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Feast of Blue

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 8 May 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The Photography Guild Invitational is now on exhibit. The five oldest fine arts photography groups in Oregon were invited to submit photographs to be juried for exhibit. Each group was allotted 40 photographs, and from the 200 photographs, 54 were selected for exhibit. Of the over 100 photographs that were submitted by my local group, two of mine made the cut of 40. And "Foggy Morning" made the final 54. Tonight at the artist's reception, "Foggy Morning"(Portfolio, Dec. 14,2008) won the People's Choice Award. I felt both honored and humbled.
My Columbia Gorge series begins Sunday.

We must not only speak about forgiveness and reconciliation -- we must act on these principles.

- Desmond Tutu

NIKON D300 1/200 second F/7.1 ISO 640 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is a beauty, Jack, and my hearty congratulations on your People's Choice Award for your "Foggy Morning."
I'm happy it is in your portfolio so I could refresh my memory. Enjoy your spot in the limelight - but just for a little while. <grin>

8 May 2009 5:09am

@Judy: Thank you, Judy. I was truly surprised. There are some exceptional photographs in the exhibit; most of them are in B&W.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Superb light,and great colors..a fine capture my friend

8 May 2009 5:14am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you.

JamesC from portland, United States

Brilliant light and colors, beautiful.

8 May 2009 5:30am

@JamesC: Thank you, James.

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

quel feu d'artifice bleu ! sublime !

8 May 2009 5:42am

@Jean-François: Thanks, J-F.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful light and colors

8 May 2009 5:42am

Lylou & Roland from Besancon, France

Nice light on those blue stars !

8 May 2009 5:48am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Dear Jack, It is an honor to be able to share blog comments with you! Congratulations on the award and keep up all of the great work! The photo is incredible with the variety of colors and composition! Beautiful work! And have a great weekend!

8 May 2009 5:53am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott; such words coming from such superb photographer as you mean a lot. You too have a great weekend.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Que c'est beau ce bleu vif !

8 May 2009 6:11am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Congratulations, Jack! A well deserved win. I think the People's Choice would be the absolute best to win - definitely a thrill.

8 May 2009 6:17am

@Toni: Thanks. It was a total surprise.

khadi from New Delhi, India

Congratulations on your award. I really like the way you've captured the light glittering of these petals in this photo.

8 May 2009 6:41am

@khadi: Thank you very much.

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

Beautiful image, love the blues, congrats on your award, well done

8 May 2009 6:51am

@chrissy: Thanks, Chrissy.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Blues are certainly prominent today with this image being the best of the bunch

8 May 2009 7:29am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Well done BTW

8 May 2009 7:29am

@P J W Miller: Thank you, Peter.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Another beautiful shot.. light and shadow are great!

8 May 2009 7:41am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Oh it's simply magnificent, an explosion of color and sensations ! I like this flower and your way of offering it to us ! Kisses my friend.

8 May 2009 7:45am

@Peggy M.: Thank you, Peggy; and I'll add some hugs!!

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Nice colors and light. Well done, jack

8 May 2009 7:47am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Congratulations, you certainly deserve it :)

8 May 2009 7:53am

@Nicholas: Thank you, Nicholas.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

These blue flowers seem really magical! Very vivid!

8 May 2009 8:07am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Love the rhythm of color and shape!

8 May 2009 9:29am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Amazing Lighting, and Composition

8 May 2009 9:33am

PATRICK from miramas, France


8 May 2009 10:09am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle composition! Superbe lumière! Bravo Jack!

8 May 2009 11:05am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

These little points of yellow and the game of the sun give them like dancing!! Wonderful !

8 May 2009 12:04pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Congrats on the accomplishment! And this is beautiful. Am looking forward to the Columbia Gorge series.

8 May 2009 12:23pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you. Hope that you enjoy the Gorge series.

lydia from Paris, France

Blue and yellow , a nice shot in the sun , have a nice day Jack !

8 May 2009 12:34pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very good!

8 May 2009 1:04pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

A starburst of blue and yellow! This is just beautiful Jack!

8 May 2009 1:09pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful blues and yellows here! I love the airy feeling of these flowers!
Congratulations on your exhibit! I love your "Foggy Morning" it is perfection!

8 May 2009 1:15pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much, Tracy.

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Little blue stars, well done!

8 May 2009 1:53pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Oh, this is gorgeous . Looks like a Blue Sun :)) Light is sparkling from these flowers !

8 May 2009 2:46pm

@Mariana: Thank you.

jim from sebastopol, United States

hey!!! Congratulations, my friend!! that's a nice nod to have your images accepted ! jim

8 May 2009 3:22pm

@jim: Thank you. I was quite shocked.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

great lighting and composition

8 May 2009 3:25pm

Don from spokane, United States

This is a spectacular blossom today. Congratulations on your acceptance in the exhibit. It's something to be chosen in that large field of photos. Then to get the People's Choice Award is even more special because it represents the eyes of the average person picking a picture they like. I had to go see it in your portfolio - what a fine image worthy of all the accolades.

