shot was taken on a warm summer night in mid-July just after sunset," the photographer writes. "I had to be quick to set up the shot as the scene was changing rapidly."

Taken with a Canon D-80, 4-second exposure, f/3.5, ISO 250.

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Old Silver Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 01:51 PM
 
Old Silver Beach
Old Silver Beach

This August contest submission, shot at Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth, was captured with a Canon 30d, 24-70mm lens, 1/400 sec., f/5.

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No Dogs Allowed

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 01:34 PM
 
No Dogs Allowed
No Dogs Allowed

"I was walking my daughter's 12-week-old puppy -- a Beagle, Boston Terrier, Chinese Crested Powder Puff mix -- when we approached this break in the wall," the shooter of this contest entry writes. "She turned and sat down on the cool sand in the shade of the wall. The only camera I had was my Samsung Alias camera phone, so I shot away hoping for the best. Photoshopped to fix colors and clean up background clutter."

Shot in July at Revere Beach.

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Sunset on the Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 01:24 PM
 
Sunset on the Beach

The photographer of this contest submission writes, "Got this shot while driving past Nahant Beach [in Lynn]. Pulled into a little inlet with some beautiful houses, and snapped away. The water was gorgeous, and was a beautiful night to take pictures!"

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Fishing in Cape Verde

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 01:15 PM
 
Fishing in Cape Verde
Fishing in Cape Verde

This contest hopeful writes: "On a trip to Cape Verde in 2007, I woke up early and headed down to the beach to watch the fishermen." The photo was taken with a Canon Rebel XT, 1/400, f/13, 39 mm, ISO 400.

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Sunset at the Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 12:50 PM
 
Sunset at the Beach
Sunset at the Beach

This contest entry was taken at a pebble beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Short Beach, Nahant

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 12:41 PM
 
Short Beach, Nahant
Short Beach, Nahant
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Watching the boats

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 11:53 AM
 
Watching the boats
Watching the boats

A little person surveys the scene on Burke's Beach at Green Harbor in Marshfield.

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Rockport Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 28, 2008 10:30 AM
 
Rockport Sunset
Rockport Sunset

Shot with a Nikon D50 with a lens focal length of 18mm.

Review all the contest entries that we've posted so far so you can start to narrow your choices for first, second, and third place in time for the start of voting Sept. 5. To enter your own photo in the contest, read the guidelines carefully, and use our convenient Flickr uploader.

IF YOU ARE OPENING A NEW FLICKR ACCOUNT in order to enter this contest, you had better do it today. It takes Flickr up to 3 days to find new accounts and add them to its Search, which is how we find the contest entries.

Also, all new Flickr accounts MUST have at least 5 photos in them. Just make sure that of the 5 photos, only 1 has the contest tags. If you use our Uploader to add all 5 photos to your new account, remember that it adds the contest tags for you ... so it will add them to all 5 of your photos. Just go in to your account and remove the tags from all but 1 of your photos (contest limit is 1 photo per person per theme per month).

Thanks ... just drop a line to raw@boston.com if you have any questions.

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Beach buggies

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 11:20 PM
 
Beach buggies
Beach buggies

"For me, the image represents an energy as four-wheel drivers maneuver the sand," writes the photographer of this contest submission. She shot it on a July morning at Duxbury Beach with a Canon Rebel XTi, Sigma 10-20mm lens, 1/320, f/16, ISO 200.

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Cape Fence at Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 11:10 PM
 
Cape Fence at Sunset
Cape Fence at Sunset

The photographer of this contest submission says he shot it with Fujichrome Sensia 100-speed slide film; he scanned it with a Dimage Scan Dual IV film scanner.

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Lake Champlain

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:55 PM
 
Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain

This contest entry was taken from the gardens of Shelburne Farms in Vermont.

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St. Margaret's Bay

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:45 PM
 
St. Margaret's Bay
St. Margaret's Bay

Shot in Nova Scotia with an Olympus E-500, 40mm focal length, 1/250, f/6.3, ISO 100.

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Sunsetting pirates

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:36 PM
 
Sunsetting pirates
Sunsetting pirates

The shooter of this contest entry writes: "This was taken last year around March in Clearwater, Fla. Perfect timing. It was shot with a Canon PowerShot 5 on Auto."

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My girl at Hilton Head Island

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:30 PM
 
My girl at Hilton Head Island
My girl at Hilton Head Island

This contest submission was taken with a Canon PowerShot SD200, 5.8mm focal length, 1/160, f/2.8.

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Happy Girl on a Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:24 PM
 
Happy Girl on a Beach
Happy Girl on a Beach

"My daughter was trying to fly like the seagull that had just landed," writes the photographer, who snagged this contest entry with a Nikon E885.

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Old Saybrook

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:18 PM
 
Old Saybrook
Old Saybrook

Another film photo. This contest submission was taken in April at Harvey's Beach in Old Saybrook, Conn. with a Pentax k1000 SLR and DeJur 135 mm lens. The photographer says it was developed in Suffolk University's darkroom.

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Playful Colors

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 10:06 PM
 
Playful Colors
Playful Colors

"The water was cold, but the children's smiles and their playful motions molding landscape scenes by the shores made this evening trip in late July worth it," writes the photographer. "Nothing warmed our hearts more than to hear the sound of our children laughing together."

