Pete Murphy’s winning first place photo of the sandstonefeature, “ Ear of the Wind”, was taken on a club overnightphoto field trip to Monument Valley in November, 2011.The trip also included a Navajo guided tour of AntelopeCanyon and Mystery Valley. Pete took over 1100 pictures of the trip, discarded a bunch, but kept 350. Pete liked theway the image was framed by the “Y” in the dead tree.Camera: Cool Pix P100V1.0, f 6.3, 1/262 sec, ISO-160, f/15mm, aperture 3.0, no flash.
Second place was garnered by Bob Johnson. Prior to moving to Quail Creek, bob lived on the north-side of San Diego, close to the San Diego Wild Animal Park and San Diego Zoo. Bob had no initialinterest in going to the Reid Park Zoo, a muchsmaller operation. Luckily, he decided to go on the club’s trip and much to his surprise, came away very impressed. Bob ended taking a load of pictures. When the group got to the giraffe viewing terrace, the giraffes seemed very friendly. After revisiting his photo files two years later, he realized that the giraffe thought there was vegetation on the woman’sblouse. Bob recommends the Tucson Zoo as a great place to take photos.Camera: SONY-NEX-3,f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO -200, focal length 30mm, aperture 4.34, no flash.
On the trainer’s cue, the red tailed hawk swooped down and flew a few feet above the spectators’ heads. A tasty treat awaited the raptor as it a lit on the trainer’s gloved hand. Bill Martone took his third place picture on a specifically planned club trip to observe the raptor demonstration at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum last fall. Bill joined the club last year and has been having great success in placing high in club contests and having his pictures appear in Quail Creek Crossing articles. The raptor demonstration came on one of Bill’s first photo trips. Canon 60D, digital SLR 28-135mm EF telephoto lens, 1/320 sec, focal length 10, ISO 320.,no flash.