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2014 Great Nevada Picture Hunt

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GRAND PRIZE

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“I Believe in Burning Man”
Eleanor Preger, Lake Tahoe
eleanorpreger.com

The annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City presents many special and artistic photographic opportunities, and photographer Eleanor Preger captured a beauty. “I took a lot of photos around the Believe installation,” Preger says. “This lovely young lady from Ukraine caught my eye as she was dancing around with her red umbrella. At Burning Man, you don’t need music to dance.”

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: 24-105mm
Tripod: No
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/750
ISO: 100
HDR: No

 2nd PLACE

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“Hazen Blue Bug Reflection”
Robert Peterson, Fallon

Photographer Robert Petersen snapped this image of a market in Hazen during January 2014. “I was on my way to Reno from Fallon, and a rainstorm the night before left large mud puddles everywhere,” Petersen says. “I was late for my appointment, but got some wonderful images with the reflections in the mud puddles in Hazen.” Hazen is located east of Fernley.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
Lens: 28mm
Tripod: No
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 100
HDR: Yes

3rd PLACE

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“Autumn Star”
Michael Lindberg, Reno
stoneflyphotography.com

After visiting this location several times, Reno photographer Michael Lindberg was able to capture this captivating shot of the Truckee River west of Reno. “At another time of year, this scene may not have been as dramatic, but the golden glow from the cottonwoods and bunny bush made for a beautiful color display,” Lindberg says. “I believe this scene exemplifies the magical beauty of Nevada during the fall season.”

Camera: Pentax K-5 IIs
Lens: 15mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: .5 sec
ISO: 100
HDR: No

4th PLACE

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“Tough Life”
Jens Peermann, Carson City
peermann.com

Carson City photographer Jens Peermann snapped this photo of a residential building at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. According to Peermann, the building was occupied until the 1950s. “The scene reminds me of paintings by 19th century impressionist painter Carl Spitzweg,” Peermann says. “I processed it to achieve a similar visual impact, with fading pastels and soft shadows.”

Camera: Cannon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: 21mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/40
ISO: 200
HDR: No


 

HonorableMentions

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“East Shore Tahoe December Evening”
Steve Ellsworth, Reno
sellsworth.deviantart.com/gallery/

This peaceful image was captured in December 2013 just north of Sand Harbor. Steve Ellsworth—a professor at Sierra Nevada College in Truckee, Calif.—saw the opportunity to take this photo and seized it. “When I realized that an excellent sunset was developing, I told my trustworthy students that I would be gone for a bit and that they could call my cell phone if they had questions,” Ellsworth says.

Camera: Cannon EOS 6D
Lens: 17-40mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 1/8
ISO: 100
HDR: Yes

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“Color Storm”
Jim Snyder, Yerington
jim-snyder.artistwebsites.com

“We almost missed this one,” photographer Jim Snyder says. While traveling with his wife hoping to capture a colorful sunset image at Valley of Fire State Park near Overton, Jim was presented the perfect scenery for the shot. “Just as we reached the highest point on the route, the stormy sky and setting sun conspired to create this image. We jumped out and started shooting madly without benefit of tripod or preparation.”

Camera: Cannon EOS 6D
Lens: 24-105mm
Tripod: No
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 100
HDR: No

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“Black Light Memories”
Lee Molof, Reno
leemolofphotography.com

Photographer Lee Molof captured this stormy scene on May 22 near the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge near Fallon. “The image is looking toward the hills to the east of Stillwater during a particularly violent thunderstorm,” Molof says.

Camera: Cannon EOS 6D
Lens: 24-105mm
Tripod: No
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 100
HDR: No

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“Pink Canyon”
Greg Jacobs, Las Vegas
westernimagesandlight.com

“We had made several trips to Pink Canyon in hopes of finding all of the elements of light and color coming together in a way that I had envisioned,” says photographer Greg Jacobs of the canyon located in Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas. “The combination of light, reflection, and sky all came together and my vision of Pink Canyon was created,” he adds. “I had always felt that Pink Canyon was a perfect representation of the color and diversity of the Nevada Landscape.”

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: 24-120mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/25
ISO: 100
HDR: No

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“Sand Harbor Sunset”
Glenn Sanderson, Incline Village
facebook.com/glenn.sanderson1

After moving to Lake Tahoe for a job six years ago, photographer Glenn Sanderson decided to call Nevada his home. “When the job moved, I decided to stay because of the great beauty of this place,” Sanderson says. He captured this photo of Sand Harbor in June of 2013, during an epic sunset shoot. “The image was shot and processed in RAW format to maintain shadow detail while shooting into the bright sky,” he adds.

