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Photo Contest: Hot Pics for April

Subscribers to Dave Johnson's Digital Focus newsletter took these award-winning shots.

4/2/12 Hot Pic: "Sunset Rainbow in Newfoundland" by Jerry Hissong, Hillsboro, Texas

Jerry says that he shot this photo near Deer Lake, Newfoundland, just after a heavy rain. He used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel.

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4/9 Hot Pic: "Palindrome" by Mary Creighton, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mary writes: "I call this photo 'Palindrome' because it is a picture of my friend Ana (whose name is a palindrome) as I snuck up on her, unaware, as she stood on a gopher hill reveling in a brilliant sunset. We live in an old dairy barn that has been converted into an artist compound in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These gophers are so populous that their hills and holes make treacherous terrain in the field surrounding the barn."

4/16 Hot Pic: "The Mask" by Robin Bravo, Gilroy, California

Robin writes: "I recently read your article on creating the Orton Effect using Photoshop Elements, so I applied it to this picture of a Mardi Gras mask that I took at Disneyland last Christmas. I followed your directions and pulled back the effect to 85 percent. Pretty cool!"

4/23 Hot Pic: "Canada Goose on Ice" by Eric Hoar, Springvale, Maine

Eric says: "This image of a Canada Goose hanging out on a patch of ice in the Mousam River in Sanford, Maine, is actually a panorama. I made it by combining two photos."

Eric shot this with his Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8.

4/30 Hot Pic: "Sandpiper" by Ron Knapik, Amsterdam, New York

Ron says that he captured this sandpiper on a beach in Longboat Key, using a Canon EOS 10D.

4/2 runner-up: "A Bench With a View" by Paul Bild, Vancouver, British Columbia

Paul writes: "I shot this photo with a Canon PowerShot G12 in downtown Vancouver last winter. I converted to the photo to black and white with Topaz Detail 2."

4/9 runner-up: "Boats at Anchor in Alaska" by Paul Bild, Vancouver, British Columbia

Paul took this photo with a Canon 10D while on an Alaskan cruise. He made minor edits using IrfanView.

4/16 runner-up: "Light At the End of the Tunnel" by John F. Mostler, Brick, New Jersey

John says: "While visiting Florida, I stopped at Fort Clinch. While exploring and taking pictures, I noticed a bright light emanating from the end of the tunnels that led through the walls. This picture was among the most interesting."

John used a Kodak P850 digital camera.

4/23 runner-up: "APBA Race" by Ron Knapik, Amsterdam, New York

Ron says he shot this on film using a Canon SLR, and scanned the resulting photo. He shot it from a patrol boat on the Mohawk River in Alplaus, New York.

4/30 runner-up: "Princess and Her Prince" by Robert Taylor, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Ron says that he captured this sandpiper on a beach in Longboat Key, using a Canon EOS 10D.