Congratulations to Tony Colangelo, Victoria BC, who won this months close still image contest. This is Tony's second win. He won this contest back in August of 2013.
A lot of great images this month! The competition is getting very keen in this contest. This month the voting was much closer than it's been for a long while.
Here is the jury's voting results:
Here are Tony's comments:
I must confess to being terribly surprised (and humbled!) by winning the POTM contest this month! The photo was from a practice-shoot, as I’ve been working on a couple things lately. The first is Scott Hargis’s technique of adding a straw gel to a flash that’s intended to light a stairwell. The other was rooted in my desire to improve the directionality of my lighting. Indeed, there are a number of photographers within our community whose lighting inspires me and makes me want to get better at controlling/managing light -- namely Kate Benjamin, Julie Mannell, Jason Roehner and, in particular, Barry McKenzie (to name a few!) In any case, thanks to all for the ongoing support and camaraderie! I’m so appreciative!
As for the photo, it’s a blending of an ambient frame, as the base, and three flash frames: one for the stairwell, using the straw gel; another for a pop of flash bounced into the blinds at the far right of the image (to add some directionality/shadowing to the orange chair); and a final pop using a speedlite with a snoot attached, on a monopod, positioned over the corner of the bookcase by the DR table. All images hand-blended in PS, and finished-up with a couple of Nik Software plug-ins, for a bit of contrast/detail enhancement, as well as adding a smidgen of warmth to the entire space.
I have put all the names on the contest entries in the contest flickr group. Thanks for everyones participation!