Shot on a July evening at Narragansett Beach, RI, with a Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, focal length 70mm, f/4, 1/640.

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Happy feet

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 09:53 PM
 
Happy feet
Happy feet

... and pleased paws. Shot on Block Island with a Nikon D60.

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Fishing Pier

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 09:44 PM
 
Fishing Pier
Fishing Pier

This contest submission was taken near Jupiter, FL -- at 4 a.m. The photographer used a 30-second exposure: "To the naked eye, it was completely dark, except for the pier lights." Camera info: Canon EOS 5D, 16mm lens focal length, f/8, ISO 400.

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Sunset at Edgartown Lighthouse

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 09:33 PM
 
Sunset at Edgartown Lighthouse
Sunset at Edgartown Lighthouse

"The sunset at this beach on the Vineyard was amazing," the photographer writes of this contest entry. "I took probably 100 photos of it because it changed every few minutes."

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Duxbury Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 09:27 PM
 
Duxbury Beach
Duxbury Beach

This contest entry was taken as thunder was rolling in, with an Olympus E-500, 40mm focal length, 1/500, f/8, ISO 400.

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The destruction of a beautiful day

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 09:19 PM
 
The destruction of a beautiful day
The destruction of a beautiful day

An approaching storm highlights this contest submission, shot with a Nikon D40X, 18mm lens focal length, 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 100.

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Seaside Treasures

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 05:46 PM
 
Seaside Treasures
Seaside Treasures

Rocks and shells on the beach in Winthrop make for an interesting composition in this contest entry. Taken with a Nikon D40, VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lens, f/8, 1/500, ISO 200.

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Maui Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 03:30 PM
 
Maui Sunset
Maui Sunset on Grand Wailea Beach

This photographer captured this sunset in May on the Grand Wailea Beach in Kihei, Maui. "Taken with actual light and no special lenses," he says. Canon Powershot S70, 1/8 sec., ISO 100.

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Parasailing

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 03:27 PM
 
Parasailing
Parasailing
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Lonely Fisherman

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 03:18 PM
 
Lonely Fisherman
Lonely Fisherman

This entry was taken at Bronte Beach, a suburb of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. The waves here make it popular among surfers.

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First Flight

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 03:07 PM
 
First Flight
First Flight

"My 3-year-old son struggled with 20 mph winds to keep his kite flying!" the shooter of this contest entry writes. Take in Falmouth on the Cape last October with a Sony DSC-W5.

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Brant Point Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 02:57 PM
 
Brant Point Light
Brant Point Light

This contest submission shows another angle of the popular Nantucket lighthouse.

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Just the Two of Us

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 02:53 PM
 
Just the Two of Us
Just the Two of Us

This contest entrant writes, "Went to Good Harbor Beach [in Gloucester] with my sister and babies ... thought I would have to leave after 2 hours, but was having a blast!!! (Luckily she brought an umbrella!) The kids sooo did not want to go!!!!!!!"

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'Freedom is the possibility of isolation'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 02:41 PM
 
Freedom is the possibility ...
Freedom is the possibility of isolation

Titled after a quote from "The Book of Disquiet" by Fernando Pessoa, this contest entry was shot at Praia de Santo Andre, Portugal, in April using a Nikon D70s, 31mm, ISO 200, 1/500 sec., f/11.

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Blue Skies at Night

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 27, 2008 11:55 AM
 
Blue Skies at Night
Blue Skies at Night

A seacoast shot for the August contest.

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Boardwalk by Moonlight

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 11:21 PM
 
Boardwalk by Moonlight
Boardwalk by Moonlight

This black-and-white contest entry was taken at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.

Just a few days left to enter a photo in our August contest, which has the theme "At the beach". The entry period ends at midnight Aug. 31, but don't risk getting shut out by waiting until the last minute. Review all the contest entries that we've posted so far so you can start to narrow your choices for first, second, and third place in time for the start of voting Sept. 5. To enter your own photo in the contest, read the guidelines carefully, and use our convenient Flickr uploader.

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Solitary Adventure

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 11:14 PM
 
Solitary Adventure
Solitary Adventure

This photographer grabbed this shot of his granddaughter navigating rocks on the Atlantic in Seabrook, NH with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

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Glasses

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 11:06 PM
 
Glasses
Glasses

Shot at Susuit Beach in Dennis on the Cape in September, 2007, using a Canon 5D, 17-35mm lens set at 26mm, 1/160 sec, f/11, ISO 200. "This was a shot I spent time on getting into position," the photographer writes, "but I didn't see the glasses until I was printing the pictures."

Um, maybe you need ... glasses?

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New Orleans Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 10:56 PM
 
New Orleans Beach
New Orleans Beach

A July tour of New Orleans to provide visitors with an update on how the city has recovered from the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 yielded this contest photo.

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Sanibel Island

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 10:47 PM
 
Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island

"I took this picture on Sanibel Island in January 2006," the shooter of this contest submission writes. "It was almost sunset and a storm front was moving over the island. I used a Canon S750 point-and-shoot."

