Photo Contest: Hot Pics for July

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7/4 Hot Pic: "Praying Mantis" by Jondaar Jondaar, New Zealand

Jondaar writes: "I'm new to photography, but I recently found this praying mantis in a wool bale, and I thought this would make a great macro shot. I used a Fujifilm S9600."

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7/11 Hot Pic: "Shoshone" by Lisa Kidd, Jerome, Idaho

Lisa writes: "This is Shoshone Falls, near Twin Falls, Idaho. I shot this using my Canon T1i using a 1/4 second exposure."

7/18 Hot Pic: "River of Dreams" by Neil R. Shapiro, Niskayuna, New York

Neil writes: "The Mohawk River, near Niskayuna, reflects a very dramatic cloudscape around sunset. I captured this with a Nikon D90 and a HiTech Graduated neutral density filter, mounted in a Cokin filter holder."

7/25 Hot Pic: "New Tulip," by Nichole Bengtson, Markesan, Wisconsin

Nichole says that she took this photo with her Nikon D40 just as the sun was setting.

7/4 Runner Up: "White Peacock" by Kenneth Schneider, Miramar, Florida

Kenneth writes: "I took this photo of a white peacock butterfly in an empty lot near our South Florida home." Kenneth used a Canon 60D with a 300mm lens and a 1.4x extension.

7/11 Runner Up: "Wooden Shoes" by Myka Forrest, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Myka says: "I recently spent the weekend in Pella, Iowa, for its famous Tulip Time festival. There were plenty of tulips, Dutch letters, poffertjes, and parades. The Pella Christian Grade School marches in traditional Dutch wooden shoes. I used my Canon PowerShot S90 to capture the drummers' feet, and then used a layer mask in GIMP to add selective coloring."

7/18 Runner Up: "Cooling Off" by Russell Smith, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Russell writes: "I took this picture while waiting in line to get into the New Jersey Aquarium. It was an unseasonably hot day on the Camden Waterfront."

7/25 Runner Up: "Jungle Sunset," by Aitijhya Mallick, West Bengal, India

Aitijhya used a Fuji FinePix S2000HD to take this photo in West Bengal, India.

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