It almost seems that the change of name affected the entries.
The Lone Tree Photo Club and Lone Tree Arts Commission changed the name of their annual photography show to “Exploring the Light,” and while light is always a major element, this collection of 62 images — chosen by juror Glenn Randall from 438 entries submitted by 150 photographers — seems to truly brighten the room.
The exhibit will be in place until June 8 and we really urge readers to enjoy a visit there — whether one knows the technical niceties of cameras or not. It's just a visual treat. And the show's presentation is improved by observing Lone Tree curator Sally Perisho's request that they hang 15 fewer photos than last year, to give the works more breathing space. Her installation adds to the quality of the exhibit.
Randall, of Boulder, said he was freelancing in 1979, just out of college with a journalism degree, when he lost an assignment because his photos were not good enough. “I got serious,” he said.
He now uses a 4X5 field camera and specializes in wilderness landscapes — mostly Colorado, some in Utah. His work has appeared widely in magazines, including National Geographic, Audubon and Sierra Club, and he has 71 credits for covers.
He recently finished a new book, “Sunrise from the Summit,” which has taken the past seven years as he shot sunrise — or in a few cases, sunset — from the summit of all 54 Colorado Fourteeners. The publication date is not set yet, but will be within a year, he thinks, probably spring 2015.
Randall wrote about his jurying experience. He began by looking to see that each photo fit the category in which it was entered: Landscape, Motion, Abstract, Animals. Then, he examined the technical quality: sharpness, softness, exposure … and finally he considered impact. “A fresh subject, one that we rarely see, or a new take on an old subject, won more points than a standard view of a familiar subject, no matter how spectacular it might once have seemed. The difficulty of making the shot also played in my decision.”
He held a seminar for local photographers on April 26 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
Randall awarded the Landscape First Place/Best of Show ribbon to Todd Miller of Lakewood for his luminous “Geminid Showers Over Double Arch,” shot in Arches National Monument. He said it was between 3 and 6 a.m., after the moon had set, on Dec. 13. The temperature was 5 degrees and he knew just where to stand for the meteor shower. He writes that “this image is the combination of several images taken over a nearly three-hour period before astronomical dawn with my Canon 70 D camera on a tripod.” The result is magical.
Miller's bio says he has enjoyed outdoor hiking and exploring since childhood and went on vacations to Colorado and Wyoming with his family, falling in love with the landscape and animals of the Mountain West. He and his wife were able to move to Colorado in 1995. “Photography has been a passion for 20 years,” he said. He will have a one-man show as a reward for his win. Watch for an announcement.
Randall's other first place awards were:
Motion: “Cycles” by Fernando Boza, who also exhibits his image “Yguaza (Big Water),” which won Best of Show in Littleton's most recent Eye of the Camera show.
Abstract: “Alien” by Craig Patterson, an imaginative play on auto headlight images.
Animals: “Home Schooling” by Winn Halverhout, which depicts a large male lion and a very young cub — it looks like growling lessons are going on! Very appealing and makes a viewer want to create a story.
If you go:
“Exploring the Light” will be exhibited at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., through June 8. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and prior to and during performances. Sales are handled through the box office. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or 720-509-1000.