Okay. Not college basketball but a different kind of March Madness--deadline day for entering the PPA's SE District competition. I'm very critical of my own work--and coming up with four images to submit as my best work for this year was really hard for me. Here are the four I decided on...
"Guardian of the Ancients"
This one I chose for the light and the expression. I was in an Egyptian temple where one of the temple guards was keeping watch on the tourists entering. Light was pouring in through the entrance and I felt if I waited for the right moment, the guard would turn his attention to the entrance and would then be framed with light. My patience paid off and I was able to take this one, single image.
I was originally going to enter this in the National Geographic Traveler competition and -- I kid you not -- the winner of that year had taken an image of the exact same palace guard in the same hall. The composition was different, as was the angle--but figure the odds? I loved the color of the walls in the palace. The guard is actually watching tourists that are below in a jeweled courtyard. This was again one of those images that I just hoped he would look toward the light and he did. One shot and this was it.
"Walk of Memories"
This image was taken in Heidelberg, Germany in the Holy Ghost Church. My parents were the first Americans to be married in this cathedral in 1958. I traveled back with them when they walked down the aisle more than 55 years later. I saw they were walking back to the alter hand-in-hand and waited at the back of the church. (They were so into the moment, they didn't know I wasn't behind them.) Again, I was looking for the light, which was pouring in from the windows and from the right of the church. When they hit the lit area right before the alter, I took the shot.
"A Camel's Eye View"
This was taken in Cairo, Egypt and I knew what I wanted to capture but it had a lot to do with the camel's cooperation. LOL I really love the way the camel was clipped into a pattern that complements the pyramids in the background. I liked the camel (near), walkers (middle) and pyramids (far). I also liked the juxtaposition of the pyramids with the city of Cairo just beyond. Oh and I was a little partial to this camel. (She gave kisses and obviously loved her handler. As an animal lover, I always like to see that.)
Keywords: Egypt, Germany, India, PPA, SE District Competition, camel, competition, guard, palace, pyramids
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