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


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




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

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