Theme Winners


Each month, the Lab’s Photo Club selects a theme for its members to capture in images. Members are then invited to submit two photos, and all members can participate in the selection of the top four photographs that best embody the theme. (Click on photo to enlarge)


Winners of June 2014 "Silhouette" Theme

THe theme for June 2014 was "Silhouette" and the winners are: Mark Binenbaum (Material Sci.s Div.) for “Fort Point at Sunset”; Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for “Alcatraz Guard Tower with Batman & Robin”, Daniel Parks (ALS) for “Staring Contest” and John Chirstensen (Earth Sci.s Div.) for “Window Dressing”. 


Fort Point at Sunset

Taken during a day trip, we got there just in time... The sunset right behind the lighthouse made it very cool.

Mark Binenbaum (MSD)


Alcatraz Guard Tower with Batman & Robin

The Alcatraz Guard Tower is an interesting structural silhouette though a bit static. Remembering the Batman episode where Jose Jiminez asks why they are climbing down the building when the elevators are available, I added the Batman & Robin silhouettes to liven it up. 

Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)


Staring Contest

A Berkeley cliche

Daniel Parks (ALS)


Window Dressing

Our cat Misty behind a curtain.
John Christensen (ESD)

Winners of May 2014 "Double Exposure" Theme

The theme for May 2014 was “Double Exposure” and the winners are: Kei Nakamura (Acel. & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Berkeley Marina Moonset”; Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for Carl Sandburg with Fall Leaf Overlay, and Karen Lingua (Off. of the Chief Financial Officer) for both “Author” and “Drought”.


Berkeley Marina Moonset

Six exposures of full-moon setting to the Golden Gate Bridge, from Berkeley Marina.
In-camera multiple exposure function was used to make this image.


Kei Nakamura (AFRD)


Carl Sandburg with Fall Leaf Overlay
The idea here was to jivvy up the head of a statue of Carl Sandberg found at the Albany Bulb made of bent metal pieces and sheet metal screws. The background was washed out so it was perfect for double exposure. The overlay is a fall leaf from my front yard.

Doug Lockhart (Facilities)


Author

The statue of Oscar Wilde reclines on a rock in Merrion Square in Dublin. Overlay of very old texts from the library shelves of Trinity College, also in Dublin.


Karen Lingua (Off. of the CFO)


Drought

A selection of California wildflowers (shot on a light table) combined in layers with a stock image of dry and cracked ground.


Karen Lingua (Off. of the CFO)


Winners of April 2014 "Reflections" Theme

The theme for April 2014 was “Reflections” and the winners are: Daniel Parks (ALS) for “The Roman Pool”; Robert Cheng (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.) for “Mission Santa Barbara”, Joost Daniels (Acel. & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Last Light”; and Randy Roig (EH&S) for “Heart Lake in Rock Creek”. Click on the images below for larger views.


The Roman Baths


The calm indoor waters of the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle provide a golden opportunity to reflect on the nature of opulence and excess.

Daniel Parks (ALS)

Mission Santa Barbara

Robert Cheng (EETD)

Last Light


Taken during a two-week rafting trip in Northern Alaska. To cross some of the slower flows in the Colville we had one small outboard motor to pull both of our rafts. While slow-going, this definitely beat paddling it all. Here the front raft crosses a lake in the Colville with the second raft (that I am on) attached by a rope behind it. The last sunlight of the day illuminates a hill and the clouds in an orange hue.


Joost Daniels (AFRD)


Heart Lake in Rock Creek

The Little Lakes basin in the eastern Sierra near Rock Creek is one of our favorite hiking and camping spots. The end of the road is at 10,000 ft and the basin itself is quite accessible. Heart Lake is about a half mile in and is usually full of trout. In early morning, there is almost always a perfect reflection off the lake.

Randy Roig (EH&S)


Winners of March 2014 "Humorous Image" Theme

The theme for March 2014 was “Humorous Image” and the winners are: Karen Lingua (Off. Chief Finan. Offcr.) for “They're Staring at Me”; John Christensen (Earth Sciences Div.) for “Clown Break”,  Carlos Faham & Kaan Ispir (Physics Div.) for “That Moment”; and Randy Roig (EH&S) for “Aussie Sign Editing”. Click on the images below for larger views.


They're Staring at Me

My first attempt at using a light tent. Instead of creating a fabulous glowing photo of tomatoes from my garden, I ended up creating six creepy faces staring at me. (third from the left looks skeptical about the whole thing).

Try, try again.

Karen Lingua (Off. Chief Finan. Offcr.)


Clown Break

A street clown takes a relaxing break at the edge of the Loggia dei Lanzi (near the Palazzo Vecchio) in Florence. The two fellows to the left enjoys the clown's joke, while the man on the right just doesn't want to hear anymore of it.

