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I SHOT IT Competition Winner : First Prize

Competition Winner : First Prize

In incredibly honored to receive another first prize from this great contest…Thank you!

Judges Comment:

This is just stunning and the winner of this competition. You have mastered the light and composition here just beautifully, the foreground movement brings so much depth and indeed originality to your picture, the pastel circles of flowers taking on a dreamlike existence. Rainbows don’t usually wait for photographers to polish up their composition, you have worked quickly and with great effect. This is a wonderful view and a pleasure to behold. Congratulations, you are this round’s deserved winner!

Photographers Comment:

Wow, thank you for the honor of winning and the kind words about this image!. I’m very excited to take first considering the exceptional body of work from all the finalists. I made this photo up in Crested Butte, Colorado this June. Duncan is exactly right in that the light in this picture was fleeting at best. I find that up at 9,000 feet and above, the light is generally harsh and very quick to dissipate…this has taught me set up a shot fast. Most evenings I find that the exceptional light we all seek as landscape photographers only lasts a minute or two up at elevation. Compared with locations at sea level, parts of Iceland and Scotland for instance, one can experience well over an hour and half of unbelievable light in one single evening. Mamiya 7ii, 43mm lens, Lee filter system ~ 2 stop hard nd grad, Kodak Ektar 100, Gitzo Mountaineer tripod, Achratech Ultimate Ballhead, minor adjustments in Lightroom.


  1. K.C. Turner (AKA "KT")
    June 30, 2015


    I admire your work very much as well as your personal and photographic philosophy especially with respect to the all fleeting moments of light we have the pleasure to work with. Very inspirational indeed!

    Kent C. Turner (AKA “KT”)

    • Raynor Czerwinski
      February 19, 2016

      Hey KT,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it 🙂

      As a matter o fact, this image and an article I wrote will be featured in the May edition of Outdoor Photographer.

      Hope to see you in CB soon!


  2. Richard Massey
    February 16, 2016

    Simply beautiful image! How are you able to use an ND grad on a camera without being able to align the filter through the lens? I would like to purchase a Mamiya 7, but not being able to effectively use such filters has held me back. You have given me hope. Thanks.

    • Raynor Czerwinski
      February 19, 2016

      For this image, I just placed my 2 stop hard nd grad just a hair below middle of the circular opening of the lee filter holder…worked great 🙂

  3. Raynor Czerwinski
    February 19, 2016

    Hey Richard,

    I understand your apprehension in regards to this. Truthfully, Its not that big of a deal. If you use the lee filter system, the 4 screws on the front of the filter holder generally mark the top and bottom placement limits for the ND Grads.

    Basically, the middle of the circular opening on the lee filter holder is the middle of your frame. Just above the top screws marks the top of your frame, in between these two points marks the top 1/4 of your frame…make sense?

    The thing to remember is that the top of the circular opening is not the top of the field of view. (especially for the 80 and 150).

    I have found that the top screws basically mark the top of your frame for the 80 and 150mm lenses.

    With the 43mm and the 50mm lens, 1/3 inch above the top screws is top of the frame.

    So if im shooting with the 43mm lens and the top 1/4 of my frame is the sky ill position the grad just below the top screws…

    This would be very simple if I just showed you.

    You going to be in Crested Butte anytime soon? drop by the gallery and Ill show you what im talking about.



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