13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Youth 16 and Under
By Nicky Hughes
About Nicky Hughes
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Hughes didn't have any grand aspirations when he pulled out his
camera during a trip to Colorado last summer. He was visiting
his brother at music camp, and found himself outside the Aspen
Lodge. He thought he would "just take some pictures of the
hummingbirds," and wasn't even aware of the neon bar sign
in the background. It was his father who later pointed out the
amusing juxtaposition between the "on tap" sign and
the birds suckling at the tap of the feeder.
"I thought it was pretty cool," Hughes said, "and
maybe kind of lucky."
Hughes, a 16-year-old sophomore at Mid-Peninsula High School, prefers to shoot
with a digital camera because he likes to play around with the images. Easier
storage is another advantage. Hughes estimates he has 20,000 photographs saved
on his computer. If "On Tap" involved an element of luck, it was
the well-earned result of persistence.