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Amateur Photographer

Smoke and steam - 42pts, First place

Michael Marsh, Kent Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, 1/200sec at f/8, ISO 250 Michael and his wife had taken their youngest son (seen on the far right-hand side with spiky hair) to New York City for his birthday. 'This was shot on Christmas Day and it was very cold,' says Mike. 'Feeling the festive spirit had passed us by, we went for a walk. I had been looking straight into the sunlight when I strayed behind the pillar, which became a giant diffuser for both my eyes and my camera, enabling me to capture the smoke and steam being enhanced by the rays of the sun. Judges say, 'This is quite simply a fantastic shot, aided by stunning light and depth of field. Even from the crisp silhouettes and details shrouded in mist, this could only be New York City.'

Smoke and steam - 42pts, First place
Amateur Photographer, Apr 13, 2011