I spent an afternoon on the prairie east of High River, birds are stocking up in the fields as they head north. Swans, Pintails, Geese and a number of Bald Eagles were active in the sky. At one grain bin where I saw a Kestrel streaking by, this pigeon proved less elusive. Curiosity drew it out for a couple of quick looks. In the direct sunlight I liked the iridescent purple on the throat.
I just received the latest issue of the National Geographic Traveler magazine and was excited to see one of my photographs and a short essay on the back page.
Short story behind the publication: Kathie Gartrell, Managing Editor – Interactive, at Traveler had contacted me in October asking me to send in a caption to accompany an image that I had submitted to the My Shot section of the National Geographic website. She said that they were considering it as a photo of the week on the Traveler website. I was very excited and I submitted a brief essay right away. Then at the end of October, I received an email from Ben Fitch, a Photo Intern at Traveler. He told me that they had just finished the layout for the January/February issue and they needed a higher resolution of the image. The photo did run as a photo of the week in November. And has been printed in the current issue of Traveler. Not sure how it went from a possible photo of the week to a full page image and text in the magazine but I’m certainly very happy. Although I haven’t met Kathie or Ben, I would like to thank them for the help they had in publishing this image.
Here is a scan of the page from the magazine with the picture.
Now I’ve set my sights on being sent by National Geographic to photograph a story somewhere in this wonderful, crazy world.
To all those who have stood as giants to protect us, a sincere thank you.
To my grandfather and great uncles who served in the world wars, I will never forget what you did and the men that you were. My children will know why you went into Hell without one step back.
I want to thank Scott Bourne and his Photofocus team for selection as one of the 24 nominees for the Emerging Photographer award that they have set up. It is a tremendous honour to have my work well received by a gentleman who spends a great amount of time encouraging, advising and informing photographers of all types and all levels.
Here is the link to the Photofocus post and more information about this opportunity.
The exposure this nomination has generated is fantastic and has already opened a few new doors which are very exciting.
The content on the Photofocus covers a broad range of photographic topics and does so at a thorough, informative level. I am consistently impressed by the volume of original material Scott and his contributors post. It is a daily read and a lot of fun to be involved in a small way with this group.
Thank you Scott, all the best to you and your team.