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Last Month's Self Assignment Winners

Last month's self assignment was to create a great landscape image.  Thanks to our sponsor, FujiFilm, the winner receives 30 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: Lake Powell Balancing Rock, Kirk
Kirk tells us "Recently my family spent a week on vacation on Lake Powell, in Utah. This picture was taken close to where we were beached. I was looking up at these rocks thinking it would make a great shot. So when opportunity knocked I began hiking and then climbing the cliffs directly to the right of this scene. There were a few times when I thought to myself, "What am I doing climbing sandstone in shorts and sandals?" 

"So I made it up (with heart in hand). I kept shooting around the area, hoping for better light and I really wanted to catch the sunset from this point also. So I waited around until just before sunset, then it occurred to me that I actually had to go back down... There was no way I was going back the way I came, especially in the dark, it was really just too steep and treacherous. So I ended up walking halfway around the mountain in a panic trying to find a safe route down. I do some of the stupidest things when I have a camera in my hand. :) Moral of the story: Don't forget your camera, water, film and brains."

Kirk created this image with his Nikon F100 using a Nikon 17-35mm lens on Fuji Provia 100F.  It was scanned with a Nikon Super Scan 4000.  There was no digital manipulation except for adding the borders.


Saint-John's Baptist Sunset, Yves Vaillancourt
Sometimes luck can play a role in a great photo.  Yves was definitely in the right place at the right time "This photo is called Saint-John's Baptist sunset. It was taken from my balcony. I live here (Montréal, Saint-John's the Baptist parish) since 9 years, but I have seen such a sky only once, and it lasted 30 seconds." 

The camera was a Pentax K-1000 with a 50mm f2 lens.  No filters were used to get this image on Kodak Royal Gold 200.  The image was scanned using an Agfa SnapScan 1212.  There was no digital manipulation.

Reith Austria, Robert Schnack
Robert took this picture while traveling in Austria "The Village of Reith in Austria is a storybook village with beautiful, colorful homes, buildings and people near Innsbruck. We stayed two days, taking photos and enjoying the scenery."

The image was taken using a Minolta 800si with a Minolta 28-105mm lens on Kodak Royal Gold 100.  It was scanned using a Minolta Elite Scanner.  The image was not manipulated.

This month's contest was very difficult to judge since we had so many great entries.  I wanted to give special mention to two in particular.  They didn't win the prize, but they certainly deserve an honorable mention - Chuck McKern

Sunset Fog Canoe, Lake Nockamixon, Don Biresch
This image evokes such a feeling of peacefulness.  It's almost as though you could step into it.  "Taken at sunset on recent foggy Memorial Day Weekend evening at Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County, Pennsylvania." 

Don tells us it was shot handheld using a Nikon D1 digital SLR with a Nikon Vibration Reduction lens at about 400mm at f/5.6.  The final image was sharpened using PhotoShop 6.0.


Untitled, Knud Nielsen
It's unfortunate that we're limited by size on the Web as this is a richly detailed image.  Knud tells us that "The situation is from the west coast of Denmark, where you still can see some elements build of the Germans during the second world war."

This image was shot using a Canon F1 and an 18mm lens with a red filter onto Tri-X 400 ISO/D76 1:1 printed on AGFA extra hard paper.  It was then scanned using and HP4 flatbed scanner.  No digital manipulation was used.  I would love to see this as a 12x18 print.


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