2014 Black & White World Contest Winners

1st Place

Photographer | Dennis Ramos

"Sandbox" is a photo montage taken during an experiment with long exposure and off-camera flash in outdoor settings. I didn’t achieve my desired technical composition in-camera, but looking at the series of shots I made, I was able to put together the elements I needed to create the concept I wanted.
Nikon D300S, Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm ƒ/4 (IF) DX at 18mm, ƒ/11 at 180 sec., ISO 100


Lakeishia


2nd Place

Photographer | Roza Sampolinska

I was inspired by the Greek mythology of Medusa, who was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn one to stone.
Nikon D700, two strobes, reflector

HONORABLE MENTION


Poblano


Poblano

Photographer | Bruce Bain

The inspiration for this image began with the intent to capture an image with deep shadows and present it as black-and-white. As its twisted shape would help create the desired shadows, a poblano pepper was used as the object. The first images were of the whole poblano. After the original images were taken, the pepper was to be used for cooking and was cut. I was intrigued by the design, form and shape revealed. The cut pepper was suspended in front of a black background and sidelit. The image was converted to black-and-white with Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Nikon D800E, Micro-NIKKOR 105mm ƒ/2.8, Elinchrom D-Lite RX 2 strobe, Manfrotto tripod, ƒ/8 at 1⁄25 sec., ISO 400


Skyway II


Skyway II

Photographer | Dennis Ramos

This is a two-shot panorama view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Nikon D300S, Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm ƒ/2.8 at 100mm, ƒ/11 at 120 sec., ISO 100


Symphony Of The Ocean


Symphony Of The Ocean

Photographer | Eduardo Fujii

I took this shot at Carmel River State Beach on the California Central Coast, a protected beach south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s a favorite spot among locals. The sea is usually calm, giving someone a false sense of security. Strong currents make these waters very dangerous. On this day in January, wind waves also contributed to the perilous sea. Extremely dangerous, but incredibly beautiful, the scene left no doubt of the mighty power of nature. I was captivated by the vision and sound of breaking waves resonating in harmony with my own inner sensations flowing within, just like Tchaikovsky’s symphonies.
Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L


Dream Flower


Dream Flower

Photographer | Julia Sable
This picture was taken on a meadow at sunset in the Poconos—the light made this flower look almost unreal. I had my small camera with me, a Canon G10, which did a fine job in this situation.
Canon PowerShot G10, ƒ/3.2 at 1⁄60 sec., ISO 100

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