Best of September 2014

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 1 Oct 2014

The Best of September brought us great portraits, rich saturated colors and striking variations of greys in black and white photos.  There were many occasions to capture during September, such as celebrating the spirit and history of hard work during Labor Day.  Fully 13 years later, 9/11 continues to serve as a somber reminder of an infamous day... an anniversary of reflection and remembrance. 

Not all days in September are about work or, or are attached to sad memories.  On the 13th, it was 'positive thinking day', or on the 15th it was 'make a hat day'.  So as you can see there are many days in September to celebrate, remember and most of all have fun capturing! 

These images show us how our JPGers enjoyed their days in September.


hogar by Ernesto Robles



Goodbye summer. Hello autumn. by Kirill Tcipilev



Double Arch by Alex Preiss



Tobago Sunset by Phil Sykes



Sobe Life Stand 2nd by Christopher murray



Beyond the stream by Anders Samuelsson


  by mihai surdea



The Endless View by Scott Hafer



colour nest by Gerda Putnaite



Lightning Strikes by Joe Leone



Hope rainbow in Val di Funes (Dolomiti,Italia) by Giancarlo Pavan



Cloudy morning by Harsh Wardhan



Railroad Crossing by Eugenio Frasca



... by Piotr Haskiewicz



Easy Ride by Henry Bowman



Untitled by Kate Loran



USAF REDHORSE Airmen conduct sling load operation by Chris Hubenthal



Sunset wedding kiss by Andrea Siplova - Sidenstricker



1:51am by Elijah Weerts



Untitled by Christine Szeredy



Red Barn by Edmund Lowe



Against the Wall by Zapata Juan P



End of Summer Butterfly by Joe Dunckel



Pele Inspired by Sarina Gito


Yes, September is over and there are only a few months left till the end of the year.  But, don't fret, get out and live your days and capture the moments!

October is a little spookier then the rest.  Can't wait to see your best shots!!

Precision

Posted by Toby Morrison — 1 Oct 2014


Submit Your Best Action Precision Photo between October 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014 for a chance to win a Tamron Super Performance Lens!

Capturing the grit of dust from the motor bike racing past, or the ice crystals cutting through the air as a snow boarder ascends to great heights or the gleaming drop of sweat rolling down from the brow of a runner, these are all the precise moments of action photography. You could win a Tamron Super Performance Lens just by submitting your best action shot! A Tamron lens from the Super Performance "ultrasonic silent drive" collection can help you capture the best in your action shots.

Click here to submit your best shot for the chance to win!


Grand Prize

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Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is valued at $1300, the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC is truly a "photographer's lens." It's designed for full-frame digital SLRs but is equally at home on cameras equipped with smaller sensors. This lens embodies all of Tamron's technological innovation and part of the SP (Super Performance) series. It delivers superior edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire frame. Because it reliably and consistently delivers superb image quality, the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 is the go-to lens for wedding photography, corporate portraits, photojournalism and events, especially for photographers who use full-frame DSLRs.




Community Prize

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Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD is valued $449, Photographers who shoot sports, wildlife, spot news, weddings or fashion have always relied on a zoom lens in the 70-300 range for many of their bread-and-butter shots. Tamron has elevated this trusty tool to a new height by introducing the SP 70-300mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. It features a breathtakingly fast f2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range and is compatible with full-frame SLR cameras. Images are crisp and richly colored with fine detail--gone are the flaws that sometimes plague other brands of zoom lenses. Say goodbye to ghostly flares and other internal reflections. The proof of performance, as they say, is in the pictures. The Tamron 70-300 f2.8 VC lens is also smallest in its class. The compactness lends itself to more comfortable use--it's also a bit easier to pack. There's no limit to the creative applications for this lens. The fast f2.8 aperture and rounded diaphragm combine to produce thrilling bokeh. Portraits and similar subjects seem to pop right out of the background. It's packed with features and is so much fun to use that you'll find yourself using it in situations where you never thought of using a long zoom.

