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Selective coloring has been made popular by Ansel Adams. He knew the human eye is automatically attracted to brighter parts of a photograph. He used this knowledge to put emphasis on certain subjects in his photos. He figured this out in his darkroom where he processed his landscape photos.

In this contest we're going to do a variation of that, but with modern tools of course! You can either take a color photo and turn part of it into grayscale. Or, you can take a grayscale photo and manually colorize part(s) of it.

To give an example, have a look at the winner of our latest selective blue contest on Pxleyes

Won by Still26

The end result should be the same. A photo that is in grayscale for at least 50% and uses color to put emphasis on the parts that you consider most important.

Good luck!

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By Wayne-Cheah
By kyricom
By Vibeke
By grasshopper1
By Starfire_Moon
By Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki
By Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki
By Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki
By Teecee
By wtfayla
By Teecee
By Teecee
By iquraishi
By Starfire_Moon
By Teecee
By grasshopper1
By iquraishi
By kyricom
By kyricom
By iquraishi
By SohamGargatte
By Starfire_Moon
By PSVD
By AZdaydream
By Goldlens
By SohamGargatte
By denlig
By Teecee
By Teecee
By Teecee
By Teecee
By Teecee
By Goldlens
By Teecee
By kyricom
By kyricom
By Teecee
By Wayne-Cheah

Wayne-Cheah Beginner — Level 9 says:

Rank: 1 out of 38 (23 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:   silver award

Wayne, I love love love the minimalistic feel to this presentation. Like the way the bars lead the eye to the focal point of the shoes. Well seen and well done, nice tight crop. You do have dust spots on your sensor and they show up on the white aspect of the image!

1 month ago
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Wayne-Cheah Beginner — Level 9 says:

Thanks.

1 month ago
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Wayne-Cheah Beginner — Level 9 says:

Thanks everyone for your support.

1 month ago
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IEatRawEggs Pupil — Level 15 says:

Congratulations with first place, love its minimalism

1 month ago
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IEatRawEggs Pupil — Level 15 says:

Congratulations with first place, love its minimalism

1 month ago
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Wayne-Cheah Beginner — Level 9 says:

Thanks.

1 month ago
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Vibeke Beginner — Level 7 says:

Rank: 3 out of 38 (21 points)

1 month ago
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interiorcrocodilealligator Expert — Level 26 says:

Impressive works, good

1 month ago
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Vibeke Beginner — Level 7 says:

Thank you so much.

1 month ago
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Vibeke Beginner — Level 7 says:

Canon 70D, Tamron 90mm, f2.8, 1/8, iso 100

1 month ago
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IEatRawEggs Pupil — Level 15 says:

Congratulations with second place

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 2 out of 38 (21 points)

Painted Rose - taken on a Pentax K-3

1 month ago
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interiorcrocodilealligator Expert — Level 26 says:

This really cool, was taken primaraly for selective coloring effect??

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Thank you. Yes, it was.

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Creative and inspirational! Thank you for this post....I love it. Thumbs up.

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Thank you

1 month ago
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IEatRawEggs Pupil — Level 15 says:

Congratulations with third place

1 month ago
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grasshopper1 Beginner — Level 7 says:

Rank: 4 out of 38 (17 points)


Observation Tower Shark Valley Nikon 1/4000 sec f/20 55mm

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Lovely and mysterious , almost other worldly! Some might tell you that the sky is over saturated but I feel it compliments the silhouette. Nice entry.

1 month ago
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grasshopper1 Beginner — Level 7 says:

Ahhhh...thank you for noticing. Yes, I did over saturate it,and your right it is to accentuate the shape/design of the tower. But I did not do it for this contest. It's part of a collection of this same object but with different color saturation's. They are all part of a piece I'm working on that uses different color pieces/images to make one whole image.
It's a work still in progress,but on hold for the moment.
:)
Chuck

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Ahhh....are you going to make it Andy Warhol style?.....and did you change the colour of the sky in each one? Sounds intriguing.

1 month ago
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grasshopper1 Beginner — Level 7 says:

in response to Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki

Yes..that is where I am stalled. Andy Warhol and how many pieces or in another style...my way. I've done a piece as a Warhol image called 10 Sheri's. It's a lot of work and I'm not mentally there to work on anything complex. Thanks again for your interest and input,it makes a difference.

