The 2014 Winners’ Gallery | USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014
Light of the Wild by Nagesh Mahadev
Glacier National Park. The dramatic jagged peaks of Glacier National Park are so imposing and a magnificent spectacle to experience. The beauty of this unique place beneath peaks spiralling skyward is indeed magical. The innumerable photo opportunities whether it’s getting off the beaten path or jagged peaks catching light right off the road makes it the most stunning place to photograph. Light of the wild unfolded right off the road. It’s a mesmerizing experience. D600, lens Nikkor 28-300 @28mm. Blend of 2 exposures – One exposure for the sky and another exposure for the landscape to properly record high dynamic range light. Sky exposure f/16, 1/5s, ISO 400; Landscape exposure, f/16, 1/3s, ISO 100.
Reynold’s Wrap by Nagesh Mahadev
Soul of the Ancients by Nagesh Mahadev
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Young USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014
Morning Mist by Vincent Bonafede
Morning Mist was taken at tunnel view in Yosemite National Park. We arrived just as a large storm was clearing. There were clouds over us and mist was coming up from the valley. This reminded me of an Ansel Adams image that I had seen in one of my books, it was amazing. I wanted to create an image of my own that made me feel the same way. I took this image at ISO 100 @ f10 and then blended 3 images in NIK software to create an HDR image before turning it into black and white.
Shadow Tree by Vincent Bonafede
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Classic View Winner
Metlako Falls by Jarrod Castaing
Metlako Falls: While travelling the border of Oregon and Washington, I was amazed by the countless waterfalls tucked along the Columbia River Gorge. Hiking the icy trail at Eagle Creek on an overcast winter’s day, I had hoped to find low-lying mist hovering between the trees. What I didn’t expect was a feeling of stepping back in time as I saw the majestic Metlako Falls raging down to the river below. Clinging to the edge of the cliff face, the light broke through, and I knew this was the shot.Technical: Canon EOS 5D; EF 70-200mm f/4L at 70mm; 8 sec at f/22; ISO 50; Feisol Tripod.
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My USA Winner
Apocalypse Now by Miles Morgan
Apocalypse Now: High on the flanks of Johnston Ridge across from Mt. St. Helens, natural rebirth soldiers on 30+ years after the eruption of 1980. Located in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State, summers typically see a few weeks of lovely paintbrush and penstemon bouquets pushing through the ash and dirt. This annual bloom brought my friends and I to the mountain for some sunrise photography. The weather was a surprise. Thunderstorms are relatively rare in this part of the country, particularly in the morning. I called on my vast experience with lightning photography (first attempt) and got lucky.
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Black & White Winner
Manhattan Stands 13 Feet Above Me by Nicholas Hill
Manhattan Stands 13 Feet Above Me: I travelled to Manhattan with the goal of taking an original picture. One morning whilst using a fisheye lens for street photography I came across the iconic Apple store on 5th Avenue. The glass structure intrigued me enough to go inside. Whilst sat for a few minutes I leaned back, looked up, and immediately saw the potential. I grabbed my camera, took a guess at some settings, and dived under the staircase. It did not take long for security to stop me, but not before capturing this unique view of Manhattan.Technical: Canon 5D MK III, 15mm fisheye, ISO 800, F11, 1/125.
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Chicago Canoes by Adrian Almond
Chicago Canoes was taken last August very early in the morning on the Chicago shoreline, near to the Navy Pier. The BIGart outdoor art exhibition offered me good opportunities for fresh images. I found Nancy Rubin’s work “Monochrome for Chicago”, which is made from aluminium boats, stainless steel armature and wire cables. I was attracted by the warm morning light blending in with the stark cool tones of bright aluminium and I loved the sharp fine detail in the scratched aluminium. and cabling.The image was taken with a Canon 5D MkII and Canon 28-70 f2.8 L lens at 64mm. ISO 400, 1/500 sec f16 and Gitzo tripod cable release and mirror lock.
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Landscape on the Move Winner
Impressions of Yosemite by Claire Onions
Having returned from a long walk in Yosemite, I left my SLR in the car and went for a stroll along the Merced when I saw this lovely reflection in a still section of the river. I only had my TZ with me but could not miss capturing the image. It was not until I looked at it later that I realised that it reminded me of a Monet painting.
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Judges’ Choice Award
Thoughts by Samuel Feron
Thoughts was taken in the Sand Dunes (Death Valley) at the end of the day. I saw this silhouette walking on a majestic dune. I waited for the moment he would be at the very top. Though it would be more classical to compose with an empty space in front of him instead of behind him, I thought it was more relevant to break the rule this time because the silhouette seemed to be lost in his thoughts. It was thus important to leave the mystery by hiding the direction he was following.
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