Here Are The Winners for July’s Behind the Shot Contest! Nature offers endless photographic opportunities, and this month’s photo contest winners are proof of this. Whether it’s a stunning juxtaposition of a bustling city framed by the natural elements of water and sky, the surreal beauty of a jeweled-tone firmament as background to snowcapped mountains, or a happy encounter with a local woodland creature who is anything but camera-shy, nature’s visual feast is never-ending.
I embarked on an early morning hike in Canada, taking 3 hours to climb up Mount Sulphur Skyline. It was well worth the experience and the views that were included. As I was taking in the scenery, this little guy popped up – a Canadian ground squirrel, loving the attention, that’s for sure! I only had my iPhone 8 Plus on hand, and thought it was a great opportunity to focus on the animal in Portrait Mode, while having the surrounding mountains as the background.
Prize: Spyder Checker
This picture was taken during a business trip I was on in China. It shows the Tianjin Eye, which was taken from a bridge where dozens of other photographers, all armed with tripods, had gathered. They were packed together, shoulder to shoulder and the bridge swayed due to the sheer number of people. I used my Olympus OM-D E-M1X, and thanks to its image stabilizer and high-resolution mode, I was also able to capture the image by hand. The sky was awash in color and dramatic clouds for just a few moments and I was thrilled I could capture this scene amidst all the other photographers.
Prize: SpyderX Pro
This image was taken on an arduous hike in Iceland. The harbor at sunset was simply stunning. “Sunset” in Iceland, where the sun settles slowly into a low, broad arc, offers breathtaking lighting for picture taking. It was freezing cold and damp, since it had just rained a few hours before this image was taken, and it was just at the end of winter, so the mountain caps were still covered in snow. I used my Nikon camera to create this panorama, along with my SpyderX to color calibrate these brilliant hues.
Prize: Spyder Checker
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