September 23rd, 2015
Congratulations to Travis Rowan of Maui, Hawaii who has won the September photographer of the month for September. Travis has won the PFRE video contest three times so he thought he’d try his hand at still photography. Travis is the second photographer/videographer that has won both the video contest and the still contest. Anders Carlson is the other winner in both contests. These guys in Hawaii do everything!
Here are the contestants that the jurors awarded points to this month:
- #16, Travis Rowan – Maui, Hawaii
- #24, Aaron Flores – Tempe, AZ
- #10, Scott Brasile – San Diego, CA
- #18, Robert Morning – Los Angeles, CA
- #22, Sam Chen – San Diego, CA
- #23, Anders Carlson – Kailua Kona, Hawaii
- #7, Tim Krueger – Costa Mesa, CA
- #2, Gary Kasl – San Marcos, CA
Don’t forget to check out the discussion in the contest Flickr group. There is a lot of good comments and critique. I’ve put the contestants names on all the entries in the Flickr group. Thanks for everyone’s participation in the contest.
Here are Travis’s comments:
Thanks very much. It’s great to be recognized. Thanks especially to Larry for creating this forum to showcase our work and learn from each other. I know it’s been incredibly helpful in improving my skills in both photography and video.
This home is absolutely amazing and is one of my favorites. This was the second opportunity I’ve had to photograph it in the past five years. Since the first time, it has been personalized by it’s current owner (Peter Lik) with many cool refinements like the entry zen garden. I’ve learned some new techniques in the past few years and this property was a great opportunity to put them to work.
For this shot, I used the “Mike Kelley” technique of light painting various parts of the image and then layering them in by hand in photoshop. I captured well over 40 frames. This image is the result of over 20 different layers all with some piece of it lit by a single handheld speedlight. I tried to mimic the direction of any expected light sources (sky, sconces and possible interior lights) but also wasn’t afraid to let it be less natural and more graphic like on the vertical stone spires. It’s not practical to shoot all properties in this way as it’s time-consuming both during the shoot and in post, but this one really inspired me to do something extra special.
Equipment: Nikon D800 + 24-70mm at 24mm.
Lumopro 180 speedlight
Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.