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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to create interesting images of people at work and you sent in quite a variety!

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 - Chef, Christopher Street
Chris tells us "The image is taken from a small restaurant on the Rue du Pont Neuf in the centre of Paris. I had dined in the restaurant and was served by the gentleman pictured before going to the cinema nearby. Leaving a few hours later, I was fascinated to see him still working at 1am, preparing the fish for the morning diners. He told me that a typical day for him would end at at 8am after the early commuters had eaten their breakfast. Normal rising time for him would be 5pm, to prepare and cook the fish that was delivered for the evening diners.

What really caught my eye was the brilliant scarlet jacket he had donned, and the contrast it made with the orange shellfish and rows of yellow lemons. In what was a rather drab frontage of shops this splash of colour stood out." 

His camera was a Pentax K1000, with a 50mm SMC-A lens Image taken on Fujifilm Sensia II 100ASA Scanned on a Minolta Dimage Dual 2 Manipulated in Photoshop as follows: Cropped from full frame (about a half frame shown here). Slight unsharp masking.  Colour balanced to move the cast from shooting a tungsten lit scene with daylight film.

Stupa Painter in Nepal, Jacques De Schryver
This is Bodnat big stupa (sacred place). It has to be painted (splashed ?) every week. A big cauldron is used to boil the plants that will give the color. And this this guy, with a team of three, will spend hours sending big buckets of safroned water up to the top part of the stupa.

I was in Nepal for two months (Jan-Feb 2002) with my wife and daughter. I shot 15,000 street photos and gave away 560 8x12inches color prints made on a Canon S800 printer purchased in Katmandu.

After I gave the first photos, people introduced me to their family, shop and friends and I had a lot of work since my photos were offered for free!

Olympus E 100 RS 38-380mm digital camera. The only adjustments were simple Photoshop adjustments for contrast and luminosity 

Baywatch, Jim Quinn
Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time. Jim tells us "I saw this lifeguard on Cape Cod at the end of the day watching the water during the last bit of light. I took a few pictures but this was the best."

Jim used his Minolta XTSI and Minolta 24-120 zoom to capture this image onto Kodak E100S. The slide was scanned on an Epson Perfection scanner. He made slight adjustments to brightness and contrast to the final scan.

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