Group Outing Tomorrow – Sheldon Lake State Park

Quick reminder about tomorrow morning’s outing at Sheldon Lake State Park. You can find out more details and see who has RSVP’ed on .

Humberto Lara’s “Erasing Footsteps”

Humberto Lara’s image titled “Erasing Footsteps” won First Place in the Gold Level Color Category this month. More of Humberto’s work can be found on hiswebsite.
Here is a little about the image:

Title Erasing Footprints
Website www.photographybyhalara.com
Category January 2013 / Gold/ Color/ First Place
Location Nazare, Portugal
Reason For Making the Image Bathers, sand and the see spray caught my attention to take this picture.
Camera Nikon D7000 with Nikon 28-300 f 3.5/5.6
f-stop F/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/640
ISO 100
Flash no

Tom Foster’s Desert Abstract #3

Tom’s image titled “Desert Abstract #3″ won Second place in the Gold Level Color Category in January.
Here is a little about the image:

Title Desert Abstract #3
Category January 2013 / Gold/ Color/ Second Place
Location Death Valley, CA
Reason For Making the Image This image was captured in a field of sand dunes in Death Valley.  I was looking for abstract geometric designs and patterns when I captured this image.  It was taken shortly after sunrise on an overcast day.  The overcast sky negated the dramatic shadows the I had hoped to capture.  The initial image was very flat with very little dynamic range.  Working with the image in Lightroom, however, I was able to reveal contrasting shades of blue and yellow and that worked very well with the geometric pattern formed by the sand dunes.
Camera Nikon D700 with a 70-300mm lens at 300mm
f-stop f/13
Shutter Speed 1/160
ISO 400
Flash no

Lexi Nemeth’s “Fast Food”

Lexi Nemeth’s image titled “Fast Food” won Second place in the Special Assignment Category “Food” in January.
Here is a little about the image:

Title Fast Food
Category January 2013 / Special Category – Food/ Second Place
Location
Reason For Making the Image I enjoyed the outing and photographed the bird feeding behavior. I enjoyed the stalking, hunting bird and the fast, accurate “Fast food” pick. I captured the moment.
Camera Nikon D800 with a AF Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 at 200 mm
f-stop f/6.3
Shutter Speed 1/400
ISO 200
Flash no

Tom Foster’s “Badwater Sunset”

Tom’s image titled “Badwater Sunset” won Third place in the Gold Level Color Category in January.
Here is a little about the image:

Title Badwater Sunset
Category January 2013 / Gold/ Color/ Third Place
Location Death Valley, CA
Reason For Making the Image Badwater is located in Death Valley, CA and has the distinction of having the lowest elevation in North America. This image captures the mountains and sky surrounding the dry lakebed that forms Badwater.   The image was captured shortly before sunset.  For me, the most compelling aspect of the scene was the interplay of the golden rays of the setting sun with swirling, boiling clouds offset by the jagged silhouette of the mountains.
Camera Nikon D700 with a 70-300mm lens at 300mm
f-stop f/10
Shutter Speed 1/80
ISO 800
Flash no