|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!
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.
Photography by email