Congratulations to Sebastian Erras, Amberg, Germany, who captured the jurors attention with this image at the Bay of Saint-Tropez, France.
There is a lot to be learned this month by looking through the contest entries and reading the discussion on the entrants photos. There was more discussion this month than there has been in the past. Studying these entrants images and the discussion about each image in the contest flickr group is a great way to learn about composition! These are top interior photographers discussing a great bunch of images.
Here is the jury's voting results:
Here are Sebastian's comments on his winning photo:
Wow, what an honor to be selected as winner for this month's competition!
I shot this property for one of my clients who is specialized in short-term vacation rental. The house is located at the bay of Saint-Tropez at the Cote d'Azur in France. From the terrace you have an amazing view over the bay and on Saint-Tropez. So my challenge was to show this with my pictures.
I chose a bit tighter composition to give just a glimpse of the interior and focus more on the outside space and of course the view. I had to pick a bit higher perspective than I would usually do to show the sea and Saint-Tropez on the other side of the bay.
Exposure was the most difficult part of this shot. There are 3 different exposure zones (interior,terrace,exterior view), so I opted for 3 different exposures which I then manually blended in PS. I shot this with only the ambient light and no additional fill flash as I didn't wanted to ruin the natural feel of this shot.
In the end I should have changed some minor details as taking out the picture frames but sometimes when you have to shot things in a very tight deadline you oversee things.
I'm really happy that my image got selected and that so many people looked and commented on it. So thanks Larry for this opportunity and I'll try participate in the upcoming competitions as well.
I've put the names of all the entrants on their images in the contest flickr group. Thanks for everyone's participation!