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Photo Contest: Hot Pics for May

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

5/3/10 Hot Pic: "The Rocket's Red Glare" by Bob Davidson, Peoria, Arizona

Bob says: "This is a photograph of an elusive desert cactus flower called the Argentine Giant, which blossoms in early spring in the evening and lives for only one day. It is the official flower of Arizona. I used a Canon XSI without a flash."

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5/10/10 Hot Pic: "Roses" by Everett Bosch, Tracy, California

Everett says: "It was about dusk. The sun came through the trees and hit the blossoms just right, so they glowed. I cropped a bit, and the rest was good fortune. I shot it with a sort-of-old-school Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15."

5/17/10 Hot Pic: "Bendix Building" by Michael Doliveck, Morro Bay, California

Michael says that he took this photo in downtown Los Angeles using a Canon EOS 7D.

5/24/10 Hot Pic: "Threads of Tranquility," by Russ Raines, Huntingtown, Maryland

Russ says: "I took this picture at the Baltimore Aquarium using a Canon Rebel XTi and a 24 to 70mm zoom lens. I didn't use the flash, but set the shutter to 1/60th of a second and the ISO to 800."

5/31/10 Hot Pic: "Hangin' Out" by Mike Hotchkin, Anchorage, Alaska

Mike says: "I shot this rather lively gold dust day gecko on a fence post on the north shore of Oahu with my pocket Canon SD770IS Digital Elph."

5/3/10 Runner-Up: "Morning Has Broken" by Gary L Sprague, New Kensington, Pennsylvania

Gary captured this photo with a Nikon CoolPix P90 and enhanced the color in Photoshop Elements.

5/10/10 Runner-Up: "End of Day" by Jim Harmon, Carthage, New York

Jim says: "I took this photo of my grandson after a long Father's Day fishing trip. The golden sunset and the waves made for a perfect silhouette. I used a Canon Powershot A720."

5/17/10 Runner-Up: "Droplets" by Reza Haghighipour, Iran

Reza says: "I captured this photo using my Sony Cybershot DSC-W120 after a rainy day near the seaside. I used a flash to make the droplets stand out more."

5/24/10 Runner-Up: "T-Rex in Pursuit," by Rob Petershack, Madison, Wisconsin

Rob writes: "A very delicate piece of ice formed on our deck just outside of our patio door. I took dozens of pictures of it over a period of three days. Here is one of them, which I took with my Panasonic DMC-TZ5."

5/31/10 Runner-Up: "Misty March Morning" by Barb Sieminski, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Barb says: "On my way to the Y, I took the scenic route, enjoying the misty landscape. As I was going down a rural road, the fog opened a little--just enough that this scene leaped out at me. I pulled over and took this shot with my Canon Powershot SX20 IS."