Cynthia is a passionate photographer with a deep love and appreciation for all things nature. She enjoys the solitude that nature photography requires but delights in sharing her photos and encouraging others to recognize the beauty that surrounds them and the peace that it brings. She frequently visits national wildlife refuges, state parks in Texas and surrounding states and the gulf coast to capture unique images of nature. Some of these photos have been published in Birds & Blooms and Country magazines and a pocket field guide by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Your Name: Cynthia Lockwood
Title of Your Winning Image: Bald Cypress Trees in Autumn
About your winning Showcase image:
1) How I Got the Shot
It was a gray, misty November day when I was visiting Caddo Lake State Park in Karnack, Texas. The towering, centuries-old bald cypress trees had changed to a deep rust color, and the Spanish moss cascading from them created an atmosphere of mystery and beauty. My goal was to capture an image of the old cypress that conveyed the uniqueness of this magical place.
2) What I Used
I used a Canon EOS 70D with a Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, handheld, to take this photo. The camera settings were aperture priority, 1/100 @ f/13, ISO 400. Minimal processing was required because of the natural beauty that was already present.
3) About Me
I live in The Woodlands, Texas, and am an enthusiastic hobbyist who has been photographing nature for thirty years. During the last five years, I have been actively working to fulfill my life-long dream of becoming a professional nature photographer. My favorite subjects are birds, butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, alligators and landscapes. I also enjoy taking photos of nature’s small plants and animals and making them larger than life with macro photography. My favorite sites to photograph nature are national wildlife refuges, state parks in Texas and surrounding states, the gulf coast and my own bird-filled backyard. In the future I would like to expand my explorations.
4) My Photographic Journey
My longstanding love of nature developed from my mom and dad who taught me to enjoy and capture its beauty via photography. Kathy Adams Clark has played an integral role in my growth as a nature photographer. Over the past few years, I have cultivated my photography skills by taking several of her classes. The inspiration from these individuals has taught me the excitement of discovering and understanding my subjects as I capture them. I am thrilled about the never-ending possibilities and challenges of nature photography and the opportunities presented.
5) NANPA and Me
I have been a NANPA member for five years and spread the word to as many people as possible about its mission.
6) Where Can People Learn More About You?
More of my work can be viewed at: https://cynthialockwood.zenfolio.com.
My NANPA Portfolio is: https://nanpa.org/portfolio/cynthia-lockwood-2019/.