Liesl Walsh Exhibited at the King Center Art Gallery, Brevard College, Melbourne, Florida 2012
This blog post is second in my series about my photography journey and how it all started. It's been only 5 years since I bought my first DSLR and I am amazed at how far I have grown in skill and artistry! In 2012 it began to take leaps and bounds: in my previous post I wrote about my success in the Indian River Photo Club in Vero Beach, Florida, and how my husband Mike and friend Kathy encouraged and inspired me. All these things gave me the confidence to compete in 2 major photo competitions on the East Coast of Florida that year: The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard's juried exhibition at The King Center Gallery at Brevard College in Melbourne and The Indian River Photo Club's juried exhibition at The Vero Beach Art Museum in Vero Beach.
A few months before the competitions my friend Kathy and I both trekked out into the Florida wetlands and coastlines to search for exciting and beautiful spots to photograph. We hiked through cypress swamps and botanical gardens, stood at the sidelines of a muddy rodeo, and witnessed surfers braving 15-foot waves when Hurricane Leslie was offshore. We were determined to get amazing sunset photos, and drove a long way to get to the Viera Wetlands up north. And we got them! We picked the perfect night!
We drove on the dirt trails surrounded by water. All kinds of water birds and wildlife perched on the palm trees submerged in the water. Each turn was a delight to view. We searched and searched for the perfect spot to take a sunset photo before the sun went down. We found one just in time: an area where the water surrounded us on both sides and we had an interesting foreground and middle ground of palm trees and marsh grasses. We got set up with our tripods just in time!
As the sun went down, the sky moved from warm pinks and corals to cool blues. I was able to capture the gorgeous sky reflecting in the water. I took multiple photos of the view of the road so I could stitch them together on the computer to create a panoramic shot (see image above, "Viera Wetlands Sunset"). I decided to enter my "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo (see below) to the competition at the King Center Gallery at Brevard College, and got the image matted and framed, along with another sunset image taken the same night.
Liesl Walsh, Brevard College Nov 2012, Honorable Mention"Beginning of a Beautiful Night" by Liesl Walsh received Honorable Mention at the juried photo competition at the King Center Art Gallery at Brevard College in Melbourne, Florida, November 5, 2012.
I submitted both sunset images to the competition, and "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" was juried in! The other one wasn't, but I was thrilled I got in. Kathy's photo, "London Junction" was juried in also!
Brevard College Photo Competition Exhibit November 2012Awards Ceremony of the photo competition at the King Center Art Gallery, Brevard College in Melbourne, Florida, November 5, 2012. Liesl Walsh's "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo received Honorable Mention.
On November 5, 2012 Kathy and I went to the awards ceremony at the gallery show. I was amazed at all the other images; someone's dramatic photo of pink flamingos captured my attention. I had to ask the photographer where he took the photo: it was at Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Little did I know that I would be moving not far from there on the west coast of Florida in only 4 months! Later I would walk among the flamingos and feed them right from my hand. They would become one of my favorite animals to photograph. (See my flamingo images here.)
It was a good night, my "Beginning of a Beautiful Night" photo received an Honorable Mention! And guess who got First Place: the pink flamingos photo. And it was well-earned! We all agreed. Everyone was captivated by it. I was motivated to learn how to create images like that. Sometime I will write about the pink flamingos, but next blog post I will write about the other big photo competition I entered, the one at the Vero Beach Art Museum. This one made my dream come true, to have my images displayed at an art museum!
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