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Hot Pic of the Week

Get published, get famous! Each week, we select our favorite reader-submitted photo based on creativity, originality, and technique. Every month, the best of the weekly winners gets a prize valued at between $15 and $50.

Here's how to enter: Send us your photograph in JPEG format, at a resolution no higher than 640 by 480 pixels. Entries at higher resolutions will be immediately disqualified. If necessary, use an image editing program to reduce the file size of your image before e-mailing it to us. Include the title of your photo along with a short description and how you photographed it. Don't forget to send your name, e-mail address, and postal address. Before entering, please read the full description of the contest rules and regulations.

This Week's Hot Pic: "Approaching Winter Sunset," by Lambert Heenan, Brooklyn, New York

Here is what Lambert says about this photo--there's more to it than meets the eye:

<blockquote>I took this in Brooklyn at Prospect Park back in January. I was struck by the strong contrast between the deep blue sky and the brilliance of the snow and sun.</blockquote>

<blockquote>This is what I'd call a mosaic image, rather than a panorama. I pieced it together from 14 separate shots, shot in a grid of about five images across three rows. Most guides to making panoramas stress the importance of using a tripod, but this shot was done totally hand-held, using a Nikon Coolpix 5700. I used manual exposure to get the most consistent overall exposure.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It all resulted in a final image of 5120 by 4128 pixels. (Of course, this version is just 640 by 480 pixels.)</blockquote>

<blockquote>The two people in the foreground are in fact the same people in the middle distance, having walked on down the path while I was taking the series of pictures.</blockquote>

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