John Christensen (Earth Sciences Div.)


That Moment

That moment when you realize things are coming down is a jolt of adrenaline, followed by very sincere laughter.

Carlos Faham & Kaan Ispir (Physics Div.)


Aussie Sign Editing

Taken in NE Queensland at a cassowary crossing protected with speed bumps. 

Randy Roig (EH&S)


Winners of February 2014 "Vintage" Theme

The theme for February 2014 was “Vintage” and the winners are: Carlos Faham (Physics Div.) for “Old Fire Truck, South Dakota”; Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Steam Locomotive Engineer”,  Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for “Passing Classics”; and Steve Kessler (IT Div.) for “The Dark Lady, Fort Point”. For more information on the Photo Club, contact John N. Christensen (ESD) or Steve Kessler (IT).

Old Fire Truck, South Dakota

An old firetruck at an abandoned building in Lead, SD

Carlos Faham (Physics Div.)


Steam Locomotive Engineer

A steam locomotive engineer in classic striped overalls. I often visit there since my sons love the model steam trains.

Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)


Passing Classics

This is in Havana, Cuba, where almost all of the cars are vintage.

Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)



The Dark Lady, Fort Point

I shot this at Fort Point, San Francisco. The camera was on a tripod. I took two shots – with and without the model. The image of the lady was cut/masked out from the background, and pasted as a layer on top at 70%. (Image separation by KnockOut.com.) The Topaz Adjust Night Ghost filter was applied to both layers and the hue was adjusted to be more bluish.

Steve Kessler (IT Div.)




Winners of January 2014 "Black & White (Contrast)" Theme

Each month, the Lab’s Photo Club selects a theme for its members to capture in images. Members are then invited to submit two photos, and all members can then participate in the selection of the top four photographs that best embody the theme. The theme for January 2014 was “Black & White (Contrast)” and the winners are: Randy Roig (Enviro., Health & Safety Div.) for “Denali Sunset”; Karen Salvini (CFFM) for “Running Down the Dunes”; Tim Kneafsey (Earth Sciences Div.) for “Agave”; and Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Bay Bridge at Night”. For more information on the Photo Club, contact John N. Christensen (ESD) or Steve Kessler (IT). Click on the images below for larger views.

Denali Sunset

Mt Denali, Alaska near sunset. 
Shot with a Panasonic FZ-150

Randy Roig (Enviro., Health & Safety Div.)



Running Down the Dunes

Making tracks in Great Sand Dunes National Park on a sunny, frigid day.

Karen Salvini (CFFM)

Agave

Tim Kneafsey (Earth Sciences Div.)

          Bay Bridge at Night

Taken from Yerba Buena island.

Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)


Winners of December 2013 "Holiday" Theme

Each month, the Lab’s Photo Club selects a theme for its members to capture in images. Members are then invited to submit two photos, and all members can then participate in the selection of the top four photographs that best embody the theme.  In a Photo Club tradition, the theme for December 2013 was “Holiday” and the winners are (there are 5 photos due to a tie): Janie Page (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.) for “Christmas Decorations”; Peter Lichty (EHS&S) for “Dew Drop Fairy, Nutcracker”; Carlos Faham (Physics Div.) for “Christmas Orbitals”; Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for “San Francisco Holiday Lights from Yerba Buena Island”; and Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for “New Year's Eve”. For more information on the Photo Club, contact John N. Christensen (ESD) or Steve Kessler (IT). 

Christmas Decorations
Bright and dazzling in winter- from a tree in San Diego.
Janie Page (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.)
Dew Drop Fairy, Nutcracker
Tara McAninch dances as the Dew Drop Fairy, soloist in the Waltz of the Flowers.
Peter Lichty (EHS&S)


Christmas Orbitals
Yes, those are high vacuum copper gaskets. For a charity auction, we decorated a Christmas tree with some vacuum components from a dark matter physics experiment.

Carlos Faham (Physics Div.)


San Francisco Holiday Lights from Yerba Buena Island
During the holidays the Embarcadero Center outlines their buildings with lights and the Transamerica Building lights the beacon. Shot taken from Yerba Buena Island
Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)
New Year's Eve

Fireworks after midnight. We arrived too late at Treasure Island but everyone just pulled over so I took a couple of pictures from the ramp. A composite of multiple images.

Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)


Winners of November "Vanishing Point/Lead-in Lines" Theme

The theme for November 2013 was "Vanishing Point/Lead-in Lines" and the winners are: Sandy Miarecki (Nuclear Sciences Div.) for "Winter Bridge, Yosemite"; Daniel Parks (ALS) for "Roadtrip!"; Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for "Weightless"; and Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for "Secretary Blenny."


Winter Bridge, Yosemite
Sandy Miarecki (Nuclear Sciences Div.)



