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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to take a trip to the zoo. The number of entries and the variety of images was fantastic! Even better were the stories some of you sent in about your experiences there. 

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, Polar Bear Ed Zbik 
"Every Christmas season the San Diego Zoo makes snow in the Polar Bear exhibit. The bears get quite excited by this and are wonderful subjects."

Ed captured this scene with his Canon D60 and Sigma 50-500mm lens. The resulting image was sharpened and the contrast adjusted in Photoshop.

Lion, Wayne Beauregard 
Wayne tells us ""I'm an amateur photographer who loves taking pictures of animals. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to visit Africa to shoot in the Wild, so the next best option for me is captive animals. I spend a great deal of time at zoos experiencing the wonders of the wild or as close to it as possible. This picture was taken at the Detroit Zoo. Hope you enjoy it."

Wayne used his Nikon D1x with Nikon 300mm f/4 lens. The final image was cropped and sharpened slightly.

Zebra lost in thought, Dharmendra Balwani 
"This zebra caught my eye. He was lost in deep thought, yet held his head up gracefully. It looked like he soon would come up with the solution to all the world problems! I have always loved to take pictures of zebras, "the horse with stripes" as the kids at the zoo called him, because of the beautiful effect of lines on his body.

Dharmendra used a Nikon N80 and Tokina 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 2 lens at 400mm to capture the moment onto Kodak Portra Ultra color 400. The image was scanned using a Minolta Dimage Dual III. The only change in Photoshop was resizing the image.

Honorable Mention

Tigers Quarrelling, Carlos Di Bello 
Carlos used his Nikon F100, Nikkor 80-200 ED f/2.8 and Nikon SB-28 flash shooting through mesh to capture this image onto Fuji Superia X-Tra 400. I don't think you'd want to be in that cage!

Penguins, Knud Nielson 
A couple of month ago I visited the Odense Zoo with my eldest grandson (3 years); he was especially fascinated by the penguins. Odense Zoo has built a brand new arctic house where you can follow the animals on close hold behind a glass wall in a very fine nature scenic.

To capture this shot Knud used his Canon Powershot G2 set at 400 ASA

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