April 27th, 2014
A bunch of great images this month. Congratulations to Barry MacKenzie capturing the jurors attention and winning by a significant margin. Here is the jury’s voting results:
- 48 pts #25, Barry MacKenzie, London, ON
- 20 pts #41, Alasdair Mcintosh, York, UK
- 10 pts #49, Robert Ekins, Sydney, AU
- 9 pts #30, Dean Hales, Melbourne, AU
- 8 pts #27, Andrew Mott, Victoria, BC
- 7 pts #2, Stefan Randholm, Marbella, ES
- 5 pts #5, Simon Draper, Inverleigh, AU
- 4 pts #20, Jim Bolen, Boise, ID
- 3 pts #13, Kerry Bern, Ames, IA
- 2 pts #32, Hiep Nguyen, Honolulu, HI
- 2 pts #34, Ryan Wicks, East Sussex, UK
- 2 pts #38, Tony Colangelo, Victoria, BC
Barry is a real success story, I talked to him several times back in Sept of 2011 when he was just starting out in real estate photography. He’s come a long ways and is now doing some really fine work!
Here is Barry’s description of his winning image:
First, I’d like to give a big thanks to all the jurors that tossed some votes my way – I’m pretty pumped that my photo was selected as the winner this month!
This master bedroom was shot using a Canon 5DMKII and the EF 17-40mm f/4L. After the shot was composed it was relatively straightforward to light. That being said, it was definitely a challenge to pull detail from the dark floors and dark furniture without clipping shadows or adding any visible noise or banding to the image.
The first flash was placed in the bathroom around the corner to the left. It was bounced into the wall, ceiling joint at ¼ power. The lighting in the bedroom consisted of a flash camera left at ½ power and a flash bounced high camera right also at ½ power. Once I established the proper exposure for the room I shot several extra frames bouncing light off the walls and ceiling at full power to bring up the detail in the wood. I used these extra frames to mask in portions that were underexposed in the main photo – there were a total of five separate shots used to create the final composite. To finish the image I added a slight vignette to focus the viewer’s attention towards the center of the frame. I also did some basic cloning and retouching and local adjustments using layer masks.
Again, I think there’s a lot to be learned by going over the entries and the comments that people have made on the entries. Thanks for everyone’s participation!