Congratulations to Tim Murray for winning The Elements photography assignment with his image, “Other Worlds.”
“I was privileged to live in Alaska for two years,” says Murray. “It’s a huge state, filled with awesome wonders: aurora borealis, North America’s tallest mountain and massive glaciers. One weekend, my wife, daughter and I decided to visit Matanuska Glacier just northeast of Anchorage. It’s easy amongst all that grandeur to pull out the widest possible lens and photograph the vast scale of the mountain and the ice that carves it, and I did a lot of that. While I got a lot of ‘keepers’ of my wife and daughter, and all of them precious to me, nothing captivated the landscape photographer in me.
“On the way back to the car, we passed a pool of water mixed with fine silt (earth) the glacier grinds from the granite as it flows down the mountainside. These pools can look like solid ground, but as my wife (fire) discovered after sinking to her waist, it acts just like quicksand. With that in mind, I paid extra attention as I crossed a narrow bridge over the silt pool. I noticed the swirls and flows as light and dark silts mixed in the gentle current of the melting ice and decided to take a photo. It reminded me of landscapes we see from, say, Pluto. I spent the next 30 minutes moving from higher and lower perspectives, left to right, and with different lines and compositions. In the end, I liked this one, taken about two feet almost directly above, for the diagonal flow juxtaposed against the circles in this particular capture. I’m not shy about editing, but here my edits were pretty minor. I cropped a bit and sharpened the RAW file. Since the silt was pretty much monochrome anyway, I converted it to black and white, with a bit of blue hue to convey the feeling of the nearby ice. This small view of the world will always remind me of the larger-than-life time we spent in that great state!”
To see more of Tim Murray’s photography, visit www.theawedphotographer.com.