July photo contest – Pete Murphy wins hands down

Robert Thoresen

Old Tombstone was the location for Pete’s winning photograph Gunslinger. The contest theme was Hands which required the three finalists to go out and plan the shot rather than culling through their photo files for an appropriate entry. Pete’s granddaughter was visiting this summer and a visit to Tombstone was one of the places on her bucket list of places to see. While walking the main street Pete noticed a cowgirl telling people about the Wild West show down the street. Pete thought she had interesting hands so he asked if he could take a picture of her drawing her pistol which she consented to do. No permission form necessary. Nikon Coolpix P500 camera, f/3.7, 1/640 sec, ISO-160, fl 6mm, Max Aperture 3.5, no flash.

Thanks to modern day photography where you can snap a picture and a minute later have it printed and sent by email instantly, Ken Haley got his second place entry Workingman’s Hands, submitted just under the deadline. Ken found the subject a challenge. Suffering from a lack of ideas for an entry for most of the month, he woke from his midday nap on July 31—bang! Gracias a Dios! Those are Ken’s hands and it appears that he might not be that great a handyman. Canon 5D Mark III camera, f/5.0, 1/200 sec, ISO-100, Maximum Aperture 3.0, flash.

Patricia Thoresen’s Helping Hand placed third. Pat took the picture this July at the celebration of the completion of the streetcar construction from downtown Tucson through the campus of the University of Arizona. The three day celebration had an immense turnout. The Civic Orchestra of Tucson was invited to put on their Instrument Petting Zoo booth at the University’s Main Gate Square. The booth had over 200 people stop by to have a first try at playing an instrument. This young fellow now has ambitions to be a member of the U of A Marching Band in fifteen years. Also, as an initial public service reminder, the COT’s sixty members will again be performing a pops concert at Quail Creek on April 26, 2015. SONY NEX-5 camera, f/4.5, 1/160 sec, fl 37mm, maximum aperture, no flash.

The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members and also schedules numerous photo field trips throughout the year. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Madera Clubhouse. Guests and those interested in joining the club are encouraged to attend. The club also holds presentations during the year open to all residents. Consult the club’s constantly updated website http://www.pcqc.org for additional information.