In Living Color

I very much enjoyed hearing your advice about selection of best image for the upcoming Flower Show Photography Contest. Thank you! The deadline for entries is today, so the photograph is at J&D Photos now being printed and mounted on black foam board.

Since there were wonderful comments about each photo, I thought you might enjoy seeing them in color too.  Look how different they are!


Beach Walk: Sunrise on Pawley’s Island


Can you hear the waves and feel the wind on your cheek?


Winter Reflections: Ashmore Heritage Preserve


So quiet and barely a breeze here. The dark red you see in front of the split-rail fence is a bog filled with hundreds of mountain sweet pitcher plants (Sarracenia rubra ssp. jonesii).


Solitude: Glacier Bay, Alaska


Alone in one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth, with 3,000 other guests and a crew of 1,200. You could have heard a pin drop.


Fresh Catch: Bald Eagle in Clover Passage, Katchikan, Alaska


There are simply no words to describe an experience like this!

Do the images look the way you thought they would?

Does the addition of color change your favorite?

After more thought, I eliminated two photos. Beach Walk was taken with my older camera and the resolution was not quite up to par. Solitude, one of my favorite photos of all times, was too risky. One of the contest guidelines noted works should “reflect the interests of the Garden Club of America,” and I was afraid the judges would discredit the photo because of the cruise ship.

The selection came down to the final two, but both had slight problems. The first, Winter Reflections, is dramatic but not unusual.  In fact, it looks like an image you would see in a calendar or made into a puzzle. Plus, there is a class for trees, which might influence its appraisal. Fresh Catch is dramatic, but the tips of the eagle’s wing feathers are not in the frame and the focus on the subject is good, but not fabulous.

In the end, I decided to take my chances with Fresh Catch.  Why?  It is as powerful as a monochrome image as it is in color.  Plus, your comments proved it is a subject to be reckoned with. I know the photo will be admired, even if it is not the winner.

Fingers crossed!

18 thoughts on “In Living Color

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Auto–I do too. At first I was disappointed the head wasn’t showing, but seeing the wings in this way emphasizes the power of the eagle. The more I look at the image, the more I like it.

  1. Kathie Fagan

    Beach walk remains my favorite in monochrome or in color.

    Solitude lost traction because the ship is SO blue.

    Reflection is lovely, but your rationale is sound. Color diminished, I think (big Ansel Adams fan).

    Fresh catch . . . prefer in monochrome, but might’ve wanted to paint the feet yellow! Missing wingtips give it speed.

    Good luck.

    Thanks for making my eyes happy!

    ~~ Kathie, Greenville

  2. Regina Monteith

    The image of the eagle is even more powerful in color with its yellow talons! Excellent choice! Regina

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Katie

    It is amazing what a difference the color makes. The blue added to ship adds life to picture. The colors in beach scene add a lot but to me there is still too much sky and not enough water. Your criticisms of each photo are interesting, it is hard to do sometimes. I’m not much of a photographer but am trying to convince myself to submit for GFWC contest. Good luck in your contest.

  4. Brenda

    Best of luck! And I missed your previous post, somehow. It’s a nice choice of photos, all strikingly different. What a good exercise in how our perspective changes in monochrome and color. I have always thought it would be so wonderful to be able to see things from the perspective of other creatures (dogs, bees, fish and owls come to mind) whose eyesight perceives colors differently than ours.

  5. Gloria Ballard

    The eagle is still my favorite in black and white and in color. Beach walk is also lovely in color, though. Good luck!


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