Bob Story

"Day and Night"
third place Manipulated Images

Bob Story has been dabbling in photography for more than 20 years. It started as a simple interest, then evolved into much more.

"Originally I wanted to make it a career, but found I enjoyed it more as a hobby," he said. "It's always been part of everything I did."

Since photography proved a better avocation than vocation, Story, 60, has devoted his professional time to the Wall Street Journal as a production foreman. He helps put out the West Coast edition of the paper.

Story, of Los Altos Hills, has lived in the area for 20 years. He has had his works displayed at various galleries and gift stores and has won several awards through the years.

The inspiration for "Day and Night" came to him while on a trip to Jerome, Ariz. There, he was intrigued by a burned-out hotel and found himself unsatisfied with a previous photo he had taken.

"At the time I was doing a lot of double exposure with the full moon," Story said. He wanted to make the photo look like it was taken at night. Using a telephoto lens and then changing to a wide-angle lens and employing the use of a neutral-density filter (a filter that is gray on top and clear on bottom), he captured his shot.

Although the image appears to have been shot at night, Story said it was close to dawn when he snapped the winning photo.

The moment was captured with a full moon on the horizon. Deep purplish tones and other dark colors contrast with lighter blues.

It won second place in the "Manipulated Images" category.

All manipulation of Story's photo is done "strictly in camera," he emphasized. No computers were used to alter any images.

Photography will continue to seep into every part of Story's life. It's the way he wants it to be.

--Jennifer Cole