19th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula


By Robin Apple

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Artist's Statement

Walking around Guanajuato, Mexico -- a gorgeous UNESCO world heritage site -- with its beautifully colored buildings in the golden hour of later-afternoon sun, it was hard NOT to come away with a few great shots. When I spotted these two young lovers seated on the steps of a church, with the lighting "just so" I decided to hang out for awhile and see what might happen. I was able to capture several images of this pair interacting in slightly different ways, and at one point the scene became more complex when a nun appeared and was poised at the top step looking over the railing. But this particular image -- in which the couple is kissing in this perfect light with the mix of colors, shade, and sun -- was the image that sung to me. I am new to digital photography and this photo was taken with my Nikon D-90 and a simple 35 mm f 1.8 prime lens, both of which I had just started to experiment with before this trip to San Miguel and Guanajuato, Mexico.

Judge's Comment

Robin Apple's photograph, "Lovers," works on two levels. At first glance, the image seems to be all about light and shadow, but then one sees the lovers, nearly hidden by the shadows. I especially like the composition of this image, how the shadows lead the eye to what is concealed.

- David Hibbard