11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula


By Fred B. Smith

About Fred B. Smith

Fred B. Smith landed his first job in a darkroom at the age of 16. There he helped develop pictures for a professional photographer, and ended up doing some of his commercial work as well.

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Smith recently toured Jaisalmer, a city in northwestern India, where he took countless photographs.

"I was walking down the street and I saw this gentleman sitting there. What attracted me was not only the position he was in, but also the lighting on his face, which I thought was unique. So I shot the picture.

"I think the title 'Meditation' captures the spiritual nature of this particular gentleman at the time that I shot the photograph," he said.

For this photo, he used a very fast shutter speed and shot on Fuji ProVia 400 film.

The Menlo Park resident mentioned that he's retired but is still taking "a lot of photographs" and plans to continue doing so.

-- Daniel Velton