Congratulations to James Governali, Long Island, NY. The PFRE jury has voted James the PFRE photographer for October. James's winning photograph is on the right. Click on it to view a full size image.
There were several close contestants, and the voting was very close. I've not heard back from James yet. I'll be adding his comments to this post later.
Here are the voting results:
Here are James's comments:
I have the pleasure of working on Long Island, NY where we have so many homes in such a small geographical area. If you travel 15 miles north or south you will be sitting on one of our beautiful beaches, and 30 minutes east of me are the world renowned Hamptons. Because of this unique landscape I felt I needed to acquire a mast to capture the beauty surrounding these amazing homes. After lots of research and many people saying don’t do it, I decided “go big or go home” and I bought a 58 foot pneumatic mast. This particular shot was taken in Center Moriches, NY and was taken with the mast fully extended. Interestingly, this home wasn’t the home that I was scheduled to shoot. I was shooting the home next door. After I snapped the shot of the schedule home I could see that I was getting a great view to the southeast so I spun the camera and snapped this shot. I knew it was something special when I captured it. This shot made me realize that backing away from homes and getting them from a distance at full height gives me a beautiful perspective. My clients love these shots, and they love seeing the reaction from their homeowners as I shoot them and provide a live view on my laptop. The mast has been a wonderful addition to my business and has given me another advantage over my competitors. Thank you to the judges, I am thrilled.
Thanks for everyone's participation. I've put the entrant names and points on all the photos in the pool. Please feel free to comment on all the images.