Antelope Flats, Wyoming
Stephanie Sawyer wins a DSLR courtesy of Roberts Camera, a print courtesy of Duggal Visual Solutions, a one-year Zinio subscription to Outdoor Photographer and a hardcover book commemorating the contest courtesy of Blurb. Sawyer describes taking the photograph:
"I was vacationing with my husband and two children, enjoying the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for the first time. This was our last night
before heading home. My family and I were walking around the town of Jackson Hole looking for a place to eat dinner. There were clouds
rolling in, with a few isolated brief downpours. I kept thinking of the wildflowers on Antelope Flats Road I had noticed when visiting the
cabins at Mormon Row earlier in our trip. I really wanted to photograph this spot with the stormy skies.
"I made a spur-of-the-moment decision, told my husband and kids to eat dinner without me, took the rental car and found a spot
along the roadside of Antelope Flats Road. I waited for one of the brief downpours to pass before I crossed the road to set up my tripod
and Canon in front of the wildflowers. For the next two hours, I just enjoyed the view, watching the sky change, clouds breaking and
letting the colors of sunset hit them as the sun sank behind the Grand Tetons as I intermediately snapped away."
Sawyer created the panorama format by merging two overlapping horizontal images in Photoshop.
Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L USM, Lee soft graduated ND filter, Manfrotto 190 tripod, Manfrotto ballhead