I am very pleased to have had one of my images selected as one of twenty-five finalists of
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Magazine
American Landscape Competition.
I placed as a finalist in 2012 but haven’t entered since then. With thousands of entries it’s intimidating but this year I decided to try again and submitted six images . Looking at them later and trying to reason like a judge I guessed which one might make it and it did. Here it is. I love the image; I love the memory of the capture; and I’m immensely pleased.
We photographers sense a scene and we are driven to record it so as
“to offer an expanded awareness of the beauty in the world around us.”
……Parish Kohanim, Canon Explorer of Light
I was notified of my selection in late May. They’re still in the process of selecting first, second and third. I’m just happy to be a finalist.
The image was made at a place called Skaget Beach (rhymes with say-get) on Cape Cod Bay west of the town of Orleans at the elbow of the Cape . A helpful proprietor of an art/print shop in Chatham had suggested the beach in response to my seeking a good sunset location.
I spent an afternoon there capturing families at fun on the beach. On the next afternoon, however, the sky began to shape up for a smashing sunset. I took lots of frames of differing compositions but this scene prevailed. The techy stuff: I composed in live view with my (then) Canon 7D on a tripod and using a Canon 24-105mm EF lens at f/14. ISO was 400. I took three exposures around 1/40″ with EV’s of +1, 0, and -1. I developed them in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6 and blended them with Nik’s HDR software. From the look of the originals I probably heightened saturation.
I teach and preach that sunsets need to be more interesting; pretty pixels are not enough. The things I love about this image are: the eye-occupying cloud structures, some in shadow but dappled, the array of colors, the ripples, and the foreground of wavelets, beach, and well defined grasses. Sighhhh.
I did a blog post after the Cape visit which includes other scenes on the Cape. For the rest of you old folks it also includes an audio track of Patti Page’s 1957 gold recording, “Old Cape Cod.” Sighhh.
The 2012 finalist image and back story can be seen at
The other winners and finalists in the 2018 competition can be seen at Outdoor Photographer Magazine and I salute them all.