Orlando Morales’ “Yellow Mountain, Anhui Province, China”

 

Photographer Orlando Morales
Title “Yellow Mountain, Anhui Province, China”
Category February 2013 / Gold/ Monochrome/ 2nd Place
Location Anhui Province, China
Reason For Making the Image This image is from my recent visit to China on October, 2012
Camera Leica M7
Lens and focal length 28 mm Sumicron
f-stop f/11
Shutter Speed 1/15 sec
Film Fuji Acros ASA 100

Laura Rossi’s Brother and Sister

 

Photographer Laura Rossi
Photographer’s Website WWW.LAURAROSSIPHOTO.COM
Title Brother and Sister
Category February 2013 / GOLD/ SPECIAL CATEGORY Family / 2nd Place
Location Sugar Land
Reason For Making the Image Just trying to catch my kids with a meaningful shot.
Camera CANON 5D MK III
Lens and focal length 70-200f4, 200mm
f-stop f/ 4.5
Shutter Speed 1/250
ISO 250
Flash no

Alexandru Zaharia’s “American Gavroche”

 

Photographer Alexandru Zaharia
Photographer’s Website www.outsidethecavern.com
Title American Gavroche (and Family)
Category February 2013 / SPECIAL CATEGORY Family / 1st Place
Location George Farm, TX
Reason For Making the Image Because in this melodramatic year of the Les Mis the little guy did a really good Gavroche vs Little House on the Prairie: that is one of the main reasons why this frame appealed to me. There, I said it ! The recognition of a symbol exported from its frame of reference. I could sweat hard to make a pompous and pedantic essay of all the artistic themes and motives that could/might be portrayed here, such as the tender youth showing courage in the face of adversity, either in a French Revolution or in the stoic process of settling North America. The parallelism between the brave kid who went out to chop lumber so that his own might not freeze to death and barely escaped the mauling of a grizzly bear versus the young revolutionary who leapt into the heat of battle amidst blaring guns and cannons. They were both fighting for the same thing, but nonetheless, in this image you cannot but notice how sweet the two children are. As grandpa chuckles and looks on paternally, the little girl is running full speed, with her dress all pleats and folds, to what one can only presume the boy will consider a completely uncalled for display of affection. Beyond all symbolism the image unavoidably stands for just what it is: a family scene.
Camera Sony A77
f-stop f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/640
ISO 100
Flash no

George Phile’s Lily

Photographer George Phile
Title “Lily”
Category February 2013 / Bronze/ Color / 3rd Place
Location Flower arrangement at home
Reason For Making the Image I take a lot of flower pictures through the year because my wife likes flowers.  It was a toss-up between this lily and a couple of roses.  I liked the bold colors of the roses but this one won out for the competition.  It was one of the flowers in an arrangement I got for my wife for Valentines Day. My goal was to get as much of the center of the flower in focus as I could and I knew that the colors would be somewhat muted and not real bold.
Camera Nikon D700
Lens and focal length Nikkor Micro 105mm f2.8
f-stop f/ 32
Shutter Speed 6 sec
ISO 140
Flash No

Lexi Nemeth’s “Family Siesta”

Photographer Lexi Nemeth
Title “Family Siesta”
Category February 2013 / Special / 3rd Place
Location Pliant Slough, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Reason For Making the Image Young Black bellied whistling ducks were resting on a log, while one of the adults was alert, protecting the Family members, creating a peaceful Family siesta. I captured the moment.
Camera Nikon D800
Lens and focal length Nikon Zoom 200-400 mm f/4.0 at 280 mm
f-stop f/ 5.6
Shutter Speed 1/2500 s
ISO 1600
Flash No