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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to create a signature image. We had an amazing range of entries. The winners are not only great images in their own right but they illustrate that the message an image conveys is often very different depending on the viewer. 

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, Texas by Bob Thomas
"All the items pictured are decor in our home in Austin, Texas. My wife is extraordinary in finding items at garage sales and Antique stores which are old, rusty, broken or in need of a home. She has dozens of pairs of boots which are the preferred footwear of older generation Texans and "cowboys". The cross, which she made, and the brown covered bible represent the Southern Bible belt. The bible has been in our family for generations. The rusted Texas emblem sits on top of a single star, the Lone Star State. The blue book is by famous Texan writer Zane Gray who tells tall Texas tales. All in all the signature message is Texas." We agree.

Bob captured the image with his Olympus C5050 Zoom Olympus 1:18 - 2.6 AF Zoom lens. The only modification was the use of the Unsharp mask tool in Photoshop Elements.

Honor Guard, Danny Vowell
"This image was shot as an honor guard from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stood at attention at Fort Campbell, Ky. during a memorial service for a fallen comrade."

Danny captured this image with his Nikon D100 and AF-S Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 lens and converted the image to grayscale in Photoshop, sharpened it,a nd used the dodge and burn tools to create the image you see here.

World Trade Center, Jack Semotchko 
"The image of this shot was first envisioned while driving home one full moon night after working in the NYC area. I pictured this scene often in my mind as it was many months before I was able to time this photo opportunity with my work schedule from my day job. (I'm a sales & marketing manager for an industrial sewing thread company) On the full moon of this December evening I started shooting at the southern end of Liberty State Park in NJ before moving further north to a point just west of the WTC site. As the moon rose, I continued to shoot and reposition myself until it reached this point, centered above the twin towers and I knew I had the photograph I came for."

Jack captured this image using his Nikon F4 and Nikkor 70-210 zoom lens on a Bogen tripod using Fuji Sensia film. It was scanned with a Nikon LS-2000. In Photo Shop Jack minimized the green cast of the florescent lighting and sharpened the image slightly to match original slide.

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