Last August I was fortunate to be on a relatively small boat, traveling through a portion of Prince William Sound in Alaska. It was in narrow Esther Passage where I was able to capture beautiful relatively close-up scenery without having to use a telephoto lens. Most day cruise ships out of Whittier include the passage on their itinerary on the way to view numerous glaciers that are located in Prince William Sound. Here are a few more compositions I saw that day. As yes, the very smooth water was that color.
This Fall I decided to sponsor a contest to determine which photo, among several entries I expected to receive, was “Best in Show.” There was one rule to this contest. Only one candidate could submit photos, and that person had to be me. You might wonder if the contest was rigged, and it most definitely was. While I made many photos of changing colors on trees and other vegetation during October and November this year, I was not at all happy with what I accumulated. Hues were generally too flat, too few or totally missing. Like “reds.” But, being a dedicated photo enthusiast I boldly went forth week after week to try to find that “perfect composition” I could look at and say something like “wow.” Alas, it was not to be. Compared to the spectacular compositions I was fortunate to find last year, Fall 2017 was a disappointment. I had about given up, but one day I decided to give it one more shot. And, I was rewarded. This image captures for me the “look” I was seeking. The contrasting colors and lighting in the farm scene made me smile. So much so that when it was entered into my “contest” it won. I was shocked when I was notified my photo had been so selected. You just never know what will happen. Well, maybe we do know in a one-person photo contest.
Fall colors, that is. When it’s time to make photos of changing colors of fall vegetation, I’ve found that finding compositions when the light is good works best. Early morning or late afternoon sunlight. Backlit leaves look great. Here are a few examples I made recently.
I made this photo two days ago, from the overlook of Philpott Lake at the Army Corps of Engineers Visitor’s Center. It was a clear day, mid morning. I used my iPhone 7 Plus camera. The lake is a favorite of mine, and I’ve paddled canoes and kayaks along it’s 100 miles of shoreline. Colors are not as vibrant this year as I’ve seen them, but it’s not bad … at all. As you can see below.