Photo Contest: Hot Pics for July

Subscribers to Dave Johnson's Digital Focus newsletter took these shots.

7/6/09 Hot Pic: "Escape," by Janet Garinger, Orange, California

Janet says: "I saw this homeless person early one morning and imagined that if I were homeless, I would read to escape." She shot the photo with a Canon Digital Rebel EOS and processed it as a High Dynamic Range image.

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7/13/09 Hot Pic: "Killdeer Chick Takes a Hike," by Judy Howle, Columbus, Mississippi

Judy writes: "I spotted a pair of killdeer with four chicks. When I stopped my car to take photos, this little guy headed away to join his siblings. I was disappointed with the rear-view shot until I saw it on the computer." Judy used a Canon EOS 50D.

7/20/09 Hot Pic: "The Clock," by Marlena Davis, Cumberland, Rhode Island

Marlena writes: "I took this picture on an afternoon walk in my neighborhood. I used my Canon PowerShot AS590 IS in macro mode. I like how this one captures the details of the dandelion in the foreground while foreshadowing the dandelion's future in the background."

7/27/09 Hot Pic: "Country Spokes," by Ron Berkley, Spokane Valley, Washington

Ron writes: "This is an old wagon wheel in front of a local restaurant in my town. I photographed it on an overcast day so there would be no shadows in the shot, using a Fuji FinePix S1000FD."

7/6/09 Runner-Up: "Morning Yogurt" by W.L. Stone, Fountain, Colorado

W.L. says he took this a photo of a morning appetizer at a local bed and breakfast with a Canon 450D.

7/13/09 Runner-Up: "Pretty in Pink" by Margie Martin, Corry, Pennsylvania

Margie took this photo in Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia, using a Sony A100.

7/20/09 Runner-Up: "Aaron on London Street" by Kevin Hegarty, Pinckney, Michigan

Kevin took this pensive shot with an Olympus C-4000.

7/27/09 Runner-Up: "Poles," by William Egan, Lutherville, Maryland

William says: "I took this photo using the camera on my iPhone. I was on a fishing trip in the Chesapeake Bay, trolling with 26 lines out. The sun was casting a nice hue on the rods so I got under them to capture the vertical pattern. The IPhone warped the image slightly, which is how the fish-eye effect was created."