Entry Title: "Walk on the Ocean"
Name: Jeff Mitchum , United States
Category and Expertise: Bridges, Professional


Entry Description: How do you create new images from locations that have been photographed one time too many? By climbing under piers, over rocks, atop hills and sometimes even acquiring a cherry picker to shoot from. However, all was placed on the shelf except for waiting to get to this spot. There was quite a bit of technical work involved for this piece—a creative mind being foremost. I had to also consider the arrangement with images and how a supporting cast reflects with its main subject. Once I saw the weathered pilings and color, I consulted my tidal charts. Seeing that the tide would be optimum at 11 p.m., I decided on several tools to work with including my 28mm lens, which has an excellent depth of field—great for when working from within eight inches of the weathered stone. I also used a lantern to light the front of the rock, and last but not least, my headlamp brought the beams to life. I named the image "Walk on the Ocean" simply because of the sense of space and suspension of space. This image is part two of "The Temple Series".

About the Artist:

Jeff Mitchum is one of the great American and international landscape photographers who rose to success in the recent years. He is often described as the “Ansel Adams of color” in the fine art photography world. Self taught, Mitchum is known for his compositional mastery and the keynotes in his work are the use of natural light and subject matter. His aesthetic is simple – to capture the stunning beauty of nature and dramatic landscape and bring it to people’s everyday lives.