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All 4 Elements of Summer

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 10:33 PM
 
All 4 Elements of Summer
All 4 Elements of Summer

This photographer thinks this contest entry, shot on a section of Crane Beach that's in Essex, has it all: Sun, sand, water, and wind. "This photo was shot looking down into a pool of water about 3" deep," the photog writes. "During low tide, you can see the patterns the sand naturally has and the light/sun reflects off the grooves in the sand. A slight wind added to the funky design the water/sun took. No effects or editing was done to this photo."

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Crab shell

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 10:13 PM
 
Crab shell
Crab Shell

About this contest entry, the photographer writes: "The pattern on the back of this crab shell atop the smooth black rocks caught my attention while walking the beaches of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington."

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La Jolla Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 10:04 PM
 
La Jolla Beach
La Jolla Beach

This contest submission is set in San Diego. The waves at La Jolla Shores are among the most gentle of all San Diego beaches; adjacent La Jolla Cove is tucked between sandstone cliffs and is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California.

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Fort Myers Beach :)

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 09:52 PM
 
Fort Myers Beach :)
Fort Myers Beach :)

Is that heart for the Red Sox?

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Cape Cod Beach Fire

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 09:30 PM
 
Cape Cod Beach Fire
Cape Cod Beach Fire

"Each Memorial Day weekend, a bunch of college friends head to a family cottage in Sandwich," this photographer says about this contest entry. "The fire was still roaring as the sun was rising." The photographer shot this with a Nikon D50: "This was the early days, so it was shot with the kit lens."

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Feel the wind ...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 09:22 PM
 
Feel the wind
Feel the wind

This exultant nature lover was captured on the coast of South Africa near Coffee Bay in February. The photographer who submitted this entry used a Canon 20D, 28mm, 1/500 sec., f/10, ISO 200.

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Adirondack chairs

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 09:13 PM
 
Adirondack chairs
Adirondack chairs

This contest entry, the second of classic Adirondack chairs, was taken on Sanibel Island off the coast of Florida in April. These apparently are famous chairs; the photographer writes, "I found the postcard of these chairs in a gift shop, but never bought it. We were driving down the road & there they were on the beach! I jumped out of the car & got my pastel Adirondack chairs."

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The Red Beach Umbrella

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 09:01 PM
 
The Red Beach Umbrella
The Red Beach Umbrella

"Walking along the Cape Cod shoreline, I spotted this red umbrella that stood out like a lighthouse beacon against the sand dune," writes this photographer about his contest entry. "The image was so striking it took me a few seconds to realize that I did not take a photo of it at the moment. However, I corrected it by shooting several different angles of the scene."

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Sunset fishing on Nantucket

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 08:53 PM
 
Sunset fishing on Nantucket
Sunset fishing on Nantucket

This sunset entry was taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 1/100 sec., f/4.5, lens focal length 105 mm, ISO 200.

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Marconi Beach sunrise

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 08:32 PM
 
Marconi Beach sunrise
Marconi Beach sunrise

Marconi Beach in Wellfleet is one of the spectacular Atlantic Ocean beaches within the Cape Cod National Seashore. It's named for the famed Italian inventor who transmitted the first transatlantic wireless communication between the United States and England from here in 1903.

This photographer captured this shot 103 years later with different technology: A Canon PowerShot S1 IS. "Right place at the right time!" the shutterbug writes.

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Whales at Dawn

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 06:40 PM
 
Whales at Dawn
Whales at Dawn

These spouting beasts were caught at sunrise off the Cape with a Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 250.

Get inspired by the contest entries we've posted so far -- more are being posted every day. To enter your own photo in the contest, read the guidelines carefully, and use our convenient Flickr uploader.

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Dog Day

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 06:35 PM
 
Dog Day
Dog Day

This white-dog-in-white-foam contest entry was taken on Nauset Beach on the Cape using a Fujifilm S5000.

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Nick catching Frisbee

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 04:33 PM
 
Nick catching Frisbee
Nick catching Frisbee

O-kay ...

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Muir Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 04:25 PM
 
Muir Beach
Muir Beach, California

Late afternoon at Muir Beach, just north of San Francisco. The photographer who entered this photo in our August contest used a Canon Rebel XT, and "did some light adjustments in Photoshop to saturate the black levels a bit."

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Ready to surf

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 04:18 PM
 
Ready to surf
Ready to surf

Baby on board! This contest submission was taken at Chapin Beach in Dennis, on the bay, or north, side.

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Storm rolling in

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 03:59 PM
 
Storm rolling in
Storm rolling in

Another Menemsha shot ... this contest entry shows a prelude to sunset as storm clouds rolled in slowly off the ocean. "I really loved how the clouds ended up darkening the ocean side of the photo while the sun was still shining on the beach," the photographer writes. Taken with a Canon 40D.

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Super heroes sculpture

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 03:47 PM
 
Super heroes sculpture
Super heroes sculpture

Another contest entry taken earlier this summer at the annual Revere Beach Sand Sculpture Festival. According to the photographer, this shot was captured during the week after the contest, "and the day was, uh, cloudy and breezy, so the beach was more like a desert - with plenty of water!" Taken with a Canon 5D, 28mm lens, f/22, ISO 200. "The sky was pushed down in Photoshop to give back the drama of the day," the photog reports.

