Digital Focus: Touch Up Portraits, Part 2

Hot Pic of the Week

Get published, get famous! Each week, we select our favorite reader-submitted photo based on creativity, originality, and technique. Every month, the best of the weekly winners gets a prize valued at between $15 and $50.

Here's how to enter: Send us your photograph in JPEG format, at a resolution no higher than 640 by 480 pixels. Entries at higher resolutions will be immediately disqualified. If necessary, use an image editing program to reduce the file size of your image before e-mailing it to us. Include the title of your photo along with a short description and how you photographed it. Don't forget to send your name, e-mail address, and postal address. Before entering, please read the full description of the contest rules and regulations.

This Week's Hot Pic: "Winter Rose," by Ken Runyan, Willits, California

What instantly struck me about this photo is the way the background looks, at a glance, like a studio backdrop--but it's really just the sky, captured in an amazingly beautiful state. Here's what Ken has to say about his picture:

"I took this picture after it had been raining. I shot various angles of the rose, but for this particular picture, I crouched down under the rose, shooting up towards a darkened, cloudy sky. I used a Kodak DX6490 on its macro setting. The water droplets are pointing down, towards the camera. I used IPhoto Plus to enhance the contrast and saturation slightly."

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