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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment "Holiday Photos that go Beyond Snapshots" challenged you to come up with unique holiday images.

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.

Joseph Polevoi, Chanukah Candles
"I wanted to really accent the bright patterns from Chanukah candles in a traditional candle holder (Menorah). No flash was used to achieve a golden glow effect. This photo is a single exposure...a kaleidoscope attachment on the camera creates the layered effect. The traditional play money is actually chocolates wrapped in gold foil for the children to pretend they are ancient coins."

Joe used his Maxxum 700si camera & Maxxum 28-85 lens Fujichrome to capture the image onto Velvia 50 film. The color was accented slightly and contrast increased slightly in Photoshop after scanning with a Nikon LS-2000 film scanner.

Leland Isley, Guitar Santa
"Itís a silly guitar playing Santa toy that a friend gave to me." 

"I gave it a little 'rock star' portrait treatment just for fun."

Leland used his Nikon F100 and Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens with an extension tube to capture the image onto Fuji Across 100 black & white film. It was scanned with a Minolta 5400 and cropped in Photoshop.

Naveed Ahmad, New Years with Shooting Stars
After reading technical articles and reviewing some awesome shots I was determined to take a good photograph of the fireworks this time. So I reached the location early. Used the old technique of picking up some soil and dropping it to find the wind direction and chose a location on the bridge to include some reflections on the water. 

I used bulb exposure and covered the lens with a black card during inactivity between the fireworks. This helped capturing multiple displays on a single frame. The image is original, no digital retouching, just resized in Photoshop.

To capture the image Naveed used a Canon EOS 10D and EF 28-135mm lens at 28mm. Exposure 16 sec @ f/16 & ISO 100.


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