Fingers of Fire
“Black and White” magazine single image contest. Won first place for Landscape photography, 2016. This image will appear in the April, 2016 issue.
This was a photograph of intense fog and cloud activity over Hell’s Canyon on the Idaho – Oregon border. Around 5:00 a.m. in early June, 2015, the first rays of the morning sun transformed the bottom of the cloud layer into what appeared to be fingers of fire pointing down into the canyon. The phenomena lasted just a few minutes, but the scene will be forever burned into my memory. It was both surreal and beautiful to behold. To see a color image of this scene, please visit my website, http://www.starfire-photography.com.
The Salmon River Art Guild’s fall show takes place every October in Riggins, Idaho. It is their premier juried art show of the year. Fine art consisting of Oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, pen and ink or pencil drawings, multi-media art, photography, sculpture and mulit-media pieces are showcased and judged by an accomplished artist. This year there were 37 pieces entered in the photography category, which seemed to be greater than in previous years. There were a number of really impressive photographs on display. I would not have wanted to be the judge of this show for the decision to choose the top piece would have been a challenging choice. I entered 5 matted and framed pieces into the show. Realities Merging, a black and white image of Mt. Hood located in Oregon was chosen for First Place Photography Landscape and also received the coveted Opal Carlson Landscape Award. Heaven or Hell, an image of Hell’s Canyon, and Apocalypse, an image of billowing smoke from a forest fire both received Honorable Mention.
The premier juried art show for eastern Oregon is held in early June of each year in beautiful Joseph, Oregon. To enter this show, prospective entries must be submitted and approved by the Wallowa Art Council. If one makes it past this screening process, then the art is judged by a professional art judge after all of the pieces have been hung in the judging hall in Joseph, Oregon. I submitted 3 photographs for consideration and all three were chosen to be entered. I was elated because I had never entered this show before and did not really know what they would be looking for. Two of my entries received recognition. I was the only photographer that had more than one entry recognized. I felt really humbled because I was among some really good photographers who had some very beautiful work entered. The following pieces were chosen:
- Painted By An Angel — Second Place — Photography
- Painted By An Angel — People’s Choice
- Two’s A Crowd — Honorable Mention
The Dana Gallery, located in Missoula, Montana, holds a juried art show each May. Their primary focus is hand painted art, but a few photographers make it into the final cut. This was the first time that I had ever attempted to enter into this show. Out of 1200 entries, around 250 were chosen for the show. I submitted three pieces for consideration and my “Last Train To Durango” was selected for the show. I was excited because major art magazines and art suppliers were sponsors of the show and had representatives present for the show. This was definitely a step up in my art career, to be showing among very skilled and prestigious artists.!
The Dark Room Gallery, located in Essex Junction, Vermont, hosts a different photographic art show each month. Hopeful participants can apply online. Upwards of 1,000 entries from throughout the world is common for their shows. My piece entitled “Bent” was selected to be in the Black and White show held in May of 2015. I took this image in a slot canyon located in northern Arizona. This was my second visit to the slot canyons and I had learned how to control the high contrast environment….by not shooting directly into the sun.! I think that converting these highly colorful slot canyon images to b&w adds a whole new way of looking at the canyon and the additional subtleties of shadow and light detail that is emphasized. I feel honored to have this image selected for the “Black and White” gallery at the Dark Room.