Hot Pics for August

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

8/3/09 Hot Pic: "Betty Blue," by Brandon L. Cyr, Dallas, Texas

Brandon writes: "I took this shot at an old antique store in Northern Texas with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel. This antique car was beautifully highlighted in all the right places by a late afternoon sun. I like to focus on the smaller, more intimate details of everyday scenes, and that's why I don't show the whole car. A headlight isn't usually something people stop to take a look at, but here, it became the focus of the shot."

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8/10/09 Hot Pic: "Monarch," by Greg Borchert, Germantown, Maryland

Greg took this close-up of a Monarch butterfly with his Nikon D50.

8/17/09 Hot Pic: "Air and Water," by Lyndon Johnson, Chicago

Lyndon combined two images for this photo. One was a 10-second time exposure panoramic photo of the fountains, and the other was a shot of an airplane taken with a fast shutter speed and 20mm zoom lens.

Lyndon writes: "I first stitched the panorama using Paint Shop Pro, and then I integrated the other shot using layers in blend mode. Actually, I did that twice--it's the same aircraft, added twice in separate layers."

8/24/09 Hot Pic: "Serenity," by Neil Cavanaugh, Ossipee, New Hampshire

Neil writes: "This was a very serene moment on Lake Ossipee. I took this with my Nikon D40x early in the morning."

8/3/09 Runner-Up: "Grasshopper in Silhouette" by Mark Godett, Ridgecrest, California

Mark writes: "Last October, while camping, I decided to take a nap in our blue nylon tent. This grasshopper landed on the outside of the tent while I was on the inside. I took the photo with my Canon A620 using the macro setting."

8/10/09 Runner-Up: American Flag" by Janell Moore, La Mesa, California

Janell took this photo at Pearl Harbor using a Sony CyberShot DSC-P200.

8/17/09 Runner-Up: "Looking up at the Wild Blue Yonder" by Marie Carbonaro, Neptune, New Jersey

Marie took this photo with her Panasonic DMC-FZ18 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California.

8/24/09 Runner-Up: "Wings Up," by Arnold Dubin, Indialantic, Florida

Arnold writes: "I took this photo of the Roseate Spoonbill in Florida's Viera Wetlands. I used my Nikon D200 with a 500mm f4 manual focus lens."

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