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Week 12 Winner


The winner of Week 12 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Kingsley Rodriguez. A great photo has more than meets the immediate eye. At first glance you notice the deer, but if you look closely you’ll see her offspring not too far behind. Kingsley has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating $100 to the Access Fund on his behalf. Learn more about Kingsley below:

Where was the image shot?
The photo was taken in the Swan Mountains in Western Montana.

How long have you been shooting?
Roughly two years, although my serious relationship with photography started just over a year ago. I picked up my sister's camera on a National Park road trip from Denver to Seattle and the rest is history.

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
Some of my best images come when I'm completely unprepared. I was eating breakfast and watching the snowfall when I saw the deer approaching the clearing. I hastily grabbed my camera and quietly ran outside without minding my settings, waited for her to bisect the trail, and clicked.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
I’m still relatively new to photography so I’ve only experimented with a Nikon D7100, Canon Rebel T3i and Canon 6D. I’m currently using the 6D and love the image quality, although hopefully in the future I can upgrade to a 5D Mark IV. Honestly just having a camera and being able to freeze moments of my life is mind-blowing enough!

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I love to shoot landscapes and subjects (historical structures, people, animals) in the natural environment. I'm lucky to live in Montana where there's an amazing image to capture just about everywhere you look.

What excites you about photography?
I’m attracted to photography because it is the canvas upon which I can show my perception of the human experience colliding with the rest of the universe. I’m capturing existence at a single moment, put into perspective through the mix of my emotional states, thought processes and undefined variables. To be able to share that with people is sharing yourself on a level that transcends communication.