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Assignments: January/February 2014

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3) Fall Wildlife Assignment Winner
Photographer: Doug Kliewer
Location: Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 500mm ƒ/4L IS II USM

This photo was taken on September 3, 2013, from the north shore of Wonder Lake in Denali National Park at about 10:30 a.m. Our group had spent the morning attempting grand landscape photos from a rise above the lake when I noticed the beautiful fall foliage reflections in the water. I had just replaced my wide-angle lens with a 500mm lens to direct attention to the lake reflections when a pair of trumpeter swans flew into view. I only had time to grab a few handheld shots before the swans flew beyond the colorful reflections of the fall foliage. The photo was processed with Adobe Lightroom 5, with contrast, color saturation and Levels adjustments, as well as cropping adjustments.

4) Moonshots Assignment Winner
Photographer: Steve Shuey
Location: Bear Valley, California
Equipment: Nikon N90S, Fujichrome Velvia

This photo was taken in early August, 1994. There was a bit of previsualization to this shot and a bit of luck on two accounts. No special processing was involved after the photo was scanned, just removal of dust and scanning artifacts and Levels adjustments. Every year my family stays in Bear Valley, on the west side of Ebbetts Pass, for a couple of weeks. I've always loved the outdoors, and whenever I'm up there, I explore the surrounding areas. On one of my explorations, before taking this photo, I had found this tree and had shot it during daytime and sunset. I had always thought it might look nice at night with some star trails or as a silhouette at sunrise and, since I like to put people in my landscapes, I thought that a silhouette of a person would work also. I had taken a workshop with Galen Rowell a few years earlier, and some of his ideas on previsualization still resonated with me (as they do today). I knew, however, that I couldn't be in the photo due to the spacing, so I was able to coax my brother Dave into getting up very early so we could drive to this place and give me time to set up. In addition to Dave being so nice, a couple of strokes of luck helped immensely. First, the year before, a volcano had erupted. It was far from here, but it put so much ash and particulates into the atmosphere that sunrises and sunsets were magical. Secondly, I knew the composition I wanted, but I had no idea the moon would be where it was at the time. When we got there, I actually had to move faster than I thought in order to keep the moon high enough to make it look good. I tried many different compositions, but this one was my favorite.


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