Photography Club captures mood without people

First Place - Lonely by John Standquist

First Place – Lonely by John Standquist

Second Place - Night Light Fright by Stu Langrehr

Second Place – Night Light Fright by Stu Langrehr

Third Place: Steve Piepmeier - Giddy Up

Third Place: Steve Piepmeier – Giddy Up

Robert Thoresen

August’s theme was designed to provide a mood emphasizing a pervading quality of feeling or emotion without including the presence of a human being. August’s winners relied on landscapes, the summer monsoon and horses to generate that feeling.

John Standquist’s first place photo, Lonely, was taken last summer about 30 miles from Grand Teton National Park on Route 26 in Wyoming. It had been a long day of driving and on his turn to sit shotgun the scenery really began to get more interesting. Using his rest time, John started to test the effects of different camera settings while taking pictures out the window. This particular image was the only shot that worked in the attempt to frame a shot and click the shutter while moving. A little luck is really nice! Camera: Nikon D300, 1/1000 sec, f/5, 80mm, ISO 100, no flash.

Stu Langrehr’s Night Light Fright placed second. The photo was taken looking at Yucca Butte Lane in Quail Creek one July evening of this year’s monsoon. The photo allows one to examine lightning as a light source and all its characteristics. The light that illuminated the neighborhood came from a bolt no wider than a few inches and lasted no longer than a second. Even with such a diminutive source, there is enough light to clearly see houses. Fortunately, Stu did not try to measure the voltage of the bolt. Camera: Canon EOS 50 Mark III, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 28mm, ISO 100, no flash.

Steve Piepmeier took his third place picture at Black Butte Ranch near Three Sisters, Oregon. Black Butte Ranch is an 1800 acre recreation resort center with condominiums, vacation homes, dining, golf, biking/horse trails. It’s Oregon’s interpretation of a Robson Community without age restriction. Giddy Up shows two stallions sparing on their hind feet as two mares watch. The photograph was taken at sunrise. The playfulness of the horses with no one around shows their sense of fun. Technical information not available.

The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly photo contest for its members and also schedules numerous photo field trips throughout the year. Meetings are currently held the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Madera Clubhouse. All Quail Creek residents are invited. Consult the club’s constantly updated website as well as the weekday HOA What’s Happening for additional information.