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Jan
23
2013

“Fishing The Kulik” Wins Photo Contest

If  you’re not familiar with Cowboys & Indians Magazine® , it is the premier magazine of the West, highlighting western and ranch life and the people and places that make up that special part of theCowboys & Indians Magazine American West. It typically features one cover personality that is prominent in western film, literature or history along with other articles and stories for those who have an appreciation of western lore, wildlife, scenery, architecture, music and even poetry. Once each year, the focus is on some of the most interesting and high-quality photography of the West that can be found anywhere in one place.

Every year since 2004, I’ve entered the magazine’s annual “Photographing The West” contest.  I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of my images make it to the final selections and get published in the March special photography edition.  And,  I was very pleased to win the Landscape category in 2009 for my “Old Prairie Church” (1/24/2011 Blog post).

So I’m was really excited again to hear that I won this year’s Wildlife category with “Fishing The Kulik”.  It  is one of my favorites of the many bear shots from last fall’s trip with my friend, John DuBois, to the Katmai National Park in Alaska. It was taken along the Kulik River during the short period when the grizzlies fish for Salmon in the river.  This guy had just surfaced (without the fish he was trying to catch), about 25 yards from the boat.  I used my new Nikon D800 and 70-200mm telephoto lens with a 1.7 teleconverter, shot at 270mm.  In this type of setting, I usualy fire a burst of 3 to 5 shots (low speed continuous).  This happened to be the only one where his eyes were directly on me, with the water streaming from his face.  He was already unhappy to have missed his fish, but then to see me nearby rattling the shutter resulted in this pretty menacing look.

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Jan
24
2011

“Old Prairie Church” Wins Contest Award

 

I’m really jazzed!   My image of “The Old Prairie Church” has been awarded First Place winner in the annual Cowboys & Indians Magazine’s® photography contest for the Landscape category.  Pardon me for puffing up a little, OK?

The Old Prairie Church

The image that won the Landscape category is “The Old Prairie Church”.  The location is the historic Eaves Ranch just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This working ranch has a section that was used for the filming of a number of movies and TV westerns, going back as far as “The Cheyenne Social Club.”

I was with a group from Moose Peterson’s Digital Landscape Workshop Series (check out Moose’s website at http://www.moosepeterson.com ), and we had combed the old movie set for “western” shots for our portfolios.  The afternoon had been filled with cowboys, horses and even the old jail.

It was late in the afternoon on a day that had threatened with rain (snow back in Santa Fe) and some wind.  Then, just before the sun dropped below the  Sangre de Cristo mountains, a break in the clouds gave way to a brilliant, low-angle lighting of the old church, back-dropped by spectacular clouds and ensuing sunset.  And for a brief few moments, the image before me spoke volumes about the lonely prairie, the single church that kept faith, and how beautiful the simplicities of older days are, even for those who might not be from the West.

Moose, thanks for the great opportunity to stand there and to grab what is already one of my favorite shots.

Cowboys, Indians, Award, Prairie, ChurchIf you’re not familiar with Cowboys & Indians Magazine, it is the premier magazine of the West, highlighting western and ranch life and the people and places that make up that special part the American West.  It typically features one cover personality that is prominent in western film, literature or history along with other articles and stories for those who have an appreciation of western lore, wildlife, scenery, architecture, music and even poetry.

 

But once each year, the focus is on some of the most interesting and high-quality photography of the West that can be found anywhere in one place.

I know,  I know, it sounds like I’m just spouting off about a publication that chose to give me a little recognition.

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Jan
02
2010

Published In “Capture Central Oregon” Book

 

I was recently honored to be among selected photographers to have their work published in “Capture Central Oregon”, dubbed by the publishers  as “the most unique photography book on Central Oregon ever.”   The book’s focus was on the landscape, architecture, history and life of the region.   I was very pleased to have three of my images selected for inclusion among this collection of very fine local photography work.

 

“Crystal Leaf” depicts  a lone fallen leaf cloaked in ice crystals

and perched delicately on a Central Oregon Frozen Pond.

“Early Snowfall” caught one of Bend’s “couples”

taking a walk among Central Oregon’s blazing

Fall colors as early snowflakes started to fall.

 

“Snowtree” captures a lone young Fir tree in a

quiet snowfield, another of nature’s winter’s abstracts.

 

While these aren’t among those that I consider to be some of my better shots, I’m happy that the publishers chose to include them among photography that highlights the great area that I call home.

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