Jurors Choice in Altered Reality Category
Cheryl Medow Bio:
“Through my Envisioning Habitat series, I present the beauty and majesty of birds to others. They are part of the world around us and must not be forgotten.
If for a moment, the viewer can be transported through my photographic compositions to a new space, where time stands still and everyday problems are set aside, I have accomplished my calling.”
How did you get the image?
I learned of the site earlier that day and headed out to find a small lake where many Snowy Egrets were fishing and fighting for space. The howling wind made for an interesting challenge, but with patience, luck, and perseverance, I found what I was looking for.
What was special about this opportunity you had to capture the image?
This location offers the opportunity to see hundreds of birds and capture their interactions. I look for the beauty in that authentic exchange. I’ve gone back a number of times, and as the saying goes “you can never step in the same spot in the river twice”.
What equipment and camera settings were you using to capture the image?
For the Snowys, I used a Nikon D5 with an AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR mounted on a Gitzo tripod. For the backgrounds, I use the D5 with either a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens or a 12-24mm f/2.8 lens.
Related to your nature photography:
How long have you been photographing and what, in particular, got you into nature photography?
It’s always been my nature to be out in nature. I’ve been capturing images all my life, but it wasn’t until 1996, and digital photography, that I really dove in. It started with flowers, then larger animals, and eventually moved onto my true love of birds.
Describe your nature photography experience level and current status.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been traveling the world capturing my images. My prints are in galleries and private collections, as well as a few in permanent museum displays.
How should people follow you or see more of your work?
My work can be found online at cherylmedow.com, and you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I am also represented by PDNB Gallery (Photographs Do Not Bend), in Dallas, Texas.
You can also find Cheryl’s work on her NANPA portfolio: nanpacontest.org/portfolio/cheryl-medow