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Steven Castro
First Prize Winner
Steven Castro
"I captured this image in October while my son and I were traveling to the east side of the Sierra to photograph the fall colors. I’ve driven by Tenaya Lake many times, but never stopped to explore until the evening I took this photograph. We initially tried various compositions closer to the road with less than satisfactory results. With the light fading, we made our way west until we found this composition. My first 30 sec. exposure was too short, so I went with a 60 sec. exposure and used my headlamp to light up the rocks in the foreground."
David Halgrimson
Second Place Winner
David Halgrimson
"This shot was taken in September 2012, in the evening as the sun was setting, with a Canon 5D, 28-135mm lens at 28mm, ƒ/16, .6 secs. and ISO 100 on a tripod. We were a group from Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, and I wandered off from the group looking for something unique, and noticed this little island with its great shape and lighting. I tried many angles and finally climbed an embankment about eight feet high, where I could look down on the island instead of straight at it, and ended up with this image. An added plus were the rocks in the water at the base of the island; using a polarizer helped make the rocks stand out. Postprocessing was done in CS5."
Rolland Gelly
Honarable Mention
Rolland Gelly
Frank Ruggels
Honarable Mention
Frank Ruggles
Saija Lehtonen
People's Choice Winner
Saija Lehtonen
First Place Package:
  • Publication of the winning photo in Outdoor Photographer
  • A Prize Package from GigaPan EPIC Pro for DSLR Camera
  • which includes a EPIC Pro Backpack and GigaPan Stitch.Efx software
  • A Manfrotto MK190XPRO3 190 kit - alu 3-section horiz. column tripod + ball head
  • Tamrac's Apache 6 Camera/Tablet Bag
  • A 32GB Professional 600x SDHC UHS-1 memory card from Lexar
  • A Compact HoodLoupe from Hoodman USA
  • A Ready For Anything lighting kit from LumiQuest
  • Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners' Gallery
Second Place Package:
  • Tamrac's Mirage 4 Photo/Tablet Backpack
  • A Strobist® lighting kit from LumiQuest
  • A 16GB microSDHC UHS-1 memory card from Lexar
  • Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners' Gallery
People's Choice Award:
  • Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners' Gallery

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