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Congratulations Ryan Wicks PFRE Photographer Of The Month Feb 2014

Published: 24/02/2014

This month the PFRE jury has chosen Ryan Wicks of East Sussex, England as the PFRE photographer of the month. To the right is Ryan's winning photo.

There was a big increase this month in commenting and favoriting the contest images. Thanks for everyone's participation. I think this level critical analysis and discussion is very educational for all involved. Here is the jury's voting results:

  1. Photo #6, Ryan Wicks, East Sussex, UK - 45
  2. Photo #2, Barry MacKenzie, London, ON -  34
  3. Photo #29, James Mackintosh, Whistler, BC - 25
  4. Photo #42, Travis Rowan, Maui, HI -14
  5. Photo #31, Sebastian Erras, Paris, FR - 7
  6. Photo #36, Adrian Jones, Cape Town, SA - 7
  7. Photo #5, Craig Capello, Boston, MA - 4
  8. Photo #3, Gary Quigg, Belfast, UK - 2
  9. Photo #41, Tim Furlong Jr, Louisville, KY - 2

I've put all the names and points awarded by the jury on the photos in the contest flickr group and those will stay there through the end of the month.

Here is Ryan's description of his winning photo:

This shot was captured at a relatively small yet tastefully presented house in the Park Estate of Nottingham, England. The Park is a private estate formed mostly of very-large Victorian houses, many of which have been knocked around into flats or as in this case split into a couple of houses. The house I was photographing was proud to have the attractive frontage of the original Victorian building with huge sash windows running along the front wall.
This is a single exposure with very little post work. The base exposure was 0.4s, f/7.1, ISO400. Camera was a Nikon D300s with a 10-24mm. There are 5 flashes in total which have been used to compliment the existing light coming in from the windows on the front wall.

The main flash in the living room is to camera right. Sat on top of the sofa, just out of shot it fires into the wall and floods back into the room. By bringing the bulk of the flash in from the same side as the windows this looks nice and natural. The second flash in this room is camera left, on the edge of the sofa, bounced into the wall. This was on a relatively low power and just allowed for a bit of fill. As you walk through the door you get to a set of stairs first, then a small hallway and then on to the kitchen. There was a flash in each of these spaces all bounced off surfaces to the right hand side. Again, to bring up the existing light coming in through the sash windows.

Larry Lohrman

10 comments on “Congratulations Ryan Wicks PFRE Photographer Of The Month Feb 2014”

  1. Congratulations! I finally guessed one right! Great light and composition won over some entries with a prettier view, and I'm happy the judges use sound logic in their votes.

  2. Very skillful use of the flashes Ryan, keeping your lighting in line with the natural direction. Beautiful image, congrats on the well-deserved win.

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