Our Picture This! assignment this month was Stacking, the lingo used to describe the optical effect that makes subjects at some distance from one another seem closely packed together through the use of a telephoto lens. But given the right point of view and arrangement of forms, some readers also sent us successful shots taken with “normal” focal lengths as well. We received a wide range of subjects, from ancient towns to nature studies, all with apt points of view and good application of technique. It all goes to show us that there are simply some images that can’t be mocked up after the fact and that there remain many ways to create an effective image in camera via composition, the proper lens, and a good understanding of exposure control. In that we can all still take heart.

Just as a reminder, all future Picture This! assignments are now to be sent online via the Galleries at See the last page of this set of images for instructions.

Bahama Boats
George Shearer used a Nikon D100 camera and a Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm lens to convert this line of boats on a beach to an abstract study of color and line. Exposure at ISO 100 was f/14 at 1/160 sec.
© George Shearer

Red Tulips
These tulips sit in tight formation in a verdant garden in this photo by F.E. Goroszko. Exposure with a Nikon F5 and a Tamron 70-300mm lens at 135mm on Fujichrome slide film was f/11 at 1/160 sec.
© F.E. Goroszko

Window In Yellow
Stacking in this photo by Fredric Fink heralds back to a Cubist take on the world. Exposure with a Canon EOS 50D and a Tamron 18-270mm lens at 130mm was f/10 at 1/640 sec at ISO 640.
© Fredric Fink

Don W. Seyller, an electrician on the railroad, made this photo at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Suburban Service operation in Chicago’s 14th Street Yard. Exposure with a Pentax K20D and a Pentax DA 18-55mm lens was f/9.5 at 1/250 sec at ISO 400.
© Don W. Seyller

Sea Of Rooftops
Taken from the roof of her family RV at an RV park in Mesa, Arizona, Sheila J. Faryna exposed with a Nikon D7000 and a 55mm lens with an exposure of f/11 at 1/500 sec at ISO 400.
© Sheila J. Faryna

Pilot’s View
Keith Ewenson provided us with a pilot’s point of view on the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport as planes line up for takeoff. He worked with a Canon EOS Rebel (he told us it’s his first camera!) and a Sigma 50-500mm lens with an exposure of f/8 at 1/1250 sec at ISO 400.
© Keith Ewenson

This dramatic photo of town and volcano shows the intense living conditions via perfect execution of the technique. Irwin H. Segel made this photo with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens at 300mm. Exposure was f/8 at 1/1600 sec at ISO 400.
© Irwin H. Segel

The stacking effect here makes these jets seem as if they are flying belly to belly. Jim Butterly made the photo with a Canon EOS 20D and a Tamron 18-270mm lens at 270mm.
© Jim Butterly

Yellow, Green & Purple Bridges
These structures are architectural studies in themselves but combined and stacked they become sculptural. Emilio Fernandez made the photo with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Tamron 28-300mm lens at 285mm. Exposure was f/22 at 1/350 sec at ISO 800.
© Emilio Fernandez

Las Vegas Cityscape #1
Reflection, texture, and form all combine in this abstract shot by Dan Sunde on the Strip. Exposure with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm lens at 62mm was f/8 at 1/1100 sec.
© Dan Sunde

Crop Protection
The landscape compresses to create an intense visual experience in this photo by Jim Mitchell in the Palouse area of Washington State. Exposure with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 70-200mm lens was f/11 at 1/750 sec at ISO 400.
© Jim Mitchell

Floor It!
Looking down at these hotel walkways makes for a somewhat dizzying experience as they seem to tighten closer together the further you travel from the point of view. Mark Miller shot with a Canon PowerShot SD4500 with an exposure of f/4 at 1/30 sec at 15mm, proving that point of view can have as much power as focal length and aperture when a stacking effect is desired.
© Mark Miller

Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Night Light

When the sun goes down in the city the lights come up. Our next Picture This! assignment is to capture the color and brilliance of night lights in the city, be they marquees, skyscrapers and cityscapes, night markets, traffic as it streams along the avenues, or, as in this shot, the array of neon lights on the Kowloon side in Hong Kong. Exposure with a Canon EOS 5D and a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens was f/5 at 1/320 sec at ISO 800.

© George Schaub

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2. Check the assignment and closing dates in the magazine. When the magazine is printed we will create an appropriate gallery for your images. The limit is two images per assignment.

3. Select and prepare your images. We only accept files at a maximum 5MB size, JPEG format. Save the JPEG at a quality level of 10 or higher. Note that file size in your image folder directory will determine upload size, not the “opened” file size, as JPEG compresses at 1:4 at higher quality ratings. If your images do not load it probably means you have exceeded the file size or have not used JPEG format.

4. Click on the Galleries tab on the homepage. In the Category section use the drop-down menu to select the Picture This! assignment. Note that images are simultaneously loaded into the assignment category as well as your own personal gallery. When the Picture This! assignment deadline date has lapsed the assignment gallery will be removed, but your images will still reside in your own gallery.

5. In the Description box add title, camera, lens, exposure information, and your full name. Also add any other comments or anecdotes you think relevant. We reserve the right to edit comments as needed.

6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. This uploads the image.

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9. Please feel free to comment on images submitted by other readers.

Deadline For Submission: February 15, 2014
Images will appear in our May 2014 issue

Our Next Topic: The Power Of B&W
Deadline For Submission: March 15, 2014
Publication Date: June 2014 issue

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