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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 Multi II.

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.

Honorable Mention
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 bit. 


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 Canon FS4000US.


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