Picture This!
Blue Moods

Every color has an association, and each of us reacts to hues and their shadings in different ways. This month's Picture This! assignment was Blue Moods, and readers sent us in an amazing set of images that conveyed the range of emotions this most evocative color creates. While many relied on the cold side of this color in winter scenes, others found their blue mood in the ocean, the sky, and in the dim light of dusk and dawn. In all, we received so many great blue mood scenes that we wish we could share them all. The pictures left us, like that classic jazz album, Kind of Blue.

Morning Glories: Min Sun made this intimate view of these gorgeous flowers with her Canon PowerShot S40 set at f/6.3 and 1/100 sec and an ISO speed of 50.
© 2004, Min Sun, All Rights Reserved

Here's Looking At You: Derrick Rogers photographed his son and daughter looking at a walrus, with the walrus looking right back at them, with a Canon EOS 3 and 85mm lens. Exposure was f/5.6 at 1/180 sec on Kodak 400 Ultra Color film.
© 2004, Derrick Rogers, All Rights Reserved

Ice Castle: Photographed off the coast of Antarctica, this massive iceberg was captured by Frank Becker with a Nikon D100 and Nikkor lens at f/4.6 at 1/200 sec.
© 2004, Frank Becker, All Rights Reserved

Blue Moon: Stephan Donnelly wrote, "This is the first image I captured during a four-day photo excursion to the Mendocino Coast of California." Not bad for a first shot, we'd say, and Donnelly worked with a Canon EOS 10D and a Tamron AF 28-200mm zoom. Exposure was f/11 at 30 seconds. He also wrote that there was no post-processing color adjustment other than Levels and Unsharp Masking.
© 2004, Stephan Donnelly, All Rights Reserved

Snowy Night: R. Klinowski made this shot using a Canon ELPH Jr. APS camera on Fujicolor 100 APS film. His use of flash caught the glowing snowflakes.
© 2004, R. Klinowski, All Rights Reserved

Driftwood At Dusk: Using his Canon EOS 10D, Bob Gates made this evocative image in Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York. Exposure was f/8 at 1 second with a Canon 70-200mm zoom lens. A Bogen 3021 pro tripod supplied the steadiness for the long exposure.
© 2004, Bob Gates, All Rights Reserved

This Old House: This image was created by Michael H. Cothran with his Fuji S2 Pro and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens. This old house is located in Whitleyville, Tennessee.
© 2004, Michael H. Cothran, All Rights Reserved

Misty String Lake: This shot by Terry Yarbrough was made in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, with a Canon EOS 10D and 17-40mm f/4L EF lens. His exposure was f/11 at 1.3 seconds. A three-stop "hard" neutral density filter was used to resolve the sky/ground contrast.
© 2004, Terry Yarbrough, All Rights Reserved

Washday Blues: This window washer was photographed at work in Dallas, Texas, by Jim Mitchell with his Nikon D2H and Nikon 80-400mm VR zoom lens. Exposure was f/6.3 at 1/250 sec.
© 2004, Jim Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Lakeshore Drive: High atop the John Hancock Building in Chicago, Mark Peterson caught this great view of Lakeshore Drive with his Minolta Maxxum 9 and Tokina 28-80mm lens on Fujichrome Velvia. Exposure was f/16 at 1/4 sec.
© 2004, Mark Peterson, All Rights Reserved