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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to capture images of Americana. Evidently one of the requirements for winning this month was that you had to be named Steve!

On a more serious note we received numerous images that touched on the tragedies of 9-11 and some made it onto this page. While some may argue that they are not in fact Americana, these images have become part of the fabric that makes up our country.

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, '46 Chevy truck in barn, Stephen Glover "I was traveling in the country when I passed a dilapidated barn and noticed within the barn this wonderful old truck. On a whim I stopped by, knocked on the door, and asked the gentleman if I could photograph it. I had a blast shooting his '46 Chevy truck. I thought this image reflected a solid bit of Americana. The skull on the wall harkens back to the old west, the dilapidated barn reflects the heritage of farms, the truck is the workhorse of the farm, and the fact that this one is broken down shows the work that is has done warranting its time for rest."

Stephen used his F100 and 28-70mm Nikkor lens to capture the original color image onto Kodak Gold 200 film. The negative was scanned using an HP Photosmart S20 scanner. The image was converted to 16-bit gray scale, cropped, and Stephen "worked a little with the levels." to achieve the final result. 

World Trade Center with Flag, Steve Hirsch "I had an office on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center from 1989 - 1992. Sometime during that period I made a photo of the twin towers toward sundown. I didn't think about the photo until September 11, 2001. I found the slide and combined it with another "new" photo of an American flag to create the image I am submitting for this months contest. The power of the towers is merged with the majesty of our flag to create an Americana scene that now has special meaning to many of us..."

Nikon F5 brand and Nikon 75-300mm on Provia 100F. Scanned with a Nikon LS 2000. "Using Photoshop I combined the shot of the World Trade Center towers with another shot of an American flag. I then "erased" the flag with about 25% opacity to reveal the Trade Center towers in a layer below the flag."

Barn Antiques, Stephen Voss "I saw this old barn as I drove back from shooting in a swamp near my home. The old signs seemed to say a lot about America to me, and looked like relics from another time. I thought the icicles and snow also added a sense of age to the whole scene."

Stephen captured the image with his Canon EOS-3 and Canon 28-135mm lens onto Kodak E100VS. The image was scanned with a Nikon LS-4000.  No manipulation was necessary.

Honorable Mention

Stars & Stripes Vicki McLead "Taken at a car show shortly after September 11. Flags were displayed everywhere. I liked how the hood of this car matched the angle of the flag in the background. I used a 4 point star filter to give the car sparkle."

Vicki created this image with her Canon EOS Rebel 2000 and Sigma 70-300mm Macro lens on Fujicolor 100 film. The original print was scanned with a Canon CanoScan D66OU and required no manipulation.


Troubled Lady, Steve Ford " On 9-11, after spending the day in shock, my wife and I wandered over to Alki beach. We noticed some people around the Statue of Liberty replica and found this impromptu memorial." 

"The flag belongs to an ex- Congressional aide and once flew over the US Capitol Dome. I had to stand in the middle of the street to capture the Frigate that was dispatched to protect Seattle from terrorist threats."

Steve captured this image with his Nikon F5, 80-400VR and Kodak Elite Chrome Xtra Color. The slide was scanned on an LS2000. There was no manipulation.

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