Congrats to Dean Cobin for winning the Abstract Assignment!
"Harriman State Park is one of the premier locations for landscape photography in New York State and simply spectacular in the fall with its abundance of sugar maple and oak trees in vibrant shades of red, orange and gold. The lakes are also filled with water lilies, which turn beautiful shades of green and purple. Spending many fall mornings and evenings tracking the light in the park, I had often noticed the amazing reflective color coming off the surface of the lakes. This gave me the idea to combine that reflective color with the lily pads for an abstract image. In October 2012, after trying several focal lengths, I concluded closer was better. I used a 400mm lens to capture an interesting group of lilies floating in pools of gold created by the reflective light coming off a grove of maple trees. Abstract realism is something I am always on the lookout for in my photography," says Cobin.
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, polarizer, Induro CT213 tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-50 ballhead.