Photo Recognitions – Betsy Wilson

Below are some of the recognitions and awards that showcase Betsy’s photography.

“Cactus Eyelash”  Second Place,   Berks Photo Society annual conference, March 2017

This image from a cactus in Arizona reminds me of the rolling hills on sand dunes, and the shadows almost look like eyelashes.

“Walking in a Winter Wonderland”  People’s Choice First Place,   Chester County Camera Club Holiday Party, December 2016

There is nothing so beautiful as Valley Forge Park after a new snowfall. This image was taken from below the arch.

“Bombay Hook Muskrat” published in Estuary News Magazine, Winter 2017

Thrilled that Estuary News Magazine chose one of my images to publish along with an article about Estuary Events. But a bit perplexed when I saw that it went with an announcement for an upcoming fundraiser “Annual Muskrat Dinner!”

“Hopewell Furnace Farm”  First Place, People’s Choice Awards 2017, Chester County Camera Club, and First Place,Open Category,  Chester County Camera Club, November 2016

Trying out my new fisheye lens for a different effect.  I like how it can focus so clearly on objects both near and far.

“Abandoned”  Second Place, Assigned Category – “Windows”,  Chester County Camera Club, November 2016

Snow was coming inside the broken windows at the abandoned Lonaconing Silk Mill in Maryland.  The workers went out on strike in 1953, and left their belongings.  The mill never again opened for business.

“Broken Window”  First Place, Assigned Category – “Windows”,  Chester County Camera Club, November 2016

There is a relatively unknown section of Valley Forge National Park that includes an abandoned farm and barns. The Wagonseller Farm is on the north side of the park and also includes some vegetation-covered rusty old cars.

“Twitch”  First Place, Open Color Category ,  Chester County Camera Club, September 2016, and Third Place, People’s Choice Awards 2017, Chester County Camera Club.

This bundle of fur was part of a craft display at the Ephrata Cloisters.  Fur from the rabbit was spun into scarves.

“Inside City Hall”  Second Place, Black & White print ,  Berks Photo Conference, June 2016

This interesting spiral staircase is in Philadelphia’s magnificent City Hall.

“All Forked Up”  Third Place, Black & White print ,  Berks Photo Conference, June 2016

An ordinary kitchen fork takes on a surreal persona when photographed under water droplets.

“St. Louis Chutes and Ladders”  Third Place, color print ,  Berks Photo Conference, June 2016

These chutes used to transport shoes down from the top of a St. Louis shoe factory.  Today, people slide down the ten-story slide in the City Museum.

“Fresh from the Farm”  Second Place, color print ,  Berks Photo Conference, June 2016

These vegetables were all from our community garden in Charlestown Township. The technique was done by using a small flashlight to light-paint each area of the composition in multiple layers.

“Valley Forge Spinning Trees”  Third Place, Assigned Category – “motion blur”,  Chester County Camera Club, April 2016Valley Forge Spinning Trees

This technique is a bit tricky to accomplish.  It takes two people, one to drive the car and the other to focus the camera on a tree and follow the tree as the car moves.  It takes a slow shutter speed and lots of patience, but when it works, it results in a spinning motion that is really cool.

 

“Night-blooming Cereus” 

Night-blooming Cereus

Honored to be published in Philadelphia Stories magazine, cultivating a community of writers, artists and readers across the Delaware Valley.  This amazing plant blooms only once or twice a year and only for one night. The night-blooming cereus begins to open when the sun goes down, and slowly blossoms into a spectacular white flower around midnight. The next morning it is gone – only a drooping limp flowers remains.

 

“Paddling the Passaic”  Third Place, Open Category,  Chester County Camera Club, February 2016Paddling the Passaic

We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon paddling with our friends from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association in North Jersey.

 

“Wall Street”  First Place, Assigned Category,  Chester County Camera Club, January 2016Manhattan Skyscrapers

Our Camera Club took a trip to New York City to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, then we took the ferry back across the river and walked up Wall Street.  Looking straight up resulted in a nice composition of lines and negative space.

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Calendar – Cover 2016untitled-7489

Every year we attend the Wooden Canoe Heritage Assembly at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.  I love getting up early and getting out in the canoe to enjoy the solitude of the morning mist.  Our friend Ron had the same idea, and I captured him through the mist as the sun came up and added a nice glow to his beautiful canoe.

