January’s Annual Open Photo Contest

2nd place

2nd place

1st place

1st place

3rd place

3rd place

Jim Burkstrand

The Photo Club of Quail Creek continued its monthly contest with January being the annual Quail Creek Open Contest. Any resident of Quail Creek could enter one photo taken in the last three years. This subject was a popular one and drew 23 entries. All of the photos can be seen on our Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157712978177746.

Burley Burris won first place with his photo, Venice. Burley commented, “My wife Joy Richardson and I were touring Italy. We celebrated her birthday in Venice at a restaurant overlooking their famous canals. To finish the very enjoyable evening we took a sunset serenade gondola ride. We were the second gondola to leave the dockside behind the lead gondolier. As we turned onto a main canal, I saw the gondolier’s profile wrapped in the fantastic sunset. So, I took a few photos with my iPhone 7 Plus. My photo is original with no special lens, no editing or alternative effect processing.”

Paul Lischeid took second place with his photo, Sandhill Cranes. Paul commented, “I went to Bosque Del Apache south of Socorro, New Mexico in January for four days. I went to this spot on the north loop road that would have the morning light coming up behind me. The cranes were just leaving for their morning feeding. They took off into the wind. The lighting was perfect in the morning. There were probably 500 cranes in the water covered field, and they would lift off in small groups. In the evening, they all fly in for their evening roost. I shoot everything in RAW and use PS Elements for my post process. I shot with a Canon 5d Mk3 with a 500 F4 with a 1.5 convertor for the longer shots. Closer in, I shot a Canon 100-400 on a 7d body. This was shot at F 7.1 at 1/1250 sec and ISO 400.”

The photo, Christmas Lights, by Denny Huber placed third. Denny said, “We were in Park City, Utah for a family Christmas, and outdoor tree lights were everywhere. I started experimenting with tree lights where I would take an exposure of about 1 to 1.5 seconds, holding the camera as steady as I could to “burn” in the image. On the last quarter of a second, though, I would quickly rotate the camera up. This technique would create ‘icicles’ under each light. The snow lying in and around the tree capped off the image”. Denny used a Canon Rebel T6, f/5.6 for 1 sec and ISO 100. Post processing was with Lightroom.

The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members, and also schedules numerous photo field trips for members throughout the year. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., at the Kino Conference Center, Mesquite Room. Room venue could vary each month. Consult the club’s constantly updated website http://www.pcqc.org, as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.