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Charla
07-12-2012, 03:40 PM
By now I'm sure you've figured out that July's theme is The Great Outdoors :D

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it (and I sincerely hope you do!) is to take a picture of the outdoors. You could choose to use this as a chance to practice your landscape photography, or to get a macro shot of an insect or a flower. Just something you have to leave your house to see!!

Here are two I've gotten. :D
http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab123/tdcteam/Charla/DSC_0459.jpg

http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab123/tdcteam/Charla/DSC_0107.jpg

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Since this is not strictly a scrapping challenge you do not have to make a scrapped page (though you are, of course, welcome to do so!).

To be eligible for Chickie points, you can make a layout that incorporates your photo or share just your photo with us here in this thread.

If you choose to make a layout, use whatever scrapbooking supplies you have on hand. (You don’t have to use something from our shop in order to participate in our TYS Challenges. However, if you would like to earn points toward free products, this challenge does qualify for Chickie Points. In order to earn 1 Chickie Point with a layout for this challenge, you must use at least 75% Digichick Designs on your layout.)

If you complete this challenge with a photo that isn't intended for a scrapbook page, you can still earn a Chickie Point by emailing Sinead (sinead@thedigichick.com) a screenshot of your photo (or a pic with your camera). She doesn't have to be able to see all of the details if the photo is private; she just needs to determine that you have followed along with the challenge. Sinead will add the point to your Chickie Points thread when she receives your email. Of course, you are also welcome to share your photo with us by posting your work in the gallery (see the next paragraph). In an email she needs:



image,
challenge date,
link to your Chickie Points tracking thread


Just in case you need a little refresher on our Chickie Points system (http://www.thedigichick.com/forums/showthread.php?34471-Chickie-Points-System%21), read more here (http://www.thedigichick.com/forums/showthread.php?34471-Chickie-Points-System%21). http://www.thedigichick.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

Please do come back and share your work with us! (Feel free to use our open gallery here at the Digichick (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/) if you need a place to upload your layout. We even have a spot just for challenge entries (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=509)!) Link up your journaling or layout to this thread, too!

The deadline to get the Chickie Points is July 31st.

Victoria32
07-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Stunning photos...love the crisp black and white photo.

Charla
07-19-2012, 05:50 PM
Thanks :wub:

Kristen
07-20-2012, 05:38 PM
Beautiful photos, Charla :heart: I'm such a city girl, and have a real soft spot for nightime, urban shots. Love 'em!

I took my daughter out for portraits. It's hard to stay focused as a 7 year old though. Here are my favorite shots:
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/500/Natalie-portraits-TYSE-phot.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=166799&title=outdoor-portraits&cat=500)

Charla
07-20-2012, 05:39 PM
Beautiful :wub: It really is hard to get them to stay focused :giggle:

Kristen
07-20-2012, 06:01 PM
Thanks! I used to be able to bribe her with candy, but that doesn't work anymore. If only I had enough $$ to buy the American Girl stuff she covets. Oh well :D

stevens89
07-20-2012, 06:02 PM
I am so intimidated posting this after your amazing photos Charla :wub: But I'm determined to learn how to use my camera properly and I'm hoping these challenges will keep me motivated :)

http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab123/tdcteam/Emilie/IMG_0591.jpg?t=1342817895

ETA, Kristen I just saw your layout. Your pictures are adorable!

Charla
07-20-2012, 06:03 PM
Don't be intimidated, Emilie!! But thanks :wub:

That's GORGEOUS!! It really captures the way it's lit up, and that's awesome!! :wub:

corrin
07-21-2012, 06:02 AM
gorgeous Emilie!!!

Kristen
07-21-2012, 09:26 PM
Gorgeous photo Emilie!! What camera and lens are you using?

stevens89
07-22-2012, 06:42 AM
Thanks Kristen :wub:

Its a Canon 550D, using the lens it came with (I'm new to this :noobie: )

Here's the link: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/canon-eos-550d-digital-slr-camera-with-ef-s-18-55mm-zoom-lens-04906457-pdt.html

Kristen
07-22-2012, 08:29 AM
I love my canon :heart: I have to replace the kit lens. You'll be amazed at how poor it is once you buy others. It's funny since even that is better than a p&s!

my favorite lens is a prime lens and works great for portraits here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00007E7JU/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1342956171&sr=8-1

My husband dropped it and replaced it with this one:http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00009XVCZ/ref=mp_s_a_2?qid=1342956171&sr=8-2

I honestly don't see $200 difference in them though!

Charla
07-22-2012, 10:19 AM
Kristen, there's a difference between the 1.4 and 1.8, but I'm not sure it's $200 worth either!! I've considered getting a 1.4 because I hear it's a better lens as well as having that extra f-stop, but I just can't justify it at this point!!

Kristen
07-22-2012, 12:59 PM
Kristen, there's a difference between the 1.4 and 1.8, but I'm not sure it's $200 worth either!! I've considered getting a 1.4 because I hear it's a better lens as well as having that extra f-stop, but I just can't justify it at this point!!

