Congratulations to Gary Kasl from Carlsbad, CA; November 2018 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was "open" photographers could submit any real estate photo they choose. This is Gary's third POTM win, he also won March 2017 and November 2017. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the jurors who took time out of their busy schedules to contribute their votes and thoughtful commentary.
Please feel free to view and comment on any of this month's entries here.
Here is what Gary had to say about the win:
Thanks to the judges and to everyone for all the great feedback!
I knew the second I saw the image on my iPad that it was going to be special. I had been waiting for a staircase like this for years and when I finally had it in front of me was kind of stumped. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to capture the scene. I usually use lots of supplemental lighting for these kinds of properties but I ended up going with a single flash pop at the bottom of the stairs to pull the eye through and blended that with a proper ambient exposure. With some color tweaks and my final contrast and sharpening, that was it. Overall, it was pretty simple and probably the easiest of the set but it was my favorite by far.
This is also my favorite theme of the year so I’m super stoked to have won for the second time in a row!
Thanks to PFRE for holding this contest and being such an awesome place for us all to come together. I really enjoy this community!