by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
An aerial photo of the city taken via remote control by Joel Feld was chosen as the winner of the first Elk River Chamber of Commerce photography contest.
The Chamber decided to host the contest this year with the stipulation that the photographers shoot local scenes. Nine photos chosen as finalists are on display at Elk River Area Arts Alliance.
“We wanted a fresh perspective on Elk River that we at the Chamber would not normally see,” said Karen Barta of the Chamber, “while at the same time giving area photographers, whether professional or amateur, a chance for some exposure.”
Thirteen shutterbugs entered, ranging from age 12 to retirees, with a total of 62 photos, of which the judges liked Feld’s best.
Feld didn’t need an airplane for this photo as one might assume. He used his “quad copter,” a drone-like device, operated by remote control connected to his iPhone which gives him a view of what’s in the lens.
“I didn’t have to go really high for this shot, only about 150 to 175 feet, I’d guess,” said Feld, who took the photo in late July.
Adding to the image’s intrigue is the illusion of curvature of the earth.
“That’s actually caused by the lens,” he said. “I could fix that but I didn’t because I thought the curvature looked neat.”
Feld works for District 728 in the technology department, fixing and setting up computers, and teaches technology classes through community education.
He also owns a videography business, Up Stage Studios, filming weddings, rock concerts, and other events for customers. That’s what he bought the quad copter for.
Second place went to Ron Hustvedt of Elk River for his wintery view of the Handke Pit as it was being prepped for Hockey Day Minnesota.
Katie Shatusky snagged third place, her subject being an Elk statue with Main Street in the background.
These photos, along with entrees by Natalie Wendt, Bill Harner, Jordan Mathewson, Megan and Gillian Greenberg, David Bakken, Jennifer Wagner and Kennedy Thomas, are on display at the Arts Alliance gallery, 609 Main Street, from Aug. 13 through Sept. 6.
Also on display is the Arts Alliance’s own photo exhibit. The Star News will have more on that next week.