About Hazel Rand
10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Peninsula Images
"Peninsula Poppies: A
By Hazel Rand
Capturing "Peninsula Poppies: A Closer Look" required
a delicate balancing act. The wildflowers photographer Hazel Rand
got up close and personal with were perched on a road side bank
in San Gregorio.
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was precarious," Rand remembered. "I went tail up and
When Rand pulled off the side of the road and began gazing at
the flora, she was searching for a nice composition, but had nothing
else in mind.
"I didn't have a preconceived idea of what I wanted to take,"
Seeing the finished product, she was immediately drawn to the
image. "I liked the abstract forms ... and the different
shades of oranges and yellows."
Rand took her first photography class over 20 years ago at the
now defunct Women's Resource Center in Palo Alto. Back then, she
said, photography was dominated by males. "The camera was
a machine that women didn't understand, of course," she said
with a wink in her voice.
Rand, who is retired, belonged to a Sierra Club camera group before
it folded a few years ago. Now she's looking for another crowd
of "wet bellied photographers" to accompany her on nature
"You never know who you're going to encounter wandering alone
in isolated places," she said.
For a change of pace, she also enjoys architectural photography.
That way, "the subject doesn't blow around in the wind."
-- Bill D'Agostino