April 2015 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
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The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members and schedules numerous photo field trips throughout the year. The club meets the second Wednesday of the month
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Third Place tie :“Yellow Cactus Bloom by Cristel Phillips
First Place “Wood Duck”  by Jim Burkstrand
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2nd Place -"Rabbit in a Pot of Cactus", by Bob Johnson

April 2015 Photo Contest Winners

“In My Backyard”
 There was a tie for third place. Crystal Phillips took the nearly macro study of a yellow cactus blossom early in the spring. It was the first  blossom on this desert prickly pear which is identified by its deep green skin, few spines and bright yellow flower. The composition is centered and the short focal length softens the background to add crispness to the flower.  Camera: Canon EOS REBEL SL1, f/8, 1/500 second, ISO-100, fl 135mm, Maximum Aperture, no flash. 
Third Place tie :“Evening Yucca  by Patricia Thoresen
PCQC’s April contest was themed “In My Backyard”. There were thirty two entries for the month and our independent, non-member, judges came back with four winning pictures.  Jim Burkstrand placed first with an image of a male wood duck, who with its mate, nested in a tree outside a bathroom window at Jim’s Minnesota home. Apparently the quackers  wanted to let Jim how their family was progressing by having the family periodically  march around on the back porch throughout the summer. The image is impressive for the short focal length focuses on the male duck and reduces the noise of the tree branches. Camera: Canon D60; 1/125 sec at f/6.7, ISO 100.  The Raw image was processd in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7. 
Bob Johnson keeps getting into the finish by keeping  his trusty SONY NEX 5-T ever close at hand. The rabbit first tried to dig a nest in the front yard but after Bob put rocks in the hole and spread out moth balls  the little fella moved to the backyard, saw a pot that appears to have some sort of miniature claret cup hedgehogs, and laid down for a feast. Notice the piece of cactus in the front of the rabbit that has been recently chewed. So now we know that rabbits will eat any kind of cactus. Technical information not available. No modification. 
Patricia Thoresen also placed third with an  evening picture of a Mexican Blue Yucca. This particular plant has a double stem which results in multiple plumes of bright white flowers. The large head has radiating sharp edged powder blue green leaves that are a menace to the gardener. Pat made excellent use of the radiating lines and  late afternoon ambient light. Camera: SONY NEX- 5R, f/5, 1/80 second, ISO-100, Aperture 4, no flash.