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

in response to grasshopper1

I would love to see your Sheri's and to learn of your technique, hmmmm maybe I will ask Frank if this would be possible to do on this site. Also, PLEASE, feel free to critique any and all of my entries, I would appreciate it greatly.

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Rank: 7 out of 38 (15 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Taken at Tam Coc, Vietnam with Sony @6300. Construction Worker.

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

I love the coloring in this photo

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Thank you Teecee for your comment. I appreciate it.

1 month ago
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Starfire_Moon Beginner — Level 8 says:

Rank: 5 out of 38 (15 points)


An eye taken on a canon rebel t6

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Rank: 6 out of 38 (15 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Da Lat, Vietnam. Monsoon season taken with Sony @6300....

1 month ago
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interiorcrocodilealligator Expert — Level 26 says:

Only in Vietnam would you still see so many scooters in this heavy rainfall

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Thank you. Lots of water washing down hotels from the hills.

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Rank: 8 out of 38 (14 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Red Scarf. Taken in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with Sony @6300

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

I like how the pole shadow is centered in your picture - nicely done

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

TeeCee thank you for that comment. Please feel free to comment on any of my posts. I feel it is one way to learn how to become better at our craft.

1 month ago
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interiorcrocodilealligator Expert — Level 26 says:

Good take, would feel if woman was centered in the frame would have more impact, but nice take on theme overall

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

I appreciate your comment and please feel free to crtique my work....so that I could become a better photographer. Thank you. 😊

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 9 out of 38 (13 points)


Grandma and Ben building a snowman - Canon Rebel T2i Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

I like your composition with the main focal points framed by the textured trees. You did a good job with selective colour and there is no bleeding that I can see. Nice staged photo good for the family album.

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Thank you for your input :)

1 month ago
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IEatRawEggs Pupil — Level 15 says:

That 1 blue eye, ahah :D Nice touch

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Thanks :)

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 11 out of 38 (13 points)


Blue Jays at the feeder - Canon T2i Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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wtfayla Beginner — Level 4 says:

Rank: 10 out of 38 (13 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

I like the creativity and imaginative presentation of this piece. Good messages the white crayon reading privilege...hmmm.

1 month ago
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IEatRawEggs Pupil — Level 15 says:

Do you have a larger version of this?

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 12 out of 38 (12 points)


Brand new and having a wee temper tantrum - Canon 80D Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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iquraishi Beginner — Level 8 says:

Rank: 13 out of 38 (12 points)



Camera - Sony A37
Location - Abu Dhabi

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

LOVE IT....top notch minimalist photography taking our eye into that all important point on the canvas. I have searched for dust spots on your sensor but cannot see any (good work). I did see dust and dirt on my screen!

1 month ago
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interiorcrocodilealligator Expert — Level 26 says:

Agreed with Olga, couldn't have expressed better

1 month ago
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iquraishi Beginner — Level 8 says:

Thank you very much for your lovely comment.

1 month ago
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Starfire_Moon Beginner — Level 8 says:

Rank: 14 out of 38 (12 points)


Taken on a canon rebel t6

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 15 out of 38 (11 points)


Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band - Canon T21 Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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interiorcrocodilealligator Expert — Level 26 says:

Drums are photoshopped on? Left girl hand seems weird perspective

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

No photoshop

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

That is the actual photo - Thanks.

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 19 out of 38 (10 points)

Blue Kitty Teapot - taken on a pentax K-3

1 month ago
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grasshopper1 Beginner — Level 7 says:

Rank: 16 out of 38 (10 points)


Neptune Key Wet CanonSI5 PAS

1 month ago
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iquraishi Beginner — Level 8 says:

Rank: 17 out of 38 (10 points)



Camera - Sony A37
Location - Armenia

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

That blue window really pulls on our eye and because we have to travel up to anchor on the pane it makes the church look even larger! I feel you could have brought out some detail in the black doorway by using shadow highlight lever...what do you think?

1 month ago
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iquraishi Beginner — Level 8 says:

yep I agree with you about the doorway, but unfortunately I didn't shoot it in raw that day.

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 18 out of 38 (10 points)

Blue Sentry - taken on a Pentax K-3

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Simple and strong, nicely cropped BUT do you know about the "catch eye" technique by bringing in the eye to brightness. I feel this photo could have benefitted by "catch eye". I love it tho'.

