November 23rd, 2015
Here are the contestants that the jurors awarded points to this month:
- #17 – Hamish Beeston -Bristol, UK
- #28 – Barry MacKenzie – London, Ontario
- #9 – Tim Krueger – Costa Mesa, California
- #6 – Alasdair Macintosh – York, UK
- #16 – Robert Morning – Los Angeles, California
- #4 – Abraham Seidler – Innsbruck, Austria
- #30 – Brandon Cooper – Fort McMurray, Alberta
- #3 – Rich Baum – Sacramento, California
- #8 – Michael Yearout – Breckenridge, Colorado
- #25 – Trace Tague – Tucson, Arizona
- #36 – Claudio Mollo – Rome, Italy
- #5 – Gary Kasl – San Marcos, California
- #23 – Franz Rabe – Pretoria, South Africa
Don’t forget to check out the comments in the PFRE Flickr contest group by jurors and others. There is a lot of good commentary on the photos this month.
Here are Hamish’s comments:
Many thanks for all your votes – I’m really chuffed to have won this month, especially when there were some fantastic images in the field.
A few notes re the shot.
Most of the hard work in this case was done for me – the property is an exquisitely-renovated mews house in London, with a fantastic level of finish. The walls and ceilings are polished plaster, which gives a lovely reflective shine from the in-set lighting. I also really liked all the horizontal / vertical lines in the space and the crazy staircase, so I was keen to capture an image that was quite geometric and stylized.
Technically, I shot a bracketed series and then fused just two (which were very close in exposure – 1 sec and 0.6 sec @ f11, ISO 100, AWB, 18mm on my trusty old Canon 5d) using the Exposure Fusion feature in Photomatix Pro. Looking back at the workflow now, I could probably have just worked from a single RAW file as the fused image looked a little unreal with its boosted shadows and I ended up crushing them back down in LR!
The main work then was to add a grad filter to the left hand side of the image to reduce the glare, remove the blue / purple daylight casts and straighten the whole thing up. This last bit I did initially in LR and then in Photoshop where I typically use the Perspective Crop tool to tweak out the corners until everything is bang on. And yes, I do get a bit obsessive… I also straighten pictures on other people’s walls!
Back in LR, I used the spot removal tool to remove two smoke alarms from the ceiling and dirt spots from the floor. Finally, I added a small amount of sharpening and noise reduction.