Michael Sanderson’s “Texas Savannah”

Photographer Michael Sanderson
Website www.natureoflight,com
Title Texas Savannah
Category April 2013 /Silver / Color/Third Place
Location Prairie, Brazos Bend State Park
Reason For Making the Image This image is part of a series of images taken during the monthly photowalk that I co-lead with Laszlo Perlaky. The theme for April was plants and we were focusing on the water lilies and other wildflowers but I kept being drawn back to the prairie grasses and the waves of late afternoon light that would roll across as the low clouds moved across the sun. I waited and waited trying to get a good light on the tree in the foreground. I guess I must have given up and focused back onto the flowers when a participant who was with me shouted “look.” There was a perfect ribbon of light on the tree and the grass that had not yet reached the trees farther back. I quickly changed my tripod position and composed my image and in my haste did not check all my exposure settings so I forgot to stop down my aperture  This caused the very bottom of the foreground to be slightly out of focus, and while I didn’t think it was that important to the overall composition, I got caught and called out on it by the print competition judge. I made some of my typical adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and added warmth to the grasses for the final printed image.
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L, 70mm
f-stop f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/2500 sec
ISO 100

Henry Peterman’s “As Seen From Above”

Photographer Henry Peterman
Title As Seen From Above
Category April 2013 / Bronze/ Special Assignment /First Place
Camera Nikon D700
Lens Sigma 150mm Macro
f-stop f/9
Shutter Speed 1/3 sec
ISO 500

Tom Foster’s “Desert Abstract #4″

Photographer Tom Foster
Title Desert Abstract #4
Category April 2013 /Gold/ Monochrome /First Place
Location Death Valley, CA
Reason For Making the Image I was in Death Valley, CA taking early morning shots of sand dunes.  Unfortunately (or so I thought at the time) it was a cloudy morning, so the sharp, distinct shadows that I was hoping for were absent.  Instead they were replaced by subtle, low contrast, diffuse shadows.  Although it didn’t think it  worked in color, I was fairly pleased with a black and white rendering of the image.
Camera Nikon D700
Lens Nikon 70-300 f/4.5 – 5.6
f-stop f/11
Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
ISO 100

Thejas Rajaram’s “German in California”

Photographer Thejas Rajaram
Website http://grabthelens.aminus3.com/
Title German in California
Category April 2013 /Silver / Monochrome /Second Place
Location San Luis Abispo, California
Reason For Making the Image I found the face interesting due his mustaches and the hat.
Camera Canon T2i
Lens Canon 50mm
f-stop f/1.8
Shutter Speed 1/250 sec
ISO 100

Denise Bossarte’s “Poppy Dream”

Photographer Denise Bossarte
Website www.foundworlds.com
Title Poppy Dream
Category April 2013 /Bronze/ Color/Second Place
Location Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
Reason For Making the Image I love discovering and capturing the true essence of flowers, particularly when doing macros where the flower becomes a dance of color and form.
Camera Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Lens non detachable lens (Aperture priority setting + macro setting)
f-stop f/8.0
Shutter Speed 1/20 sec
ISO 400