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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to create a springtime image. Chuck was overwhelmed with entries and was thrilled by the quality. It was difficult to narrow it down to these winners. There are definitely some great photographers among our readers! Take a look at the winners and honorable mentions and see if you agree with Chuck's picks.  

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.

Flowers and Pump, by Lew Kline
Lew tells us "When I walk, I pass this garden. For the past several weeks I have watched as flowers bloom, fade away, only to be replaced by more flowers. Itís been difficult to photograph much with all the rain we've had, but when I saw the oranges on a bright, sunny day, I knew I had to photograph them."

Lew got that photograph using his Olympus C720 Ultra Zoom with the zoom set to the equivalent of 296mm in 35mm format and the camera set to ISO 100. He did some slight sharpening and color adjustment in Photoshop. This image definitely says springtime!


Spring Shannon, Linda Beverly
Linda tells us "This is a picture of my granddaughter Shannon. We love flower shows and she loves to have her picture taken."

To get this shot she used her Canon Elan 7E, Tamron 28-80mm lens and Kodak 200 film. The image was scanned using a Scanmaker X6 and the border treatment was done in Photoshop.


Indian Paintbrush, by David W. Johnson 
"This is a photo of my wife taken in a field of Indian Paintbrush (the red flowers) mixed with Texas Bluebonnets. We found this field along the interstate between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, TX. Wildflowers are all along the highways in Texas in the Spring--it is quite beautiful."

To capture the image David used his Canon Rebel 2000, Canon 75-300mm 4.0-5.6 USM III and Fuji Reala 100. He scanned the print on a CanoScan N1240U flatbed scanner. The brightness and contrast were adjusted "very slightly" with Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Honorable Mention

Kite, John-Mark Romans
"We were at the beach recently with some family having a wonderful time. The spring weather was perfect for flying our kites and I snapped several shots of my niece during the day. I particularly liked this one and donít even mind the sun spots."

The image was captured with his D100 and Sigma 17-35mm lens. When asked about manipulation of the image he replied "None, I canít afford Photoshop because my camera was so expensive !"

It doesn't look like any was necessary in this case.

Rain Lilly, Barton A. Bean 
"It was a rainy, dark, spring afternoon at work. When I saw this beautiful rained upon Lily. It reminds me of the best and worst of spring."

Barton used his Nikon Coolpix 3500 to capture the image. In Photoshop 7 he did some "Minor cleaning of edges, minor burning and sharpening" 


Desert Springtime, Terry Nathan
"During early spring I was on a trip to Saguaro National Park to photograph the saguaro cactus and the surrounding desert. After catching the sunrise in the park I decided to make a short visit to the nearby Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. While walking on one of the outside paths I noticed a patch of desert wildflowers upon which several Costa's hummingbirds were feeding. I slowly moved toward the flowers, set up my tripod, sat down, and remained still while the hummingbirds continued to dart among the flowers. By anticipating where the hummingbirds might return to feed, I was able to get several images of hummingbirds amidst the wildflowers. For me, the hummingbird feeding among the blaze of colorful desert wildflowers was the epitome of springtime in the desert Southwest."

Terry captured the image using his Nikon F100 and 80-400mm VR lens with Fuji Velvia. The slide was scanned using a Polaroid Printscan 4000 and was cropped slightly and touched up in Photoshop to match the original slide. 

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