Monday, April 15, 2013

Contender Paul S. Phillips

Contender Paul S. Phillips finds beauty in early morning light, color, and discovering new compositions as seen in four of his American Landscape contest submissions

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Photographer: Paul S. Phillips

Soft Dune

Location: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

When did you take this photograph? April 2012

Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens, Manfrotto tripod

Describe how you got this photo.
I've been known to wake up a rooster or two in the past pursuing a photograph. If there had been one around on this morning it would have been no exception. The night before I had fallen in love with the way the light hit the sand dunes at this park. I saw my mark and I was on a mission.

Lucky there had been a strong wind during the night and had wiped away footprints and ATV tracks from the day before. The wind let up just before sunrise. I found myself in the right place at the right time. I was able to pull off a sharp shot.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
I love the simplicity tied with complexity of Soft Dune. It is simplistic in its subject matter; it is complex in that it derives its leading lines and composition from the subject itself.


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