February 2020 PCQC Photo Contest – Shoes

Second place - Bootshine by Doug Mutter

Second place – Bootshine by Doug Mutter

First place - The Power of Hiking by Shari Rogers

First place – The Power of Hiking by Shari Rogers

The Photo Club of Quail Creek continued with its monthly members’ contest, with the February topic of shoes. Each club member could enter up to three photos taken in the last three years. This subject was not a popular one with the members and drew only 12 entries. As a collection, all our entries were very good, making it hard for the judges. All of the photos can be seen on our Flickr site, which can be accessed by visiting www.tinyurl.com/whgunhn.

Shari Rogers won first place with her photo The Power of Hiking. Shari commented, “Monthly club members are provided a topic to be photographed and entered into our QC Photo Contest. This month it was shoes. Honestly, I dreaded photographing this topic. However, I do like a challenge and wanted to see what I could come up with. I enjoy photographing my Labrador Retriever, Bella, so I started placing treats in my husband’s hiking boots. The photos were nice but nothing special. I thought about doing an advertisement to sell the boot; how could I do that? Then I remembered what I learned about doing a close crop and how it can create power and impact. This is how I came up with the shot. I think it captures the boot and the dog adds interest.” Shari used a Nikon D3300; ISO was 500, F5.0 at 1/1000 sec, with the lens focal length of 150 mm.

Doug Mutter took second place with his photo Bootshine. Doug commented, “I shot the boot shine photo at the Tucson rodeo in February. I was standing in line for food next to the shoe shine spot and liked the hands and boots combination.” The camera used was a Nikon D3400. The ISO was 200, and the camera was at 1/800 sec at f/9.0.

The photo Meeting with the Landscaper by John Tubbs placed third. John said, “I figured there must be a way to use several pairs of our fairly numerous shoe collection. When I saw my pair of muck boots it reminded me of all the landscapers working near us. I decided to make a shoe to shoe conversation.” The photo was taken with a Sony 7RM4, at 1/800 sec, f/11, and ISO 800.

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 could vary each month. Consult the club’s constantly updated website www.pcqc.org, as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.