Nature photographer wins honors at state fair

December 9, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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This photo by Newcastle’s Douglas Dietiker, titled ‘New Dawn,’ won the Judge’s Award at this year’s state photography exhibition at the Puyallup Fair.        By Douglas Dietiker

This photo by Newcastle’s Douglas Dietiker, titled ‘New Dawn,’ won the Judge’s Award at this year’s state photography exhibition at the Puyallup Fair. By Douglas Dietiker

 

Sunrise and sunset are Douglas Dietiker’s favorite times of day.

The Newcastle photographer usually has his camera ready to capture fascinating images while most people are either sleeping or eating dinner.

“Many people look to what man has created and see art and beauty,” he said. “In my eyes, man can’t even come close to creating the natural beauty that surrounds us. 

“It certainly humbles me every time. I’m hoping to capture a moment that I can show to people who were not there.”

This year, Dietiker entered four photographs in the state photography exhibition at the Puyallup Fair. Three of the four photos received recognition. 

“I felt it wasn’t too bad, considering I have only been taking pictures seriously for about two years,” he said.

Prior to taking up photography professionally, Dietiker worked as a regional manager for T-Mobile. He retired from the corporate world two years ago and started taking photos for his walls at home.

“I have also seen many places I might never have traveled to if it weren’t for my passion to find amazing shots,” he said. 

Dietiker’s work has been featured in Outdoor Photographer magazine and a tourism Web site for Mount Rainier.

Raised in Western Washington, he graduated from Juanita High School in Kirkland and lived in several Eastside communities before settling on Newcastle four years ago. His camera is a constant companion while he’s hiking, camping and traveling throughout the Northwest.

“I have always had a hard time describing the fantastic scenery in the Pacific Northwest,” he said. “My words never seemed to capture what my eyes were seeing. Once I discovered photography, I found a way to put my thoughts into a medium that can fully interpret my vision without me stumbling all over myself trying to get the words out.”

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