Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AMAZING PHOTO OF THE BAY BRIDGE, AND OTHER WINNING PHOTOS

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
OCTOBER 27TH, 2016


Photo by Lincoln Harrison

I have been a fan of Lincoln's for some time.  I marvel at some of the night photos he has taken.  Truly a master of the night.  This particular photo just jumped at me though.  The color of this Bay Bridge, San Fransisco is amazing.  I often thought of how many times this bridge has been photographed, but never have I seen the dedication that Lincoln took to find something really unique to put in the foreground, to make it even a more interesting photo.  Thanks Lincoln Harrison for this incredible photo.

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PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK:
Photo taken by:  Ele Hob

As I was telling Ele, this photo is just perfect in a lot of ways, the color of the skin, the posing, the vignette, the model, everything about this just makes this a perfect photo.  And for this it is truly a winning portrait.  Your eyes just keep coming back to this photo.  A true work of art.
Congratulations Ele, on a great photo.

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Photo by:  Maria Dupuy

I love it when a black and white photo wins "Photo of the Week".  This photo takes a moment to realize what it is, and that is the beauty of this photo.  I can see this photo hanging on walls around the world, to those lovers.  What a great concept.  Congratulations to Maria for this great idea on this photo.  She posted this photo in the Group:  LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE. 


Photo by Margot Kelley Photography

There won't be too many more photos of fall this year, and this photo is definitely a winner.  Look at the rich colors, the composition, and of course, one of my favorites, the slow shutter speed that was used to create the dreamy waterfall.  Great photo.  Here is Margot's comments about the photo:
What a majestic state park! This is Middle North Falls at Silver Falls State Park. The fall colors were just past peak, and we managed to skirt the rain!

Magot is a great photographer, and has her own website that you can see more of
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Photo by Mary Grace Lisk Leone Photography

This is another one of those photos, that is actually quite difficult to take.  A long exposure, night photography, the lighting was perfect, not overexposed on the lighting, and the reflections on the water, all make for a perfect photo.  Congratulations Mary Grace for the time and effort taken to create this work of art. 
She has left the details of the work here:
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 24-70mm, 24mm, f/16, ISO 200, 10 seconds

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Photo by Bob Faucher

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska 
This photo depicts not only the conditions at the time of capture, but also serves as a metaphor for the status of caribou living in the Kenai Lowlands. Historical records indicate that before the 1900s, the caribou on the Kenai Peninsula were common, but probably not abundant. It came as no surprise when the endemic woodland population was listed as extinct around 1912 due to overhunting and habitat loss from human-caused fires.
The existing four caribou herds on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are the result of reintroduction efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. However, due to continued exposure to human disturbance, the Kenai Lowlands Caribou Herd (KLCH) has grown slowly compared to the other three Kenai Peninsula herds and is currently smaller than its largest population size. Growth has been limited by predation rather than by habitat. Free-ranging domestic dogs and coyotes probably kill calves in summer and wolves prey on all age classes during winter. In addition to natural mortality, several caribou are killed annually by highway vehicles. Highways and the Kenai River bisect the calving areas. Caribou are commonly seen on the Spur Highway, Bridge Access Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road, where road signs caution motorists to watch for crossing animals.
The KLCH reached its largest size in spring of 1999 when 140 caribou were observed. That number declined slightly over the next couple years to 128 in June 2001 and has remained between 130 and 140. Total summer and winter range is approximately 535 square miles, and the herd appears to be expanding its range. Concerns have arisen implying that poor quality habitat is the reason for the herd’s decline and range expansion. The range occupied by this herd isn’t considered a typical habitat for caribou. Rather, harassment by dogs and human disturbances may be pushing these animals into new areas.
To capture this image, I went to the Bridge Access Road on many predawn mornings, searching for caribou under specific conditions. Many times I was rewarded with those favorable conditions—dense ground fog, clear twilight
 skies filled with warm light just before the disc of the sun appeared—and, on this day, the waning crescent moon was perched over the mountains. Initially, I thought this was going to be yet another caribou-free event. Then, suddenly, cow and calf began to appear through the fog, feeding on lichens, becoming more or less distinct as the fog shifted. Still, they were far from my position and my longest telephoto lens was required to make them large enough to be recognizable, especially when partially obscured by the fog. The density of the fog was variable yet critical to the story I wanted to tell—a new herd emerging from the extinction of its predecessor. While the KLCH is experiencing some level of growth, it abides perilously close to the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, their future remains unclear.

Equipment used: 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4X, Gitzo tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead. Exposure: 1/60 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 400.

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Congratulations to all the photographers this week.  Wow,  just amazing work.  I would love to spend time with each of you, just learning how you took these great photos.  Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
And to all of you, please share these amazing photos with all your friends and family. 



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