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Sunset in Menemsha

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 03:19 PM
 
Sunset in Menemsha
Sunset in Menemsha

This contest entry was taken in the picturesque fishing village of Menemsha in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard at what the photographer calls "the best part of the day."

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Horse footsteps

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 01:47 PM
 
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Horse footsteps at Crane

This contest photographer writes, "Taken on a windy day in February at Crane Beach, Ipswich. My wife and I figured we'd have the beach to ourselves (and the kids) for once, and but for a group of horses that ran past, we were right!"

Taken with his old Canon PowerShot A80, f/5.6, shutter 1/250.

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Beach Bum

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 01:27 PM
 
Beach Bum
Beach Bum

Another Sony DSC-N1 entry, this one taken during a day at a New Hampshire beach.

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Crashing Waves

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 12:37 PM
 
Crashing Waves
Crashing Waves

This contest seaside scene was captured with a Nikon D50 in Swampscott, MA.

Review all the contest entries that we've posted so far so you can start to narrow your choices for first, second, and third place in time for the start of voting Sept. 5. To enter your own photo in the contest, read the guidelines carefully, and use our convenient Flickr uploader.

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Block Island Rocks

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 12:33 PM
 
Block Island Rocks
Block Island Rocks

For this contest entry, the photographer was on the beach below Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, RI.

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Who's he yelling at?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 12:24 PM
 
Who's he yelling at?
Who's he yelling at?

Photo for the contest taken on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, in Kahuku, overlooking Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn, and Turtle Bay. Shot with a Sony DSC-N1.

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San Fran Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 26, 2008 11:18 AM
 
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San Fran Beach

This contest submission was shot with Pentax Optio 750Z on a San Francisco beach in the early afternoon.

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Back shore, Peaks Island

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 06:33 PM
 
Back shore, Peaks Island
Back shore, Peaks Island, Maine

"This was taken from the back shore of Peaks Island with a point-and-shoot Nikon 35mm film camera," this photographer writes. "Remember those?"

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Ogunquit Beach Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 06:13 PM
 
Ogunquit Beach Sunset
Ogunquit Beach Sunset

"Sun setting directly behind me, clouds and the ocean facing east," this photographer writes about this contest entry. "Tide going out and a few birds along the waterline."

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Plum Island Sunrise

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 06:09 PM
 
Plum Island Sunrise
Plum Island Sunrise

This Plum Island Beach contest entry was taken during the morning sunrise Aug. 5, using an Olympus C-8080 wide-zoom camera.

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Little Compton

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 05:37 PM
 
Little Compton
Little Compton

This contest entry was shot at Little Compton Beach in RI.

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Working on my tan

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 05:29 PM
 
Working on my tan
Working on my tan

"Here I am hanging at Long Sands Beach in York, Maine continuing to live the dream," this contest hopeful writes.

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On the Rocks

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 05:23 PM
 
On the Rocks
On the Rocks

For this contest entry, taken in the Bahamas in March 2007, the photographer used a Nikon D200 with a 12-24DX lens, 12mm focal length, 1/160 shutter speed, and f/6.3 aperture.

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Roll'n out

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 05:17 PM
 
Roll'n out
Roll'n out

A foggy morning in Plymouth, Mass., with the fog rolling out along the jetty as the sun rises, is the setting for this contest hopeful.

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Lifeguard Charlie

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 05:08 PM
 
Lifeguard Charlie
Lifeguard at the beach
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Walking on the Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 05:05 PM
 
Walking on the Beach
Walking on the Beach

The beach appeals to all ages, as this contest submission shows.

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Olympic National Park

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 25, 2008 04:53 PM
 
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park

This contest entry was taken with a Nikon D200, lens focal length 23mm, 1/350, f/16 (aperture priority), ISO 280.

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Lightning over Corporation Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 06:13 PM
 
Lightning over Corporation Beach
Lightning over Corporation Beach

I'm telling you, these beaches in Dennis on the north side are something else ... Corporation Beach is popular with families, although after seeing this contest entry, I'd pack a lightning rod in my picnic basket. This photographer caught four lightning strikes over Cape Cod Bay during this 20-second exposure while bottom left, a devil-may-care group enjoyed a bonfire on the beach.

So now it's your turn. If you haven't entered our August contest -- one photo that fits the theme "At the beach" -- now's the time. Check out the rules carefully here and then send in a picture.

All of you will vote for the winners from Sept. 5 through the 14th. We're posting the entries, several a day, on RAW so that you can start taking note of the photos you like so you're ready when the Voting Machine opens. You can see the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Jack in the Surf

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 06:08 PM
 
Jack in the surf
Jack in the Surf

This was the first time that the photographer's 8-year-old son -- yes, Jack -- surfed in "real waves" at Nauset Beach on the Cape. "The water was a freezing 58 degrees!" the photog writes. So where's his hat?

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Boats at sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 05:59 PM
 
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Boats at sunset

Another contest entry from St. John, one of the three US Virgin Islands, taken while the photographer was dining -- clearly al fresco. I used to know an Al Fresco ... he lived in Eastie ...