“Five Pears”  First Place, Open Category, Chester County Camera Club, November, 2015Five Pears

While visiting Jim’s sister in the Poconos, we enjoyed breakfast at a friend’s house.  Linda has a pear tree in her backyard, and she had a bucket full of pears ready to be canned.  I asked if I could take a few and she gladly gave me my pick.  This image was also featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Philadelphia Stories Magazine.

“Middle Creek” First Place – Delaware Estuary photo contest – “Splash of Fun” categoryMiddle Creek Snow Geese at Kleinfeltersville, PA

When seventy-thousand snow geese swarm overhead to find a landing spot on the water at Middle Creek, the sight and the sound is amazing.  These women were enjoying the experience on a chilly winter afternoon.

“Valley Creek in Valley Forge” First Place Delaware Estuary photo contest “Schuylkill Shots” category

Valley Forge, PAThe autumn colors light up the creek in Valley Forge, one of my favorite places to photograph.

 

“Marsh Creek Sunrise”  Third Place Chester County Camera Club, September, 2015Marsh Creek Sunrise

This was taken Halloween morning on a beautiful, misty, morning sunrise.

 

“Pygmalion at the Zoo” First Place, assigned category – People at Work, Chester County Camera Club, May, 2015Philly Zoo-835

I was fascinated as this woman worked on her creation at the Philadelphia Zoo.  I felt there was quite a strong emotional connection between her and her creation – as if she was adding the heart to her paper-mache masterpiece.

 

“Batsto Village Barn”  Second Place Assigned category – Barns  April, 2015Batsto Village Barn

Batsto Village is a favorite stop when we are visiting the Pine Barrens in South Jersey.

 

“Abandoned Silk Mill” Third Place, open category, Chester County camera Club, April 2015Abandoned Silk Mill

In Lonaconing, Maryland, there is an abandoned silk mill that provides a gritty, neglected setting and a melancholy atmosphere.  The workers went out on strike in 1953, and left their belongings.  The mill never again opened for business.

 

“Philly at Night”  Second Place, Assigned category – Architecture,  February, 2015Philly at Night-4711_HDR-265

 

I loved the reflections of the entrance to an underground train station in Center City, Philadelphia.

 

“Hospital Reef, California”  Second Place, Open category – Chester County Camera Club,  March 2015Hospital Reef at La Jolla, California_

While visiting my brother and his family in Southern California, we took a trip to La Jolla. At sunset we found these marvelous natural potholes scoured into the rock on the beach.

 

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Calendar

Selected as the image for January, 2015, this capture is of our friend Susan as we paddled with some friends and a family of loons in the Adirondacks.

 

“Veiled Chameleon”  Second Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, November, 2014

This was taken at a workshop led animal photographer David FitzSimmons.  He has a series of books called Curious Critters and he brings his lighting setups along with a few interesting creatures to his workshops.

 

“Fly Away Milkweed”  First Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, September, 2014

This image was created as part of Mike Moats weekly “Let’s See Your Best Shot” facebook group.  The assigned topic was “milkweed” so I found one and brought it home and made this image on a scanner.

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“Chelsea Market Stroll”  First Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, May, 2014

On a camera club outing to walk the High Line in New York City, we enjoyed lunch at the Chelsea Market.  While eating sandwiches at small tables set up in the hallway, we noticed the beautiful light coming from the lit floor as shoppers strolled through the market.

 

“Quiet Cormorant”  Second Place assigned category, Chester County Camera Club, May, 2014

At a Road Scholar bike trip through the Everglades, we rented some big lenses to capture a few close ups of birds.

 

“Inside City Hall”  First Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, April, 2014

Jim and I signed up for a tour of City Hall in Philadelphia, the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out. The exterior is covered with sculpture representing the seasons and continents, as well as allegorical figures, heads and masks. All of the sculpture was designed by Alexander Milne Calder, including the 27-ton statue of William Penn atop the tower. The interior rooms are ornate and lavish – a treasure to behold.  After our tour concluded, we explored inside the building and were treated to this multi-story staircase winding down to the bottom floor.

 

“Spiral Seashell”  First Place assigned category, Chester County Camera Club, April, 2014

The assigned topic for the month was “macro or Close-up”.   I was fortunate to have participated in a workshop led by a fantastic close-up photographer, Mike Moats, and really enjoyed the magic of looking at objects for an up-close and personal perspective.

