The PFRE jury has chosen Dan Ryan's twilight shot of a home in Madison, New Jersey as this month's winner. This was a difficult group to judge there were a record number of contestants (48) and there were a bunch of great twilight shots. Click here or on the photo to the right to view Dan's winning photo full size.
Here is the result of the voting:
About Dan's image: Dan's image is a composite of 35 shots shots each using a "flash on a stick" highlighting various parts of the home. Here is Dan's description:
Thank you so much for this honor. This house was shot in December in Madison, New Jersey. When I first was contacted about this shoot, there was talk of shooting it from a boat. I went through a brain storming session, looking at Google Maps trying to figure out the best angle to shoot the house from. When I got to the house I realized that google maps had a different house selected. So I started running around this pond trying to find the best angle.
Once I picked out the spot we set up the "light on a stick" and started doing test shots to make sure the pocket wizards were working correctly and waited for the sun to fall out of frame. I normally shoot tethered to a laptop for these, but due to the location and weather I left it at home. So I had my lovely girlfriend running around with the light on a stick with her cellphone on speaker as I guided her in where to point the flash on a stick next.
The post processing on this a bit complicated. About 35 layers masked in to create this image. The difficult part was matching the highlights with the reflection. I ended up cropping this to show off the house more because the landscaping to the left and right were all dead. I noticed after I submitted the image that I missed the wreath on the fireplace in the reflection. D'oh.
The PFRE website and Flickr group are two fantastic resources we as real estate photographers have at our disposal as wells as Scott's book and videos. The members in this community are always helpful and willing to answer questions. Thanks to everyone.