Snoqualmie Valley Record • February 27, 2013 • 9
The grand outdoors
Top left, Mailbox Peak’s iconic summit awaits deliveries, in this shot by Dorota Heidel; She wins second place in the Scenic category. Center left, the colors of the base of Snoqualmie Falls by Alan Ameche. Bottom, A golden riverbend of the Snoqualmie River, as captured by Sheri Kennedy. Above, a Mount Si view from near Ballarat Avenue, shot by Bill Cottringer, wins first place in the Scenic category. Left, Mount Washington and Mount Si’s stone and timbered flanks, as shot by Eric Land.
Different perspectives, trial and error reveal true nature of the Valley
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ount Si is back on top again in the Valley Record staff ’s judgment for this year’s Amateur Photo Contest. Staff chose Bill Cottringer of North Bend, now a two-time winner in the contest, for his evocative shot of a rustic barn with a Mount Si view. This perspective, he says, gets missed by most travelers on Ballarat Road, since the barn and the mountain are on opposite sides of the road, and passersby may not know the barn is there. On a sunny day last December, Cottringer took this photo with a Canon 5-D Mark III camera with a 16-35 mm super wide angle lens, circular polarizer and square handheld neutral density filter. Cottringer has been shooting photos as an avid hobbyist for more than 50 years—he bought his first camera in Japan when he was serving in the U.S. Air Force—without a bit of formal instruction, simply trial and error. He wins a stay at the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie. Valley resident Dorota Heidel won second place and a mentoring session with local photographer Mary Miller for her October shot of Mailbox Peak, overlooking the Valley and the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie to the north. Heidel lives not far from the base of the peak. “The view from there is fabulous, and reveals the true nature of our area,” she says. “I like to take photographs that are inspirational.”
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Top left: Puffing out its feathers on a rainy day, this brightlycolored Brewer’s blackbird brightened first-place photographer Pat McMartin’s day. Top right: Garrett Meyers took this photo of a duckling smiling for the camera. Below, left: Last spring, Dusty Cavaliere captured a moment between a horse and foal in Carnation. Below, right: This dignified Dachshund was submitted by Mary Freeman.
ur staff judges seem to have preferred our feathered friends in the first Animals photo contest. It can be tough to see evocative feelings in birds, as opposed to furry companions like dogs and cats, or our lively four-footed wildlife, such as Valley elk. Yet first-place winner Pat McMartin of North Bend seems to have captured a universal feeling—facing a rainy day with spirit—in the shot of a fluffed-up, shiny bird in
front of the home bird feeder, last November. McMartin, who lives near Rattlesnake Lake, has a quasibird sanctuary in his front yard. He watched this young Brewer’s blackbird show up in the rain, feathers poofed, colors highlighted. The bird’s expression brightened Pat’s day. Prior to retirement, McMartin was in law enforcement. “The better the pictures, better evidence,” he told the Record. “Pictures should invite stories and in a lot of cases, fantasy. Good pictures bring better memories and sharing photos is always an ice breaker.” Local wildlife, he says, is incredible. He goes out sev-
eral times a week in different places, just to view what’s out that day—elk, deer, bears, birds or the landscape. “The wildlife is a sign of a fantastic area to live.” McMartin picks up a hands-on mentoring session with Valley professional photographer Mary Miller. Garrett Meyers snapped a shot of a family of baby ducks. At the center, a duckling seems to be laughing. “There was this mother duck just sitting on a rock in the lake, and underneath her was about 15 little ducklings,” recalled Meyers. “The ducklings were all slowly falling asleep, and falling over one another, one little duckling kinda fell off the rock into the water, he quickly shot out of
the cold water and shook off, then quickly ran back up to the warmth of his mother.” Meyers was inspired by his mom to take the photo. “If it weren’t for her, I would have been too wrapped up in the moment, and completely forgotten to grab my camera,” he said. Meyers likes photography for the way it can portray a story with a single image. “Wildlife adds just that much more to the Valley,” he said. “Waking up in the morning and being able to see 200 elk in your front yard is just awesome.”
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Snoqualmie Valley Record • February 27, 2013 • 11
The people of the Valley
hey say a picture tells a thousand words. When you look into a portrait of a person, you might find entire life stories, whether your subject is 8 months old or 80. In our first People photo category, Record staff selected Terry Adams’ portrait of Jace Lee at Mount Si Lutheran Church’s Harvest Carnival. “I took the picture because I liked the expression Jace had as he was concentrating intently on decorating a cookie,” says Adams, who lives in North Bend, and has been snapping photos of the Valley for 10 years. My favorites subjects are the local landscapes and wildlife, along with my sons’ baseball games,” says Adams. “I’m drawn to photography because I enjoy capturing pictures of the beauty that surrounds us in the Valley, and I also enjoy sharing it with others.” Adams wins a camera tripod and sleeve from Omega Photo. Don Baunsgard won second place, and a Vanguard camera bag from Omega Photo in Bellevue, for his portrait of his son, captured in the spherical surface of a doorknob. Baunsgard tries many angles to capture “one diamond in the rough.”
Top left: Photographer Danny Raphael conveys a mood in this Boxley’s photo. Top: Terry Adams won first prize for his portrait of Jace Lee. Above: Rachel Mallasch captures a summer day. Left: A young boy smiles for photographer Wally Davis.
Second place in the People category went to this photo, of a boy’s reflection in a doorknob, by Don Baunsgard. “I have always tried to see things in a different light or different angle,” says Baunsgard.
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