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Shipwreck

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 05:53 PM
 
Shipwreck
Shipwreck

This photographer thinks this picture for the August "At the beach" contest shows a possible ancient shipwreck strewn on South Beach in Chatham. Out of the frame to the left, she's frantically digging for treasure.

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Sunset at Mayflower Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 05:45 PM
 
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Sunset at Mayflower Beach

This beach is in Dennis, on the bay (north) side of Cape Cod off Route 6A. Of the town's 16 beaches, this is one of the most scenic, as this contest entry shows.

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Single Line

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 04:51 PM
 
Single Line
Single Line

This contest photo was taken on the afternoon of July 29 in Lewis Bay at Kalmus Beach, Hyannis, with a Canon Powershot SD870. "The weather was a perfect day for being at the beach or on the water," the photographer reports.

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Asilomar Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 03:38 PM
 
Asilomar Beach
Asilomar Beach

Asilomar State Beach, the setting for this contest entry, is a narrow one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California.

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Foggy Morning

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 03:27 PM
 
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Foggy Morning

Haven't seen too many foggy fotos in this contest so far. This entry was taken at Ogunquit Beach, ME in July 2007 as the morning fog was slowly burning off. The photographer thinks the faint image of a house on the hill overlooking the tidal flats "adds an interesting element to the picture." Camera: Canon EOS Rebel in auto mode.

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Dunegrass

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 02:40 PM
 
Dunegrass
Dunegrass

Taken at a public stretch of beach on Martha's Vineyard. The photographer who snapped this contest entry used a Canon Digital Rebel XT, 18-55 lens, f/11, shutter speed 1/1000 sec.

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Sunset at Ke'e Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 01:42 PM
 
Sunset at Ke'e Beach
Sunset at Ke'e Beach

A famous snorkeling spot on Kauai and setting for movies as well as the TV mini-series The Thorn Birds. The photographer who submitted this contest entry says the beach's name means "end of the road" -- which is literally true.

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Narragansett Bay

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 12:57 PM
 
Narragansett Bay
Narragansett Bay

This contest submission was taken on what the photographer says was "the best beach day ever".

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I Love Maureen

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 22, 2008 12:32 PM
 
I Love Maureen
I Love Maureen

The question is, after embarrassing her like this, does she still love you?

Another of more than 140 contest entries with the theme "At the beach".

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Entre Nous

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 05:45 PM
 
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Entre Nous

This submission was taken at Jones Beach on Long Island, NY on Oct. 15, 2005 at sunset. The photographer used a Canon 350XT and Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. ("Entre nous" means "between us" ... not anymore!)

If you have a great photo that you think is a worthy competitor in our August contest and fits the theme "At the beach", read the guidelines here and then send in a picture.

Start keeping track of the photos you like; you and thousands of others will be voting for the Top 3 starting Sept. 5. You can see all the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Brant Point Lighthouse

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 05:43 PM
 
Brant Point Lighthouse
Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Light on Nantucket, captured in this contest entry, was first erected in 1746 and is America's second oldest light station after Boston Light (1716).

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Little Girl, Big Waves

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 05:24 PM
 
Little Girl, Big Waves
Little Girl, Big Waves

This contest hopeful says this was shot on Coronado Island, CA with a Nikon N-55 camera. "Sun was just breaking through after a hazy morning," the photographer says.

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Storm Warning

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 05:16 PM
 
StormWarning
Storm Warning

This contest entry was taken with a Canon Power Shot SD750 late in the day at Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable on Cape Cod. "Passing distant storm," writes the photographer. "The sky was alive."

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Down to the beach ...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 05:09 PM
 
Down to the beach
Down to the beach ...

The shooter of this contest entry writes, "This photo was taken on a beach during a pitstop on the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I took it with a point-and-shoot Nikon Digital Elph."

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Sunset Sail

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 04:59 PM
 
Sunset Sail
Sunset Sail
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Bridge Out

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 02:14 PM
 
Bridge Out
Bridge Out

Wooden bridges, like this one over Rodeo Lagoon at Rodeo Beach in San Francisco, offer interesting patterns and angles for photographers, as shown in this contest entry.

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Sea Gull on Dorchester Bay

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 02:04 PM
 
Sea Gull on Dorchester Bay
Sea Gull on Dorchester Bay

Shot from one of the many beaches that line Dorchester Bay, which touches Dorchester (natch), South Boston, and Quincy.

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Black Sand

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 01:57 PM
 
Black Sand
Black Sand

Considering the black sand and tropical vegetation, this contest entry must have been taken some place exotic.

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Hangin' at Virginia Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 01:48 PM
 
Hangin' at Virginia Beach
Hangin' at Virginia Beach

Ah, those were the days. And yes, the photos were black and white ...

This contest entry was taken at Virginia Beach in June 2006 with a Canon 20d, using a Canon EFS 17-85mm f/4.5-6 lens with a focal length of 76mm. Other settings: 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 100.

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Abandoned

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 01:27 PM
 
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Abandoned

Revere Beach -- and its seaweed, driftwood, and detritus -- is the subject of this contest entry.

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At the beach?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 12:24 PM
 
Bathtub
At the beach?

I posted a note earlier about the contest guideline that allows just one photo per person per theme per month. But another critically important guideline is that your photo must fit the theme of the contest you are entering.

