October Best in Show
"Ephemeral Desert Lake"
by Darren Huski
This image was taken on my annual fall trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in October of 2013. I was there to photograph both the desert mountains and the fall color hidden in canyons there. I also found that salt flats west of the park had become a lake. September of 2013 brought some heavy Monsoonal rains to the southwest. A front had pushed through the Guadalupe Mountains and dumped 9" of rain in a day and formed the lake. I had seen some water on the salt flats before but had expected anything from the Monsoon season to have already dried up. I was very surprised to find the lake stretched for several miles across the salt pan.Over the course of a week I spent four sunsets looking for the right shot.
We had a day that had started partly cloudy but had turned into overcast and times of heavy rain. I find days like that to be the right conditions for an epic sunset and so we made our way to the west side of the mountains. It was very drab overcast light when we got there but sure enough there was a gap on the western sky marking the back side of the rain front. We got rained on some. There was also that gusty west Texas wind like Marty Robbins would sing about. We put on full rain gear to handle the elements so we could be ready if the light happened. Then we waited.
I had this spot picked out where I had a little bit of a foreground. I hoped to be able to get the lake, the mountains and sunset light all in the frame. I was using my full frame Canon 5D Mark II with the 17-40 lens wide at 17mm to take in as much of the scene as I could. I was using a polarising filter to slow the exposure down some to help smooth out the water.
When the sun popped out west of the clouds the light was intense and lit the scene. I began taking image after image. On occasion I did vary the composition but kept returning to this one. As the sun sank the light moved across the desert, to the mountains, and into the clouds. I was making images non-stop.
The sunset seemed to go on and on and I think we were out there for some 90 minutes as the light kept changing. We stayed until dark and still did not want to leave. It was one of those days that you always hope for as a photographer but so rarely actually get.
You can see more images and a longer story from that day on my blog:
Or in my Guadalupe Mountains Gallery on my website:
Fort Worth Camera Club Wins DFW Contest
The Fort Worth Camera Club beat the Dallas Camera Club to win this year’s annual DFW contest. This marks the eighth year in a row Fort Worth has won the contest and gets to retain and have its name engraved on “The Bird”, a trophy handed back and forth each year to the winning club.
Each club entered fifteen prints and fifteen projected digital. Three Judges then scored each entry from one to five points for a total of three to fifteen points. The club obtaining the most points was pronounced the winner.
This year, Dallas’ prints outscored Fort Worth’s 165 to 157 but Fort Worth outscored Dallas in projected digital 166 to 145, winning the contest 323 to 316.
Hal Wallar took first place with his print The Wizard of Jadao and His Camel. Ella Mae Wallar took second place with her print Man of India.
Our club won all four places in projected digital. First place was Waiting by Larry Lewis, second place was Promise by Paul Zellers, third was won by Darren Huski with his image Light of the Galaxy and Honorable Mention was taken by
Brendan Kelly with Can I Be the Man He Was.
Thanks to all who submitted prints and digital images for the contest. We are especially proud that we entered work from 29 of our members. At our next meeting, we’ll have the score sheets so everyone can see how their image scored.