All Tamron lenses come complete with lens hood and a six year USA Limited Warranty. Tamron SP 70-300mm F/2.8 Di VC and SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC (model A005) are available for Canon, Nikon and *Sony full-frame and APS-C DSLRs. (*Sony mount without VC). Tamron lenses, when purchased from an authorized Tamron USA dealer, carry a 6-Year warranty and 3-business day repair turn-around. Read more.


         

Of the Week

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 29 Sep 2014

Photo of the Week

I'm going to climb over that wall by Ljubo Zdjelarevic






Story of the Week Matera, Southern Italy


Matera by Alessandro Avondo






Member of the Week Peter Tompkins


Misty Power Poles by Peter Tompkins

Photo Challenge: Shoot Your Favorite Time of the Day

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 28 Sep 2014

For this Photo Challenge it is all about your favorite time of the day.  Whether it is the quite hours of the morning or the life of the party during the night.


Night Lights by Linda Houghton


AND A NEW DAY BEGINS!! by Michael Yagoda


Evening Light in the Mountains by Pam Lennard


Fog with Bittersweet 7:53 AM by Andrea Petersen


Showtime by Ted Anderson


The Violet Hour by Elijah Weerts


Morning @ Lake by Klensa ksdams


LAKE CUSHMAN by Rashonda Meyers


Amanecer pepiniano II by Angel Arocho


10:55 a.m. by mark yugawa


Barn Kittens by Sara Knick


Solitary by Rob Case


Cloudy morning by Harsh Wardhan


Sunflower Love and Peace by Karen Menyhart


Favorite Time of the Day by Toby Morrison


"Pocillo" by Carlos Aviles


Oasis in the Desert by Mohammed Iskhakov


Morning Sun by Heather Prince


Untitled by Ivana Cvetkova


On the road again.. by Rohan Rego


Sunshade by Ivonne Robledo


Watched By The Moon by Camille Coffman


"God's Grace" by Kenneth Fasnacht


Fairy Tales by Riccardo Cuppini


running by Sungsoo Lee


Sunset Roses by Kathryn Meyer


beer:30 by patrick kowalka


Morning in My Sanctuary by Claire Crocker


early morning rain by christa masters


Twilight by Rebecca Raber


Nyctinasty

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 24 Sep 2014

It is dusk and it's time to unwind and withdraw from another of life's busy days.  It's time to retreat, to shy away from the noise and energy of the outside world and bunker down to retire for the night.  Just like many animals and humans, there are flowers that are highly evolved to rise with the sun and withdraw with the night.  Some flowers, like tulips, will shut and enclose themselves at dusk and open fresh for the next day, this movement is called nyctinasty.  Although the purpose of nyctinasty in flowers is not entirely understood, it is pretty remarkable and can be gorgeous to photograph

Check out these great JPG images that were taken when flowers enveloped themselves.


. by susumu katayama




Traces Of Spring by P. W.




Single closed snowdrop by Julie




Fuchsia bud by Stephen Fenstov




Bud and Bokeh by Denise Foley




lovers by Janno Vään




After the Storm by Cee Matos




shallot study 2 by christa masters




Pink Kiss by Kerry Nobbs




Closed for a Rainy Day by Steve Brushett


Before you let escape a yawn, draw sleepy eyes to a close, find a garden or a single bud and capture it retiring from the day.  Perhaps set up for a time lapse to catch every movement of nyctinasty.  If you happen across other great shots throughout the site, create a collection and bring your link back to share with us!

Of the Week

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 22 Sep 2014

Photo of the Week

The Key by Ted Anderson





Story of the Week Elemental, my dear...#1 Water

Forces of Nature (2011) by Tom Harvey





Member of the Week Rudi Waisnawa


chained in Life #1 by Rudi Waisnawa

Photo Challenge: By the Light of the Bonfire

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 21 Sep 2014

With summer drawing to a close and school starting back up, the best way to say goodby to the season, is a good old bonfire.  From college campuses to restless spirits, a bonfire is a great way to celebrate the past, present and what is to come!



