“It’s been said that variety is the spice of life, and the winners this year reinforce that statement. There are photos of Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario, a city park, a beekeeper, downtown Rochester, train tracks, roads, the countryside and photos of the Finger Lakes themselves.
The composition of some winning photos is simple. Others are almost over-the-top with rich details. It’s sometimes difficult to tell what is a really good photograph, but you know it when you see it. The simple reflection of trees in water can become a beautiful work of art. The pounding waves and light during the golden hour also create a memorable scene.
I want to thank each and every person who entered the contest this year. Your photographs captured the diversity of the Finger Lakes Region. I only wish that every one could be published. I encourage all of you to keep sending your photos in, either through prints in the mail, or digital images through e-mail. The magazine’s Facebook page has become a popular spot to share images as well. Some of these photos can be published through the Finger Lakes Scrapbook department in the print edition, and online at lifeinthefingerlakes.com or at facebook.com/lifeinthefingerlakesmagazine.”
– Mark Stash, editor
“Hailstorm at the Bluffs”
Chimney Bluffs State Park, located on the eastern shore of Sodus Bay in Wolcott, offers breathtaking landscapes and trails for nature lovers.
Elaine Taft • Rochester
The dried flower head of a prickly plant in East Bloomfield is the subject of this award-winning photo.
Benjamin J. Slomovic • Bloomfield
Near Bristol Mountain, a novice beekeeper tends to her hives.
Joseph R. Duba • Canandaigua
This photo was taken from Gateway Park in the city.
Larry Heins • Caledonia
Black & White
“Cold and Crispy in Romulus”
Matthew McDonald • Romulus
“The calm of winter is pictured at a favorite spot of mine on Seneca Lake.”
Julia DeFrank • Riverton, New Jersey
This photograph captured just a fraction of the thousands of snow geese in flight over Canandaigua Lake in March, 2014.
Mike Sargent • Farmington
“Sunflower Field in Pittsford”
Scott Hooker • Livonia
“Early Morning Sun”
“I drive by this field on Brewer Road in Waterloo every morning on my way to the office, but this morning was exceptional. The fog, sun and newly baled field worked out great. It is a high dynamic range (HDR) image made up of three exposures.”
Kevin Colton • Seneca Falls
“Centerway Black and White”
A high dynamic range view of Centerway Square in Corning.
Brian Maloney • Corning
“Highway to Nowhere”
On the bluff at Keuka Lake – color
Howard LeVant • Rochester
“Seneca Lake Grape Vines” – color
Elizabeth Becraft • Dallas, Georgia
Taken at Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca. Selenium toning was added during this photo’s conversion to black and white. – digitally altered
Chris Walters • Corning
“Weathered Log in Taughannock Gorge” – black and white
Jerry Bachman • Endicott
“Ellis Hollow Birdhouse”
The image was captured in the Town of Dryden using a yellow filter. – digitally altered
Rachel Dickinson • Freeville
“X Marks the Spot”
At the train yard across the street from Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva – black and white
Caitlyn Huebner • Media, Pennsylvania