posted: 6/14/2013 12:11 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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My Fuschia flowers are in full bloom.
Viana Oliver of Winfield
This photo was taken outside of Willis Tower in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to capture this photo on a busy weekday morning, without having any people in the frame.
Marc Moxon of Woodstock
Blackhawks players celebrate with Patrick Kane after his game winning overtime goal to win the playoff series during the Chicago Blackhawks against the Los Angeles Kings game on Saturday, June 8.
John Wysocki of Mount Prospect
My wife suggested I take this picture and it turned out to be one of the best pictures from the trip. This was taken a couple of years ago on our trip to Italy. It is on Isola Bella island on Lake Maggiore.
Art Hall of Wheaton
The sun sets on Ediz Hook spit in Port Angeles, Washington.
Ken Michalik of Prairie View
A Blue Heron blends in with the dock, water and the boat this past June on Eagle Point in Fox Lake.
Candace Anderson of Fox Lake
Aric Jones chills out while fishing on Little Saint Germain Lake in Wisconsin while on vacation in 2011.
Gary Jones of Streamwood
Two-year-old Vizsla followed this dragonfly as it traveled to different locations in a Lake Zurich garden. She never tried to eat the flying insect but just carefully studied it.
Deb Kruk of Lake Zurich
I shot this photo of the Tivoli Theatre in downtown Downers Grove. It was shot originally in HDR to capture the tonal quality then converted to B&W. The original sky was a flat blue and there were lots of water spots on the lens from the previous shoot, so masking out the sky seemed like the logical thing to do. I'll admit to spending a great deal of time on the detail on the front of the theater, the signage in the pizza shop and the house at the end of the block. The more I stared at this, the little things popped out and needed enhancement. The original image size out of the camera was a 36mb file, shot with a Nikon D800E and a Nikor 14-24mm lens.
Dave Neesley of Naperville
Lillies bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Tracy R Sefcik of Wheeling
I took this photo while we were at Bryce Canyon national park last month. The green pine tree with its pine cone against the red rock of Bryce is an eye catcher.
Nancy Hoskins of Hampshire
I really love the spring time when the early spring plants are blooming in our yard! These are the blooms from a Bleeding Heart plant.
Paulette Novalinski of Carpentersville