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Below is October's cool pics of the day. An eclectic mix ranging from outer space to under the ocean. I hope you enjoy them, don't forget to check out the author's websites for more great photos!
 
Plan on traveling and visiting the Windy City soon? Chicago, like many big cities, is full of vibrant life and ongoing activities. Whether it's day or night, overcast or sunny, one can always obtain wonderful photography from the normal tourist areas or in Chicago's secrets nooks and crannies. Here is a miniscule look from the thousands of locations that are great spots to get fantastic photography. Here is a list of specific places that are mention in this blog. They are all in the area most commonly referred to as The Loop: Millenium Park, Wrigley Building, Tribune Building, Water Tower Plaza, Chicago River. And Michigan Lake's water front. Most of them are within three miles of the heart of the city. Just remember to open your eyes and always look for color to get the best shots...
 

Digital Rev do a series of videos called the "Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera challenge" where they get a well known photographer to try his or her skills using a camera that is beyond it's prime.

In their recent video they ask Vincent Laforet, the pulitzer prize winning photo journalist to give it a go, giving up his Canon 1DX and instead using a Canon A2E film camera. His resulting photos are great.


 
Here's another competition to get your cameras into. The kennel club in the UK have launched the dog photographer of the year competition for 2013. It's a free to enter competition and its open to amateur and professional photographers alike. It doesn't look like there's a wealth of prizes if you're the chosen winner, namely trophies, rosettes and possibly a lovely dog collar, but the prestige and warm feeling knowing you've taken a brilliant photograph appreciated by the masses must be reward enough surely!
 
The technique of "photo stitching" has been around a while, and was used even in traditional or analogue photography, albeit in a crude way. In the past, photos were stitched together using transparent tape. Today, in the digital world, computers do the work, but the idea is still the same. The technique consists of taking several overlapping pictures and editing them with computer software (known as post processing) to obtain a single panorama covering up to 360 degrees. Some compact cameras have an integrated feature which achieves the same effect without the need for post-processing. But in order to achieve the highest quality, you often need to do it yourself.
 
Here's another photography competition, along the theme of trees. The top prize is $400 however it costs $20 to submit 4 photos. The deadline for entry is 27th May 2013. More details can be found on this website
 
If you fancy putting your photography skills to the test, why not enter this architectural photography competition? The theme of the competition is colour in architecture and the deadline for submissions is July 15th 2013 and the competition is open to everyone. With $1500 prize money up for grabs it's certainly tempting. The only snag is the $25 registration fee, but if you're feeling confident that you've captured a photographic marvel, why not take a punt?