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Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Trees,” and readers responded with an amazing variety of those marvelous life forms from all points of the globe. It’s clear that trees remain a fascinating subject for photographers in their form, the way they catch light, and in how they adapt to the often harsh and many times beautiful places in which they exist. The photographs...

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Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Photographers have a keen eye, and part of that is noticing moments when people, places, and things converge in extraordinary fashion. Our Picture This! assignment this month asked readers to submit images that caught those “comings together” that held those odd coincidences in a single image. Readers used long lenses to compress space and bring disparate subjects closer, and wide...

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Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Just Black and White (No Grays),” and readers have responded with a wide range of high-contrast black and white images, from architecture to portraits to dreamlike scenes that add a heightened sense of mystery to an already abstract form. Many of the images resemble pen and ink drawings, with others playing into the line and form potential...

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Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Sacred Spaces, places that inspire us to consider the less material and more spiritual side of life. Readers responded with many images of awe-inspiring landscapes with special meaning, places of worship, of pure light and color, and, in some cases, of places that have special meaning for the photographer. All this could go to prove that the divine can...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

To use an old phrase: “Far Out.” That was our reaction to this month’s Picture This! assignment, Special Effects. Readers sent us images made in camera and post-processed to change reality in unique and wonderful ways. While some readers shared their recipes some didn’t, which led us to some interesting discussions on how some of the images we received were created.

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "On the Beach," images made where the land meets the sea. Readers responded with images from around the world showing a sense of color and design that the areas inspired. Quality of light, form, and line and shadow all play their parts in these locales, and images showed the grand and macro, the simple and complex, and most of...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

While the Picture This! topic this month, "Spring Has Sprung," might seem seasonally inappropriate, the assignment was made during the height of the season so we'd get fresh, new images and not have readers sorting through their files from last year. The result was a profusion of amazing images ranging from florals to landscapes to a good deal of wildlife...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

The power of suggestion is very strong in forming our perceptions. Think alligator, for example, even in a big northern city, and soon you might begin to see forms and objects that bring that reptile to mind. Our Picture This! assignment this month was just that--seeing the forms of letters of the alphabet in everyday objects and scenes. Readers responded with images that...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Our assignment for Picture This! was "Personal Portraits," and readers responded with wonderful images of those near and dear to them. Each image we received held something very special for the photographer and for those of us who viewed them here at the magazine. We wish we could publish many more than space allows. Once again, it proves the point that photography...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was festivals and parades, and we asked readers to submit images from gathering spots and events where people dress up, fly in hot air balloons, and generally experience things that are quite out of the ordinary. We received images from festivals all around the country that delved into all sorts of cultures and holidays, all of which...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was all about cityscapes and how we associate a city with the grandeur of its buildings and how the architecture defines its space. Yes, cities have millions of stories within them, but when you step back and view it from a distance it's about its profile and the face it presents to the world. Readers responded with mostly idealized...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

During the day cities can be mundane places, with commuters going about their business and trucks jamming streets making their deliveries. But at night cities can come alive with light and activities that speak to a different side of life, one where details fall in the shadows and edges are electrified. Night exposures create new challenges for photographers, ones where camera...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month is "I Can See For Miles," a request for the long view of things made from a high vantage point, or at least one that allowed the eye to see toward the horizon. We looked for scale and leading lines, as well as locales that inspired awe and wonder. Readers responded with many images from the American West, the land of the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was "From Above," images made from a vantage point looking down onto a scene. Many times our best pictures come from making the effort to scale heights that allow us to consider the subject from a different point of view, one not ordinarily seen. Readers climbed stairs, looked over the railing of bridges or out windows...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Water's Edge. Interesting photographs often result from considering the edge, whether that be the edge of an idea, a territory, light and dark, or, our assignment, where land meets water. The potential for reflection, contrast, mirroring, and interplay of weather systems all come into play. Readers sent in pictures from...

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