 

“Graffiti Tree”  Second Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, March, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  There is a fascinating and very unexpected place in Philadelphia.  Near Richmond Street is an old decaying pier that once was used to deliver coal by train to waiting barges in the Delaware River.  What is left today are graffiti-covered walls on the cement arches that once held the railroad.  The arches provide a catacomb-like atmosphere, and street artists provide the ever-changing fascinating artwork.

 

“New York City Ballet”  Third Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, February, 2014

My Christmas present to Jim was a set of tickets to the New York City Ballet.  A special treat awaited us as we walked into the spacious promenade of the David H. Koch Theater, where the inlaid travertine marble floor has been covered with a 6,500-square-foot vinyl photograph of more than 80 City Ballet dancers, roughly life size, who are arranged on a sea of crumpled white paper. From above, it becomes clear that the dancers form a gigantic eye. The eye is the work of J R, the French street artist, who is internationally known for mounting large-scale public photography projects around the world.  Alas, I did not have my camera, nor tripod, but couldn’t resist capturing the sight of two girls playfully dancing in the center of the eye, so a fuzzy iPhone image would have to suffice.

 

“Albino Peacock”  First Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, January, 2014

At the Grounds for Sculpture in Princeton, NJ, there are hundreds of amazing sculptures; some out in the open, some tucked away in hidden places.  And there are quite a few peacocks that wander around the grounds and show off for visitors.  I was especially intrigued with this stunning,  all-white peacock.

 

“Chutes and Ladders”  Second Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, January, 2014

This is the second winning-photo taken at the fun and eclectic museum in St. Louis called the “City Museum”, an abandoned shoe factory that has been converted into an eclectic museum of oddities and fun.  We slid down this ten-story slide with our cameras in our laps during a cocktail reception. We came back the next day with tripods to capture this unique place in the low-light.

 

“Chapel in the Hills”  Third Place open category, Chester County Camera Club, November 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     The Chapel in the Hills, in Rapid City, South Dakota, is an exact replica of the Borglund stavkirke (stave church) in Laerdal, Norway. The Borgund stavkirke was built around the year 1150 and is considered the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway.

 

“Happy Fizzy Party”  Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, November 2013

Another photo from our water drop photo experiments.   This is actually a relatively easy technique, using some Rain-x (sold in auto supply stores) on a pane of window glass suspended over an object – in this case a photo of our son, Kenny.

 

“St. Louis Chutes and Ladders”  Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, October 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a fun and eclectic museum in St. Louis called the “City Museum”, an abandoned shoe factory that has been converted into an eclectic museum of oddities and fun.  After climbing up the spiral staircase we went down this ten-story slide!  The judge liked the M.C.Escher look to this photograph.

 

“Skeleton Leaves”  Second Place, Chester County Camera Club, October 2013

I loved the patterns on the dried bodhi leaves, and so did the judge who awarded this second place in the monochrome patterns in nature category.

 

“Spiral Pastel”  Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, October 2013

The assigned category was “Patterns in Nature”, and this shot was taken at a workshop led by Macro Photographer Mike Moats.

 

“Longwood Gardens Shadows”  Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, September 2013

The afternoon sun created these beautiful shadows on the terrace overlooking the fountains at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

 

“Surreal Scallop Shells” Second Place, People’s Choice Award, Chester County Camera Club, June 2013

Jim and I have had fun playing with different photo techniques.  This one involves some Rain-X (made for auto windshields) and water drops on a pane of glass suspended over different objects – in this photo a scallop shell.  Having won a First Place award in February, 2013, this photo was included with all first place winners to be voted on by club members for the end-of-year Peoples Choice Award.  More Water Drops photos can be seen here.

Cover, Wooden Canoe Magazine, April 2013

My first magazine cover! This photo of beautiful wooden canoes was taken at the annual gathering of wooden canoe enthusiasts at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.

“Jefferson Memorial” First Place, Chester County Camera Club, April 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and I went into Washington DC for sunrise during Cherry Blossom time to beat the crowds.  Early morning light poured into the Jefferson Memorial before it opened to the public.  At first I was dissapointed that this worker was in the shot I wanted to take, but then realized that his presence is what told a story and made the shot come alive.

