From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 25, 2022
The Art Guild’s Figuratively Speaking Reception
The reception was days after my Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera arrived – 4 months after I ordered it!
I used the only native Z lens I had at that point – the macro Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens.
Though a brilliant prime lens for capturing portraits, the 105mm is hilariously ill-suited as a solo pro lens for capturing events. That’s why I used my iPhone 13 Pro to capture the group photo near the start of this post. I would have had to back up into the next room to capture it with the 105mm lens.
But I was more interested in getting used to the new lens than the new Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ II that makes it possible to use my array of F-mount lenses on the Z series camera.
It was a fun challenge.
(above photo) At center, Juror of Awards STEVE LAMPASONA, & winners (L-R) • MELISSA MORA, Honorable Mention • MICHELE GARFIELD, Third Place • JAN GUARINO, 1st Place • ALICE RIORDAN, Honorable Mention • KAY VICKERS, 2nd Place • & JUDY VINE, Honorable Mention • pose at The Art Guild’s Reception for Figuratively Speaking Exhibit. (iPhone 13 Pro)
Here’s a portrait of First Place winner JAN GUARINO. The JPG is straight from the memory card:
Here’s another portrait of Jan Guarino. I used Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 3 to process the raw file:
Here’s a portrait of LUCAS VICKERS with his wife. I used Nik’s Viveza to slightly adjust the JPG.
KAY VICKERS‘ “Union Square” – a pastel portrait of her son Lucas (see above photo) – won Second Place:
I captured this portrait of a cheerful visitor during the awards presentation, but later on I couldn’t find her or anyone who knew her. Woman of Mystery:
Here’s STEVE LAMPASONA, the Juror of Awards:
Steve Lampasona has his silver point and graphite portrait “Rén with the Mane” on display at the Figuratively Speaking exhibit:
Here’s a portrait I captured of a young woman as she and her companion chatted with Lampasona at the exhibit:
Here’s the same above photo processed differently:
MELISSA MORA won an Honorable Mention for her printmaking Chine-collé “Don’t Let It Enter (1/4).” RAPHAEL, almost two years old, and his mom were two of her family members who attended the reception:
Photo processing software
DxO PureRaw 2 covers the Nikon Z9 + Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 lens combo, so I used it to process the raw files before working further on them in any other software, such as Photoshop – On1 Portrait AI – and, from the Nik Collection: Silver Efex Pro 3 and Viveza.
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FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post): Manhasset, N.Y, U.S. March 13, 2022. L-R, Judge STEVE LAMPASONA and First Place winner JAN GUARINO flank her watercolor at The Art Guild reception for its Figuratively Speaking exhibition.
T.A.G. Reception: my Photo Gallery
The Art Guild: theartguild.org
• Michele Garfield: michelegarfield.com
• Jan Guarino: janguarinofineart.com
• Steve Lampasona: lampasona.com
• Bob Stuhmer: bobstuhmer.com
• Judy Vine: instagram.com/judy.vine/
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