Photo of the Month – July 2017

Congratulations to Jim Loomis for winning
the July Photo of the Month Contest

Jim Loomis

The photograph taken on a clear night before the moon had risen. Once the moon is up it’s light would obscure many of the stars. It was necessary to drive into the countryside, away from ANY artificial lights. Before sunset I had focused the lens on a distant point, turned off autofocus and used gaffer tape to prevent the focus ring from moving. In the field I used a small flashlight covered with red cellophane so my eyes would remain adapted to the low light levels.

Taken with Nikon D610 camera, f/2.8, 20 sec. shutter speed, ISO 1100, Focal length 14mm.

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Photography Trip to the Michigan City Lighthouse

May 2oth was “The Evolution of the Fine Art Image” seminar given by Bryson Leidich. Some of the attendees went on a cold and windy road trip on Sunday, the 21st, putting their skills into practice. It was a search for a beautiful sunset, but there was none to be found that night.

Photo of the Month – June 2017

Congratulations to Jeff Longenbaugh for winning
the June Photo of the Month Contest

This photo was taken in the afternoon while my son and I explored Olympic National Park. The weather was wet which is not unusual since part of the park is considered a temperate rain forest. There were occasional sightings of the sun. My goal was to capture some sense of the rugged beauty of the stream.

Fuji XT-2 with Fuji XF 18-135 lens at 20mm.  F16, Iso 400, .3 sec.  Single shot, no compositing.  Manfrotto tripod, Kirk ballhead.  Developed in Photoshop.

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Photo of the Month – May 2017

Congratulations to Steve Oyer for winning
the May Photo of the Month Contest

The photo which I have titled “Sunrise at the Elkhart Depot” was taken on August 14, 2016 at 7:06am. I had been taking photos at the Elkhart Amtrak station several times that summer trying to get a nice sunrise coming down the tracks, along with a train coming down the tracks. Unfortunately, that morning I had a beautiful sunrise coming down the tracks but by the time a train came down the tracks the sky had lost its colors.

I was using my Canon EOS 6D and this photo was shot at 1/125th sec, f/10, at ISO-100. The focal length was 24mm.