June 23rd, 2014
Congratulations to Tony Colangelo, Victoria BC, who won this months close still image contest. This is Tony’s second win. He won this contest back in August of 2013.
A lot of great images this month! The competition is getting very keen in this contest. This month the voting was much closer than it’s been for a long while.
Here is the jury’s voting results:
- 28 points, #20, Tony Colangelo, Victoria, BC.
- 20 points, #6, Sebastian Erras, Amberg, Germany.
- 15 points, #11, Barry MacKenzie – London, ON.
- 9 points, #10, Andrew Mott – Calgary, AB.
- 9 points, #5, Sean Elliott – York, UK.
- 6 points, #9, Gill Couto – Carefree, AZ.
- 6 points, #16, Alasdair McIntosh – York, UK.
- 6 points, #12, Anders Carlson, Kailua Kona, HI.
- 3 points, #2, Nicholas Marshall, Los Angeles, CA.
- 3 points, #7, Adrian Jones, Cape Town, South Africa.
- 3 points, #21, Ryan Wicks, East Sussex, UK.
- 2 points, #3 Adam Taylor – Long Beach, CA.
Here are Tony’s comments:
I must confess to being terribly surprised (and humbled!) by winning the POTM contest this month! The photo was from a practice-shoot, as I’ve been working on a couple things lately. The first is Scott Hargis’s technique of adding a straw gel to a flash that’s intended to light a stairwell. The other was rooted in my desire to improve the directionality of my lighting. Indeed, there are a number of photographers within our community whose lighting inspires me and makes me want to get better at controlling/managing light — namely Kate Benjamin, Julie Mannell, Jason Roehner and, in particular, Barry McKenzie (to name a few!) In any case, thanks to all for the ongoing support and camaraderie! I’m so appreciative!
As for the photo, it’s a blending of an ambient frame, as the base, and three flash frames: one for the stairwell, using the straw gel; another for a pop of flash bounced into the blinds at the far right of the image (to add some directionality/shadowing to the orange chair); and a final pop using a speedlite with a snoot attached, on a monopod, positioned over the corner of the bookcase by the DR table. All images hand-blended in PS, and finished-up with a couple of Nik Software plug-ins, for a bit of contrast/detail enhancement, as well as adding a smidgen of warmth to the entire space.
I have put all the names on the contest entries in the contest flickr group. Thanks for everyones participation!