Challenge #314 - Street Lanterns
It seems that there are no exceptions: the judge has a tough time choosing the winners in the G-series challenges.
After several approaches that yield five images in a tie, I weighted subjectively the intrinsic quality of each image and the composition, gave some preference to the lanterns in outdoor locations, imagined an added value to the light if they were lit, evaluated how the picture captures the shape of the lanterns, etc. I had to add some points for dramatic post processing and finally arrived to the difficult decision.
A comment, as they were posted:
- teekay – G3 – Shuzenji Sculpture, Canadian Shack
The combination of snow and the stone texture is great. The way the snow left the legs uncovered is intriguing for me, a citizen of ever warm lands. The B&W conversion is very well done. A bit of blur in the shack and background trees would be of help, but we know that that is the difficult part of the powershots. Beautiful sculpture/lantern, beautiful picture.
- marie – Pro1 – Celebrating Chinese New Year
I love that paper lanterns! Your picture has the exact exposure to show it at its best. The paper texture and the painted dragons are superb, the White Balance helped to show the warm light it delivers. Very, very nice!
- pehabe – G3 – Stepstone
The Arch of Titus (Yes, I read the inscription for a while ) is obviously the main subject here. Nevertheless, the light from the lanterns fill the image and is the direct responsible for the beautiful texture of the street (Via Sacra?) stones. It certainly counts as a good street lanterns example.
- Kshootit – G12 – Star of Light
I needed some help to find a sort of lampshade and a bright light bulb after inverting the image in Photoshop. The idea is interesting, the color and the texture are great. I think that the circle of the 'black object' resembles a hard mask build in post processing. The hard borders disappear in the inverted image. If I am wrong reading your picture, please let us know your work flow.
- afkenner – G12 – Lanternus Botanica
A nice composition for the 'Lanternus Botanica' . The exposition was precisely achieved to show the translucent glass and the inner lamp. The shape of the lantern and the pole play a significant role in the character of the picture.
- Kevan_G9 – G9 – the palm coast
Another group of lanterns with character. They evoke the look of the street lights just after the replacement of the gas lanterns by electric bulbs.
I like the framing whit the foreground and background palm trees. Still in Florida?
- JimAskew – G11 – Chinese Lanterns in the Year of the Rabbit
That is a colorful array of Chinese lanterns. The red and yellow/gold lanterns and the associated ornaments make a good decoration. The only drawback is the unavoidable complex background. Nice picture though.
- pwdieter – G12 – end of the pier
The sky, the far land and the sea with barely noticeable differences on the deep blue provide good background for the lanterns, the massive dark ship with its lights adds contrast.
In spite that I asked for 'just a few' lamps, it would be great to see a couple more of them to see also more of the pier. Nice shot.
- 1st - teekay – G3 – Shuzenji Sculpture, Canadian Shack
- 2nd - Kevan_G9 – G9 – the palm coast
- 3rd - pehabe – G3 – Stepstone
teekay the work of thinking a theme for the next challenge #315 (the second of the seventh year of these challenges) is yours.
Congratulations and good luck!
Description of the theme:
Show me street or garden lanterns in detail, their charming forms or the intimate light they can deliver.
One lantern or a small cluster of them are preferred, but feel free to choose what you think fulfill better this general description.
I'm not looking for a large avenue with its massive poles and lighting fixtures.
Good luck and happy shooting.
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