Photographers call it the golden hour – the hour before sunset or after sunrise when the sun is low in the sky and the soft natural light often leads to warmer, more magical images.
Julie Boyd recognized the sort of effect these conditions were having on a South Whidbey landscape when she looked across Useless Bay on a cold late afternoon last January. She raised her camera and took pictures of Sunlight Beach with Double Bluff and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the background.
“The color tones were rich and the setting breathtaking,” Boyd recalled. “It is always my goal to capture the moment and try and create an emotional response of being at the location.”
The beautiful image was one of more than 300 photos submitted by 75 photographers who participated in the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s fifth annual outdoor photo contest. Boyd’s shot was chosen for the cover of the Land Trust’s 2019 Calendar.
Boyd, who lives on South Whidbey with her husband, has been involved with photography for two decades. She’s studied the craft more seriously during the past three years, learning from some internationally acclaimed photographers. She recently went on a two-week photo tour in Scotland.
“I shoot photography all the time,” Boyd said. “I think in colors, shapes, and textures. Everywhere I look, I see beauty and lighting on subjects. Photography brings me to a place of peace in a busy life.”
The photo contest is intended to engage photographers to help celebrate the beauty and nature of the scenic islands and to raise awareness of the Land Trust’s mission. Twenty-five images were selected for the Land Trust’s 2019 calendar, ranging from Bruiser the elk to a scenic lavender field. Each photographer whose work is selected receives a complimentary calendar.
Calendars are being sold at participating retail outlets in Island County. That list may be viewed on the Land Trust’s website, www.wclt.org
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is a nonprofit nature conservation organization that actively involves the community in protecting, restoring, and appreciating the important natural habitats and resource lands that support the diversity of life on our islands and in the waters of Puget Sound.