Roadtrip!
Mt Shasta as seen looking south down Hwy 97 between Klamath Falls and Weed
Daniel Parks (ALS)



Weightless
An installation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (image rotated).
Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)



Secretary Blenny
This secretary blenny has moved into an old christmas tree worm tube in a brain coral. Taken while diving near Bonaire, Caribbean.
Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)


Winners of October "Night Photography" Theme

The theme for October 2013 was "Night Photography" and the winners are: Daniel Parks (ALS) for "Dangerous Curves"; Karen Lingua (CFPO) for "Golden Gate"; Jose Fiestas (Computational Research) for "Berkeley"; and Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for "Star Trails at Clearlake."


Dangerous Curves
The final night of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge. I took several long exposures and blended them to build up the light trails effect.
Daniel Parks (ALS)



Golden Gate
Photo taken from Cavallo Point looking South along the bridge. I had to carefully tiptoe around a horde of skunks to get the shot.
Karen Lingua (CFPO)



Berkeley
Jose Fiestas (Computational Research)



Star Trails at Clearlake
Multiple exposures combined to create the effect of one really long exposure. Taken at Clearlake.
Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)


Winners of September "Landscape/Rule of Thirds" Theme

The theme for September 2013 was "Landscape/Rule of Thirds" (The "rule of thirds" is a guide to picture composition) and the winners are: Daniel Parks (ALS) for "Dalles Mountain Ranch"; Jim Galvin (Engineering Div.) for "Badwater"; Megan Long (Public Affairs) for "Screw Auger Falls in Autumn" and Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for "Caribou." 



Dalles Mountain Ranch
Low winter sun and old busted barn at Columbia Hills State Park, WA.
Daniel Parks (ALS)



Badwater
Badwater Basin in Death Valley, the lowest point in North America.
Jim Galvin (Engineering Div.)



Screw Auger Falls in Autumn
A waterfall in Gulf Hagas at the beginning of fall foliage season in northern Maine.
Megan Long (Public Affairs)



Caribou
Caribou on a bluff in the Alaskan arctic. Taken during a rafting trip.
Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)



Winners of August "Moon and/or Sun Composition" Theme


The theme for August 2013 was "Moon and/or Sun Composition" and the winners are: Daniel Parks (ALS) for "Earthshine"; Sandy Miarecki (Nuclear Science Div.) for "Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains"; Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for "Burning Moon" and Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for "SF Sunrise."




Earthshine
The October moon over San Francisco as seen from LBNL.
Daniel Parks (ALS)




Moonrise Over the Cascade Mountains
This is a composite of two photos using a Canon AE-1 with 35mm film, with a telephoto shot of the city lights glowing behind the Cascade Mountains for the mountain scene, and a telephoto lens + binoculars photo of the full moon, then sandwiching the two negatives together to create the final image. This is what photographers had to do before the days of Photoshop.
Sandy Miarecki (Nuclear Science Div.)




Burning Moon
Full moon setting behind Sausalito hill as viewed from Moeser Ln., El Cerrito. At the very end of the moonset, it turned very orange, like an egg yoke, and trees and houses are silhouetted by it.
Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)




SF Sunrise
Sunrise from Marin- a single frame from a timelapse series.
Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)


Winners of July "Pattern, Repetition & Rhytm" Theme Contest


The theme for July 2013 was “Pattern, Repetition & Rhythm” and the winners are: Daniel Parks (ALS) for “Birds of a Feather”; Janie Page (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.) for “Korean Steps”; Robert Cheng (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.) for “Mini Bus Depot, Hong Kong” and Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Door.”



Birds of a Feather.
Elephant seals packed together like sardines on the California central coast.
Daniel Parks (ALS)


Korean Steps.
Imagine the calculations needed to get these to match up.... and this was just part of the massive set of steps to an architectural space. Seoul, South Korea.
Compact digital, focal length 6.2mm, 1/60th sec, f/2.8, ISO100. Janie Page (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.)




Mini Bus Depot, Hong Kong
Robert Cheng (Environ. Energy Tech. Div.)




Door.
Carved wooden door in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)



Winners of June "Natural Frames" Theme Contest


The theme for June 2013 was “Natural Frames” and the winners are: Jon Weiner (Public Affairs) for “DC Blossoms”; Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Arch”; John Christensen (Earth Sciences Div.) for “Gyroid”; and Lorraine Dowling (Protective Services) for “The Gardener’s Cottage.”  For more information on the Photo Club, contact John N. Christensen (ESD) or Steve Kessler (IT). 



