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Holiday Photo Contest 2016 Gallery

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

Edmund J. Kowalski

"Bell Ringer," at entrance to a local business. I asked my model for permission, and he happily said yes. Argus C4 hand held available light with Kodak Gold 200.

"Early Twilight," out our front door on a cold and cloudy late afternoon. Argus C4 hand held available light open wide with Kodak Gold 200.

"Holiday Attire," in an alcove in downtown Kirkwood across from the train station. Hand held long exposure with available light, Argus STL-1000 with Fuji 200.
Images 2016 E.J.Kowalski.

When I got to the end of the roll of Kodak in the C4 and rewound, something did not feel right. I opened the camera back to the horror of finding the roll had shredded and broken off raggedly, most of the film still on the take up spool and exposed to full daylight. But the film was pretty tightly rolled on the spool, so I closed it up, manually transferred what I had to an empty film cassette in my dark changing bag, and sent it to the lab hoping for some miracle. Amazingly, about the first half of the roll was still salvageable!
For back up the next day, when that damaged roll was off for processing at Creve Coeur Camera, I loaded a roll of Fuji 200 into an Argus STL-1000 SLR and retraced my steps with a second photo shoot of many of the same subjects.

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Tom Hoglund

"Heavenly Bokeh" Argus STL 1000 with Helios 44-2 which is a 58mm lens that known for its swirly Bokeh. Shot in daytime indoors handheld at f/2. Kodak T-Max 100 film developed in Ilfosol 3.

Second Place

"Jeep vs Salt Truck - City of Chicago Wins Again" Argus STL 1000 with Takumar 35mm lens shot around 1/100 at f/8. I was photographing nice wide shots of frozen Lake Michigan and heard the screech and bang. Never a dull moment in the big city. Kodak T-Max 100 film developed in Ilfosol 3.
"Tree Shadows" Argus STL 1000 with Tamron 80-210mm lens at 200mm. Shot at about f/5.6 so I could get a 1/500 shutter speed for hand holding the long focal length and deal with big mirror slap on the STL 1000. Kodak T-Max 100 film developed in Ilfosol 3.
Photos were taken with an Argoflex 40 and Kodak Ektar 100 film. A Unicolor C42 kit was used for processing. The photo of the Dominion Hotel in Minden Ontario show Old Man Winter has arrived in time for Christmas. Shot at 100 sec. at f 8. The two indoor shots of Santa and Pinky were about 3 sec. each  at f8. Using the Argoflex 40 was a new experience and enjoyed it.  Took some flash shots with old flash bulbs but  not a success. Have to work on that.

Dwight Howie
All Taken with an Argus STL top dial all black body Cosina 50mm 1.8 lens.

The first picture was taken with my Argus stl by held meter I believe it was 125 with F5.6 using fuji 200 film A Road side wreath stand.

The second same camera at 250 f 5.6 Fuji 200 film A tree decorated in front of the Exeter Town hall.

The third is Mr and Mrs Claus on our Mantle with a Snow owl F5.6 at 1.5 seconds 200 fuji film no flash first try with this camera for this kind of shot.

Megan and Sam Hotton


Once again we wanted to do "Through the Viewfinder" photos as is it difficult to get film developed where we live. For my picture, I decided to juxtapose our Hanukkah menorah against our Christmas tree since we celebrate both holidays. The picture represents both the miracle of lights we celebrate at Hanukkah with the coming of Jesus as our light amidst the dark of winter at Christmas.  Argus Seventy-five #5304 April 1953 ISO 1600 1/125th sec @ f3.2


I really love this old shop window with the toys. the richness of the colors and the strong contrast of the lights bring out some of the magic in this old toy store.  TtV with Argus 75 #5304 ISO 1600 1/20th sec @ f3.5


This very brisk night in Berlin Maryland was beautiful as you could almost feel the ice crystals in the air as you breathed, It added to the illusion of depth.  This was the same night as when photographing the Toy Store. TtV with Argus 75 #5304 ISO 1600 1/8th sec @ f3.5
We hope you enjoy these "Through the Viewfinder" photos and maybe try some for yourselves. A little something different.

Perry Bain

First Place

Here is my entry for the holiday photo contest. The processor ruined most of my roll of film, and this was the only usable one. I have another roll (120 from my argoflex), but it won't be done in time for the deadline.

This photo is of an old Ford truck found in Boylston MA. It was taken with an argus c-four with Kodak Portra 400 film.

Wesley Furr

The cousins celebrate Christmas at their grandparents, anxiously awaiting their chance to open presents!

A simple Christmas display at my parents house, on a marble top table that belonged to my grandparents, lit by the lamp that always sat on top of it.

Guard dog Ellie watches out the window.

Third Place
Photos taken with an Argus C3 on Fuji 200 speed film.

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Ronald Pollack
Camera: Argoflex EF

Film: Kodak T-Max

F-Stop: F16

Exposure: 5 Seconds

Richard Chiriboga