Bokeh Galore

Bokeh can be defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

by Andrea Virág
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by Sean Scott
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by Veronika.Cervena
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by François Mahieu
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by Louis Benzell
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from “Bokeh Galore Challenge”
by Omar Bariffi

more at GuruShots

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Cherry Blossom in Colour

“I would like to see your photos of cherry blossom. You could show anything from a macro of a bud or single bloom, to branches or entire cherry blossom trees. Other things such as people can be shown in the image, but the cherry blossom must be dominant. All images must be in colour.”

Cherry blossom 2
by Borut Pihlar
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Cherry blossom
by Pamela Liu
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Sakura and anime-girls
by Yaroslava Gromova
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Ring-necked Parakeet
by Emma Durnford
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Cherry blossom in Virginia
by Jhafrix
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Cherry Blossom in Colour
Created and judged by Robert Snary
more at Photocrowd

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Perspective: a small thing that makes a big difference

It sounds cliché to say, “it’s all a matter of perspective”, but in photography a slight change in your camera’s position can make a big difference to the overall look of your final image. Let me take you on a recent expedition to a local field to show you what I mean.
by Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary

The Formula
Well, there really isn’t one, except perhaps – move and shoot (or is that, shoot and move). Each scene is different, but your viewer will be far more engaged if you offer an unusual view of your subject. Some suggestions include;
Shoot higher than eye level
Shoot lower than eye level
Shoot straight up or straight down
Move in close or back away
Frame your subject – use a door, window, arch, tree branch (this is a whole blog post on its own)
Switch lenses or focal lengths (again another blog post)
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Perspective: a small thing that makes a big difference
more by Peter Baumgarten
at Olympus

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The Beauty of Plants

Achieving great images of plants and beautiful flowers requires skill, passion and commitment. This category celebrates the ephemeral beauty of the plant – from seed to compost. Plant portraiture is all about capturing the very essence, or character, of a plant. This could be a rambling rose, a humble bluebell, an exotic tree peony or the delicate flower head of a grass. A single bloom in isolation can be admired for its uniqueness or beautiful flowers celebrated for their form and colour.

Lotus Tango by Kathleen Furey
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Artichoke by Marjoleine Brons
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Psychedelic Mushroom by Jackie Kramer
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The Couple by Henrik Spranz
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The Beauty of Plants
more at International Garden Photographer of the Year

Flowers by Adrzej Kraj

Best worldwide inspiring photographers.
Hot Shots 38 – Camerapixo Photography Magazines – We Inspire

Siódemka Wspanialych
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Mala Galaktyka
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Ksiezycowa Sonata
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Sila Natury
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Kolor Jesieni
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Flowers by Adrzej Kraj
more in Camerapixo

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Love Republic

Delicate silhouettes and fashionable design are the essential features of the stylish look from Love Republic!
The Love Republic girl is special: she is feminine, dazzling, open and loving. Her style is expressly womanly, it accentuates her natural sexuality and differs her from others.

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Alessandra Ambrosio
for Love Republic

Green Gibraltar

Single entry award winners from the “Green Gibraltar” special award.
International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12

Ernest Martinez – 1st Place
‘Passage to the Mediterranean Steps’
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Gerry Fagan – 2nd Place
‘Dandelion’
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Monica McMahon – 3rd Place
‘Early Morning Dew on White Narcissus’
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Ernest Martinez – Finalist
‘Blooming’
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Alexander Sanchez Soiza – Commended
‘A Measure of Tranquillity’
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Green Gibraltar
more at International Garden Photographer of the Year