Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BEST IN SHOW


Well, I couldn't believe it. The Easton Waterfowl Festival is hailed as one of the premier nature oriented art shows in the US. This was the 40th anniversary of the show and it was amazingly well attended.
The photography exhibit is nestled in the Historical Society building, a re-purposed church. This year there were 12 photographers displaying their work. On the first day of the show the photographers chose three of their images for the other photographers to vote on for "Best in Show."
Saturday morning the votes were tallied and the results were revealed. An image that I had just taken 5 weeks prior to the show was awarded Best in Show.




We were just in the Grand Tetons National Park in September. After three mornings arriving at this location for the sunrise and alpine glow we were rewarded with the most spectacular sunrise I have seen in some time. The forecast was for partly cloudy skies so we headed out to be at this specific spot early. From this one location I could place the top of Mount Moran in the notch in the vegetation in the foreground.
As the sun came up the colors were unbelievable. Everyone was in awe of the amazing spectacle unfolding in front of use. Looking east, there wasn't a cloud in the sky except for one large cloud that was directly over where the sun would be coming up. This cloud was turning orange-gold just like the fall colored aspen leaves we were seeing all over the park.
I printed the image with the light as it was that morning and it looked contrived. I had to add a little blue back into the image to offset the orange-gold from the cloud to make the scene believable. The arrangement of the clouds almost made Mt. Moran look like a volcano.
I was so pleased that this image was chosen by my peers to receive the honor of Best in Show for the 2010 Easton Waterfowl Festival.
Thank you very much.