 

Abandoned Silk Mill” Second Place, Chester County Camera Club, March 2013

In Lonaconing, Maryland, there is an abandoned silk mill that provides a gritty, neglected setting and a melancholy atmosphere.  The workers went out on strike in 1953, and left their belongings.  The mill never again opened for business.

“Washington Window Washers” First Place, Chester County Camera Club, March 2013

On our way to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to photograph the Cherry Blossoms, I saw these men dangling on the side of this building, moving from window to window in  choreographed precision.

 

“Reflection” Third Place Chester County Camera Club, February, 2013

I participated in a photo workshop hosted by photographer and former model Lindy Powers at her Chester county farmhouse and studio. The models were wonderful to work with as we learned about getting natural light to illuminate the subject.

 

“Defiance” Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, February, 2013

On a trip to Virginia Tech to pick up Alex, we stopped at a tiny zoo located up on a hill on the outskirts of Roanoke, Virginia. The dramatic lighting on this lizard made him look rather menacing.

“Pennsylvania State Capital” Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, January 2013  

The beauty of the interior of our State Capital building is staggering. Massive domes are intricately adorned with gold leaf, and exquisite marble staircases guide visitors and government workers from floor to floor.

“Rissers Beach Nova Scotia” Second Place, Chester County Camera Club, November 2012.

The beaches were completely empty of people in Nova Scotia in September.  This one had these wonderful patterns carved by the ocean in the sand.

 

“Peggy’s Cove” Third Place, Chester County Camera Club, October, 2012

We spent two days in Peggy’s Cove hoping to photograph sunrise or sunset at the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.  It poured rain both days, so alas, no sunset photos.  But the coastal charm of this delightful tiny village was undeniable, even in the rain and fog.

“Fireman’s Hall Museum” Second Place, Chester County Camera Club, September, 2012

This photo was taken on another Philadelphia outing with the Camera Club to Olde City.  We stumbled upon the Fireman’s Museum which has some thought-provoking exhibits along with a few talkative firemen who are happy to share their fascinating stories.  This antique fire truck sits in the upstairs gallery facing a window looking out over the Ben Franklin Bridge.

“Velodrome Cycling” First Place, Chester County Camera Club, September, 2012

The assigned category for the camera Club competition was “Motion”, so Jim and I went to the Cycling competition at the Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.  Fast-paced and wild, cyclists circle around on a steeply banked track.  I tried to pan the camera to focus on the cyclist and show background motion blur.  It was difficult to capture the fleeting cyclists, and I had to experiment with shutter speed to get the right exposure.

 

“Marsh Creek Mist” First Place, Peoples Choice Award, Chester County Camera Club, June, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo was taken at sunrise at Marsh Creek a local lake in Chester County. Having won a First Place award in February, 2012, this photo was included with all first place winners to be voted on by club members for the end-of-year Peoples Choice Award.

 

“Icelandic Desolation” Third place, Chester County Camera Club, May, 2012  There are areas in Iceland that make one feel as if they are on the moon.  We walked in a volcanic area near Myvatn.  The combination of the hot steam rising from fissures in the ground with a foggy drizzle in the air resulted in a mysterious, other-worldly atmosphere.

“Lupine in Iceland” Second Place, Chester County Camera Club, April 2012 Jim and I hiked up this mountain covered in beautiful Lupine. This was the view outside our hotel window  which was located on a road in the middle of nowhere in Iceland.  There was no building of any kind for miles before and after this lonely hotel on the side of the mountain.

“Ground Zero” Second Place, Chester County Camera Club, March, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a cold December day in New York City with our daughter Alex and her friend Adam, we took a subway ride to Ground Zero where the memorial was still under construction and covered by barricades.  We visited a small museum  about the tragic events of September 11, and when we came back out onto the street, I saw this building with the amazing reflection of clouds and the accent of the American flag.

“Phantom of the Art Museum” First Place, Chester County Camera Club, February, 2012

On a Camera club outing to shoot Philadelphia at night, we were walking towards the reflections of Boathouse Row when I looked down across the river at the back side of the Art Museum.  This spiral staircase with it’s dramatic lighting descended to an ominous darkness that looked like a scene out of an old film noir.

 “Skogafoss Iceland” Third Place Chester County Camera Club, November 2011

My first award! Still somewhat new to taking photography seriously, I was surprised and honored to win an award at our local camera club, which has so many talented photographers.  This photograph is of my son, Kenny, silhouetted by the powerful Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland.

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