September 2013 Contest Winners “Lines”“Lines” was the theme for September and was effectively utilized by this month’s winner, John Strandquist. John returned to the winner’s platform with his photo of the inside of the U S Air Force Academy Chapel taken during a cross country trip last summer with this stop in Colorado springs. The chapel has worship areas for all religions. john’s photo is of th protesant chapel ceiling. Even with a bright hazy -sunny day the interior appeared rather dim necessitating a higher ISO (640) in order to avoid camera movement. A little “photoshopping” was used to reduce a strong blue hue within the chapel and to warm up the scene and add a more varied spectrum. Camera: Nikon D300 with AF-S DX VR Zoom- Nikkor 18-2000mm f/3.5-5.8 lens, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 640, Manual white balance, 27 mm focal length (40mm equivalent).A close-up picture of a barrel cactus in his front yard got Doug Mutter a second place in this month’s contest. The cactus was urchased and planted for its color and texture which enhanced the front yard’s landscape design. When Doug learned that the hoto contest for the month was “Lines”, he immediately thought of this handsome and symmetrical Arizona native.Camera: Sony DSC-H7, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 100, 31.8 mm focal length, flash.Marcus Hines took third place with an image taken at the Fall Kite Festival last October in Lincoln City, Oregon. Only the bravest of kite flyers decided to participate this particular day as the sky was overcast with periodic rain and stiff winds. This formation of 12 patriotic kites required a lot of muscle to control. Marcus used his Nikon camera which features a 35 mm film size sensor for greater “light gathering” area offering high contrast sensitivity and lower refraction.Camera: Nikon D4 with AF Zoom- Nikor 70-300 mm f/4, 5.6 G lens, f/29, 1/3200 sec, ISO 12800, 100 mm focal length (100 mm focal length 35 mm equivalent.