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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was fun with flatbeds and was all about getting creative with your flatbed scanner. You guys definitely took your scanners to some interesting, artistic, and in a couple of cases, just plain weird places.

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 Frozen in Time, Stephanie McGonigal
Stephanie describes the creation of this ghostly image:

"I used a few sheets of plastic wrap and laid them on top of the scanner. I then had my son put his face slightly above the scanner. After the scan, I added a "Cool" tint in the Photosuite program. The tint sure adds a creepy feel to the scan."

Scanner used: HP 4470c Scanjet


Pasta for Dinner, Suzanne Williams
"I found this contest a very intriguing idea. With my photography, I am always searching for a way to better compose a photograph. I am particularly picky of composition. I got the idea to use the photo frame and line the pasta & spices up diagonally the night before. I placed the cardboard background over the pasta frame section, and then realized that with no other background the edges would come out black. I did very little digital manipulation besides some sharpening and darkening of the black areas. I used Photoshop for this. I also cropped to 2:1.5 ratio, so the image would be 640x480 when resized."

Scanner used: Microtek Scanmaker 3700


Self Portrait, Barton A. Bean
"I did this self portrait with an owl mask given to me by a friend. Does the artist, in disclosing more, find more that is hidden or hide deeper? It is titled "Self portrait #B". Not a typo."

Umm, we're not quite sure what Barton means but we liked the image. Scanner used: Epson Perfection 2450

Honorable Mention

Digital Parrot, Dennis Bradley
Dennis came up with an image that didn't strictly adhere to the contest but as Chuck said "There was something about it and I kept coming back to it." That warrants at least an honorable mention.

Dennis describes it's creation this way: This image was produced as an entry in an "abstracts" competition for my local camera club, in East Kilbride, Scotland, UK

The entry deadline was rapidly approaching, and I was stuck for ideas. I started scanning various objects hoping for inspiration. First I started to scan a stack of about 50 CD' know, the ones that come with computer magazines and usually end up as drinks mats. Next I used some plastic balls from a child's playpen. Eventually I tried two CDs arranged on a diagonal, with two coloured balls lined up on the other diagonal. The result was not very inspiring, so I then started tinkering with the image in Photoshop. Using the polar co-ordinates filter several times, rotating the image through 90 degrees between applications, I came up with this image, which was called "Digital Parrot"

The scanner used was an Epson Perfection 1200U.

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