2021 Monthly Theme Winners
2021 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 2021 organized by month (See previous years: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). For more information on the Photo Club, contact John N. Christensen (EESA) email@example.com.
July 2021 "Stop Action"
June 2021 "Shadows"
Shadow Double Helix
55mm (82mm 35mm eq); 1/320; f/22; ISO 400
I have worked with DNA, the genetic material of life, for a long time. I saw this helical staircase casting a shadow looking like a DNA double helix
A street fair in Barcelona, Spain (pre-COVID). The temporary art hanging over the street cast colorful shadows through the plastic film stretched over metal geometric frames. My daughter is in the middle basking in the glow.
Bird Leaving Birdhouse
A bird taking flight from its house casts a nice shadow. This is probably the best combination of bird and shadow I got during the course of several days trying.
3D to 2D
A shopping cart casts it shadow on the sidewalk, transforming itself from 3 dimensions to 2.
May 2021 "Mysterious"
The door to . . . ?
I shot this somewhere in the East Bay- it's up to you to figure out where (and the why).
A chair in the woods
A little fog adds an air of mystery to this wooded area.
Circles in the Earth
April 2021 "Abstract"
March 2021 "The Color Green"
With a little chiaroscuro I was able to highlight the texture of a beautiful pear and a bounce of light from the shiny skin. I then used some tonal filtering in Photoshop to bring out the greens.
I entered this photo into a contest with the theme of monochromatic but was disqualified for the small bit of brown in the stem and the flaw in the fruit's skin, both of which I think only make the photo more interesting.
This photo was taken on a spring day near peak snowmelt in a wilderness canyon near Yosemite. One of my favorite places, every spring this canyon comes to life with the sound of singing birds, frogs, and waterfalls. Amidst the rush of life, flooded aspen groves, like the one pictured here, make for peaceful reflections.
Frog Under Lily Pad
A frog waiting patiently under a water lily. Or at least it was. We only noticed it when we were right next to it and it got spooked before we even got around to trying to maneuver the canoe to get a better angle.
Faroe Grass Roofs
In the Faroe Islands it rains an average of 300 days a year. We lucked out during our trip. Turf roofs provide good protection from the rain as well as thermal insulation. This is the village of Saksun, population 8. Or maybe 14, depending on the source. The church is circa 1850 while the stone buildings are from the 17th century, or so I'm told. I think there are some nice compositional aspects to the picture with the curved dirt road leading the eye to the church and then past that back to what used to be a natural harbor before it was filled with sand by a storm.
Lotusland, named as one of the top ten gardens in the world, is a botanical garden in Montecito, Santa Barbara. The 57-acre garden is the host to Japanese, blue, fern, bromeliads, cactus, butterfly, fern, water, tropical--among other--gardens.
A must-see place.
These are malachite crystals- the specimen is about 1.5" wide. Malachite is a copper carbonate, and usually forms very fine grained sprays of crystals (see next photo). I shot this in sunlight against a black sheet of paper with a macro lens.
This succulant in our garden has especially beautiful flowers in the spring. This photo was taken with my iphone but I love that it still caught the detail of the hairs on the leaf edges.
February 2021 "Best of 2020"
Not Antelope Canyon, this picture was taken on a wild, windy day deep in one of the most remote, technical slot canyons in Utah, over sixty miles from the nearest paved road. A truly transcendent place perfect for social distancing.
This is nothing compared to pictures from the likes of Thomas Shahan but I was happy to have spotted it and you have to start somewhere.
January 2021 "Life at LBNL"
1st place- Haris Mahic; tied for 2nd place- John Christensen, Stephen Czarnecki, and TimKneafsey; 3rd place- TimKneafsey; and 4th place- Chris Samuel.
Work at Advanced Light Source under COVID
In the Stove Lab
Deer in Late Afternoon Sun