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Congratulations to Sebastian Erras November Photographer Of The Month

Published: 01/12/2014
By: larry

SebastianErrasNov2014Congratulations to Sebastian Erras, Amberg, Germany, who won the November contest with this image of a property in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. This is Sebastian's second win this year. He won this contest in May.

A bunch of great images this month as usual. If you haven't already, it's worth your while to browse the contest entrants and read the comments thanks to several of the  jurors.

Congratulations to all the entrants that the jury awarded points to: Here is the jury's voting results:

  1. 30 pts #12, Sebastian Erras, Amberg, Germany
  2. 14 pts #20, Jason Roehner, Tempe, Arizona
  3. 13 pts #25, Dan Ryan, New Jersey
  4. 7 pts #15, Barry Mackenzie, London, Ontario
  5. 6 pts #34, Travis Rowan, Maui, Hawaii
  6. 5 pts #23, Hamish Beeston, Bristol, UK
  7. 3 pts #1, David Sparks, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  8. 2 pts  #32, Robert Morning, Los Angeles, California

Here are Sebastian's comments on his winning photo:

Wow what a surprise! I really feel honoured to be the winner amongst all these amazing entries in this month’s competition.  So here are some more information regarding the making of the image:
The house is located at the Belgian coast and it’s the home of my grandparents. It’s really special to me cause this the place where I took my first interior images. It has been kind of my training ground, where I would go to test new stuff and practice new techniques. Lately, I have spent quite some time there taking pictures as I am preparing an article of the house for Interior magazines.
So here I used two different exposure (f11, 0.3s / f11, 1/8s) : one for the foreground and a second one for the much brighter room in the back. Afterwards, I manually blended the exposures together in Photoshop.
I am a big fan of shooting interiors only with the ambient light and I rarely switch on any additional lighting that is in the house to avoid a color cast and white balance issues. This was shot on an overcast afternoon, so the light was a bit more soft which helped a lot to balance the exposure better. On the far left the windows are covered by a light tissue to avoid next door neighbours peeking into the house. So basically these perform as big soft boxes.
For the composition I went with a classic one point perspective. I used the 24mm TS-E and shifted it slightly up to show more of the ceiling wood work.
Larry and the rest of the group, thanks a lot for all your support and giving me the opportunity to be part of this!

13 comments on “Congratulations to Sebastian Erras November Photographer Of The Month”

  1. Evening Larry,

    I can see the entries, but not the comments from the judges. Is there a trick?

  2. Nice blending.
    I like how you left some of the outside hill and far room floor "hot" when
    you could have photoshoped it in.
    Looks more realistic to me. My adult sons tell me their generation is getting
    tired of the over processed "photoshoped" & overdone HDR look.

  3. Sebastian, love the shot! And congrats on winning the contest ... that's *two* in 6 months!! Amazing 🙂

  4. Congratulations Sebastian! Love your photo! And congratulations to all the runner ups! I feel extremely fortunate to be part of this community!!

  5. Beautiful shot Sebastian : so natural in feel and also very confidently composed. I could see this gracing the pages of an Architectural Digest type editorial spread as well as high end real estate marketing material. If you are aiming to get your grandparents' home featured in interiors magazines, please email me via my site as I would be delighted to introduce you to my stock agency who specialise in interiors and are based… in Germany! Superb shot : thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

  6. Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments!
    Feeling very happy and honoured to have won this month's competition.

    @ Simon Thanks a lot. I am already represented by a paris-based agency specialised in interior images.
    AD might be aimed a bit high as the house lacks a bit of artwork and few more design pieces (which is what AD is looking for at the moment) but I am sure it will fit well into some other magazines.

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