11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Peninsula Images


"My Feet in Late Afternoon"
By Nick Neely

About Nick Neely

On his way down the stairs of his parents' home, Nick Neely saw the reflection of his feet in a window, and grabbed his camera. His photograph was a self-portrait assignment for his first-ever photography class.

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A junior at Crystal Springs Uplands High School in Hillsborough, he photographed the distinctly reflected leaves of a bougainvillea on the floor of the patio reflected in the severe lighting the window. The ethereal image of his feet was not manipulated in any way, he said, but was a result of distinct observation.

He used a Nikon N 70 camera and Kodak Tri-X 400 film to capture his black-and-white images. Aspiring to be a biologist, he is very interested in nature photography. He has been taking photographs for a long time, he said.

"I wanted to enter the Weekly's photo contest last year, but didn't. This year, I was a little intimidated entering an adult competition, but it worked out," he said.

-- Sue Dremann




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