The theme of the August contest is "At the beach" -- not "At the harbor" or "Near the quarry" or "On the river" or "In a field that's down the road from a pond".

I've written to several of you who have translated "At the beach" to mean any body of water that you captured in the frame. I'm expecting some bathtub shots next.

On the other hand, the miscategorized photos you are submitting are quite nice, so if you want to suggest those subjects as future contest themes, just drop a line to us here.

So please -- avoid the heartbreak of having us remove your photo from the contest before voting starts Sept. 5. Make the switch yourself. Thanks.

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Emma on the Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 10:58 AM
 
Emma on the Beach
Emma on the Beach

This B&W was taken at Sebago Lake in Maine. It's one of more than 130 photos that have been entered in our August contest, "At the beach". If you have a great photo that qualifies, read the guidelines here and then send in a picture.

We're posting more entries every day so you can begin to decide which photos you like in preparation for the start of voting Sept. 5.

You can see all the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Baker Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 10:54 AM
 
Baker Beach
Baker Beach, San Francisco

We've received several black-and-white photos for the August contest. This photographer writes, "This was my first encounter with the Pacific Ocean."

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St. John Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 10:30 AM
 
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St. John

The smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands at just 28 square miles -- two-thirds of which is a National Park, St. John is a great spot for photographers.

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Sunset in Mykonos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 10:18 AM
 
Sunset in Mykonos
Sunset in Mykonos, Greece

This island is part of the part of the Cyclades, and was named after the god Apollo's grandson, Mykons.

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Our House

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 21, 2008 10:11 AM
 
Our House
Our House

We're getting contest entries that were shot all over New England, the US, even the world. This photo is of rocks at Grinell's Beach at Stone Bridge Village in Tiverton, RI.

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North Beach, VT

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 03:30 PM
 
North Beach VT
North Beach, VT

This contest entry was shot at North Beach in Burlington, VT in the late afternoon, bright sunlight, using the sunset setting on a Canon Power Shot A580.

Interested in submitting one of your shots? Read the guidelines here and then send in a picture.

We're posting more entries every day so you can begin to decide which photos you like in preparation for the start of voting Sept. 2.

You can see all the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Long Point Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 03:09 PM
 
Long Point Light
Long Point Light

Taken from an angle that faces the town of Provincetown. This contest entry was shot with a Nikon D300, 1/640, f/13, focal length 17mm, ISO 200.

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Calm Water & Low Tide

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 03:01 PM
 
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Calm Water & Low Tide at L Street Beach

This South Boston shot may be our first iPhone contest entry. The photog says, "I took this photo during my morning jog with my iPhone at 6 a.m." If I live near him, I'm keeping my blinds closed.

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Sunset @ the Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 02:54 PM
 
Sunset @ the Beach
Sunset @ the Beach

Another sunset contest entry, this one taken on the beach of St. Thomas in January of 2008.

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Nantasket Sundown

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 02:39 PM
 
Nantasket Sundown
Nantasket Sundown

"The ocean rocks," this photographer wrote about this contest entry, taken at Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass. "Took the kids to Nantasket Beach this afternoon/evening. Played in the ocean for awhile, then enjoyed some mini-golf, a ride on the Paragon Carousel, and some ice cream. Perfect end to a summer day.

"I grew up on the ocean, still live nearby. I should do a better job getting the kids to the ocean. The ocean rocks."

Amen.

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Beach at Celestun

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 02:29 PM
 
Beach at Celestun
Beach at Celestun

This deserted stand -- in the Yucatan, Mexico -- was the setting for this contest submission. The photographer writes: "It took me a while to frame the stand and the wooden structure - I wasn't sure if I should include the shadow of the stand on the right side of the image."

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Beach Shells

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 20, 2008 02:17 PM
 
Beach Shells
Beach Shells

This contest entry was shot on Nantucket last year.

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Slipper shell necklace

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 06:19 PM
 
Slipper shell necklace
Slipper shell necklace

The photographer of this contest submission says, "This necklace of 'Slipper Shells' were already hanging on the railing when we walked up to the the Brant Point lighthouse on Nantucket. I was looking for a different perspective on the lighthouse and thought it might be fun to focus on this necklace."

Camera info: Canon Digital Rebel, 1/2000, f/5.6, focal length 21mm, ISO 200.

There's less than two weeks to go before the entry period for our August contest, with the theme "At the beach", closes. If you have one great beach shot and want to try to win one of our three prizes, enter your photo now.

We're posting more entries every day so you can begin to decide which photos you like in preparation for the start of voting Sept. 2.

You can see all the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Megansett

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 06:14 PM
 
Megansett
Megansett

A contest photo shot at Megansett in the Cataumet section of Falmouth, near the Bourne line, on Cape Cod.

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Toy boat

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 06:10 PM
 
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Toy boat

Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester is a popular spot for some of our contest entries.

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Sandy Neck Light

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 06:05 PM
 
Sandy Neck Light
Sandy Neck Light

This contest hopeful was taken at 7 a.m. at the lighthouse on Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable on Cape Cod.

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Singing Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 05:56 PM
 
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Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea
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Clouds in the Sky

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 05:49 PM
 
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Clouds in the Sky

A contest submission shot along the Costa Brava in Spain.

