2011 photo contest winners
Mesmerized by mayflies | 3rd place - Life at the cottage
Every year on Skaneateles Lake, NY, the brown drake hatch attracts countless anglers, as fish rise to the lake’s surface to feed on mayflies. Trent Pfau’s three-year-old son, Declan, was “pretty concerned” about the bugs at first, but by the time Trent took this photo, Declan had realized they were harmless.
To say a swarm of bugs looks beautiful sounds bizarre, but here, it’s true. A photo doesn’t have to have brilliant colours to captivate. The monochromatic palette gives this shot a more intimate mood. In colour, the tube off to the side may have been distracting, but black and white can tame elements that would be visually intrusive.