Words and Images from Ed Felker

First Place Dog

It was early morning when I arrived with Winnie, my Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, to a nearby neighbor’s property for some field training. With a whistle around my neck and a long check cord to deal with, I didn’t want to deal with a full sized camera. But I had my little point-and-shoot with me just in case.

She had just jumped out of the vehicle when this magical scene of mist, light and dew unfolded around her. I grabbed the camera and quickly took this photo, moved a little closer and took one more, then the camera shut off, battery dead. I only had a few seconds to curse my bad luck before the sun came up another fraction of a degree and the moment of light became ordinary again.

It is one of my very favorite pictures of my very favorite dog, and I am incredibly honored that it won first place in Virginia Wildlife Magazine‘s photo contest, under the category “A Dog’s Life.”

I have taken countless photographs over the years, and it’s very special to win a prize with this one, taken with a pocket camera, on a day when I only clicked the shutter twice. Proof that sometimes, maybe even most of the time, photography is about being at the right place at the right time, and recognizing it when you’re there. And, as the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you.

I am also very proud to announce another prize in the same issue of Virginia Wildlife. This photo of mine, taken alongside the Rapidan River in Virginia’s Madison County, received an Honorable Mention in the Landscape category.


12 responses

  1. Sissy Quill

    Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla. < New for me. Lovely Winnie. And Congrats!

    March 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm

  2. So talented you are Ed! Keep it coming, please.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  3. Great photos! Congratulations. And I LOVE your dog 🙂 Debra

    March 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm

  4. Congrats! [I totally agree with you about the best camera being the one you have with you!] Excellent shots, Ed!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:01 am

  5. Congratulations on your awards! I have to agree with you about the moment. Some of my most memorable shots were those that happened when I least expected them. Being there and “seeing” the moment is so special and a testament to your talent!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

  6. Wonderful news! And … I had to comment since your dog is the same name of my 16mo daughter. How can you not be happy with a name like Winnie?

    March 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  7. Vizsla? There’s another Vizsla? My velcro boy wants a look.


    Winnie is very pretty – I haven’t seen a wire haired Vizsla for a while. Congratulations on the picture being printed!


    March 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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