February 28th, 2012
I now have all of the names of the eight finalists in the voting and to total jury points that they received posted in the Photographer of The Month flickr group.
Juror comments about Nick’s photo
- I ruled out any image with distracting strobe wash or shadow.
- Further cutting the photos with blending mud (HDR mid-tone smudge) left only a few clean candidates.
- I selected #7 as an example of “Just enough” of the space, without ultra-wide distortion or lighting that missed completely.
Thanks to all the jurors for putting up with two rounds of voting this month. Next month we can get a winner in one round of voting so the names and results can be left up in the flickr group for a longer period of time.
Strong Second Place Finisher
Chad Jackson’s entry came in second and made a very strong showing with the jurors.
Maybe interesting to know for other PFRE readers and RE photographers is the fact that I posted this photo to the Flickr-forum on Sep 26, 2011. And with the help/critique of the other RE photographers, I did a re-edit and posted this on Sep 27 of 2011. This was my very first step in watching out with my HDR-processing, especially looking for halo’s and whites that turned grey, … But for the contested I started from scratch again, keeping in mind the comments that I have received over the past months and the skills that I have acquired since then. In short this meant:
– redoing the tone mapping (3 exposures: -2, 0, +2),
– “turning on” 3 of the 6 visible ceiling lights ,
– “turning on” the reflection of the ceiling lights,
– “turning on” the left lamp,
– Manually pulling one of the exposure’s outside view
– Cleaning up the parasol mast used to be green instead of brown,
– Spot removal of sofa’s
It took around 3-4 hours to re-edit this photo, and another small edits the following days, before I dared to enter it in the contest. And the work payed off 😀
By the way, Jan Van der Heyden’s comment on my re-edit back in sep 2011, also gave me a huge boost to continue learning and to process this photo as best as I possible can for this contest.
So again it comes down to absorbing all the critique that you get and doing something with it, be it changing the way you shoot, the way you process, or the way you present it. The critique given to me has made me the photographer that I am today, and I hope the future critique will help me step up another level.