Photo Contest: Hot Pics for May

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

5/4/09 Hot Pic: "Sunset Leaves," by Vincent Mariano, Plantation, Florida

Vincent writes: "I was photographing a sunset when I accidentally put my lens out of focus. I liked what I saw, so I reframed the scene and took this photo." (Vincent used a Nikon D40.)

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5/11/09 Hot Pic: "Afterburn," by Robert Florczak, Sunrise, Florida

Robert says: "I took this photo with my Canon S5 IS at the Warbird Museum in Titusville, Florida. It is not retouched in any way. It is actually the rusted afterburner section of an F105G Thunderchief. I slung my torso into the engine as far as I could."

5/18/09 Hot Pic: "Saigon Opera House at Tet," by JD McClellan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

JD writes: "I took this photo in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year celebration. I used a Canon IXUS 960 IS."

5/25/09 Hot Pic: "Jump," by Joey Sours, Luray, Virginia

Joey writes: "From the uneven boulders below, I took this photograph of my wife, Elisabeth, in Arches National Park in Utah. I allowed the sun to peek around the edge of the arch in order to get the lens flare effect. I caught her in the middle of a jump for joy."

5/4/09 Runner-Up: "Daddy's Sunday Girl" by Peggy Laurel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Peggy writes: "I captured this scene of a dad and his tiny daughter taking a much needed rest after spending Sunday afternoon at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama."

5/11/09 Runner-Up: "Spider Found" by John Astolos, New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

John writes: "I was taking pictures of a sunset near Keystone State Park in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania. I had gotten the exposures I was after and then decided to sit down. In the weeds in front of me, I noticed the spider. I took a series of shots, and fell in love with this one.

5/18/09 Runner-Up: "Tees" by Rob Castro, Chino Hills, California

Rob writes: "This is a close up of a tablecloth used when celebrating Norooz [the Persian New Year]. I used my Canon Rebel XT with a LensBaby, coupled with macro filters."

5/25/09 Runner-Up: "Opening Day," by Ana Karina Casal, Royal Palm Beach, Florida

Ana says: "I snuck the camera through the fence and shot a picture of my son trying to win the Homerun Rally contest on Opening Day in West Palm Beach.

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