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Holiday Photo Contest 2021 Gallery

Please click here if you wish to view the rules and details about this past contest.

Edmund J. Kowalski

"Lights Within"

Argus STL-1000 and Kodak 400 color print film.
Hand held, available light, and filmstrip developed in Caffenol chemistry.
This ball of lights has been a favorite in our family for years at Christmas time.

"Holiday Vigil"

Argus STL-1000 and Kodak 400 color print film.
Hand held, available light, and filmstrip developed in Caffenol chemistry.
This little scene was at the base of a holiday tree at the National Museum of Transportation, St. Louis County, Missouri.

Third Place
"Thomas Lives On"

Argus STL-1000 and Kodak 400 color print film.
Hand held, available light, and filmstrip developed in Caffenol chemistry.
The visitor centers at the National Museum of Transportation, St. Louis County, Missouri, always feature wonderful model railroad layouts during the Holiday season.

All images are 2021 E.J.Kowalski.
More images are posted in a gallery at:
https://pbase.com/edkowalski/stl1000nmot

Tom Hoglund

First Place

My entry is a picture of the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park in downtown Chicago a few blocks from my condo. It was a challenge as I shot these at night in order to capture both the skaters and their "spirit selves" as represented by their shadows.
Shooting at night, it was tricky to balance exposure, depth of field and capturing skaters in motion while avoiding camera shake. Composition was key to this - getting a vantage point relatively far away so I didn't have to worry about depth of field when using a wide open aperture. And a vantage point that was looking into the faces of the skaters and which showed the undulations of the quarter mile loop of the ribbon.

These were taken with an Argus/Cosina STL 1000 with the matching Cosinon f/1.7 50mm lens. I used Kodak T-MAX black and white 400 speed film. I had to keep the aperture wide open and shoot at a low shutter speed, usually 1/60 of a second, resting my arms on a railing to avoid camera movement. Fortunately, most of the skaters were beginners and not moving too fast.

I developed these at home in a Patterson tank using Ifosol 3 developer, Ilfostop stop bath and Ilford Rapid Fixer. I scanned them using an Epson V700 flatbed scanner with filmstrip holder.

Rich Reeder

12.16.2021.  6 sec, f/11, Fire in fireplace.  I know Arizona doesn't conjure up Christmas visions of mushing our way through the snow & blizzard conditions, but after you've been here several years, 40F is kind of chilly.  I used to live in Alaska; I know cold.  But this fire in the fireplace was just what I needed.  Around here, Christmas is about the only time we even touch the fireplace.

12.17.2021.  1/50, f/2.2, Christmas tree ornament.  I have several older VW's, in various stages of repair, & my daughter gave me this VW Bus ornament.  I had to include it.
I used a 1971 Argus/Cosina STL1000, #2302932, with a SMC Takumar f/1.4/50mm lens #7930392, shooting on Ilford FP4+ film, developed in HC-110e. 
 
12.25.2021.  1/15, f/2.2, Christmas tree detail. 1.75'.  Usually using a C3, I took advantage of this camera's close focusing abilities. The DoF is about two inches, & the background is about as unfocused as can be.  Turned out pretty good.

Perry Bain

Second Place

"Matchmatic Snowman" was constructed in my front yard last February. He was photographed with an Argoflex 40 camera, using Fuji Reala 100 film. I lent him the camera just for the photo, and replaced it with an empty camera case afterward, so no Argus cameras were harmed.



Grafton Common Christmas Eve was taken on December 24, just after we had a little snow here. This scene was photographed with an Argoflex 40 camera with Fuji 400H film.

Steve Wagner

Shot with a preWWII Argus C3 on Lomography 100 color film in Wendell NC.  Settings probably f/11 at 1/200th sec.

The Thanksgiving wagon caught my eye as I walked past the entrance to a resale shop in downtown Wendell.  

Shot with an Argus C4 on Kodak Pro Image 100 color film in downtown Sanford NC.  Settings probably f/11 at 1/200th sec.

We were walking around downtown Sanford and saw this arrangement of the huge Christmas balls in front of a local bank.
Short with an Argus C4 on Kodak Pro Image 100 color film in downtown Sanford NC.  Settings probably f/11 at 1/200th sec.

I liked the composition of the objects in the shop window.  I tried to take pictures of other shop windows this Christmas, but reflections in the window hid much of the interior.  There are no reflections in this one.

Bruce MacLellan
These pictures were taken Christmas day with an Argus TLR (pre-war).
I used Kodak Ektar 100 film.

Wesley Furr

"Court Square"

"Cold Beer"

"Ghosts of Christmas Present"
These photos were shot on expired Fuji 200 film in an Argus C3 using a Soligor 35mm lens.  These were all long exposures on a tripod, probably about 30 seconds at f/18.

Additional photos from this roll can be found at http://www.megley.com/photos/argus/xmas21

Robert Furr
Shot on expired Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 using an Argus C4