I absolutely agree!! The body is metal instead of plastic, but still. The 1.4 is fast, but honestly I never had issues with the 1.8. I think his apology was the extra $200. After all, he did drop my fave lens :(

Charla
07-22-2012, 01:51 PM
I bet you're right! Sorry he dropped it, though :( I would have been DEVASTATED!!!

Kristen
07-22-2012, 02:47 PM
I'm a clutz, so I wasn't even THAT upset. I actually tried using it cracked and all :teehee:

I actually initially bought the f 1.8 because a) I'm poor; b)I'm a recreational photog who never has as much to shoot as I'd like; and c) I had a pro friend RAVE about the lens. Details escape me now 5 years later, but I think it had been rumored to be either equivalent to or darn close to the f 1.4.

On the topic of good lens for the $$ - any recommendation to replace my kit lens? It's a 18-55, so I actually end up using it a ton. The lens is fine for the whatever it was when I bought the body (maybe $50 extra?), but when I compare the shots to my 50 mm or the zoom in to the base of my telephoto, there is no comparison. I figure 6 years later I should just use it until I really can't stand it any longer....but part of me wants to LOVE it like I love my other lenses.

Charla
07-22-2012, 05:52 PM
I had problems with it, but a lot of people SWEAR by Tamron's 28-75mm f/2.8. It had potential and I Loved it when it worked; I don't know if the problem was me or my old camera or the lens itself, but finally sold it and got something else. (I got an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Very expensive, VERY heavy but I use it 95% of the time...for anything but really low-light or for when I want to do detail pictures, when I pull out my 50mm)

Kristen
07-23-2012, 12:02 AM
I looked at that lens, and bought the 70-300 instead. When my hubby ran a race earlier this month, I found that I actually needed to switch lenses (which never happens). I had the telephoto to get the last quarter mile and finish, but then wanted to change for a few last close ups.

I find myself either using the 18-55 OR the 70, but never really switching. That's awesome that it works for you- and you must be stronger for it, too :D

Whenever I read the reviews, it sounds like that tamron is a crapshoot. After repricing though, I think I remember why I use that initial kit lens.....

Charla
07-23-2012, 09:42 AM
I looked at a lens that went up to 300. Someday I would like one with that much telephoto!!
Oh yeah, "Stronger" is a good word for it. Especially my neck :lol:

Yeah, you're right about the Tamron being a crapshoot. Maybe someday I'll get the Nikkor version, but it's pretty $$$.

Chel
07-26-2012, 11:45 PM
I somehow missed this thread till now! Awesome photos ladies!

Here are two outside photos I took this month. I think they are fun!

I took this one at the fish pond at my sons school - a bee visiting a flower:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/7653905536_b306c51582.jpg

This is at the duck park. A dragon fly visiting Nikolai's drink:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7653906558_0aeedb40d3.jpg

dawnfarias
07-26-2012, 11:49 PM
Wow, wow, wow, ladies!

Kristen
07-27-2012, 12:01 AM
Beautiful lotus, Chel.

How cool about the dragonfly. What camera/lens were you using? I have a fabulous 60mm macro that is the ultrasonic super quiet, but for active insects it can be sometimes a bit slow. I was actually just telling my husband that a dragon fly had landed on the baby today during our walk today. The two were just chilling until I shooed it off.

Charla
07-27-2012, 09:57 AM
Those are fun, Chel!! Great capturing the moment!

Chel
07-28-2012, 11:38 PM
Beautiful lotus, Chel.

How cool about the dragonfly. What camera/lens were you using? I have a fabulous 60mm macro that is the ultrasonic super quiet, but for active insects it can be sometimes a bit slow. I was actually just telling my husband that a dragon fly had landed on the baby today during our walk today. The two were just chilling until I shooed it off.

Thanks!! And really it was luck. I just have a point and shoot - Canon Powershot SX130. But yes insects are hard! Baby and dragonfly chilling - :giggle:

seniorgal
07-29-2012, 08:31 PM
Here's one from me:

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/july_photo.jpghttp://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=167700&title=in-the-spotlight&cat=509

Charla
07-30-2012, 10:25 AM
Oh my gosh, Barbara, I love that!! Of course I'm a huge sucker for sunflare, so this picture make me happy :wub:

Lor
07-30-2012, 11:58 AM
Gorgeous LOs everyone! Here be mine:

This here is a pic I took yesterday while at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The grounds are beautiful; This is one of the ponds there.

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/ZooPond-1.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=167753&title=zoo-pond&cat=509)

Charla
07-30-2012, 12:03 PM
Oh wow, Laurie, that's gorgeous!! So green and lush and dreamy!! :wub:

Lor
07-30-2012, 12:17 PM
Thank you Charla... It was the perfect day for picture taking, so beautiful photos came easy! :-)


Oh wow, Laurie, that's gorgeous!! So green and lush and dreamy!! :wub:

corrin
07-31-2012, 09:23 AM
here is mine - sneaking in at the last minute!
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s430/corrink/battlesbridge2copy.jpg

Charla
07-31-2012, 09:27 AM
beautiful, Corrin :wub: The photos (and the layout) are peaceful and serene. Ahhhh :heart: