Black & White 2014 Photo Contest Winners

Winners Showcase

 

 

First Place Winner
Dave Drost

In July of 2012, a friend and I headed to Lake Powell. I was looking ahead at the weather and I knew thunderclouds would form over the area. As the wind picked up and the storm started moving toward us, lightning began to flash. Immediately after capturing several images, we could feel the electricity in the air. The rain and wind were so intense, we had to run for cover and move out of the area for fear that our 4WD vehicle might be blown over.

The thing that appeals to me most about black-and-white photography is how an image can stand out with the proper use of contrast. Whether it’s a photo that’s high contrast or subtle with its tones, contrast is the key.

Generally, when I’m shooting, I do some previsualization in black-and-white, but my main concern is composing a great shot. I look for something different and maybe for some drama. Many times, when I’m not shooting, I kick back and daydream and come up with ideas about how I would produce what I want. I like to experiment with black-and-white in postprocessing. I’ll spend hours using different filters to get several different results. Sometimes, I like what I get. Other times, I don’t and I try again until I’m pleased. Many times, after converting an image to black-and-white, it just comes alive.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS EF USM, Lightning Trigger III™ by Stepping Stone Products, Nik Silver Efex Protrong

 

 

Second Place Winner
Richard Mason

Third Place Winner
Mark Seawell

 

 

 

 

First Place Prize

Your choice of Nikon D5100 w/18-55 or Sony NEX6 w/16-50 PZ or Canon T4i w/18-55 from Roberts Camera
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
Hardcover high-quality Blurb book featuring winners and all finalists
Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in August 2013 DP Issue
Published in the DP online Winners’ Gallery
Zinio Digital 1-Year Subscription to DP Magazine

 
Second Place Prize

Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in August 2013 DP Issue
Hardcover high-quality Blurb book featuring winners and all finalists
Published in the DP online Winners’ Gallery
$150 gift card from Roberts
Zinio Digital 1-Year Subscription to DP Magazine

 
Third Place Prize

Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in August 2013 DP Issue
Hardcover high-quality Blurb book featuring winners and all finalists
Published in the DP online Winners’ Gallery
$100 gift card from Roberts
Zinio Digital 1-Year Subscription to DP Magazine

 
Finalists

Hardcover high-quality Blurb book featuring winners and all finalists