Picture This!
Wavin’ Old Glory

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was "Wavin' Old Glory," and readers responded with a host of images that speak to the profound connection we all have with this powerful symbol. Many of the images spoke to the sacrifices of our men and women who have served in defense of our country, something that cannot but remind us of our brave troops serving here and overseas today. And how even through the sometimes partisan and venal interests of politicians there is always an overriding pride in what our country could, and should, stand for in the world now, and into the future.

Greeting The New Day: This tranquil scene was photographed by Fred Rosenberg with an Olympus EVOLT E-300 and 28-90mm Zuiko lens. Exposure was f/11 at 1/200 sec with an ISO of 200.
© 2005, Fred Rosenberg, All Rights Reserved

Ground Zero: A remembrance of a day we'll never forget, photographed on September 24, 2001, by Marvin Isreal. He photographed with an Olympus E-10 set at f/4 at 1/500 sec.
© 2005, Marvin Isreal, All Rights Reserved

Remembrance: One of the most powerful structures in our nation's capitol, the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, evokes strong emotions in all visitors. This reflective image was made by Ignacio Carrera with a Canon EOS 10D with an exposure of f/7.1 at 1/200 sec, set at ISO 200.
© 2005, Ignacio Carrera, All Rights Reserved

"Still A Patriot": Clyde Dexter made this powerful photograph at the Taos Pueblo with a Nikon D70 and 18-70mm lens with an exposure of f/8 at 1/125 sec.
© 2005, Clyde Dexter, All Rights Reserved

"Healing Field": L. Lynn McDougle wrote, "This image was taken at the `Healing Field' near Fredericktown, Ohio, in commemoration of our local people currently serving, veterans, or those who have given their lives in the Armed Services. Each flag was purchased by a family of those being honored and placed in this special area." McDougle photographed with a Canon EOS 20D with a Canon 17-40mm L USM lens.
© 2005, L. Lynn McDougle, All Rights Reserved

4th Of July: Ken Carl photographed these young girls as they awaited their performance of an Irish dance during Evergreen, Colorado's Fourth of July festivities. He worked with a Nikon D2H and 24-120mm VR lens. Exposure was f/7.1 at 1/160 sec.
© 2005, Ken Carl, All Rights Reserved

"Celebrate Freedom": Edward R. Vidinghoff made this photograph at Vancouver, Washington's festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. He shot with a Canon EOS-1Ds and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens with an exposure of f/8 at 1/200 sec.
© 2005, Edward R. Vidinghoff, All Rights Reserved

"Patriotism": Jane Jackson Coates photographed this tender moment with a Nikon Nikkormat 35mm SLR on Kodacolor 200 film; exposure was f/4 at 1/125 sec.
© 2005, Jane Jackson Coates, All Rights Reserved

"United We Stand": Rebecca Wilkowski wrote, "This photo was taken on a vacation several days after September 11, 2001. I was in New York City visiting and ended up working to coordinate medical volunteers to treat FEMA and other personnel. Several days after this I found myself at the National Mall. This image seemed very fitting for that time. I call it `United We Stand.'" Wilkowski photographed with a Canon EOS ELAN 7E and Canon 28-105mm lens on Fujifilm Superia color negative film.
© 2005, Rebecca Wilkowski, All Rights Reserved

Found Montage

The "lost" Found Montage Picture This! assignment from late last year finally made its way back to us, having traveled, we believe, through the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. To refresh your memory, we requested images that brought together disparate images to make studies in color, form, and design. The assignment was to "find" these images rather than construct them through layers or double exposure. We're glad we finally got the pictures, as readers responded with many imaginative compositions.

Rest Area: Richard Mendoza made this shot at a rest area at the Wichita Zoo, which he calls "a study in cubism, texture, or color"...or all three as far as we're concerned. He worked with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 camera; exposure was f/7.1 at 1/50 sec with the camera set at ISO 64.
© 2005, Richard Mendoza, All Rights Reserved

Old Wall: This textural shot caught our eye, right down to the revealed pulley system on the old fan. Tashir Lee made this shot with a Canon EOS 10D and Canon EF 17-40mm L lens. At ISO 100 exposure was f/8 at 1/125 sec.
© 2005, Tashir Lee, All Rights Reserved

Wall Art: This combination of torn posters and graphics made for an arresting shot. Wayne Tomlinson caught this wall in Charleston, South Carolina, with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel and 18-55mm Canon lens.
© 2005, Wayne Tomlinson, All Rights Reserved

"Blue Sky, Blue Sky": Words and reality come together in classic surreal fashion in this photo by Bob Gates, who used a Canon EOS 10D and Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens; exposure was f/8 at 1/500 sec, and shot was made using a Bogen 3021 tripod.
© 2005, Bob Gates, All Rights Reserved

Classic Design: While the materials and subject matter couldn't be more modern, the balance of this found montage design is classical. James Nordstrom photographed with a Nikon F3 and Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 lens. Exposure on Kodachrome 64 was f/22 at 1/8 sec with the camera atop a Bogen tripod.
© 2005, James Nordstrom, All Rights Reserved

Reflections: Using a glass menu and reflections in same in Paris, Elliot Solomon caught the spirit of the street scene using a Canon EOS 20D and Canon 10-22mm lens; exposure was f/5.6 at 1/50 sec with ISO set at 100.
© 2005, Elliot Solomon, All Rights Reserved

Las Vegas Lights: The Strip in Las Vegas is nothing but a found montage, and here's one view caught by Robin Arostegui using a Nikon D100 and 28-300mm Tamron lens. Exposure at ISO 800 was f/3.5 at 1/30 sec.
© 2005, Robin Arostegui, All Rights Reserved

Beale Street: Walking along Memphis' famous Beale St., Rick Hill describes this as a "hodgepodge of people and places." He photographed with a Nikon 8008 on Fujichrome Velvia 50 film. Exposure was f/16 at 1/60 sec.
© 2005, Rick Hill, All Rights Reserved

Skyline: While Paul Dionne didn't tell us which focal length setting he used on his Nikon Coolpix 5700 camera, we suspect it was of the telephoto variety, judging from the stacking effect on this shot of the San Francisco skyline.
© 2005, Paul Dionne, All Rights Reserved

Light And Shadow: The light and shadow, and the way it redefined these buildings, was photographed by Dan Richard Barber with a Nikon F100 and Nikkor 28-105mm lens. Exposure was f/8 at 1/125 sec.
© 2005, Dan Richard Barber, All Rights Reserved