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Photographer - Manish Mamtani

This image has been taken using an infrared lens with the camera set to B&W. The infrared filter blocks out almost all the light so a very long exposure is required therefore a tri-pod is needed to avoid camera shake.

Here we see a long straight road going diagonally from just off the centre of the image heading toward the left. This works as a leading line in to the centre of the image. The road is lined with rows of tall tress covered in leaves. The sky in the background has dark clouds across it creating an interesting mood.

The infrared lens has converted the leaves in the trees and the grass by the road into a soft red colour. This makes the image stand out as something much more interesting and picturesque than a simple shot by the roadside.

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Photographer - Ondrej Pakan

This image is of an insect covered in dew drops after a heavy rain fall. This has been captured using a macro lens and a very shallow depth of field. This is achieved by choosing a lower f-stop.

The insect is covered all over in these drops of various sizes. The insect is perched on a thin green leaf. The use of the shallow depth of field has created an interesting teal coloured background giving the impression almost of a backdrop behind the insect. The only areas of the image that are in focus are the bug itself and a small area of the leaf that he is on.

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Photographer - Robin Wong

This image was shot using a macro lens along with an external flash with a mini soft box attached. The photographer has used the settings 1/125sec. F11, ISO200 to capture this.

In this image we see an insect crawling its way down a large leaf. The leaf is sitting as a slight angle which works as a leading line towards the left edge of the image and the way that the insect is walking.

The vibrant orange of the insect's body works as an interesting colour contrast with the deep black background.

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Photographer - Justin NG

This image is taken in Singapore of the Milky Way. The photographer has used a wide angle lens with Lee 0.9 soft GND filters. He has also used an intervalometer for the long exposure to capture more of the nights sky. Due to the use of long exposure he would have mounted his camera on a tripod. The GND filter will have created the graduated colouring of the background.

The composition of this image is a tree in the centre of the image, standing alone on a large, flat grassy field. The rest of the mid ground and background is made up of the sky in various lighting.

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Photographer - Vitaly Friedman

This image has been taken by the roadside of a busy street. In the foreground we see the motion blur of the traffic passing by in front of a large cathedral. The image has been taken at night on a cloudy evening. The light pollution from the traffic is giving the clouds a red glow.

This long exposure image has been created using a slow shutter speed. This creates a sense of speed with the passing traffic and an element of hectic city life. The camera would have been positioned on a tri-pod to minimise the movement of the camera which would cause the buildings to be blurred.

Photographer - John Mueller

Motion blur has been used in this image of a woman waiting on a train. The woman is positioned in the third right of the image standing on the station platform with the fast moving train taking up the rest of the image. She is wearing a floaty denim skirt with a puffy grey jacket and brown heeled boots. She has a large handbag hanging over her left shoulder with her left hand raised up covering her ear, this suggests that the train is creating a large amount of noise.

To achieve this technique the photographer would have used a slow shutter speed with his camera mounted on a trip-pod to eliminate shake. He also would have used a shallow depth of field in order for the woman to remain the only thing in focus. This technique highlights how fast the train is moving. The focus has been put onto the woman which causes the train to be blurred. The speed of the train has caused the woman's skirt to blow out which has also created a slight motion blur. Other than that the woman is standing completely still.

Personally I really like this technique, I feel it has taken this image to a much more interesting level than if it was simply a woman standing waiting for a train.

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Photographer - Ian Norman

This is an image taken of the milky way over a desert style landscape.

Compositionally, the photographer has used the 80/20 rule. 80% of the image has been taken up by the milky way leaving 20% for the landscape in the foreground. Having the foreground in the shot gives the image context as oppose to having the image consist purely of the milky way even though this is the main focus of the image.

This image was taken with a DSLR using a Canon 18-55mm lens. The lens was set at 18mm and using manual settings set to f/3.5. A 30 second long exposure has been used to capture a largest amount of stars. I would guess that the photographer has used a ND filter which has added a gradient in the sky.

I think, along with the technique, the composition really makes this image stand out.

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Photographer - Hib Saib

In this portrait style image we see a head and shoulders shot of a young male. He has been splattered with neon paint, focusing around his eyes and along his lashes. The model is staring off towards the right 3rd of the image and into the light source as we can see the catch light in his eyes.

Compositionally this is interesting as his face is off centre. A shallow depth of field has been used and the focal point is on his face making his features stand out.

This effect is achieved by using a UV light as the only light source. The UV light used causes the paint to illuminate the vivid colours of the paint.

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Photographer - Unknown

The photographer has used and stacked time lapse photography to create this stunning Astral image. This shot we see a bare tree just off the centre of the image. The effect created from the time lapse of the stars creates a colourful blur forming a circle. The tree hits perfectly in the centre of this circle.

To create this effect the photographer has used an intervalometer in order to capture images at set times. A trip-pod would have been used to steady the camera during the time-lapse. This will reduce shake and enable the images to be consistent and able to be stacked in post-processing. The composition of the image would have been considered before setting up the equipment.The edges of the landscape curve up at the corners suggesting that a fisheye lens has been used, this adds an interesting element to the image.

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Photographer - Bill Gracey

This night time shot was taken with a night vision camera. The camera was a Midnight Shot NV-1 IR Digicam.

We can see a lakeside surrounded by trees and a small embankment. The infrared of the camera has turned the leaves of the tress and the grass into a crisp white colour, reminiscent of a heavy snowfall. However, its clear that this is due to the technique as there is no snow on the branches or the lake.

I feel that this is a really moving technique that creates a striking image. It takes this simple lakeside image to look like something out of a fairytale.

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