The second of the three winners of the Digital Photographer Magazine Facebook Reader Photos Contest comes straight from America’s Heartland. As a Kansas City dweller, photographer Dan Lauver embraces his location, saying, “I keep returning to my Midwest roots for my favorite photographs.” Below is a selection of Lauver’s best work, which represents his interest in vivid colors and capturing Americana from unique perspectives.
More of Dan Lauver’s photos from around the world can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/danlauver/.
In the photographer’s words: The sunset photo I call “Skyfire” was shot on Christmas day 2008 in Hutchinson, KS. The sand excavation equipment in the foreground provided an interesting silhouette to the raging red of the December sky. This was shot with a Canon Rebel XTi using a Canon E-FS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
In the photographer’s words: The sunflower picture, titled simply “Kansas Sunflower,” was taken with a GI camera phone (I always carry a backup battery for my Canon …now). This was shot near Peabody, KS in August. The commercial flower fields supply a breathtaking opportunity for even the most seasoned photographer to fill an entire memory card.
In the photographer’s words: The photo of the school house is the Bichet School near Florence, KS. The contrast presented by the butterfly, the sunflowers, and the barbed wire with the 1896 schoolhouse in the background intrigued me. The school was founded by a colony of French emigrants.
In the photographer’s words: The photograph of the two discarded trucks is titled “Two Old Work Horses.” They are in Homewood, KS sitting next to an abandoned gas station. It immediately made me think of GMC versus Ford—which one would rust to the ground first! Kind of sad, they were probably the apple of some farmer’s eye.
In the photographer’s words: The photo I call “Kansas Totems” is of the Prairie Passage Stone Sculpture Garden in Emporia, KS. They represent the history of Emporia, featuring sculptures representing the Native Americans, Nathaniel Lyons (Lyons county) and William Allen White, famous editor of the Emporia Gazette. I liked the strength of the stone against the blue Kansas sky.
Dan Lauver’s gear list:
Canon Rebel XTi
Canon E-FS 18-55mm lens
Canon Zoom EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens
Olympus OM-1 loaded with Kodak 400 Black and White film
Olympus 50mm f/1.8 lens
Vivitar 28mm f2.8 wide angle
Vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8 zoom lens
G1 camera phone
The first of the three winners of the Digital Photographer Magazine Facebook Reader Photos Contest hails from all the way across the pond. Barry Chignell is a 33 year old who resides in High Wycombe, Bucks, UK. In his own words, Barry says, “I have been a keen photographer for about three years and am self taught. I mainly concentrate on landscape and urban but love all areas of photography. I also run a photography website which has helped me learn different techniques through research for articles and the photographers I have met on the way.”
Below is a selection of some of Barry’s best work, including some self-portraits and absolutely stunning low-light shots. More of Barry Chignell’s work can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/green76/ and http://www.freephotoresources.com/my-gallery/.
In the photographer’s words: This self portrait was taken when I was experimenting with a remote flash for an article on my website. I took it in my living room with all of the lights turned off. I wanted to take some shots that were ‘not the norm’ and had some emotion. I also wanted to prove that you don’t need a studio and loads of expensive lighting, etc. to take good portrait shots!
In the photographer’s words: This was taken in Marlow when the traffic had calmed down a bit. Originally I was trying to get the light trails from the occasional car but this turned into the image here when I noticed the church through the entrance of the bridge which I thought gave a different angle than the normal straight on bridge OR church photographs.
In the photographer’s words: I was invited by a friend of mine, who is a DJ, to take some shots at a huge wedding reception. My main challenge was the light but I also had to stay out of the way. This shot was taken from the dancefloor and not using a flash. I used the lights in the background to keep the shutter speed to a minimum but still managed to achieve a semi silhouette of him.
In the photographer’s words: This self portrait was taken in an underpass in the middle of some woods near my home. It’s quite a secluded area and so I was a bit on edge. I wanted to experiment with HDR portraits and so took three bracketed shots using the self timer and did the pp’ing in Photomatix and Photoshop.
Barry Chignell’s gear list:
Canon Speedlight 430EX Mk11
Canon 50mm lens
Sigma 17-70mm lens
Tamron 70-300mm lens
Various filters (colour, ND, Star) (Cokin P)
Digital Photographer reader Louise Fahy is a Canadian lawyer and photographer based in Paris, France. She has a deep interest in foreign travel and languages, and has traveled extensively throughout the world, capturing scenes of sprawling landscape and city life with her Sony D-SLR. Her photographs have been published in The New York Times and on various websites in France. Below is a selection of some of her powerful shots, as well as her thoughts on the images she captured, from a trip she took to central Australia in January 2008. More of Louise Fahy’s work can be seen at either of her online portfolios: http://louisefahy.redbubble.com or http://louise-fahy.fineartamerica.com.
Enjoy Louise’s shots after the jump, and be sure to join the DP Flickr Group, and to send me your thoughts on why you should be the next photographer highlighted in the DP Blog’s Reader Photos section through Flickr mail or on Twitter at twitter.com/digiphotomag.
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Digital Photographer reader Fredrik Froman is an Aerospace Engineer from Sweden, working in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also a photographer, and is currently part of a show called Eclectography at art venue/coffee shop Heaven’s Roast in Loveland, Ohio, where some of his best photos of nighttime in Cincinnati are on view. Check it out if you are in the area. More of his work can be seen on his Flickr page here.
Below is a beautiful selection of Fredrik’s recent work from a trip back to Sweden this winter, as well as some of his thoughts on how he shoots and why he was so inspired to photograph “above the Arctic Circle”. Enjoy Fredrik’s shots after the jump, and be sure to send me your thoughts on why you should be the next photographer highlighted in the DP Blog’s Reader Photos section, along with a link to your work, at firstname.lastname@example.org!