LIGHT FALLS AWARDED BY OP's THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
LIGHT FALLSSilver Falls State Park, Oregon
Outdoor Photographer's inaugural The American Landscape Photo Contest 2012 selected from over 10,000 individual images, and I am pleased to announce that I was awarded with an Honorable Mention for the above photograph LIGHT FALLS. Additionally, this image was voted People's Choice Winner. Many thanks to those who voted!
A nice coffee table book of the winning works and finalists was published. Editor Chris Robinson states, "Nature photography comes down to being in the right place at the right time. With that, you have the opportunity to create a truly special photograph. But being in the right place at the right time isn't a guarantee of success. The photographer brings something else to the scene. Call it vision or creativity or artistic sensibility, it's that additional element that will transform a beautiful scene into a winning photograph."
In response to questions by the Editor, I responded:
It was a frigid sunrise. I convinced my wife out of bed at a time that began with a 5 - never something someone on "vacation" is thrilled about (unless you're a photographer), and we made the 90-or-so minute drive southeast from our hotel in Portland, Oregon to Silver Falls State Park. Everything was frosty and the temperature was in the 20's. For us Maui-folk, that's C O L D . We arrived at the waterfall with the morning light, and I spent 45 minutes or so studying the scene with my camera from various spots, doing my best not to slip on the frosty ground. The sunlight had finally reached a height that allowed its light to come through the trees above, creating stunning god-rays in the fog and mist. I excitedly set up the camera, and within minutes, the camera began recording the event unfolding as we watched in awe.
The importance of time in nature can not be understated, and having National and State Parks preserve and protect wilderness areas are so very important. Nature is where we reconnect to spirit, and with life.
I believe John Muir stated correctly when he said, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."