November 30th, 2014
Congratulations to Sebastian Erras, Amberg, Germany, who won the November contest with this image of a property in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. This is Sebastian’s second win this year. He won this contest in May.
A bunch of great images this month as usual. If you haven’t already, it’s worth your while to browse the contest entrants and read the comments thanks to several of the jurors.
Congratulations to all the entrants that the jury awarded points to: Here is the jury’s voting results:
- 30 pts #12, Sebastian Erras, Amberg, Germany
- 14 pts #20, Jason Roehner, Tempe, Arizona
- 13 pts #25, Dan Ryan, New Jersey
- 7 pts #15, Barry Mackenzie, London, Ontario
- 6 pts #34, Travis Rowan, Maui, Hawaii
- 5 pts #23, Hamish Beeston, Bristol, UK
- 3 pts #1, David Sparks, Grand Rapids, Michigan
- 2 pts #32, Robert Morning, Los Angeles, California
Here are Sebastian’s comments on his winning photo:
Wow what a surprise! I really feel honoured to be the winner amongst all these amazing entries in this month’s competition. So here are some more information regarding the making of the image:The house is located at the Belgian coast and it’s the home of my grandparents. It’s really special to me cause this the place where I took my first interior images. It has been kind of my training ground, where I would go to test new stuff and practice new techniques. Lately, I have spent quite some time there taking pictures as I am preparing an article of the house for Interior magazines.So here I used two different exposure (f11, 0.3s / f11, 1/8s) : one for the foreground and a second one for the much brighter room in the back. Afterwards, I manually blended the exposures together in Photoshop.I am a big fan of shooting interiors only with the ambient light and I rarely switch on any additional lighting that is in the house to avoid a color cast and white balance issues. This was shot on an overcast afternoon, so the light was a bit more soft which helped a lot to balance the exposure better. On the far left the windows are covered by a light tissue to avoid next door neighbours peeking into the house. So basically these perform as big soft boxes.For the composition I went with a classic one point perspective. I used the 24mm TS-E and shifted it slightly up to show more of the ceiling wood work.Larry and the rest of the group, thanks a lot for all your support and giving me the opportunity to be part of this!