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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment "Hands" was to capture vivid images of hands. 

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, Paul McKeown, 
Donna's Hands

"I was taking photographs for the cover of a CD my wife was releasing, this one ended up on the back. I used an ST E2 flash remote on the camera and a 420EX flash placed on the piano to the nearside & above the hands, then asked her to play. I took several exposures, and we chose this one."

Paul used his Canon 10D and Canon 50mm f1.8 lens and the flash setup described above to capture the image. There was no manipulation of the image.

Tom Roach, Preparing Catfish
"On New Years Day January 1968 I set forth into the swamps of South Carolina to photograph nature scenics. 

I came across this black family and realized this was a classic opportunity to capture a way of life that would probably change due to the social events of the ‘60s.  

The old men were talking and chuckling as they prepared catfish for their supper. The hand shot is the least interesting of that series. When I very recently scanned these 120 size negatives (thank heavens for the ED8000!!). 

I couldn’t help but be overcome with the quality of image that films of that “ancient” time had preserved. You would have to see the originals at full quality to truly experience the joy I felt in seeing these images after so many years." 

The image was captured with a Mamiyaflex and Tom thinks a Mamiyaflex 80mm lens (its been a while) using Kodak Plus X Pan ASA 160 and scanned with a Nikon 8000 ED. Photoshop was used to adjust the levels and crop the scanned image.

Robyn Saur, Hands
"I took this image with my Nikon 8008 using my 105mm macro lens and Sensia 100 film. 

I used natural light as my light source and on a tripod I shot this at approximately 1/30, f8. 

I was trying to create an image of old versus new. 

I scanned it on my Nikon Coolscan IV with no manipulation."

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