14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula


"Beginning of the Blizzard in Soho"
By Birgit Starmanns

About Birgit Starmanns

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Birgit Starmanns is interested in seeing "the different effects of light and unusual angles in different landscapes." New York City provided the 39-year-old Director of Product Management with a scene that featured unique lighting conditions. She was visiting the city with friends one weekend "which just happened to be the weekend of the Blizzard of 2005," as the local news called it."

She likes the photo because "the light was very unique with the snow at dusk, with no traffic and few people on the streets," and hopes viewers will be able to see the "almost surreal motion of the pedestrians in the snow."

Starmanns has been taking photos seriously for 6 years and regularly gets in her car with nothing but a camera to find new places and inspirations for her photography. She hopes to continue taking pictures and exhibit her work in the future.

-- Daniel Grujic