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2016-08 Competition

posted Aug 17, 2016, 2:37 PM by Geoff Faulkner   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 4:51 PM ]
Congratulations to Helen for her print of the month winning photo titled "Light Rules the Night"!
© 2016 Helen Watson, Light Rules the Night, Tracy Camera Club

Helen says:

After witnessing the Monsoon Season in southern Arizona 4 years ago, and having the opportunity to shoot lightning almost every night for two months, I became a fan of night photography!  I started looking for inspiration by following photographers like Gavin Hardcastle who shoots amazing Milky Way shots with very interesting foregrounds.  I then realized that I needed two things:  A dark place with little to no light pollution and something interesting to put in my foreground.  The Tufa at Mono Lake and the dark skies above it provided both elements!

It had been a hot summer day and turned into a pleasant warm evening as I joined the community of photographers who were out that night for the very same purpose as I was.  Our little group formed a bond - welcoming each other and admiring the various cameras and tripods that people brought out.  People from different countries and continents were represented.  Individuals of all skill levels were included and treated equally.   Others were sharing their knowledge and helping beginners who didn't have a clue as to how to do night photography.  Here we were - shooting the spectacularly clear Milky Way when we had an added bonus - (visually speaking) - a forest fire to the right began and it lit the cloud with an eerie orange glow.  Where I was positioned, I could even see the fire reflecting off the water on the edge of the lake.  It was a night I will never forget.

Other competition stats:

Photos Entered By Month
Photos Entered Digital
Months No Yes Grand Total
Feb 32 32
Mar 28 28
Apr 27 27
May 2 32 34
Jun 33 33
Jul 43 43
Aug 34 34
Grand Total 89 142 231

Photos Entered By Person
Row Labels Photos Entered
Cash Bryan 32
Curtis Williford 19
Geoff Faulkner 17
Helen Watson 23
James Winters 13
Jeffery Haws 10
Jennifer Noska 19
Kevin Suttle 3
Lin Gulick 31
Mickey McGuire 38
Pat Ching 12
Hector Gonzalez 9
Olivia Gonzalez 5
Grand Total 231

Photos By Subject  
Row Labels Photos Entered
Open 51
Monochrome 34
Portraits 32
Journalism 20
Travel 16
JUL-Texture 16
MAY-Macro 12
FEB-Night Photography 11
MAR-Unusual Perspective 10
Nature 8
JUN-Liquid in Motion 8
AUG-Long Exposure 7
APR-Back Lighting 6
Grand Total 231