I entered a photo contest today…. really the first one ever! For some reason that has been a step forward that has been hard for me, whether that is due to lack of confidence in my work or some personal mental issue with making changes. It took on an epic feeling, and I prepared for this for a month, contemplating and practicing. The process of choosing became an exercise in really looking at my work for this last year and finding my best images, gathering them together in one place, images of light, with unique qualities. Once I finally submitted my five images, I felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders, like I broke through a barrier holding me back!
Meanwhile, I am in the middle of a gallery show at Ten Speed North (our local coffee shop) in White Salmon, Washington; I have a SECOND gallery show lined up July 20 at the Inn of the White Salmon; AND a show in March at the local White Salmon Library!
Here for your viewing pleasure are 24 of the best images in a slideshow. Only 5 of these made the final cut for Chasing the Light photo contest.
Sunrise Thunderstorm at Bingen Point
Dollar Lake Fire with Alpenglow and Startrails
Aurora and Lennies over Mount Adams
WIld Skies over Mount Adams
Giant Stack of Pancakes near Mount Adams
Birthday Sunset in the Gorge
Dragon Chasing the Moon
Firecracker Sky Jan3-2012
Fish Wheel Sunset-
Fish Wheel Sunset-2
Fog Waves over the Gorge
Light Through the Storm
Lit Up Lennies over Mount Adams
Magical Kingdom of Aurora
Moonlit Clouds over Cispus
Mount Hood over Cloud shrouded Hood River
StarTrails over Trout Lake with Aurora Glow
Whether I actually win this contest or not, I have already won in my mind, by taking that step forward and entering. The rest is dessert…
I thank so many for helping me get to this point; my daughter for her help and encouragement and endless love; my adopted brother Larry and my friends Don Briggs and Jaap Cost Buddhe for their great encouragement and support; my friends and family and community for being amazed with me at the incredible moments of beauty all around us and actually believing in me enough to buy my books, calendars and cards and even large prints to make it all worth while
My mother taught me to love the world around me… and if I can help others to see with new eyes by showing that beauty through photography. I have accomplished my hearts goal . Husum, WA is my childhood home and I consider home to be anywhere from Mount Adams to the Columbia River. I give thanks to my parents for their love for Nature and God.
My work can be found online in full on Flickr, and while I am not set up to sell on that site, if you find a print of any size or style you wish to inquire about simply email me and I can send you a price list of prints by themselves or framed or mounted on foam core, gallery wraps, and standouts. I also license my photos for use in magazines, travel brochures and for web site use, and have been published several times. During the summer I am often at Saturday Market in Trout Lake or Hood River with my Note Cards and Prints
You can also find me on Google as Darlisa Black,
and on Facebook as Starlisa Black Photography
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4 thoughts on “Chasing the Light”
Thank you Rebecca! I am chuckling to myself because I have no expectations of actually winning but I feel so good for finally entering that I am stoked!
This one of the mountain is stunning! why you would lack confidence in your work is beyond me. You are a very talented photographer. good luck with the contest.
awww thank you Yolanda! I guess I just see such amazing photographers out there I still see myself as such an amateur
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