January 2022 PCQC Photo Contest Winners

First place: Foggy Morning at Lake Louise, by Yoshi Shioya

Second place: Untitled, by Daniel Carter

Third place: Coyote Stare, by Larry Hudson

The Photography Club of Quail Creek (PCQC) continued with its annual tradition of having a contest that any Quail Creek resident could enter. The topic was open and any QC resident could enter one photo taken in the last three years. This subject was a very popular one and drew 24 entries. All of the photos can be seen on our Flickr site tinyurl.com/ya7ep23p.

Yoshi Shioya won first place with his photo Foggy Morning at Lake Louise. Yoshi commented, “This photo was taken at Lake Louise at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. “I was on a three-week trip to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in Canada, mostly for hiking and landscape photography. I had been to this lake years earlier and was just mesmerized by the color of the glacier-fed water. I wanted to capture this turquoise water and the natural beauty of this lake. I camped at a nearby campground so that I could start photographing before sunrise and before hikers and other tourists arrived. I decided to go light with the Sony DSC RX-10 II and the Gitzo G1127 Carbon Fiber tripod. Fortunately, when I arrived, the water was dead calm, and this half-submerged tree branch caught my attention immediately. I was able to take many more shots of the lake long before other people started arriving. There was no post-processing done on the image other than a slight crop.” Shooting parameters included a shutter speed of 1/40 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 320, and a focal length of 37 mm.

Daniel Carter took second place with his photo Untitled. Dan commented, “The photo was taken from the living room of my old house on Whidbey Island, Wash. I took this photo with an iPhone on auto.” One of the judges commented, “wonderful color.”

The photo Coyote Stare, by Larry Hudson, placed third. Larry said, “My photograph of a coyote was taken in our backyard. He was drinking from our fountain and gave a casual look up in the direction of our house. I do not think he could see me through the glass door, but his stare was penetrating.” Camera was a Canon EOS R6 and 150-500mm zoom lens, focal length was 500 mm, 1/1250 sec., f/6.3, and ISO 1250. Adobe Lightroom was used to process this image.

The PCQC has a monthly photo contest for its members and also schedules numerous photo field trips for members throughout the year. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are meeting via Zoom. Consult the club’s constantly updated website at www.pcqc.org as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.