How I did it

June 11, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

First let me say that I have been blessed. I have been blessed that I have had so much support from people who have believed in me. Although they have probably grown irritated that I couldn't see what they saw, they never gave up. I just needed time. Time to sort some things out for myself, to get grounded, time to organize where I wanted to go to next in my life and how to take it up a level. Yes, it took about 3 years, but the climb was sure-footed and under my terms. Now I am starting to believe and trust myself but it's so hard not to sound arrogant. If you don't know me, trust me, I have a hard time accepting compliments. I don't feel I am deserving considering that the words are flowing from the mouths of people that are gushing at the seams with artistic talent. I have a hard time calling myself an artist. But I am starting to see where I need to give myself credit. It's starting to grow on me. It's certainly a learning experience.

Last weekend I attended the reception for the Exposed III sponsored by the Arts League of Lowell. And I found out one of my all time favorite photos received the honor of the O'Connor Studios Award for Excellence in Photography - 1st place finisher. Just having the photo hanging in the gallery is truly an honor. To have it recognized as "best of show", if you will, goes beyond all my wildest dreams.

For the last week I have had a bunch of questions as to what was the "winning" shot, where was it taken, how I did it. And from what I understand, there has been debates amongst fellow artists if it was a real picture of water or was it a photo of a water color painting.

So here it is on the left. It is a photo of ripples on a pond reflecting the colors of the deep blue sky, the green trees and the colorful peace flags flying above the pond. It was captured with my Pentax K20D with a Pentax DA* 300mm that I had rented for 3 weeks.

This was the photo I had submitted for consideration in Call for Entries in the Exposed III show.

The original photo looked like this below. But some time ago I cropped it to get the blue and yellow "weave" to really stand out.

 
The photo was taken at the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Massachusetts. In fact, I took the below photo of the Pagoda with my 18-55mm Pentax kit lens just 5 minutes prior to the close up photo of the water. It was such a peaceful day.
 
 
So there was no trickery. Just careful observation as to what was going on around me. One of those "in the moment" moments. If anything, the close up of the water proved just how intense the quality of the "glass" I was using with the DA* 300 (and why it costs $1300 street...that's why I rented it)
 
The sad part to all this is that I lost the originals of the photos when my hard drive crashed (it literally smoked). I had taken so many beautiful pictures of the monks celebrating the anniversary of the Pagoda. So I just have 3 images left. It breaks my heart, but I am so happy I have at least 3.
 
The show can be seen at the ALL Arts Gallery at 22 Shattuck Street in Lowell, now thru June 26th. There is also the co-op gallery where members of the ALL Cooperative Gallery show their work and offer it for sale at very reasonable prices. It's a must see!
 

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