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: 24-70mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed: 1/20
ISO: 100
HDR: No

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“Rural Decay: The Past is Gone but not Forgotten”
Bill Cunningham, Reno
cunnphoto.com

Photographer Bill Cunningham captured this shot of Toulon processing mill located approximately 20 miles west of Lovelock. According to Cunningham, the mill was used to process tungsten and other metals. “I pass it a few times a month and this time there happened to be a large storm over the Toulon and Humboldt lakes just south and west of Derby Field,” he says.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: 24-105mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/00
ISO: 100
HDR: No

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“Electric Sandstone”
Lara Matthews, Las Vegas
westernimagesandlight.com

“As nightfall inched closer, a tender osculation of light caressed the sandstone structure,” says photographer Lara Matthews when describing her capture of this image taken in Valley of Fire State Park. “It was almost as if the ridges had become electrified. This juxtaposition of electric light on sandstone is one of many incredible sights to witness during sunset at Valley of Fire State Park.”

Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: 20mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/5
ISO: 125
HDR: No

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“Whistling Dixie”
Neil Lockhart, Reno
neillockhartphotography.com

As the grand prize winner of the 2013 Great Nevada Picture Hunt, photographer Neil Lockhart’s camerawork continues to captivate. While on an outing in Dixie Valley with several friends he has met through the Nevada Photographers Facebook page, Lockhart captured this stunning image. “The shot took about two hours to complete,” Lockhart says. “Various compositions and lighting strategies were tried and tested resulting in this mix of gelled speedlights, flashlights, and LED headlamps. We had to wait till around 2 a.m. for the Milky Way to rise, but its inclusion was well worth the lack of sleep!”

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: 24-70mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 30 Seconds
ISO: 400
HDR: No

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“Tranquil Sunset”
Mario Lopez, Carson City
flickr.com/photos/tottz-images/

“I was coming home from a road trip and as I entered Smith Valley, the air was filled with the smell of fresh-cut alfalfa and I could see the sun peeking over the mountains,” says Mario Lopez, who captured this fresh scene in May. “A sense of calm came over me and I knew I needed to pull over and take a picture. I wanted to capture the beauty that was before me to share.”

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: 18mm
Tripod: No
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 100
HDR: No

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“Joshua Trees in the Glow of Las Vegas”
Mike Wetzel, Henderson
mikewetzelphotography.com

Henderson photographer Mike Wetzel created this image—taken near Searchlight—using a long exposure and light painting in the foreground. “The most beautiful part was where the Milky Way met the northern horizon and the orange glow of the clouds from the Las Vegas lights,” Wetzel says. “This combination of the glowing clouds and Milky Way provided a dramatic backdrop for the Joshua trees.”

Camera: Cannon EOS 6D
Lens: 16mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 30
ISO: 6400 (Sky); 100 (foreground)
HDR: Yes

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“Hoye Canyon”
Mark Niebauer, Carson City
tahoeshooter.com

In April 2011, photographer Mark Niebauer created this unique shot by stitching together multiple images, using a custom build clamp to maximize the height of his camera. “I used a ladder I had with me on the side of the road to get a higher perspective and waited for sunset,” Niebauer says. A truly dedicated photographer, Niebauer put himself in harm’s way to capture this shot. “My ladder was so close to the edge of a large drop off that I had to be very steady so as to not rock it over. Another inch and emergency services would have been needed.”

Camera: Cannon EOS 5D
Lens: 17mm
Tripod: Yes
Aperture: f/14
Shutter Speed: 1/10
ISO: 100
HDR: Yes


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8 comments to “2014 Great Nevada Picture Hunt”

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  1. Awesome! Just Awesome! Soon I will visit Nevada and see first hand the beauty of this state.

  2. I spent the first 18 years of my life trying to move away from Nevada and the rest of my life trying to move back! These pictures remind me of why I love the Great State of Nevada.

  3. Nevada’s incredible beauty will never stop inspiring and amazing me!

  4. I meant honorable mentions… *-)

  5. Wow !!! There are so many beautiful images here, the photographers in Nevada have come a long way in the past five years !!! Congrats to all the winners, runner-ups, and horrible mentions ! Keep on shooting !!!

  6. They are all beautiful

  7. I LOVE that the Grand Prize photo has people in it. That element is missing in all the other photographs.

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