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Rising Tide

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 05:43 PM
 
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Rising Tide

The photographer who shot this contest entry writes, "I just like all the gray in this picture. It wasn't the nicest of days at the beach, but we didn't care."

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Castles in the Sand

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 04:57 PM
 
Castles in the Sand
Castles in the Sand

One of several contest entries we've received from the photo-rich 2008 New England Sand Sculpture Festival held at Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts, in July.

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Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 04:48 PM
 
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Sand Sculpture Festival

Another Revere sand sculpture entry. This photographer writes: "A close-up of the third place sculpture, 'Everyone Needs a Hobby' by Fred Mallett of South Padre Island, TX. This picture was taken after a fierce thunderstorm; some rain damage is visible."

Camera info: Nikon D300 with Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR lens with a focal length of 200mm, 1/1600, f/3.2, Aperture priority, ISO 320, CenterWeightedAverage metering, Auto white balance.

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Ocean Scene

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 04:42 PM
 
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Ocean Scene

This contest entry depicts a gentle breeze on North Topsail Beach, NC, in July. Camera settings: 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 100.

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Nantasket Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 04:37 PM
 
Nantasket Beach
Nantasket Beach

A Nikon CoolPix camera was used to get this contest shot on one of the hottest days of this summer.

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Before the storm

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 04:08 PM
 
Before the storm
Before the storm

Lovells Island, one of the Boston harbor islands, was the setting for this sunset shot. The 62-acre Lovells, a favorite among campers, was named for Captain William Lovell, an early settler of Dorchester.

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Hulking in the Sand

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 12:58 PM
 
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Hulking in the Sand

This entry was taken at this year's sand sculpting competition at Revere Beach.

Interested in entering your own "At the beach" photo (just one) for our August contest? It's easy to do -- here's how.

We're posting more entries every day so you can begin to decide which photos you like in preparation for the start of voting Sept. 2.

You can see all the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Beneath an Orange Sky

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 12:37 PM
 
Beneath an Orange Sky
Beneath an Orange Sky

Standing on a beach in 'Sconset on Nantucket, 37 weeks pregnant. The title of this August contest entry was inspired by the lyrics to "Orange Sky" by Alexi Murdoch.

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Any crabs in there?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 12:32 PM
 
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Any crabs in there?
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The Point

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 12:21 PM
 
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The Point, Nantucket
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Manomet Beach Fireworks

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 12:05 PM
 
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3rd of July, Manomet Beach, Fireworks
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Wingaersheek Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 11:58 AM
 
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Wingaersheek Beach

"She was about 15 seconds away from being eaten alive by baby greenheads," writes this amateur photographer, who submitted this beach shot from Gloucester in the August contest. Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XT, 1/400 sec., f/4, Canon 50mm 1.4 lens, ISO 100.

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Beloved

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 19, 2008 11:48 AM
 
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Beloved

This contest entry was shot at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester with a Nikon 4004, 35mm lens, f/5.6, ISO 100, tmax 100 b+w.

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Me and my cousin

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 08:11 PM
 
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Me and my cousin

This contest entry was taken during a vacation in Seabrook, NH.

It's only halfway through the month, and we already have more than 100 entries for this month's contest. If you haven't entered a photo -- remember, you can enter just one -- that fits this month's theme of "At the beach", you'd better get going. It's easy to do -- here's how.

We're posting more entries every day so you can begin to decide which photos you like in preparation for the big vote, which starts Sept. 2.

You can see all the entries that we have posted so far here.

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Father and Son, B&W

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 08:06 PM
 
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Father and Son, black & white

This entry was shot with a Canon S3 IS, manual mode, 1/1000 sec., f/8, ISO 400, 150mm equivalent lens.

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Footprints

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 07:54 PM
 
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Footprints

Notice the single sunlit footprint in this contest entry? Camera settings: Shutter speed 1/800, f/2, focal length 50mm, ISO 100.

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Cape Cod Bay

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 07:49 PM
 
Cape Cod Bay at low tide
Cape Cod Bay at low tide

The photographer who entered this picture in the photo contest writes: "This was taken near Great Island in Wellfleet. It is looking approximately southwest over Cape Cod Bay at low tide about 10 a.m. Taken with a Nikon D300 with an 18-200 zoom at 130mm. Exposure was 1/130 sec at f/9."

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Father and son

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 07:44 PM
 
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Father and son at the beach

A fisheye photo taken at Plum Island and entered in the RAW "At the beach" photo contest.

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Powder Point

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 07:29 PM
 
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Powder Point

This contest entry shows sunset at Powder Point in Duxbury.

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Beachside portrait

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 18, 2008 07:12 PM
 
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Beachside portrait

Another contest entry with the theme, "At the beach".

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Ducky

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 15, 2008 04:12 PM
 
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Ducky

This mallard was out for a walk when captured for this contest entry. The photographer used a Sony A100k with a Minolta 70-200mm lens at 200mm.

Remember, the August theme is “At the beach” -- here’s how to enter one of your photos.

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Deserted Beach at Middle Caicos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 15, 2008 03:48 PM
 
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Deserted Beach at Middle Caicos

This August contest entry was shot at Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean.

