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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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Vermillion Orange

Location: South Coyote Buttes, Arizona

When did you take this photograph? Spring of 2012

Equipment:
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens, Manfrotto tripod, Singh-Ray warming polarizer

Describe how you got this photo.
This is a sunrise photograph in South Coyote Buttes. The Teepees, the backside of the "Wave" and Clark Bench are in the background. I had taken some nice pictures, from the same spot, the night before but I realized the morning would be better. The evening shot left the eyes to wonder the picture while the morning shot draws the eye to the bright orange light in the lower right compositional cross hairs. The bright light gives continuity to the picture.

Did you use any special techniques?
I always get up early. I never understand why people travel across the country and don't wake up a little early to enjoy empty parks and beautiful sunrises.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
This picture takes on specific meaning to me when it comes to the American landscape. The American Landscape has a face like no other and this proves it.

Bisti Soft Light

Location: Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

When did you take this photograph? February 2, 2013

Equipment:
Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens, Manfrotto tripod

Describe how you got this photo.
I scoped out the area days before by hiking tens of miles with all my camera and camping gear to a campsite. I stayed there by myself for several days, ate freeze-dried food, and got lost twice in the pitch dark. But I set up my tripod, set the f stop, set the speed, set the ISO, set the white balance, made sure I was level, plugged in my cable release, checked the corners and that's where my camera took over.

Did you use any special techniques?
I wanted to get as much color as possible out of the picture given the low light. The air was totally still so I was able to take advantage of slow speeds and greater depth of field. I used an f/22 on this shot. Normally I wouldn't have done that given the relatively small area I was working in. It was giving a real soft look to it so I went with it.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
This picture reminds me that there are some incredible places to camp in this country.

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