|Last Month's Self Assignment Winners
Last month's self assignment was to create an image using one or more
silhouettes. The response was tremendous and at one point overflowed
Chuck's mailbox while he was traveling. There were so many great
images that we decided to show not only the winners but some honorable
mentions as well. We want to congratulate both the winners and all those
who participated. Thanks to our sponsor, FujiFilm, the winner receives 20
rolls of the Fuji professional film of their choice. The runners-up
receive 10 rolls of the Fuji professional film of their choice.
Winners are notified by email.
||Winner Bison Sihoulette by Robyn Saur
Robyn tells us "I recently visited Yellowstone and when I
was touring the park I came across a herd of bison by the river. The
morning was way below zero and steam was rising from the river. I
isolated two of the bison in my composition and because of the
lighting, I under exposed my setting to create this
silhouette." To create the image Robyn used her Nikon 8008 and
Tamron 200 - 400 mm lens and Kodak 100VS film. The resulting slide
was scanned using a Nikon Coolscan IV.
|Erika, Paul Smith
"While photographing this beautiful sunset on Ke'e Beach, on
the island of Kauai, I noticed this beautiful young lady totally
caught up in the sunset. I quickly decided that I needed to include
her silouhette for the perfect sunset!"
Paul used his Nikon F5 and 35-135mm f3.5-4.5 lens mounted on a
Bogen carbon fiber tripod with Gitzo head. Film was Kodak E100VS
exposed for 2 sec. @ f16. Paul used both an 81A and a 2 stop
graduated neutral density filter to control the brightness in the
scene. The resulting image was scanned with Minolta Dimage Scan
|44 Fire, Brian Powell
"I was getting ready to meet a Grand Canyon Field Institute
class for a sunrise hike leaving Yavapai Lodge on the South Rim
about 4:40 AM, when I heard a siren--kind of like a civil defense or
air raid siren.
This storage building was right next to the community building
(where the class was to meet), across the street from dormitories,
and next to the mule pen. Fortunately, the wind was blowing in just
the right direction so that no other structures and no animals were
hurt. Only a couple of cars belonging to hikers camped below the rim
were damaged. The flare near the bottom of the screen is from a
police or fire vehicle's flashing lights".
Brian captured the scene with his Nikon F100 and Nikkor 80-200 mm
f/2.8 lens onto Kodak E100VS film with a shutter speed of 1/13
second at f/2.8. The image was scanned using a Canon CanoScan FS2710
scanner. No digital manipulation was done other than cropping and
color correction and adding the copyright.
||Windmill and Sunset, Will Godfrey
Will captured this image using his Canon EOS Elan 7e and Canon EF
28-105 f3.5-4.5 USM onto FujiChrome Sensia 100. It was later scanned
to a Kodak Picture CD. Adobe Photoshop 6.0 was used to add more
color (saturation) to the photograph as well as darken it a little
||Solitude, Bill Speaks
Bill tells us "For four months this past spring, I had the
privilege of photographing a rookery of Great Blue Heron near my
home in suburban Denver, Colorado. The dead trees where the heron
built their nests were about 200 yards from the shore of the lake.
As a result, most of the images I made were silhouettes. Over the
course of the four months, every morning at sunrise, I went to the
lake to photograph the birds. Sometimes the sun and clouds
cooperated, but the birds did not. Other times the birds cooperated,
but the weather did
We think Bill's perseverance paid off. He captured this image
with his Canon EOS 3 and 500 f4 IS with 2x II Teleconverter on Kodak
E100VS pushed 2 stops to ISO 400. The image was scanned using a
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