This was very difficult for me to judge. There were so many entries that interpreted the topic so differently. Some were straight forward; other a little more abstract. Some I was able to judge the first time around; some took a second or third look. I certainly hope noone was disappointed by the limit of photoshopping; I wanted to make you to utilize your photographic skills more than your computer skills, and I was very impressed by these results. Great job by everyone, and thanks for making my job so difficult:p. I will post what I liked about the pic and some sort of constructive criticism.
(listed alphabetically by screen name)
3dart-beautiful shot of a light against the dark water (is it even legal?:confused. I love how the light cast on the ground kind of frames the photo and brings focus to the image. I would have liked to see this sort of 'active' light in a different setting however.
abat-sweet tropical sunrise shot. its so clear. there's just something about it that makes me want to drink a margarita. However, there seems to be something missing from this pic, like it was cropped.
alexandre gabriel-AAAAAAAA! very cool portrait. the overexposed eye juxtaposed against the rest of the face really gave me the impression of something sinister (dont take it the wrong way :lol. and the fact that the eye is looking right into the camera helps. the only suggestion i'd make is to try different settings/light sources/angles.
am_pitbull_terrier- great portrait shot. great exposure, settings, focus. I dont know how you got them to sit so still, but I love seeing very large dogs next to teeny ones. something about it just cracks me up. I also like how they're looking at everything except the camera, which almost gives it a candid quality. The only thing i would suggest is to either show more of the dogs (ie legs) or even less (showing more of the bigger one and maybe only the head portion of the little one would make my day).
barts-beautiful mountain. and i love how you chose to have a more yellow light source rather than the typical white lighting that i usually see with these kinds of shots. the shot does seem a little cropped, maybe a little too much in my opinion.
boutty-very nice shot. i got the impression of a rainy old west setting (which is probably what it is). very dramatic shot. your use of purple/blue instead of a direct b&w really accentuated the feeling of rain/gloom. I wouldnt have minded another angle, maybe focusing more on the cowboys.
Ciderspy- another AAAAAA! it looks very candid, like something a victim in a horror film would see. very 'blair witch' look to it. I actually like the focus on it (or the lack of). I'd like to see more content to it, to make it more interesting.
digidog-for some reason, this photo reminded me of jurassic park. maybe i expected a dinosaur to come out and start eating it. the shot itself seems much too tight. i'd like to see more of the surroundings, which could help bring more focus on the ferns.
kcjewel-thats a cool kite, and i like how it looks like everything else is over/under exposed except for the colors on the kite. having said that, from the perspective of it being a portrait, the foreground is underexposed and the background is over. I dont know if that was intentional or not, but thats just my take on it.
marie- very nice shot. i like how you made a literal interpretation of it. the shot itself is very nicely comp'. the one thing i didnt really care for was the b&w on the last candle. i see how it looks like the candles are progressively losing saturation, but for some reason it didnt seem to fit in.
maybe if it was out and trailing smoke...
megatrixel- really cool shot here. reminds me of sin city. subject could be alittle more interesting (sorry, but they're just sitting there)
monkey_wrench- i remember this photo from before. great angle, great subject. that blue sky kind of bothers me though.
mr. twister- beautiful city. the angle could be different, it seems to lack any sort of subject to focus on. the sky is also overexposed (though it could be beneficial if used right)
partridge9- at first glance, i thought it was just a generic shot of clouds. then i took a closer look at it and saw that it was really something else. its almost abstract in a way. the shades of gray/white with the little blue in the center could pass as a painting.
pcguy- heehee, a second cloud photo. i like the different kinds of clouds, from the light fluffy ones to the dark brooding one on top. but in terms of subject, it didnt really draw my attention.
RAW- nice shot, but i really dont see too much of anything to focus on. maybe the inclusion/exclusion of content or angle (crop?) would make it different.
txfirebug-beautiful subject, but definitely out of focus. it that was intentional to make it look somewhat abstract, i'd suggest a longer exposure at a lower aperture to make it more blurry.
now the winners (drumroll)
3rd- bottombracket (emergence)- once again, you've shown a really good photo. i love the framing by the arch, the black/white of the background and the only color coming from the gates (hmm, i wonder where this is located?). dont know if that silouhette helped. overall an amazing shot.
3rd (tie)-teekay (antique lightbulb)- such a great shot. i just love this. i love how you can barely see the glass. just amazing.
2nd- cyclone (split personality)- i guess im a sucker for cute babies. the colors, lighting, composition, everything is perfect. there's definitely a portrait/professional look to this, which is why i love it.
1st- IainB (
Congratulations everyone, next challenge is yours, iainb