Echoing Forms Assignment: Our Favorite Reader Photos


Echoing Bridge
A foggy day in Budapest, Hungary, resulted in this hypnotizing, geometric image of a railway bridge. Balázs Töro captured it with a Nikon D3200 and a Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S VR lens at 82mm, f/4.5 at 1/50 sec at ISO 400.
© Balázs Töro

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Echoing Forms and we received a fantastic group of images showing this compositional technique, where forms seem to “echo,” or repeat within a frame. Submissions ranged from images that captured repeating patterns in nature such as the leaves on a tree or blades of grass, to more made-made forms, including images of machines and architecture. There were even several eye-catching images where animals seemed to echo each other, in a true expression of “copycatting.” Please check out some of our favorite Echoing Forms images from readers in the next few pages.

Follow The Leader
Frank Goroszko says the weather was overcast when he shot this gritty motorcycle racing practice session using a Nikon D70 and a Tamron 18-200mm lens at 95mm, f/6.3 at 1/800 sec at ISO 400. “The D70 was not a great action camera, but I had a good shooting angle and was able to get this group at nearly the best part of the turn,” Goroszko says.
© Frank Goroszko

Teddy Roosevelt Memorial
Roger Raepple calls the Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial, which is located on the Potomac River, one of Washington D.C.’s “hidden gems.” He captured this shadow echo of Roosevelt’s arm with a Sony A700 and a Sony 70-300mm lens at 200mm, f/16 at 1/60 sec at ISO 200. Raepple then processed the image with Nik plug-ins “to make it look like an old postcard,” which he thought fit the subject.
© Roger Raepple

“I’m always intrigued by repeating patterns and shot this with my first digital camera from a balcony at a high-rise hotel in Honolulu,” Jock Goodman says. “The nonconformist lady was first to arrive and completed the composition with the needed color splash and human element.” No technical information was supplied.
© Jock Goodman

The Hopkins House
Andrew Weiss captured this densely beautiful architectural shot in Philadelphia with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens with a focal length set to 200mm, f/9.0, and a 30-second exposure. It was then edited to black and white, with sharpening and cropping performed in Adobe Lightroom.
© Andrew Weiss

David Bowden calls this image of a line of colorful scooters “a happy accident” that he came across while on a photo walk in downtown Seattle, Washington. No technical information was supplied.
© David Bowden

Birds Of A Feather
This air-to-air shot of the Trojan Phylers T-28 Airshow Team was captured by Lynn Cromer who was flying at approximately 160 mph, 1000 feet above the ground in a “Beechcraft A36 with the door off.” Cromer used a Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoomed in to 90mm at 1/180 sec at f/9.5.
© Lynn Cromer

Museum Row: Los Angeles
These columns in front of Museum Row in Los Angeles were photographed by Antonio Salazar using a Canon EOS 50D and a 17-85mm lens. It was shot in Program mode at ISO 320.
© Antonio Salazar

Hallowed Ground
“Walking in the Golden Gate National Cemetery left me feeling humbled and honored,” photographer Douglas Croft writes. “When I saw this flag in front of one of the markers I really got the feeling that I was in a hallowed place.” He used a Nikon D5000 and a Nikkor 28-300mm lens at f/5.6, ISO 400 with a shutter speed of 1/3200 sec.
© Douglas Croft

Lorenzo Cassina photographed this pair of wood storks at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Flamingo Gardens, Florida, where “injured animals find shelter, animal care, and love for life.” Cassina used a Nikon D80 and a Sigma 70-300mm lens at f/7.1, 1/200 sec at ISO 250.
© Lorenzo Cassina

Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Bokeh: Shallow DOF

Our next Picture This! assignment is “bokeh,” the effect of very shallow depth of field that makes backgrounds painterly and “breaks up” highlights into soft, glowing forms. While some folks think you need the vaunted nine-bladed diaphragm to achieve this effect, in truth an artful point of view using an appropriate focal length and a wide aperture will usually do the trick.

This photo was made with a Canon EOS 5D and a 70-200mm lens at 200mm with an exposure of f/5 at 1/800 sec.
© George Schaub

How To Submit Online
1. Go to and register. Scroll down the page and on the right side you will see a box for entering your username and your password. If you have already registered and/or submitted images for the Galleries you can skip this step. Respond to the activation e-mail. Registration is free. You will use your username and password whenever you visit or, with some systems, it will automatically load for you when you visit

2. Check the assignment and closing dates in the magazine. When the magazine is printed we will create an appropriate gallery for your images. The limit is two images per assignment.

3. Select and prepare your images. We only accept files at a maximum 5MB size, JPEG format. Save the JPEG at a quality level of 10 or higher. Note that file size in your image folder directory will determine upload size, not the “opened” file size, as JPEG compresses at 1:4 at higher quality ratings. If your images do not load it probably means you have exceeded the file size or have not used JPEG format.

4. Click on the Galleries tab on the homepage. In the Category section use the drop-down menu to select the Picture This! assignment. Note that images are simultaneously loaded into the assignment category as well as your own personal gallery. When the Picture This! assignment deadline date has lapsed the assignment gallery will be removed, but your images will still reside in your own gallery.

5. In the Description box add title, camera, lens, exposure information, and your full name. Also add any other comments or anecdotes you think relevant. We reserve the right to edit comments as needed.

6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. This uploads the image.

7. You retain copyright on the image.

8. We will choose the images after close of the due date.

9. Please feel free to comment on images submitted by other readers.

Please Note: If the photograph includes a minor or a recognizable individual or group you are guaranteeing that you have a signed model release form, and especially a parental or guardian release form for minors. You should keep a copy of that release in your files. Scan that release and keep it handy. If an image is chosen for publication, failure to provide a form when requested will eliminate the image from consideration. You can find release forms at and other resources on the Internet. By uploading images you attest that the model release form is valid, that any depiction of a person is with their consent, that you have a model release form available on request, and that all images you submit have been made by you.

Deadline For Submission: November 15, 2014
Images will appear in our February 2015 issue

Our Next Topic: The Decisive Moment
Deadline: December 15, 2014
Publication Date: March, 2015

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