|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
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
||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
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
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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