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Congratulations to Anastasia Alkema from Atlanta, GA--May 2019 Photographer of the Month! For the first time ever, the theme this month was detail shot and we had 37 entries from around the world. As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and to the jury who continue to volunteer their valuable time and thoughtful insights.
Please feel free to view and comment on any of this month's entries here.
Here is what Anastasia had to say about the win:
Thanks to the jurors for your time and input. So many images and so many of them of such good quality! I’m extremely happy and honored to be selected as a Photographer of the Month!
I’ve been reading the PFRE blog for five or so years and it has greatly impacted my life. It helped me improve my photography and business skills. Through the PFRE blog, I learned about many great photographers who inspired me to keep working on my skills. I’d like to say big thanks to Larry Lohrman, Brandon Cooper, and Tony Colangelo for your dedication and hard work on the PFRE blog. A special thank you to Tony Colangelo who shared with me a few secrets about composition, lighting, and post production that brought my work to the next level. Big thanks to Tony Roslund and Barry MacKenzie for their inspiring and fun workshop!
This image was created for a talented designer, Radhika Vydianathan (KCI Design). I used my Nikon D300 and Nikkor 10-24 lens. I zoomed all the way to 24mm and took several flash and ambient frames. I ended up using one flash and one ambient and blended them in Photoshop. I cloned out light switches, removed some of the wrinkles on the pillows, and straightened verticals. I made some finishing touches in Nik Viveza. I also cropped out a window frame on the left. To strengthen composition, I decided to change the ratio from 2:3 to 4:5.
Thanks to PFRE for holding this contest and being such a great place to learn, to share ideas, and to meet great people!