8 May 2009 3:27pm

@Don: Thank you for your kind words, Don.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

This is gorgeous with the light sliding in at that low angle.

8 May 2009 4:08pm

Claude B from France

c'est un magnifique cliché, très lumineux.
bonne soirée

8 May 2009 5:06pm

Ajay from Pune, India

That is a most wonderful news I have heard in a very long time. Heartiest congratulations, Jack. And thank you very much for being an inspiration to us.

8 May 2009 5:15pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

great bouquet, the blue flowers are superb

8 May 2009 5:15pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

a visual feast indeed!! amazing blues -- and i love this framing, presenting this lovely bouquet!!

8 May 2009 5:25pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Congratulations on Peoples Choice Award. A stepping stone along the path to greatness. Very well done.
Another fabulous shot btw. Enjoy you weekend, you deserve it.

8 May 2009 5:29pm

@Lee: Thanks, Lee. No illusions about greatness here, but being appreciated by both photographers and non-photographers is quite humbling.

Cricket from Alabama, United States

Oh, I am so glad I arrived back at Aminus today or else i might have missed the opportunity to say congratulations! Wonderful news about a great photographer!

I do love this image.

8 May 2009 5:50pm

@Cricket: Tammy - I have missed you so-o-o-o much and am so-o-o-o glad that you are back!! Thank you for your kind words.

Veronica from Bucharest, Romania

amazing shot, great colours a real feast of blue

8 May 2009 6:18pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Huge Congratulations to you on your accomplishment!!! I'll bet it's a wonderful feeling to be acknowledged.....I'm on my way to your portfolio to see what won!! as for today's's just fantastic.....the colors are so brilliant, and the framing of the shot is perfect....way to go!!

8 May 2009 8:07pm

@Susan: Thank you, Susan; this is the same photograph that won the Plant Division in both the print competition and the digital competition at the Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest gathering.

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

Awww...CONGRATULATIONS, Jack! Well deserved...your work is amazing! I'm happy to be able to enjoy it. =)

8 May 2009 8:08pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Here Here !!! best...jerry

8 May 2009 8:15pm

@ordinaryimages: Thanks, Jerry; total surprise.

k@ from Paris, France

Fireworks of blue, indeed !! So neat, the light is a pleasure here !

8 May 2009 8:30pm

@k@: Thank you, my dear. Have a terrific weekend.

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Beautiful flower and you captured perfect!

8 May 2009 8:51pm

@dkc: Thank you.

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Congratulations on your award. "Peoples Choice" to me is the highest honor an artist can receive. It means your work appeals to everyone, not just critics! Today's image is no different.

8 May 2009 9:23pm

@Chris Parr: Thank you, Chris. It does mean quite a bit to me.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful accolade, Jack. Nice one today.

8 May 2009 9:36pm

@LauraS: Thank you, Laura. I almost didn't mention it, but I needed to celebrate with people I consider to be my friends.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Thank you, Chris. It does mean quite a bit to me.

8 May 2009 9:37pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Blue stars... the light is magnificent ont this one... and another exquisite blue !!!

8 May 2009 10:33pm

@Francesc B.: Thank you.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Love the color and detail. Excellent image.

8 May 2009 11:09pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

A fitting title, "Feast". That is how they appear, a frinzy of blooms all trying to make a grand appearance.
Such an exciting news to receive your award, a proud and memorable moment. When you wrote of your workshop I found it fascinating. Certainly looking forward to upcoming images. Great Work, Jack!

9 May 2009 1:03am

@Barbara: Thanks for your kind words, Barb. There is a great abundance of these lilies in bloom right now; it is somewhat spectacular. Spring has been overwhelming in the Corvallis area (actually much more of a display of wildflowers than in the Gorge area).

kerfendal from Paris, France

this blue is amazing, I like the compo

9 May 2009 4:49am

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Lovely flowers with great shape !

9 May 2009 6:41am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

CONGRATULATIONS on winning the award!!! Just wonderful. You deserve the recognition. A bonus to the fun of taking and sharaing photos. Good for you!!!!

Nice capture of these gorgeous flowers!

Great quote--so true. Desmond Tutu's book about the reconciliation experience in South Africa is worth reading.

9 May 2009 12:00pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

wow...congratulations. Thats awesome news.

9 May 2009 9:07pm

@Hema Iyer: Thank you.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

stunning blue and gold

9 May 2009 10:24pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Another stunner! Outstanding!!!

10 May 2009 7:14am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

great color

12 May 2009 8:41pm

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States

Ah....I am so happy to be back. Thank you!

13 May 2009 3:07am