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Meet Our Grand Prize Winner

Nuurs Ortiz is a talented photographer who learned the basics of black and white photography from his father who loved his Rolliflex. Growing up in Cuba meant that Nuurs was usually using legacy photography equipment because the 1 to twenty five exchange rate on the Cuban peso meant gear was way more expensive than in the United States. But, good for Nuurs because he now knows the fundamentals of photography in a way that escapes many in today's auto-everything photo world.

Nuurs made it to the U.S. by submitting his name for a lottery that selects visa recipients. After many years of waiting his visa was approved and he made his way to the Miami area. As a trained pharmacist Nuurs cannot return home to visit family and friends because he fears that if Cuban authorities discover his training, he will be detained.

Nuurs’ grand-prize winning image was made at the Blowing Rocks Preserve near Hobe Sound, FL which is one of the few places on the east coast with California-like rock formations.

Nuur’s woke up at 3 a.m. to make the drive from his home in Hollywood, FL so he could be in position. He used a Nikon D90 fitted with a Tokina 11-16mm lens to make three bracketed exposures. Tonemapping for the image was done in HDR Express 2 because he doesn’t like the “crazy HDR” look he gets in other HDR apps (wink).

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We're really excited with the entries we're receiving for the HDR Contest. We'll be posting selected entries on the blog until the end of the contest (March 31, 2014). Check out the contest page for more details.

Here's a nice one form Marc Lombardi. Note the detail in the foreground shadows!

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