"Running Parallel" - Excellence Image, selected for Loan Collection, 2014 PPOC National Image Salon.
So what makes an image score Excellence? According to Professional Photographers of Canada website: ~~ About Image Salon: Submitted images are judged by a group of very highly qualified, trained judges, all of whom have already achieved their PPOC Craftsman of Photographic Arts or Master of Photographic Arts designation. They have completed a PPOC Judging Clinic to prepare them for the process of objectively judging the images without any personal bias. This is not an easy task and PPOC is constantly striving to nurture and develop a strong group of qualified members to take on this difficult and taxing responsibility.
From those submitted images deemed worthy of inclusion in the final Salon, there are tiered levels of acceptance. The first level is simply known as "Accepted" and denotes that the image is of a high enough level to warrant being displayed in a prestigious national display of photography by the members of PPOC. The next level is known as "Merit" and indicates a clear step above the first level of Accepted. The highest level is known as "Excellence", which really says it all. Excellence images are a very small and elite group of images that have risen to the top. These are simply remarkable images. ~~
One of my favourite things to do is grab my camera gear, hop in the car, and drive. No plan, just go. Last summer I headed down River Road, not sure what I was looking for so late in the evening. When I came to the bridge I pulled over. I would take another image of the bridge, I thought, as I readied my camera by checking my settings. But the light on the bridge and river below was unappealing. Feeling dejected, I turned towards the sunset across the road. Below, the scene before me was close to spectacular. I couldn't believe I had never turned around when I visited my favourite bridge. Lesson learned!
The angle of view was perfect giving me a great vantage point from the overpass. For a moment I just stared at what lay before me. I don't think I totally realized just how much was captured at that moment until I went home and started to process my images from the evening's shoot. It was easy to see which one I was drawn to as I scrolled through them on my screen. The two leading engines were heading towards me. The empty rail lines on either side drew my eye towards the sunset, bracketing the scene before me at the same time. So much repetition too! I loved the two fuel trucks heading in the opposite direction, the lines of power poles and light poles running parallel to the rails. The two rows of railcars on the left shimmering in the sunlight. I return to this spot on occasion in hopes of getting another great shot, but alas, this is the only one...so far...
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