Thank you to all of you who participated in the Bay Meadows 2016 Photo Contest and tagged #baymeadowslife, sharing the very best of life on the Peninsula and continuing to elevate our hometown of San Mateo visually on the map. Finalists rallied and we were amazed how you all rocked the voting process. The results are in and a great, big congratulations to Christel @kisstel143 is in order! A magical image along North Ridge Trail in San Mateo County was the (overwhelmingly popular) 2016 Winner with an amazing 489 votes, 75 shares and 22 comments as of midnight Jan 15th.
We caught up with Christel to get the story behind the popular photo and asked her for a few lifestyle and photography tips too. Read the interview:
Describe your experience along North Ridge Trail:
Magical! For us including the kids. The amazing redwoods, watching the fog rolling in against the sunset, and the breathtaking views. We also spot a lot of deer, bunnies, banana slugs, newts, birds, berries, and lots more.
What made you stop to capture this particular photo?
The kids love to slide in this specific spot. They heard a bird singing and were trying to find it. Haha! But I do want to capture and promote family adventures, enjoying nature and taking a break from technology once in a while.
Name three of your favorite San Mateo County Park spots:
Ahhhh!!! There’s so many!!! But definitely, Purisima Creek (where this trail is from), Edgewood, Coyote Point and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve will have to take third place together because our family loves the water too!
Any favorite filters you use?
Anything bright or vintage.
Secret Photo Tip?
Play with lights. Best light is early morning or near sunset. Candid shots are my favorite!
Additional photos that proved popular included this colorful and symmetrical photo by @shannonbadiee (135 votes!), which has an interesting story, as one voter pointed out.
Share the best of your Peninsula lifestyle with us @baymeadowslife. As we develop community, we want to see how you live or play at Bay Meadows and beyond. Share your fun San Mateo County lifestyle photos with our community by using #baymeadowslife and check out our Twitter and Instagram profiles to stay updated on everything #baymeadowslife related. See how this blended lifestyle of a little bit urban and a little bit suburbs gives you the very best of Midurban living. For easier event, photo, and building updates, make sure to follow our Facebook page.