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Costa Rica Hammocks

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 15, 2008 03:34 PM
 
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Costa Rica Hammocks

As this photographer wrote with this contest entry: "If only this were my desk."

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Sunset

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 15, 2008 03:21 PM
 
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Sunset

Not sure where this contest entry was taken, but then again, with nice sunsets, does it really matter?

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Marching Through the Marsh

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 15, 2008 02:49 PM
 
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Marching Through the Marsh at Mill Creek Beach in Sandwich

This contest entry became this family's Christmas card last year. Nice to be reminded of summer in the depths of winter.

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Don't get disqualified ...

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 15, 2008 02:33 PM

We are getting a tremendous response to our August contest -- but in your enthusiasm, all of you aren't reading the rules carefully. (I know, I know, it's like reading the directions for assembling a bookcase ... nobody does it.)

The main rule that several of you have overlooked? Everyone is limited to one photo per theme per month.

What may be confusing some of you who are creating a new Flickr account is the Flickr policy that you have to upload 5 photos into your account before Flickr will include your account in its Search. Upload 5 photos, but make sure the contest tags are on just one of them. If you use our Uploader, which adds the contest tags for you, just go into your Flickr account and remove the tags from all but one picture. Let me know if you are having trouble.

I've emailed everyone who has more than one photo tagged for the contest, and everyone so far has readily removed the contest tags from all but one photo. Some of you haven't yet, so get a move on!

Anyone who still has more than one photo entered as of the close of the contest at midnight on Aug. 31 will be disqualified. Sorry, but it's the only fair thing to do. Thanks for honoring this, and thanks for entering some really great photos.

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Peaceful beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 14, 2008 03:08 PM
 
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Peaceful beach

This photo entry was shot as the day was fading on a beach in Harwichport.

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Chilson Beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 14, 2008 03:06 PM
 
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Chilson Beach

Chilson Beach, shown in this contest entry, is located in Franklin, MA.

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Whole Grain

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 14, 2008 01:06 PM
 
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Whole Grain

The shoreline of Hilton Head, South Carolina, was the setting for this contest entry. So healthful. I feel thinner just looking at this.

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Crane Beach, Ipswich

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 14, 2008 12:39 PM
 
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Crane Beach, Ipswich

This entry was taken at sunset on Father's Day, 2005. It's one of nearly 70 entries in our August contest, which has the theme, “At the beach” -- here’s how to enter one of your photos.

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White Sand

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 14, 2008 12:33 PM
 
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White Sand

This contest entry was taken mid-afternoon at Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, after a March snowstorm.

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Guarding the way home

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 14, 2008 11:00 AM
 
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Guarding the way home, Normandy Beach, France

This contest entry is a poignant take on the beach theme.

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Adirondack chairs

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 13, 2008 02:58 PM
 
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Adirondack chairs on the beach, Kennebunk Beach

Here's one of our contest entries. The August theme is “At the beach” -- here’s how to enter one of your photos.

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Sunset Beach, North Shore, Hawaii

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 13, 2008 02:57 PM
 
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Sunset Beach, North Shore, Hawaii

Here’s another contest entry.

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A day at the beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 13, 2008 02:56 PM
 
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A day at the beach

The photographer writes: "The L St. Beach is a popular place on a wicked hot day in Boston."

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Important notice about the contest

Posted by Teresa Hanafin August 12, 2008 09:05 AM

We've heard from a few people that they uploaded a photo for the August "At the beach" contest, but when they searched for our August contest entries using the tags "Boston.com August contest", they saw everyone else's entries, but not their own.

Here's the Flickr page where you can see all the entries so far.

So we did a little investigating, and lo and behold, found these little tidbits on Flickr's Help page:

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August contest theme: At the beach

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 31, 2008 12:30 PM

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"Wipe-Out" by Merideth Toler of Sandwich. Taken in late morning in July in Little Compton, RI. Shot with a Canon Rebel, 300mm lens at f/8, 1/2500, 400 ISO. Merideth says: "I was lucky to snap the shutter at just the right time to capture this shot!"

Welcome to RAW, a site for amateur photographers to showcase your work. A main feature of the site is a monthly themed contest in which you could win $100. To help inspire you, we asked our friends at the Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club to help seed our new site with beach photos. The members sent in lots of photos; we'll feature a few every day over the next several days.

As for this month's theme, "At the beach": It’s not just about your kids splashing in the water, although, yes, that could be really cute. But also think about kiteboarders with colorful sails; dinghies on the sand; close-ups of shells, periwinkles, or horseshoe crabs; sand patterns, and of course, sunrises and sunsets.

Make sure your photo was taken at a beach, and not a harbor or river or marsh (unless it’s a marsh at a beach!)

By the way, here are some great tips from Globe staff photographer Dina Rudick on how to deal with the unique problems you can face trying to get great beach shots.

Ready to get published and possibly win $100? Here's how to enter.

And check out some more photos from the talented folks at the Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club:

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Enter our monthly contests

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 31, 2008 12:29 PM


Amateur photographers: Display your talent by entering your best shot in RAW's monthly photo contest. A professional photographer makes the final choices, and the top three win cold, hard cash: $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Each month has a different theme. You can find the current theme on the RAW homepage.

It's easy to enter:

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