Here’s your weekly photo dispatch with a list of December’s photo challenge winners…
I love the way each of the four photos here view the same subject with completely different eyes. That’s the creativity of photography at its finest.
Scroll down to see the winning pics…
Professional Photographer and Guest Editor, The Right Way to Travel
ALL THAT GLITTERS — WINNING ENTRIES
Last month’s photo challenge theme was “All That Glitters.” We saw everything from presents, snow, and tree baubles, to dew drops, candle lights, and fireworks. Jules Weisler, the first place winner from November, had the honor of choosing first place this month.
You’ll find it here, along with my picks for second and third place:
** First Place goes to Miley for “Johnstown Castle”
** Second Place goes to rwking01 for “Winter in Metuchen”
** Third Place goes to emilrock for “Automotive Winter”
** Honorable mention goes to quantumjedi for “Ornaments”
FIRST PLACE – JOHNSTOWN CASTLE
Here is what Jules, November’s winner, had to say about her pick of Johnstown Castle by Miley…
“This photo relates well to this month’s ‘All That Glitters’ theme because of the reflections. The reflection of the castle lends a good deal to the composition of the photograph, as do the tonality and colors in the foreground and the trees. The photographer also did a good job in setting up the composition of the shot. Congratulations!” — Jules Weisler, November’s First-Place Photo Challenge Winner
I agree, the composition is strong. Notice how the photographer didn’t cut out the top of the tree to the left of the shot, and included the stones at the bottom left.
But most importantly, the photographer placed the castle — clearly the main subject of the photo — over toward the top right third of the image. The image is bright and vibrant with exceptional color. Well done.
SECOND PLACE – WINTER IN METUCHEN
This is a nostalgic shot. Not only because it was shot on black and white film (as indicated by the photographer), but also because it conjures up the feeling of winters past.
There is a great tonal range on the image, with areas of white, shaded areas of gray, darker gray areas with detail remaining, and a few nearly black shadow areas.
The only thing that’s a slight issue for me is that the edge of the yard runs across the center of the image, sort of chopping the shot into two halves. Changing the perspective and using that line to lead to the subject would make this a more dynamic shot, but regardless, it’s a winner.
THIRD PLACE – AUTOMOTIVE WINTER
This photo of old cars in the snow is intriguing; you can almost feel the crunch under your feet and the chill in the air.
There’s an air of mystery to the story the photo tells. Where is it set? Where did the cars come from? When did the scene take place? If I were to wish for one thing in this shot, it would be that the horizon line were less centered, perhaps with less foreground and more of the crystallized trees. Regardless, I am drawn in by this shot.
HONORABLE MENTION – ORNAMENTS
This photo has a very nice shallow depth of field, good color, and nice composition, making it a good potential stock shot for the holiday season. Notice all the open area that could be used for copy space. It seems (according to the description) the photographer set it up “on the go” at a store display, and most likely used available light. Given that scenario, it’s a very well-executed shot.
ENTER TO WIN!
Remember, this month’s theme is “What’s Your Resolution?” Submit your photos by 8:00 a.m. EST, Monday, January 26. If you’re a first-time user, you’ll need to register first on the “register” link on the right side bar. Once you have a username and password, click “Enter to Win” to upload your photo. Only one photo per applicant will be considered.
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