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Photo Contest: Hot Pics for October

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

10/5/09 Hot Pic: "Rustic Wheel in the Desert," by Shefali Collins, Glendale, Arizona

Shefali says: "I took this in Cave Creek, Arizona, at the home of someone who was fixing up an antique wagon. I used my Nikon D60. I edited the picture with Irfanview to turn it to sepia and increase the contrast so that the shadows and texture of the wood showed more prominently."

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10/12/09 Hot Pic: "Rainbow Girl," by Rich Haley, Lexington, Kentucky

Rich used a Sony DCS-F717. He writes: "This is my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, who was the flower girl at her uncle's wedding. She's illuminated with natural light coming through the church window. When she saw the light show on the floor, she could hardly contain herself."

10/19/09 Hot Pic: "At the End of the Day," by Adrienne Murray, Silver Spring, Maryland

Adrienne writes: "I was aiming to get a good sunset shot when I came across these two kids, who looked like they were posing for me." She used a Panasonic DMC-FZ28.

10/26/09 Hot Pic: "Fowl Sunset," by Gary Brown, Riverside, California

Gary writes: "I took this photo with a Canon Sureshot at a pier in Oceanside."

10/5/09 Runner-Up: "Thunderbirds" by Joe Gonzalez, Rochester, New York

Joe took this close-up of the Blue Angels at an air show with his Canon Rebel XTi using a 300mm.

10/12/09 Runner-Up: "Night Lights" by Jill M. Smith, Arlington, Texas

Jill writes: "I am taking a photography class at the local college and our assignment was to use our white balance to change the color of the lights outside. I took this shot with a Canon Rebel XSI and a white balance set to tungsten."

10/19/09 Runner-Up: "Dragonfly on Lotus" by Jim Bryson, Brandon, Mississippi

Jim says that he shot this photo at his own fish pond with a Canon EOS Kiss X2.

10/26/09 Runner-Up: "Nature's Merry-Go-Round," by Julie Finley, Easton, Pennsylvania

Julie says that she took this photo of an Astra African Daisy with a Fuji FinePix S8100FD.