Dee Zunker’s “Public Parking”

Photographer Dee Zunker
Title Public Parking
Category April 2013 / “Special Assignment – Seen from Above”/ Second Place
Location Downtown Houston, TX
Reason For Making the Image I saw this empty parking lot with the rain puddles, and a person walking across it. The white building jumped out with the evening light. I saw this image immediately in black and white, and was interested to see what different color filters would do to the pavement details. I settled on a blue filter which brought out the lines more.

I struggled with the crop on this image. I did not want the little building in the middle, but when I cut off the image more on the left, it seemed to loose balance and some of the texture, so I settled with it in the middle.

I processed this image in Lightroom 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2.

Camera Nikon D7000
Lens Nikon 18-200mm at 35 mm
f-stop f/14
Shutter Speed 1/320 sec
ISO 200

Murali Santhana’s “Fight Between Sun & Fog”

Photographer Murali Santhana
Title Fight Between Sun & Fog
Category April 2013 /Bronze/ Color/First Place
Location Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
Reason For Making the Image Thought of getting the true moment of the nature’s fight between fog and the sun.
Camera D300
Lens Nikon 24 – 70mm @ 55mm
f-stop f/11
Shutter Speed 1/500 sec
ISO 200

Lexi Nemth’s “Morning Dew in Fog”


Photographer Lexi Nemeth
Title “Morning Dew in Fog”
Category April 2013 /Gold / Color / Second Place
Location Cades Cove, Grate Smoky Mountains N.P., TN.
Reason For Making the Image One foggy early morning in fall,  I planned to  photograph large mammals at Cades Cove area in the Great Smoky Mountains NP.  I looked around at a good spot, but I did not see elk, wild boar or black bear. However,  this morning dew covered half broken spider web caught my eyes. The back-lit dew drops sparkled on it just like pearls on a fine necklace.  I took the picture with my telephoto lens wide open, isolating the spiderweb from the surroundings.
Camera Nikon D800
Lens and focal length Sigma 50-500 mm f4-6.3  at 500 mm
f-stop f/6.3
Shutter Speed 1/640 sec.
ISO 200

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