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This month’s photos were taken by ATPM reader Tim Allen, who writes:
All the photos were taken with a Canon EOS 350D D-SLR, mostly with a Canon 28–135mm IS USM lens but some with the Canon 18–55mm kit lens and some with a Sigma 50mm macro. Despite my love of Photoshop, none of these images have been retouched; all I have done is crop some of them slightly, and converted some to mono. I much prefer to get the shot right in camera if I can.
- Car Park at Night
Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. Just after Christmas in the early evening, I think everyone had run out of money! My son thinks it looks like a scene from Star Wars.
I have a 50mm macro lens, and I thought this keychain made an interesting subject.
From a cemetry, a simple shot where depth of field makes a big difference.
Taken near where I live in Kent, this is about as wide as my 28-135mm lens goes, and makes me want a wider lens in the future.
- Leaf on Sky
From a National Trust garden; the sky was fantastic that day.
Again, the depth of field makes the shot here.
- Ragged Flower
From my parents garden—although this plant was in a bad way the colours and shapes looked nice.
- Shadows and Shapes
From a WWII memorial in Kenley. I loved the shadows.
- Steps of Despair
This was taken near London Bridge and was one of those lucky, perfectly timed shots to capture his body language. I’m proud to say this won “Nikon picture of the month” in Practical Photography magazine this month, which won me a Nikon compact camera.
- Village View
This overlooks the village where I live; it was average in color but become very pleasing in mono.
- Water Drops
A cliched shot but it came out well, again with the macro lens.
- Water’s Edge
Again, taken near London Bridge, a close-up of a water feature. I like the angles and glossiness of the water.
Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures
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Downloading All the Pictures at Once
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Placing Desktop Pictures
Mac OS X 10.3.x and 10.4.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu, click the “Desktop & Screen Saver” button, then choose the Desktop tab. In the left-side menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Select the Screen Saver tab which is also in the “Desktop & Screen Saver” System Preferences pane. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, click on the Pictures Folder in the list of screen savers. Otherwise, click Choose Folder to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.1.x and 10.2.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the pop-up menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the Screen Saver (10.1.x) or Screen Effects (10.2.x) button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.0.x
Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your ~/Library/Desktop Pictures folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.