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Assignments: September 2013

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Winner, Wildlife In Motion Assignment
3) Photographer: Scott Dere
Location: Jamaica Bay, New York
Equipment: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon EF 600mm ƒ/4 IS L, cable release, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley head
During the winter of 2011-2012, there were two adult snowy owls and two owlets that were found across Long Island. The park officials I spoke with say that this male has been wintering here for 20 years. The adult female could be found on the dunes at Jamaica Bay, Queens, while the younger owls were found at the beaches of Breezy Point and Hampton Bays. This was an awesome sighting just miles from New York City.

I previsualized this photograph, but I was definitely in the right place at the right time. I found the owl late in the afternoon near sundown. As the large bird started to become more alert near sunset, I prepared for him to start hunting. Sure enough, as soon as the sun was gone, the snowy owl launched off the sand. He was wide-eyed and ready for action, and came right at the camera with no fear of me or the large equipment I was carrying. I set my camera to Al Servo, ƒ/4.5 at 1⁄1000 sec. and ISO 1250 to get the low-light exposure.

Winner, Cloudy Days Assignment
4) Photographer: Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Location: Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM, cable release, Manfrotto tripod with grip-action ballhead
In mid-May 2009, my husband Craig and I ventured from our Arizona home to see Redwood National Park for the first time, with the hope of seeing this magnificent forest showing off fresh pink rhododendrons beneath the massive canopy. Upon arrival, we wandered around the park under clear, bright, sunny skies, which enabled endless and exciting explorations, but harsh, contrasty lighting conditions for photographing the beauty in front of our eyes. I had hoped for overcast skies or fog to bring out the vibrant pink color of the flowers, but Mother Nature had other plans for our four-day stay. On the fifth day, our travel plans took us north to Gold Beach, Oregon, but I secretly hoped I would have one last chance to see diffused light in this spectacular park on our return trip home to Arizona.

As luck would have it, on May 23, as we drove back through the state park [which is part of Redwood National Park] en route to Arizona, thick fog curled around the giant redwoods and dainty "rhodies." From our previous visit, I knew exactly which flowering plant and redwoods I wanted to capture.

Overjoyed, I quickly jumped out of our car with my tripod, camera, 24mm lens and lens cloth in hand. To emphasize the dramatic height of the trees, I pointed my camera toward the sky, getting almost underneath the rhodies 15 feet overhead.

I specifically wanted to show the juxtaposition between the towering trees and the large, but delicate flowers, so I intentionally broke the "Rule of Thirds" and gave them equal amount of real estate within the frame and leveraged the converging lines down the center of the image to pull the viewer into the picture.


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