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8 • February 16, 2011 • Snoqualmie Valley Record

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Passion for the scenic Contest entrants share methods, philosophy What makes for great photography? Is it all inspiration, or is it work, perspiration, perseverance? Ask some of the local shutterbugs who contributed their work to the Valley Record’s fourth annual Scenic Photo Contest, and they’ll tell you all three. “I love shooting landscape photos,” said first place winner Jim Reitz. “Here in the Valley, I never have to go far to find great material. Some photos are just luck and some I carefully plan in advance.” Reitz’ mountain lupine shot, which netted him a stay at the Salish Lodge and Spa, is one of the latter. “I happened to notice these flowers in late spring, and thought they would make a nice foreground to frame Mount Si,” he said. “I made plans to come back a week later when they were fully in bloom. We fortunately had one sunny afternoon in June when the light was right.” Reitz said he’s always looking and waiting for the right combination of scenery and light. “I consider myself lucky if I can get 12 good pictures each year for our family Christmas calendar,” he said. “I believe that if you find subjects that interest you, you will be more likely to create interesting photographs,” said second-place winner Meagan Barter. “With the snow-covered mountain and the beautiful sunset, I just saw an opportunity for a great shot.” “Photography is a passion of mine,” Barter said. “I love the creativity that goes into every shot.” Scenery spoke to Dennis Bennett, who submitted a shot of a stump “with personality” at Rattlesnake Lake. “This one looked at me with it’s ‘eyes’ and ‘mouth’ and said ‘come play in my water if you dare,’” Bennett said. “Scenic beauty to me comes from the green,” Bennett added. “The green trees, the reflection of green in the water and the feeling you get when it all comes together. I love where I live and would not trade it for anywhere else.”

Top left, Meagan Barter of Snoqualmie snapped a shot of a sunset-colored Mount Si from Mount Si Golf Course last November. She wins a mentoring lesson by Down To Earth’s Mary Miller. Top right, the streetscape of Snoqualmie as seen through the downtown mill wheel, shot by Meri Bastedo of Snoqualmie. Center right, a cow roams in a bright Fall City field in this photo by resident Nile Clarke. Left, even the old stumps at Rattlesnake Lake have personality, says Snoqualmie photographer Dennis Bennett.

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Above, Terry Adams’ photo of a Northwest Railway Museum train crossing the Snoqualmie River was selected as the third place winner by a staff vote. He wins a Vanguard camera bag, valued at $149, from Omega Photo. Top right, sun rays weave through trees in this photo, taken by Marla Eichler of North Bend, during a hike on Mount Si in January. Right, a young sightseer takes in the vista at Snoqualmie Falls in this image by Dan Williams. Far right, Greg Schatzlein of Snoqualmie captured blazing colors of dawn in this early morning photo.

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Teen shutterbugs bring new perspective

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What makes a good scenic photo? For some, it’s air and water, stone and foliage. Others may find that people and animals help bring in an animate moment. Our student photo contest showcased several animated perspectives. First place went to Sam Saimo for his snow shot on a lonely North Bend trail, while second place went to Hayley Haskitt for a shot of blue, cloud-streaked sky above Snoqualmie Ridge. “What draws me to make a shot is just the way I see things through my camera,” said Saimo. “It’s hard to describe, I just really look for unique ways to see things, then try and capture it with my camera.” Madi Ashby zoomed in on hikers at Rattlesnake Ledge with help from a viewfinder at the Cedar Falls interpretive center. “I thought it looked really cool and followed the rule of thirds,” an old composition trick that puts an emphasis on an off-center subject rather than simply centering the subject, she said.

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Crossword puzzle Above, Samuel Saimo, a Mount Si High School student, captured snowy scenes on a North Bend trailhead last November. Below left, clouds and a contrail divide blue sky in this shot by Hayley Haskitt, 15, who took it at the edge of Snoqualmie Ridge near a hiking trail to Fall City. Saimo won a mentoring session with Mary Miller, while Haskitt won an Omega Photo poster print. Below, hikers take in the view from Rattlesnake Ledge in Madeline Ashby’s shot. Ashby is a freshman at Mount Si High School.

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Beloved folk duo Ginny Reilly and David Maloney are performing together again after a 10-year hiatus, Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Center Stage in North Bend. Tickets for their North Bend appearance are $15, $12.50 for seniors and students. Doors open at 7 p.m. Order tickets online at www.valleycenterstage.org.

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recommended exercises in Teller’s book, as are cycling, running, and for those who want to start getting healthier, walking and hiking. The essential point to any exercise, he says, is to make it a routine part of your day. “It’s not just a walk, it’s a regular walk,” he said. Sections of his book cover metabolic efficiency, exercise, nutrition, sleep—which is earned, he says—breathing techniques, since breathing patterns are such a strong indicator of overall health, and philosophy. The book complements Teller’s website, www.1vigor.com, offering articles, exercise logs, and leader boards, tracking how many miles or hours other members have logged during the year in various sports. The book “Natural health, Peak Performance, Longevity Lifestyle,” is available in print from 1vigor.com, Amazon and the Snoqualmie Ridge IGA, or online on the Kindle.

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