Greg L. Davis, 38, Photojournalist, Sanford, NC “I’ve been an aviation photojournalist for about 20 years, first for the US Air Force for eight years and now for many aviation magazines. I was the first civilian allowed to fly with a military pilot in this new Navy aircraft, the T-6B trainer. We’d been in the air doing loops and other training events, but I knew my moment had arrived when we were heading towards the training base and the sun was slipping under the horizon. It illuminated the other plane and provided ‘golden hour’ light. I only had about 3 or 4 minutes to shoot the cockpit, using an off-camera flash. But this image will now be a cover shot for two aviation magazines.” (www.focalplaneimagery.com) Tech specs: Nikon D3 with 16mm f/2.8d Fisheye-Nikkor, SB-800 Speedlight flash. Exposure, 1/80 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200.
APRIL 2010: 2nd Place
Ben Ryan, 38, Radio Producer, Brisbane, Australia “This was taken at Woody Point on Moreton Bay. I had heard about the wreck, so I went to capture it one morning, when sea mist was rising off the bay. I’d recently read about making landscapes with three main elements, so I positioned the tripod low to put the rock in the foreground. The ship is the second element; for the third, I waited 15 minutes for the right cloud to drift by.” (www.redbubble.com/people/bensound) Tech specs: Pentax K10D with Sigma 10–20mm f/4–5.6 lens. Exposure, 1/10 sec at f/13, ISO 100. Converted to b&w using channel Mixer in Adobe Photoshop.
APRIL 2010: 3rd Place
Jack Levy, 58, Account Executive, Weston, FL “One very sunny day, a buddy and I went to Monkey Jungle, a South Miami habitat. Walking in one of the outdoor areas, we noticed this large iguana sitting in a tree, and I started to photograph it from different angles until I found one I liked. I used my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight to keep my subject bright against the background, and opened up to f/2.8 to blur out the tree.” (www.imagesbyjack.net) Tech specs: Nikon D300 with 70–200mm f/2.8G VR Nikkor lens and SB-600 speedlight. Exposure, 1/2000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800.