FIRST PRIZE • WILDERNESS LANDSCAPES Crystalline Kulshan, a new take on a classic beauty. Park Butte Trail, Mount Baker Wilderness. Deborah Richardson
January + February 2010 » Washington Trails
SECOND PRIZE • WILDERNESS LANDSCAPES Just before dawn. Sahale Arm, North Cascades National Park. John D’Onofrio
Start with Light
Light should always be your first consideration. As a general rule, early morning and the eve- ning leading into sunset offer the best light for shooting outdoors. Get up early and save time to shoot in the evenings, too. Make some tea and wait for the first stars. Go ahead and shoot in the afternoon in order to document your journey, but remember that extremely bright light is difficult to shoot in and probably won’t yield your “oohs and aahs” shots.
Don’t rely on Photoshop magic later on. Real light is always prettier.