Congratulations again to Brandon Cooper of Fort McMurray, Alberta who has won again this month. Brandon is on a roll!
Here are the contestants that the jurors awarded points to this month:
This month I got some feedback from a reader expressing concern that comments by jurors on the contestants images during the period the jurors are voting must surely affect other jurors opinions and in turn, the way they vote. This feeling is understandable particularly to someone not familiar with the history and background of this contest. Perhaps that is partially true. In response to this concern I want to restate the following:
Here are Brandon's comments:
I'm absolutely thrilled to have won the March POTM contest. I can't say enough about how much I appreciate the PFRE blog and everyone who contributes to it on a daily basis. There were a ton of great entries again this month so it just goes to show how much everyone is learning and improving on a monthly basis. This is an exciting time to be a part of PFRE as the group continues to grow and gain momentum every day. Thanks again to Larry for everything you do.
I used to think that an all white room should be easy to handle but that theory went out the window on this particular shoot. It was fairly easy to get enough light into the rooms but once I got the exposure where I wanted it I realized that now everything looked totally flat. The drop down ceiling into the sunroom on the right didn't help the situation either.
Here's what I ended up doing...
As usual I started with a round of ambient shots and I settled on one that I felt gave me the best ceiling exposure. Once I had a good ceiling exposure I stopped down to make sure I had some detail in the blinds and then started adding light. I had a STU in the middle of the sunroom shooting almost directly into the kitchen, I also had a ceiling bounce in the bottom right corner of that room closest to the camera. I added two ceiling bounces in the foreground, one camera right and one camera left at low power to try and get some detail in the floor behind the island. Once the main kitchen area was taken care of I stood a flash on the counter in the window well of the butlers pantry and another on super low power on the left side of the pantry to help fill in the coat hooks and fridge. In total it took six lights to get the flash frame I was looking for.
Once I had all the rooms relatively well lit I took the single flashed frame into PS and blended it with 2-3 ambient frames to try and get a natural feel and make sure the direction of light made sense. I then took it back into LR for some dodging, burning, WB, contrast, white/black adjustment, clarity and sharpening.
This was a great learning experience for me and I'm so pleased that the judges recognized all the hard work that went into this image.
Thanks again everyone!