APG’s First Annual Photography Contest Awards


January’s meeting was our first annual APG member photo contest. If you missed it then you missed a large body of stunning photography. I think everyone was blown away. After the members voted for their first, second, and runner up choices, the awards went to Jason Machen (First Place and Honorable Mention), Tim Rogan (Second Place), and Steve Binkley (Honorable Mention).

Of his first place image, Jason said, “‘The Red Muse’ illustrates that you do not have to have super expensive, huge megapixel cameras to make a photograph. This photograph was made with a Nikon D80 with available light. I am not very talented with Lightroom or Photoshop so this image is pretty much as shot with maybe a little burning in of the edges. I love using window light any time that I can. I call it God’s light and my flash just a cheap imitation.”

Of his Honorable Mention, Jason said, “‘Waiting’ illustrates that I am more of a “relational” photographer than a conceptual one. Most of the personal images I make are discovered; that is, I see something in the way the subject moves or looks and I go with that. I was setting up for a studio photograph and the model was just sitting pretty much as you see, smoking a cigarette. I saw how wonderful she looked. I changed my attention to photographing her there. Of course the lighting was challenging because it was just the overhead light and I did not want to blow out the highlights or lose the shadows. I did have to make changes to the camera and took the diffuser off the light, and moved some of the junk showing in the frame. Again this image has very little work in Lightroom.” Jason added, “I really was surprised and much honored to have my images picked. The images submitted by others were really superb and I did not see how mine stood a chance.”

Of the Second Place St. Simons Pier image, Tim said, “I’ve never planned for, bought gear for, and set out to do a shot like I did with this one. It is a 4-minute exposure (with the tide coming in), f/22, ISO 100 shot. No blur or smoothing was added in post. The gear I bought to be able to create this was a digital timer and a 10-stop B+W neutral density filter. That filter is so dark that I had to set up everything, lock down the focus, and then put the filter on, trusting that I hadn’t changed anything in the process. I first processed this as a B&W in NIK Silver Efex Pro and then didn’t like a couple of posts on the left edge of the frame. When I reprocessed it without the posts, I tried fading the B&W layer over the color layer. That is when I came up with these creamy colors.”

Of his honorable mention, Steve had his past wrapped up in it. “The Kodak 35 camera in this still life was manufactured in 1942 and belonged to my father. The Kodachrome slides are pictures he took of my mom in 1943 and 1944. The B&W prints of her and my dad were taken during the same period. The two “cowboys” in the other photo are my younger brother and myself. The still life was arranged on a desk that belonged to my father when he was a small boy. Needless to say, this photo has great significance to me and I’m pleased that others found pleasure in seeing it.”

Thank you to all who participated and showed up to the meeting. This was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year.