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Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winner Stephen Gromelski!

A big thank you to everybody who submitted to Abe’s Photo Contest this month. As always, we had many excellent submissions. Stephen Gromelski from Panama City Beach, Florida is our winner and will be receiving a $50 Abe’s of Maine Gift Card!

 

Great Capture Stephen!

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Abe’s Spotlight – Endless Sunflowers shot with the Nikon D80

By Janice Marchese

A couple years ago, while on vacation, we were driving through the back roads between Butler and Mountain City, Tennessee.  I am an amateur/ semi professional hobbyist, so I always try to have a camera with me.

We were driving past fields of corn and suddenly there were fields of sunflowers that seemed to keep going until you reached the mountains. I told my husband to stop and I started photographing.

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Abe’s Spotlight – Times Square shot with the Nikon D5000 and Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens

By Raman Shakya

Raman is an IT professional and works as an SDET (Software Developer Engineer in Test) for Microsoft. Raman is from the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, photography is one of his favorite hobbies. His interest in photography began with his first digital camera, a 3 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix. He loves travelling to new places and capturing joyous moments.

I took this picture during my visit to Times Square. I used a Nikon D5000 and a Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX lens, which is my “all-rounder” lens. Its VR (Vibration Reduction) feature is phenomenal, especially while taking night shots, such as this one. The Nikon D5000 is one of the best cameras. I like the picture sharpness it produces and its ease of use.

Sometimes getting a focused picture at night is tricky, as I used the manual focus option to take this photograph. I didn’t use a stand; the shot was taken with an ISO range of 350-500, to reduce the noise level, which also meant it required a slightly longer exposure. I had to support my camera on one of those electric poles to minimize camera shake during a long exposure shot.

I find lots of tutorials online for good photography and framing techniques. I tried implementing one of those techniques in this picture. The buildings in this photograph create two triangles on each corner and the sky creates a rectangular shape, in between. The multicolor lighting also gives additional charm to the overall composition.

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