12th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Peninsula Images


"Coastal Trees"
By Rick Stultz

About Rick Stultz

Rick Stultz credits a recent New York exhibition of photographer Andreas Gursky's work as his inspiration.

"That just blew my socks off," he said. "And it's what got me deeply interested in photography."

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Now the semi-retired commercial real estate manager occupies much of his time studying books, going to art exhibitions and just looking at photographs.
Gursky, was well known for his urban subject matter and cityscapes. And though Stultz is fond of urban photography himself, lately he's been taking more photographs of nature.

"I don't want to limit myself," he said. "I'm at a point where I want to just develop my skills."

This is his second shot of the same group of trees somewhere north of Half Moon Bay. He first shot it in summer, but was unimpressed with the results.
"The eye and camera see different things," he said.

He came back again to shoot the trees in the winter.

"I think this print shows more contrast than it did in person. The darks are darker and the lights are lighter than what I saw when I was right there," he said. "But it was just as beautiful."

-- Martin Nobida


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