Newport Flame by Jesse Nicole



fire in the allotments by catharine amato



Burning to a Crisp by James



Untitled by Stephen Little



Fire on High by Matt Granz


 From one spark can rise a great fire... And leave only ashes by Christy


 The Night of Ancient Bonfires by Janno Vään



Roasted Marshmallows by Euronimia Jesus



Bonfire on the mountains by Dave Berendhuysen

Canvas

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 17 Sep 2014

What used to be a taboo, even a sign of rebellion, has now become a right of passage.  Our bodies have long been said to be our temples and should be respected and loved. There are many individuals that are against tattooing the body, while others, well, lets just say are positively addicted to it.  Tattooing is a way to mark moments in our lives like  our struggles, triumphs, and memories; documenting our experiences permanently into our skin.

People have been poking themselves with needles and ink for around 5000 years!  All over the world, from China to Australia, native peoples practiced tattooing to show tribal rank, age, and even to protect themselves from evil spirits.  These days, tattooing is everywhere from tattoo parlors to bike rallies and, more recently reality TV.  If you want to see what's trending in the world of tattoos, there are shows like Ink Master or LA Ink, and we certainly can't forget the outrageous Tattoo Nightmares.  All these shows have catapulted the art and the artists that create such memorable pieces into stardom.

Our awesome JPG contributors have done some amazing work, themselves, capturing some fine ink work.  Check out these amazing tattoos and the canvases that wear them!

between batik and tattoo by dimas sediyatmo



Tattoo Artist by Marcus Sie



Untitled by Sheila Carroll



Tattoo 5 by Danny Gilleland



Tattoo by Fabrizio Romagnoli



my tattoos by amanda paredes



My new tattoo by Cory Grace



The girl with the dragon tattoo by Don Smith



Victorian by Steven Fylpaa



Sheena Rose by James Oliveira



"Ink Not Mink" PETA Suicide Girl Campaign by Bree Kristel Clarke



Calming the departed by Jerry Winnett



Untitled by Elle Fstop



Zach Griese by carleigh Frohlich



Chick Coca ! by Lany Simard


So the next time you're thinking about getting a tattoo or someone you know is, make sure that you take your camera to capture the art, and even the pain, in their pursuit of beauty... which is, after all, in the eye of the beholder!


Take a deep breath.... this is gonna hurt!

Of the Week

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 15 Sep 2014

Photo of the Week

first noble truth by Sagar Shah





Story of the Week How do you refrain from biting?


How do you refrain from biting? by seanie blue






Member of the Week Sungsoo Lee


a kid's eye @ train station by Sungsoo Lee

Photo Challenge: The Eyes Have It

Posted by Shayla Simmons — 14 Sep 2014

This photo challenge was suggested by Julie Newell and is was all about the eyes.  Eyes show all the emotion of life and take in the sights to be stored away in the memory bank.  JPGer's  got up close and personal to capture this beautiful feature of the face.

 



light and darkness by Julie Ann Newell




Odino il bello by Stefania Mela



 
Molten by Josie Eldred




 
Morning by Juli Watson




 
"Future" by Ruslan Tumash




 
reflection by Chris Ryser




 
Attentive Eyes by Talisha (Tally) Sachlis




 
Oluchi Onuoha by Eunice Onuoha




 
Hello Blue Eyes by Sarah Terokowskie




 
Embera Woman by George Campos Jr.




 
Face of Poverty: Part A by Jenna Kim




 
Wonder eyes by Euronimia Jesus
 




Goodbye summer. Hello autumn. by Kirill Tcipilev



 

by mihai surdea




sad eyes............ by kil roy metters




A Force To Be Reckoned With by Christian Thomas




Miss Mia! by Dale Estes




Divine Debris II (2) by Sarah Barker




Untitled by Debbie Hartley




say by Victor Bezrukov




Baby Face by A. Earle




Iris by Jing Zhou




Untitled by Christine