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Congratulations Tony Colangelo - PFRE Photographer of The Month for July

Published: 25/07/2016
By: larry

2016JulyTonyColangeloCongratulations to Tony Colangelo of Victoria, BC who the jury as voted PFRE Photographer of the month for July 2016. This is Tony's fourth PFRE photographer of the month win. Only Tony and Brandon Cooper are four-time winners. Also, it's worth noting that Tony's wins are over a period of four consecutive  years. He is the only one that has accomplished that. Thanks Tony for your long time participation!

Here are all the entries that the jurors awarded points to this month:

  1. Tony Colangelo
  2. Brian Doherty
  3. Ryan Wicks
  4. Matt Davis
  5. Alasdair Macintosh
  6. Celeb Vandermeer
  7. Matt Stallone
  8. Charles Lynch
  9. Barry MacKenzie
  10. Gary Kasl
  11. Aaron Kraft
  12. Dan Lopez Paniagua

Change in contest rules: I've decided to drop the all the contest rules on commenting and faving for the following reasons:

  1. It just takes too much time to explain it and enforce it.
  2. I think the rules on comments have had the effect of reducing discussion in the contest pool about the contest entries which is a negative.
  3. Jurors are capable of making good decisions without being influenced unduly by comments and faves.

So in future contests, comment, and fave all you want, anytime on the contest photos!

Here are Tony's comments on his winning photo:

A special ‘thank you’ to both the jurors and all the participants this month. It is a tremendous honour to win this POTM, because, in the 4+ years that I’ve participated in these contests, I’ve *never* seen such a wealth of outstanding images, from the first entry to the last! I personally counted several images that could’ve easily replaced mine as the winning shot. Well done to all!

I hope you’ll all indulge me for a moment, as I’d like to offer a very special thanks to all of my coaching clients. As much as I LOVE photography, the coaching has quietly become my favourite part of my business. It has allowed me to cultivate relationships and friendships – literally from all over the world! It’s also forced me to think through the “what & how” of my work, which has made me a better photographer.

And, of course, many thanks to Larry for his continued commitment to PFRE and our community. I’ve said it before, Larry, and I’ll say it again: Where would we all be without this incredible resource you’ve set up for us?! Thank you.

As for the image, I clearly lucked out in terms of the subject matter! This is a composite of two ambient frames (one for the interior, the other for the view) and one flash frame, with a strobe on a monopod extended to the middle of the room, at relatively low power, if I recall, just to get some detail in the floor. The shot was put through ACR, with much work done in PS for some pesky casts; colour correction after those channels were desaturated; removal of reflected elements on the shower glass; and slight sharpening through the ‘high-pass’ filter. The shot was then finished up with Nik, for some contrast and detail enhancements.

15 comments on “Congratulations Tony Colangelo - PFRE Photographer of The Month for July”

  1. Congratulations Tony. Another excellent job. I'm still watching and learning as you said I should. I would enthusiastically echo Canek's remarks and say that your coaching certainly contributed greatly to the improvement of my photographic skills as well.

  2. Many congrats Tony! I also thought there were several very strong images that could have won, but yours seems to have that little extra.

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