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Photo Contest: Hot Pics for July

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

7/5/10 Hot Pic: "Open Door" by Derek Feldman, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Derek says: "Last fall I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D90, and I've started to record the abandoned places in my area. This particular place is an abandoned farmhouse outside of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. I processed the image in Adobe Photoshop CS4."

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7/13/10 Hot Pic: This week's Hot Pic: "Union" by Jon Tousignant, St. Paul, Minnesota

Jon writes: "I took this photo at Lutsen Resort in northern Minnesota, where I was staying for my cousin's wedding. I noticed a number of these burs laying around all over the pavement, and I happened to stumble across these two that were connected. I thought it was appropriate."

7/20/10 Hot Pic: "Mesa Verde" by Ron Lashley, Flora Vista, New Mexico

Ron says: "I stopped by Mesa Verde National Park after driving to Durango, and I only had 45 minutes in the park before driving home. I found a dead tree that framed snowcapped mountains in the background, and captured the scene with my Sony A300, using an 18-250 zoom and a polarizing filter."

7/27/10 Hot Pic: "Soaking," by Nichole Bengtson, Markesan, Wisconsin

Nichole says: "This Gerber Daisy is potted in my front yard. After watering it one afternoon and seeing the way the sun hit the water drops, I had to grab the shot with my Nikon D40."

7/5/10 Runner-Up: "Yellow Raindrop Tulip" by Danell Sulik, Elroy, Wisconsin

Danell says: "I took this photo right after a rainstorm and used Photoshop Elements' Magic Extractor to remove the background and replace it with a black one. I took the photo with a Sony Cybershot H20."

7/13/10 Runner-Up: "Bikers at Lima" by Hugo Chirre, Lima, Peru

Hugo took this silhouette using a Canon PowerShot A40.

7/20/10 Runner-Up: "My Curly Tail" by Arnold Dubin, Indialantic, Florida

Arnold says: "I took this photo of a Carinate Curly-Tailed Lizard at ARM Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. I used my Nikon D300 with a Nikon 18-200mm lens, and I used Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 to crop and enhance this photo."

7/27/10 Runner-Up: "The Songs of Hiawatha," by Robert Jones, New Zealand

Robert writes: "I took this photo while doing an assignment for a digital photography class... I used a Canon EOS 400D, and made some minor edits to the photo."