As regular readers will know, we run a monthly photography competition with some nice prizes on offer. Each month we announce a new theme, and readers have a month to send in their photos. To get us in the mood for Summer (here on the top half of the planet anyway) the theme for June was nice and simple: "What I Did On My Holiday". However we were looking for something a bit more creative than the usual boring holidays snaps. Just because you're on holiday, it doesn't mean you can't put in a bit of effort and take some decent photos to share when you get back home. Needless to say, our readers did not disappoint us, and the standard of the entries was as high as ever.
We usually go through the entries on a Monday, so a few humorous entries always help to dispel the Monday blues. With a light-hearted theme it's not too surprising that there were more amusing photos than usual this month, including this grin-inducing picture from Brooks Morrow of the wonderfully-named Flower Mound, Texas. It was taken on a local golf course using a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10. The ball just looks so darned happy!
Another amusing picture was this little triptych from Peter Hopper of Dalgety Bay, Scotland. Peter was one of our finalists in January, in the competition themed "Ends and Beginnings". While the Lego Star Wars figures add an element of humour there's still a lot of technical skill gone into making each of these three pictures, with careful control of lighting, focus and depth of field. Peter used his Nikon D50 with a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lens, and a radio-triggered off-camera Sunpak 26DX flash. Post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Another amusing shot, and a good representation of what most people would like to do on their holiday, is this entry from Stig Lykke Iversen of Virum, Denmark, one of the prize winners of our January competition. Stig took this picture while on holiday with his family in Sardinia. He used his Canon EOS 450D with a Canon 10-22mm lens and a polarizer filter, at 16mm with an exposure of f/11 and 1/125th sec. The in-camera flash was fired to the soften shadows.