Congratulations to Angela Service. Her photo “Winter Spirit” is the winner of the Contrasting Landscape Assignment.
“I captured Spirit Falls in Washington on the Little White Salmon River. After the first winter freeze in December 2013, I was disappointed that I didn’t make it out to this location, so I was hoping for another drop in temperatures to get the opportunity. In February 2014, after two days of the temperatures dropping into the teens, I felt the conditions were right to go photograph these falls. On this particular day, the weather forecast called for snow, so my husband and I packed up our Jeep 4×4 and headed into the Columbia River Gorge. The talus slope to get to these falls can be quite challenging, but doing it in these conditions proved especially difficult. It snowed the entire time, so I had to wipe my lens constantly, my fingers froze, and I couldn’t feel my toes, but I loved every minute of it! Only minimal processing was needed. I lightened the shadows around the tree trunk, branches on the right, and a few areas of the snow,” says Service.
Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens, Tiffen ND filter, Tripod.