This week our local newspaper, the Logan Herald Journal is having an outdoor photography contest. There are two categories, scenic and wildlife. Two winners will be chosen for each category, one selected by the Herald Journal staff and one select by voting as the peoples choice. Winners will be published in the newspaper and supposedly there are other prizes though none are specifically listed. I've entered two photographs in the scenic category.
The first image I entered is a photograph I took two years ago at Bear Lake. It's of an abandoned cabin just off U.S. Highway 89 south of St. Charles, Idaho. I was attracted to this lonely structure one bright August afternoon seeing it set in the midst of horizontal bands of color created by a background of a brilliant blue sky, blue-brown mountains, aqua blue water, and a green grassy field. I took the picture hand-held with my Panasonic Lumix LX-7 an awesome high quality point and shoot camera. The settings for the image were ISO 100, at a 500th of a second, f5.6, and at a focal length in 35mm equivalence of about 50mm.
My second submission for the contest I took this past December on a gray and very overcast day. It's a photograph of a plowed farm field that I came upon beside Idaho State Highway 36 a few miles northeast of Preston, Idaho. Along the horizon line are old farm outbuildings and a tractor. I loved the way the sun was sending out long streaming rays of light through the few holes in the overhead cloud cover to illuminate the scene. I took the picture with my Sony NEX-6 camera using one of my old Nikon series E lenses (the 50mm I believe) mounted with an adapter. The settings for the image were ISO 100, at a 500th of a second, f11 (I think), and at a focal length in 35mm equivalence of about 75mm. I converted the photograph to black-and-white in post-processing.
Taken Northeast of Preston, Idaho.
I submitted my abandoned cabin landscape because it is one of my personal favorites, capturing for me the essence of driving alongside Bear Lake on a summer afternoon. The black-and-white image of the plowed farm field is another personal favorite, but I also selected it for the contest because none of the other photos people were submitting were B&W. I thought it might be different enough to capture the attention of the Herald Journal newspaper staff. Surprisingly though, the black-and-white photograph is the one most of my friends are voting for. The contest winners will be selected in about 6 days. I hope I win but I'm glad that I've at least given it a try as a way of starting to get my work noticed.