Photo Contest 1999 | Palo Alto Online |

Bob Callaghan

"Soft Seating"
Second place Views from Beyond the Peninsula

While it is the soaring granite walls and lofty waterfalls that draw most photographers to Yosemite Valley, Bob Callaghan focused on an unlikely detail in the park for his photograph "Soft Seating"--a pair of metal chairs, partly covered by an overnight snowfall. The shot won second place in the Views Beyond the Peninsula category.

Callaghan, 77, said he didn't plan the shot but saw it from a window at the Ahwahnee Hotel, where he was staying. "I shot it before someone tromped through the snow," he added.

A retired airline pilot accustomed to seeing nature from the air, Callaghan said he primarily shoots landscapes. He used a six by nine, medium-format camera to create his winning photograph.

Callaghan has honed his technique over 60 years, developing many of his own photographs along the way.

"To make what I want, I have to do it myself," he said.

--Chris Sadeghian

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