1 month ago
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iquraishi Beginner — Level 8 says:

Rank: 20 out of 38 (9 points)



Camera - Sony A37
Location - Armenia

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

A cool dude indeed and a spontaneous catch on your part. There is a blow out on the foot area which could have been pulled down in camera raw by pulling down the highlight lever somewhat. Love the natural feel to this post.

1 month ago
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iquraishi Beginner — Level 8 says:

thanks for your comment Olga and yes my daughter is cool, the pose was her idea. About the foot area unfortunately I didn't shoot this in raw, so that detail is lost.

1 month ago
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SohamGargatte Beginner — Level 5 says:

Rank: 21 out of 38 (9 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Nice street shot and the red phone booth looks alien and pulls on the eye. Very nice entry.

1 month ago
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SohamGargatte Beginner — Level 5 says:

Thank you so much 🙂

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Nice street shot and the red phone booth looks alien and pulls on the eye. Very nice entry.

1 month ago
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Starfire_Moon Beginner — Level 8 says:

Rank: 22 out of 38 (9 points)


Taken on a stylo 5 phone camera

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 30 out of 38 (8 points)


Poppies - Canon Rebel T2i - 18-55mm

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 28 out of 38 (8 points)


Man and his dog - Canon T2i Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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PSVD Beginner — Level 6 says:

Rank: 23 out of 38 (8 points)



Sao Bento Station in Porto - Portugal
The station walls are adorned with blue azulejo tiles depicting historic and religious scenes.

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

I was caught by that "ocean" of human heads, the tourists....I am going to try this out of the box cropping which goes against many rules of photography . LOVE this and you get my vote!

1 month ago
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PSVD Beginner — Level 6 says:

That's a very kind comment, thank you very much!

1 month ago
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AZdaydream Beginner — Level 6 says:

Rank: 24 out of 38 (8 points)



Seeing Mt saint Helens was always on my to do list. Finally all grown up I was able to make the trip to go see it. I was so thrilled it was a beautiful sunny day when we go there.

Shot with a Nikon D850 and 18-35mm

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

HOLY GUACAMOLE...what a catch and I bet this looks sensational in colour or in b/w but alas this is a selective colour contest and it looks great as it. I like the textures caught, the lines and richness of contrast. You got my vote!

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 32 out of 38 (8 points)


Canon T2i Sigma 18-250 Borden Airshow, Borden, ON, Canada

1 month ago
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Goldlens Beginner — Level 6 says:

Rank: 25 out of 38 (8 points)

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Good eyes to see this blue van,however, it is almost falling off the page! Look in the upper right aspect of the photo and you can see some stains there, is that a sensor malfunction?

1 month ago
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Goldlens Beginner — Level 6 says:

Thanks Olga for the Comment. I have corrected the glitch, but don't know how to upload the latest corrected photo.

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

You need to ask Frank, the head honcho at [email protected]

1 month ago
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SohamGargatte Beginner — Level 5 says:

Rank: 26 out of 38 (8 points)

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 31 out of 38 (8 points)


Michelob Ultra - Keto friendly - low carb beer that tastes like beer - BRAVO - Canon 80D Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 29 out of 38 (8 points)


My grandson Ben and his dog Kaine - Canon T2i 18-55

1 month ago
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denlig Beginner — Level 7 says:

Rank: 27 out of 38 (8 points)

R8 Gordini - Nikon D5100 - f/8, 1/500 sec

1 month ago
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Olga-Leskiw-Suzuki Explorer — Level 12 says:

Nice to see you back here!

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Love how crystal clear the car is

1 month ago
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Goldlens Beginner — Level 6 says:

Rank: 33 out of 38 (7 points)

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 34 out of 38 (7 points)


Lions at the Toronto Zoo looking at their blue ball - Canon T2i Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 35 out of 38 (6 points)

Play Box - Taken on a Pentax K-3

1 month ago
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kyricom Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 36 out of 38 (5 points)

Another Blue Jay - Taken on a Pentax K-3

1 month ago
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Teecee Explorer — Level 11 says:

Rank: 37 out of 38 (5 points)


On a blue bike - T2i Sigma 18-250

1 month ago
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Wayne-Cheah Beginner — Level 9 says:

Rank: 38 out of 38 (4 points)

1 month ago
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