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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to create an interesting portrait.  The winner receives 30 rolls of the Fuji professional film of their choice from B&H Photo Video.  The runners up receive 10 rolls of the Fuji professional film of their choice. All film is provided courtesy of  B&H Photo Video. Winners are notified by email.

Winner: Dale Majors - Bonnemmy
Dale Majors, a man of few words, wrote only "My daughters after playing in the garden hose." Taken with a Pentax 6x7 camera using a 105mm ashia lens on Kodak Portra VC.  OK, we admit it, we're suckers for cute kids!


Sarah Sleeping
Kirk Haselden tells us "I came home from work one day and there was Sarah sleeping in our bedroom with the lights turned off and only some sunlight coming in through the window. I took out my camera and snapped a few shots as sneakily as I could. If her mother found out I was in taking pictures while she was sleeping, I would've been in big trouble. She had been having trouble getting her to sleep, all she needed was me snapping away and waking her up. I didn't really think anything would come of the effort, but was pleasantly surprised. This is one of our favorite images now."  The image was taken with a Nikon D1 set at ISO 800 using a 50mm f1.4 Nikon lens.  

To get this image Kirk says he cropped slightly, resized, and applied slight unsharp masking.  "I created a vignette by roughly drawing a lasso selection around her hands and face, feathering, then inverse selected. I decreased the brightness and contrast of the selection and I added a frame."

Man and Racoon
Donald F. Biresch tells us "We rescued this female raccoon, 'Rocky', as a baby when she fell out of a big oak tree on our property. Although she was free to roam outside, she became a constant visitor who had the run of our house. She raised two litters in our roof over a two year period before she finally disappeared. As you can see, she was quite friendly."  The image was made using a Nikon Nikkormat FTN using a Nikon 135mm f/2.8 lens, on Kodachrome 64 and scanned using a Nikon LS-2000 scanner.  There was no digital manipulation other than a normal post-scan sharpening of the image.


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