13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Peninsula Images

 

"Anne's Poppies Pop"
By Gil Davis

About Gil Davis


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A bicycle vacation through the Canadian Rockies in the 1970s inspired Gil Davis to pick up a camera.

"The scenery was just so gorgeous I wanted to take a picture of it and remember it," he said.

Davis,63, has been photographing nature ever since. He uses a digital Canon Rebel and a macro lens. Besides being a photographer, Davis is an investigative reporter and Macintosh computer consultant.

For inspiration, he turns to Mark Hatasaka, author of "Digital Nature Photography," and to local photographer, David Hibbard.

"Well, a lot of people have done flower photography. Your challenge is to take a photograph of a flower in a way that nobody has done before," was Hibbard's advice to Davis.

"It really spurred me to do something different to capture the texture and the color and the fragility of an Iceland poppy," Davis said. "I just try to capture the beauty of nature."

--Colleen Corcoran