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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to capture images of hands. Each of the images here tells a unique story - either the one the photographer intended or the one we choose to see. 

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, Potters Hands by Ken Wiedemann
"We were at a farmer's market in town and this potter was demonstrating her techniques. She was kind enough to let me take several shots of her clay caked hands"

Ken got the shot using his Nikon F3 HP and Nikon 135mm lens using Kodak Tri X (rated at ISO 200). The resulting image was scanned using an HP Photosmart scanner. The only manipulation was to crop the final image.

Hands, Mark Anderson 
Mark created the original black and white image on Kodak Tri-X Pro 320 using his Mamiya M645 and Mamiya 80mm lens. It was scanned into PhotoShop using an Agfa T1200 scanner. Mark then used the diffusion filter and toned the image before printing it to an Epson 2000P printer.

Hand, Beck Nelson
Who says you can't get great images with a 50mm lens! "Some people have asked if I went to a coal mine someplace to get this, but it was actually at my own dinner table, my dad had just come in from working on his car, and the contrast between the blackened hand and the delicate china cup struck me."

He used a Pentax K-1000 with a Pentax 50mm lens to capture this image on Kodak 400 film. The resulting negative was scanned with a Visioneer OneTouch 8100. The only alterations were to correct the color from the scan.

Honorable Mention

Dirty Hands, D R Kronschnabel
"This was taken late afternoon when my four year old daughter was playing in the sandbox. She was so focused on her play that she didn't even notice me taking the picture. I was trying out the lens and taking a lot of pictures that day. I have always found hands interesting. I like this photo because it shows the busy, dirty, playing four year old".

The new lens that D. R. was trying out was a Nikon 105mm f2.8 lens on his Nikon N80. The image was captured onto Kodak 200 color film and scanned with an HP Scanjet 5370c. The final image was cropped and some dust marks were removed using Adobe Photodeluxe.

Grandson, Diane Miller
The story behind the image "My Brother got his first grandchild this year, a boy named after him! Lanell (senior) was so excited, he couldn't hold his own camera steady so I got the job of recording everything about little Lanell during his first visit. Even though my brother raised his two children alone, he was just bowled over by these tiny beautiful fingers grasping his own".

Diane captured the moment with her Nikon N90S and Tamron AF 28-200mm lens onto Fujicolor Superia 100. The scanning was done by Wolf camera when the film was developed. Diane says she always gets a copy of her film on CD. Finally she cropped the image and added the soft frame. Congratulations Pop Pop and congratulations Diane.



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