The Successful Beginning of Liesl Walsh's Photography Journey

December 05, 2017  •  5 Comments

Greasy Grimy Skillet Art, Best Picture of the Year 2012, 1st PlaceGreasy Grimy Skillet Art, Best Picture of the Year 2012, 1st PlaceIn 2012 I was a member of the Indian River Photo Club in Vero Beach, Florida. I entered 3 photos in their competitions each month and did very well. At the end of the year I had 30 ribbons and 3 of my images were chosen as Best Pictures of the Year. This image received First Place for Creative Manipulation. I used multiple layers in this photo to repeat portions of a skillet to create a pleasing design.

 

 

   In the next few blog posts I want to share with you my photography journey: how it started, my successes, exciting moments, and who has influenced my artistry.

 

     I am thankful to those who have taught me along the way and encouraged me. I owe the most gratitude to my husband, Mike, who gave me my first digital camera. Without that I would have been stuck doing film and had never experienced the exciting world of editing digitally on the computer. He also encourages me to get out of bed in the early morning to drive through the countryside to get stunning sunrise photos, brings me to exciting new places traveling the world, and always keep an eye out for the next great shot. 

 

     I have been passionate about art since childhood. I took a photography class in college learning how to use the darkroom, and it hooked me! I focused mostly on taking photos of family, friends, my garden, and travel. I majored in art, became an art teacher, and taught using the elements of art and principles of design. In 2005 my husband gave me my first digital camera, and I eagerly learned how to edit photos digitally on the computer. We moved from historic Pennsylvania to sunny Florida, and I became friends with my new neighbor, Kathy, who has the biggest camera collection I have ever seen. She invited me to the Indian River Photo Club in Vero Beach and mentored me. We had a blast taking photos together early in the morning out in the Florida wilderness among the alligators and birds. The early morning rides and giggles were just as fun as taking photos. I bought my first DSLR camera, loving the new image quality I could get. The veteran photographers at the photo club gave me valuable feedback on my images at the meetings, teaching me what made a good photograph. I entered 3 photos a month in their competitions and did well, earning 30 ribbons in my first year, 2012. 

 

 

Indian River Photo Club Awards Banquet 2012Indian River Photo Club Awards Banquet 2012End of the year Awards Banquet of the Indian River Photo Club where 3 of my images were chosen as Best Pictures of the Year in 2012.

 

 

   The photo club had a banquet in December to choose the Best Pictures of the Year from all the images that had received ribbons. I was delighted 3 of my images were chosen! My "Greasy Grimy Skillet Art" image got First Place for Creative Manipulation, "Seeing Beauty" got Second Place for Creative Manipulation, and "Ripe For Harvest" got Honorable Mention for Monochrome.

 

 

Seeing Beauty, Best Picture of the Year 2012 2nd Place IRPCSeeing Beauty, Best Picture of the Year 2012 2nd Place IRPCThis image was chosen as Best Picture of the Year in 2012 at the Indian River Photo Club, receiving Second Place for Creative Manipulation. I merged a photo of my eye with a photo I took of peonies in my garden in Pennsylvania to create a striking look.

 

 

    All the encouragement and success from the Indian River Photo Club gave me the confidence to enter 2 big photo competitions on the east coast of Florida that year. More about that in the next blog post...

 

 

Ripe For Harvest, Best Picture of the Year 2012, Honorable MentionRipe For Harvest, Best Picture of the Year 2012, Hon. MentionIn 2012 this image was chosen as Best Picture of the Year at the Indian River Photo Club, receiving an Honorable Mention for Monochrome. It is a photo of grapes I grew in my garden in Pennsylvania.

 


Comments

Liesl Walsh Photography
Thank you, Bill! I appreciate your visit!
Bill Posner(non-registered)
Nice Story and well deserved awards!
Liesl Walsh Photography
Hi Vern and Cendrine, thank you for your comments! I appreciate them very much! I'm glad you are enjoying my blog series. Cendrine, I look forward to reading your story! :-)
Cendrine Marrouat(non-registered)
Hello Liesl,

Your series is such a great idea! I love getting to know how my fellow photographers started and their background stories. You make me want to do the same with my own story.

The photos are lovely!
Vern Wedecen(non-registered)
So proud of you!!!
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