Intimate Landscapes Winner • Laura Zirino
Sedona, Arizona, USA

My favorite way to photograph is to just wander around and see what is revealed to me. Sometimes it is beautiful light, or a composition I have never seen before in an area I thought I knew well. Everything goes, being out in nature is enough.

On that morning I headed out to a creek just outside Sedona, Arizona. The area was quiet as I hiked in and I was already feeling the heat of the summer morning. You hike about a mile in to get to this spot, and you can hear the creek rushing for most of it.

When I reached this spot I realized that the eddy in the corner made lots of different patterns according to the flow of the current. I had fun just goofing off, trying to see how many different swirls I could capture. This one is the elusive sextuple eddy. I used a 3 stop neutral density filter and a polarizer to take the glare of the sun off the creek.

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