Since tonight is another club competition, I thought it might be fun to show the entries first, and encourage judge-like critiquing. After the competition, I’ll share the criticisms I got on the images. I’m all for hearing the specifics, so don’t hold back. Comment on one, or all of them if you like.
The categories this week are Color Pictorial, Monochrome Pictorial, Photojournalism, and Travel. We are allowed to submit one image per category.
To set the mood, I previously entered A Blossoming Storm into competition (we’re allowed to enter one image a maximum of two times). It didn’t place the first time and received the following criticism: “A wonderful image, especially around the bottom third. Great drama with the clouds and flowers. The stuff in the top right, it doesn’t belong. The flowers aren’t facing the camera and it is distracting. “
A gorgeous day with scattered showers opened up a fabulous blue sky, very white clouds that enhanced the tinted glass on the Market Post Tower. This shot is a single exposure. I tried a few, and a couple bracketed series. The single shot worked better than what I came up with as an HDR version. Not to mention, as single-exposure it will qualify for an entry into the travel category in tomorrow night’s competition.
This is another image from my stroll around the Embarcadero in San Francisco yesterday. Inside the pier 27 building is a parking garage. Along the north wall is this great row of roller doors. The light coming in from the windows above the door gave everything a nice glow.
This is a three-exposure HDR which has been somewhat desaturated and warmed to setup the contrast between the nice light and old rusty look of the metal.
I have complete title block on this shot. Feel free to suggest something!
This morning when the Ferry Building in San Francisco opened, I managed to get to the second floor to get some shots of the wonderful architecture. Supposedly there is a rule against using tripods there. The guards would walk from far away to politely ask me to stop. The first said I could use my tripod on the second floor which I did until the second floor guard asked me to stop as well. I originally wanted to do some HDR shots, but instead I opted for this single exposure. I love the colors here.
I warmed this up slightly and gave a small bump in saturation and some slight manual vignetting.
#ds151 – Every town, village, or city has distinguishing icons and landmarks. Make a photo of one wherever you are today.
Walking along E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose, the Lincoln Law School building gives great reflections of everything around it. At just the right angle it reflects the City Council building in a way that gives the illusion that it is part of the building at 28th First St. The fourth building in this shot brings forward another architectural style for a well rounded glimpse of San Jose’s diverse architectural styles.
#ds76 “Get up close and personal with a building today. Make a photo of an architectural detail.”
The detail here didn’t look great too close, but with the glass and reflections, I thought the architecture really worked here.