So this month I have tried the "Nature" category,
"Nature: images of untamed animals and uncultivated plants in their natural habitat. (CAPA rules and ethics apply!) Evidence of man, manipulation of the environment in any part of the image and human elements must not be present, except on the rare occasion where those human elements are part of the nature story; e.g. for birds – sitting on a thin wire or the top of a post. However, if at all possible, these must be avoided. The presence of scientific bands or collars on wild animals is acceptable where it adds to the story, but should be minimal and avoided. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in all nature photographs."
Not easy to fully abide by these rules. I assume I have!!
|Frozen and leaning|
Well... clearly I screwed up. By sending my image to the incorrect email address means that my image didn't get dealt with, So it will have to wait until next month.... dang it. Nature has waited long enough.. it can wait another month.
Secondly, I chose a film Image so as to mix it up, as I like to. Film images are only allowed the necessary adjustments as done by the photolab itself, no photoshopping allowed, which suits me just fine! Also as the film category has no restrictions as to subject matter, just has to be a film image!! I like that.
Shot with the Nikon F5 and the 70-200 2.8VR and with some of my favourite Kodak Ektar 100, it was after a walk to school in the morning with the kids, The sun was falling nicely onto the neighbours hedge. I thought the colours were pleasing the the composition not bad either. It has some nice elements to it I felt! Like I have mentioned over and over, I am entering images that I like.
|Winter Warmth, Score 7|
Actually I wasn't too impressed with this judge, I feel like they need to be more open minded. I realize all photographers have their own preference in pictures they want to look at but as a judge you have to look at all the images, she clearly favoured Macro work and couldn't quite grasp some of the sweet slow shutter work people had put in, she completely looked past my favourite shot of the night which was a slow shutter water shot with a big rock in the shot. It was well thought out and perfectly executed.Not something I have done and achieved a reasonable result but that person must have spent the time and nailed it. She seemed to hung up on over-exposure but when its intentional you have to go with it and I am not going to go into her "it looks soft" when it clearly wasn't. Also she ended to many critiques with "ummm", "hmm" and "well", and that was just her opinion.
The last image is the Assigned category for March "A Collection". I actually prefer these as you have a certain direction to go in and not just grabbing any image. I have used a novel image I shot during my last trip to Seattle, which you may have seen on a previous post.
Its a collection of Gum... shot with the Sigma DP1s, didn't really expect it to score well! I assumed it might get a bit of a laugh, which it did.Sweet or nasty... depends on your point of view.
|Gum! Cheaper than stucco, Score 22 (7.3 avg)|