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Showcase 2022 Winner: Sylvia A. Hosie

By April 22, 2022No Comments

Artist’s statement

I feel the American bison symbolizes the American West more than any other animal. Often in early morning at Yellowstone I would find these lone bulls with the night’s frost in their hair.  Usually I would go looking for them, but this one came to me.

I worked as a tour guide that summer and learned how the few bison of a hundred years ago have grown to the large, healthy herds of today.  They literally came back from the edge of extinction.  The final image evolved as I added mist, cloud, and texture to this bull to illustrate that fact.

How I got the shot

I was loading my pickup for a day of exploring. A neighbor drove up and said a bison was coming.  I looked the wrong way and he shouted, “no, no, behind you!”  There he was coming straight down the roadway towards me.  I grabbed my camera and got about 5 or 6 shots.  A composite was the only way to go because of a cluttered background (fire hydrant and RV’s).

What I used

My equipment was a Canon 6D with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. My settings were ISO 500, 260mm at f/5.6, and 1/500 second.  The shot was handheld.

Out of the Mist of Time: American Bison Re-emerging from Near Extinction, Non-Traditional Capture (Smartphone), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2022 Showcase Judges’ Choice, Altered Reality © Sylvia A. Hosie

Headshot of Sylvia A. Hosie

About me

I am a fine art photographer based on the Oregon Coast. My focus is nature, travel, and equine photography. A major theme in my images is the history and legacy of the Old West. I sell my images at two coastal galleries, my website, and art shows around Oregon. At this stage of my life I am working part-time.

What most people don’t know about me is that my eyes do not focus together: one low and one high. Only by bringing the camera viewfinder to my eye does the world become sharper.

NANPA and me

This is my first year as a NANPA member, although I have received NANPA emails for a number of years and always looked forward to the Weekly Wow.

Learn more

Website: sylviahosiephotography.com