DC Blossoms

DC Blossoms.
The cherry blossoms had just came out in Washington, D.C. this particular day but the sky above the Jefferson Memorial was quite bland. I tried to hide that fact by framing with the blossoms. A larger depth of field allowed me to get some of the blossoms, and the memorial, in focus.
Digital SLR, focal length 52mm, 1/60th sec, f/11, ISO200
Jon Weiner (Public Affairs)



Arch

Arch.
Arches National Park, Utah
Pictured is 'Skyline Arch', near the Devil's Garden Campground. I took the picture with a very wide-angle (10 mm) fisheye lens while standing in the arch, the day before I broke my foot hiking...
Digital SLR, focal length 10mm, 1/320th sec, f/11, ISO100
Joost Daniels (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)



Gyroid

Gyroid.
My 10 year-old daughter in the Gyroid at the new Exploratorium. The Gyroid is a great climbing structure gives many opportunities for interesting framing.
Digital SLR, focal length 46mm, 1/200th sec, f/7.1, ISO200
John Christensen (Earth Sciences Div.)



The Gardner's Cottage

The Gardener's Cottage.
Taken looking into the Biltmore estate in Ashville, North Carolina.
Lorraine Dowling (Protective Services)



Winners of May "Macro Photography" Theme Contest


The theme for May 2013 was “Macro Photography” and the winners are: Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for “Eyes of Newt”; Dan Parks (Advanced Light Source) for “Air Bubbles”; Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.) for “Bug Mirrored; and Rick Kelly (Material Sciences Div.) for “Seaweed”



Eyes of Newt.
I almost stepped on this critter at Tilden Botanical Garden. In gratitude it posed for me. That's a little piece of wood & leaf stuck to the front of its face.
Digital SLR, focal length 60mm, 1/80th sec, f/3.3, ISO100
Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)



Air Bubbles.

These are air bubbles along the side of a glass of water. To obtain extreme magnification I took my 35mm/f1.8 lens off the camera and turned it backwards, manually forcing the aperture open to around the "f"/4 point. This is a good, cheap way to do macro photography if you are patient (focusing is very difficult, as you must hold the lens in place with your hand and move the entire camera).
Digital SLR, focal length 35mm (held backwards), 1/90th sec, f/4, ISO400
Dan Parks (Advanced Light Source)



Bug Mirrored.
A self-reflection-loving bug on my car.
I should've washed car for better reflection. But it was good enough for the bug.
Digital SLR, focal length 100mm, 1/25th sec, f/4.5, ISO800
Kei Nakamura (Accelerator & Fusion Res. Div.)



Seaweed.
A close-up of overlapping and iridescent seaweed leaves caught just at the right point of dryness. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Digital SLR, focal length 100mm, 1/160th sec, f/16, ISO800
Rick Kelly (Material Sciences Div.)


Winners of April "Portraits and Street Scenes" Theme Contest

The theme for April 2013 was “Portraits and Street Scenes” and the winners are: Robert Cheng (Environmental Energy Technology Div.) for “Sunday, Quai des Celestins, Paris”; Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for “Early Morning Havana”; Robert Stokstad (Nuclear Sciences Div.) for “San Francisco Busker”; and Megan Long (Public Affairs) for “Life in NYC”.



Sunday, Quai des Celestins, Paris.

Robert Cheng (Environmental Energy Technology Div.)




Early Morning Havana.
These two women were up early to get ready for another beautiful day in Havana, Cuba.
Digital SLR, focal length 50mm, 1/200th sec, f/14, ISO800
Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)



San Francisco Busker
A candid photo, as she was posing for her boyfriend.
Digital SLR, focal length 200mm, 1/250th sec, f/14, ISO200
Robert Stokstad (Nuclear Sciences Div.)



Life in NYC.
A scene from the middle of winter.
Digital SLR, focal length 47mm, 1/100th sec, f/6.3, ISO100
Megan Long (Public Affairs)


Winners of March "Depth of Field/Bokeh" Theme


The theme for March 2013 was “Depth of Field/Bokeh” and the winners are Tim Kneafsey (Earth Sciences Div.) for "Fern Frond"; Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.) for "A Few Small Repairs"; Randy Roig (EHSS Div.) for "Monarch Examines its Own Kind"; and Megan Long (Public Affairs) for "Won't You Have a Seat?"



Unfurling fern frond in my back yard.

Digital SLR, focal length 60mm, 1/200th sec, f/3.2, ISO450.
Tim Kneafsey (Earth Sciences Div.)




While setting up to snap this spider in its web, I accidentally broke a couple of threads. The spider immediately went to repair the damage and I was able to get this more interesting shot instead. Jasmine background.
Digital SLR, focal length 60mm, 1/125th sec, f/14, ISO200
Doug Lockhart (Facilities Div.)




Monarch Butterfly and caterpillar at the Coyote Hills butterfly garden.
Digital SLR, focal length 108mm, 1/400th sec, f/5.2, ISO100
Randy Roig (EHSS Div.)




A wintry park bench in New York City's Union Square.
Digital SLR, focal length 105mm, 1/320th sec, f/4, ISO400
Megan Long (Public Affairs)