Each day as I would cross the Emmett Shelton Bridge in Austin to get to my home in Westlake, I would marvel at the depth of color and beauty of the leaves reflecting in lake. This particular year the leaves were more beautiful than I had ever seen before. One morning I grabbed my camera and dashed off to the area of the bridge and decided to shoot a few shots of the trees and lake. Everything came together that day and sometimes magic happens.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | January 25
Award Score: 60.5 (Value 11, Clarity 11.5, Composition 15, Style 11, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Nature Photography
Photograph Location: Lake Austin, Austin, Texas | The United States
Photographer: Henri Coleman (Austin, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada) Registered
Henri Coleman is a native Texan who grew up in the Fort Worth/Dallas area, attended Texas State University and graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics. Upon graduation, Henri moved to Austin, married and started a family. After raising three children and helping to build a family-owned business, she retired and started traveling. The first major trip abroad was a cruise that started in Monaco and ended in Barcelona. On the first day of touring, her Nikon camera was stolen and she had to rely on throw-away cameras for the remainder of the trip. Once Henri returned home and developed all the film, she fell in love with the story that the photos captured. Henri was hooked…an amateur photographer was born.
Using the photos that she had taken on her recent European trip, she created a blog “Henri Loves…,” started sharing photos on the blog and on Twitter. The following year Henri had the opportunity to go to Paris and fell hard for the city. She was able to return to Paris again that same year and Paris became “her special place.” The blog has been a work-in-progress with a tweak to the name, “Henri Loves Paris…” Additionally, she started a successful Facebook page, “Henri Loves Paris.” Henri has a faithful group of people who follow her page and she finds the interaction rewarding and fun.
After three years of travel in France and shooting photos with a point-and-shoot and iPhone, Henri finally graduated to a Nikon D5100. She is still in learning mode with the new camera, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves to do most…finding something of beauty or interest, pointing and shooting!