2017 Monthly Theme Winners
2017 Winners of the LBNL Photo Club's Monthly Theme Contest
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 vote in the selection of the top four photographs that best embody the theme. Below are the winning photographs from 2017 organized by month. For more information on the Photo Club, contact John N. Christensen (EESA) email@example.com.
December 2017 "Anything Holiday"
Everyone is a winner, the contributors were: Karen Lingua (Off. Chief Financ. Off.); Haris Mahic (ALS); Karen Salvini (Lab. Direct.); Lena Trotochaud (Chem. Sci. Div.); John Christensen (EESA); Stephanie Daglia (CFPOR); Julie Kang (JGI); and Sayan Gupta (MB&IB).
Decorated 4th Street
Through the Looking Glass
Holiday Lights I
November 2017 "Abstract"
Evidence of trace rainfall in the dried mud of Death Valley
An unknown mixture of chemicals in a harbor resembles an abstract drip painting. Wouldn't want to go swimming there.
A large, well weathered log of a fallen tree on Mt. Tamalpais.
This photo was taken from the air of mine tailings at Kennecot's Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine outside of Salt Lake City. A truly amazing amount of earth being moved.
"Ithaca is Gorges"
Waves in Ithaca's Six Mile Creek Gorge
Bike tunnel meets parking garage. Who knew?
These are steps on the Steep Ravine Trail at Mt. Tamalpais State Park. Even on a sunny day it is dark enough on that trail to use a long exposure while panning the camera to stretch the lines. The long exposure partially accounts for the vibrant colors.
October 2017 "Close to Home"
Since moving in July, I have been taking walks to explore my new neighborhood. I've noticed just about every house has a maple tree. On the first day of Autumn it seemed like every maple leaf turned at the same time.
American Lady Butterfly
As in all wildlife photography its best to wait until critters come to you. I sat down in my back yard next to a patch of Seaside Daisies and waited, not long, for this American Lady butterfly to land and drink nectar. They turn a full circle on each flower so I initially focused manually on its hind end; then captured this shot as it spun to face me. Shot with an antique Micro-Nikkor 105mm lens, most likely at F/5.6.
Sign of Disaster
I shot this from LBNL at the height of the Sonoma/Napa fires when the combined smoke plumes were greatly affecting Bay Area air quality producing vivid but awful sunsets given the cause.
Crockett Hills Regional Park is just a hop, skip, and jump away from my home. As an East Coast native, I find these golden poppies dotting the rolling green hills to be exceptionally beautiful.
At the start of the new walkway on the Bay Bridge, there is a representative section of the cables that support the structure. It is quite impressive to me.
Hummingbird's have to feed every 20 minutes so the wait to see one in our back yard is usually less than that. Even in the Quiet mode my DSLR makes enough clatter that they sometimes pull out of drinking at our CA Fuschia's to check me out. That's a good time to catch them hovering in mid-air; then they go back to feeding until they're full.
September 2017 "Depth of Field"
Grasshopper on a park bench near Boston, Mass. I know it looks like a macro but I took this with a 300mm lens.
A mountain bluebird sitting on a rock in Yellowstone. I couldn't decide between a cropped version that focused more on the bluebird or a version that included more of the out-of-focus rock to give a little more sense of depth. Ended up going with the cropped version with just a little of the blurry rock. Credit to Janie Page for the cropping suggestion.
I took this photo near the Tower of London. In order to set it off, I wanted the rose to be in focus, and Tower Bridge to be softly out of focus, providing an interesting, but still recognizable, background.
August 2017 "Landscape"
Valley of Dreams
Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko
Point Lobos Park
Moulton Barn and Tetons
July 2017 "Macro Photography"
Tim Kneafsey (GOGC)
Haris Mahic (ALS)
June 2017 "Street/Urban"
May 2017 "Purple"
Lower Antelope Canyon
Colors from Lower Antelope Canyon. Despite not being on the photographer's tour we lucked into getting a guide who usually does the photographer's tour. She knew exactly how to shoot each location and what settings to use regardless of if the person was using a phone, point and shoot, or full-frame DSLR. So we got the full experience even though we couldn't go on the photographer's tour due to lack of enough tripods.
A Purple Family
A flower-family beside a road in Berkeley. They are like our family; they flourish when loved and nurtured.
These lovely freesia blossoms reveal guidance for the bees to find nectar at the center of the flower.
A lot of flowering plants like this voluntarily popped up in our yard this year. The sun came out just after a rainstorm and showed up in at least twelve water drops in this image. This is several images focus stacked to get all of the sundrops in focus.
April 2017 "Black & White/Monochrome"
Dune at Sunrise
Patterns in the sand. Mesquite dunes.