View Full Version : Winner Chosen - January 2011 - Admin's choice - Image of the month

02-07-2011, 11:25 AM
Hi members,

In case you are new around here this is where the Admin (me) chooses one excellent photo each month from all the photos nominated by other members during that month in the Member's monthly choice forum (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f27/january-2011-nominate-another-members-images-here-13245.html).

Just so it's clear, the photo I choose is not necessarily the best one of the month. I've come to realize it's not really logical to pit images from totally different genres against each other. That's why there are categories in photo contests. My goal is to simply choose an excellent photo and talk about why I think it rocks.

This month's choice is A snowy morning (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f11/snowy-morning-13333.html) by bambi

I chose this image for several reasons:

Mood - This image has a wonderful mood and this mood is created by the falling snow, the snow covered branches in the foreground against the darker toned trees in the midground and of course the figure in the background. A shallower depth of field with the sharpest elements in the foreground might not have been the obvious choice for many photographers, but it is rocking this image big-time! The shutter speed catching the suspended snow is also helping the mood. The Black and white conversion is very well done, and it suits and enhances the other elements contributing to the overall mood.

Composition - Very well done here! There are 'layers' of interesting things for our eyes to look at starting from the foreground and continuing to the background where the focal point (the person) is. Our eye is well guided through this wintery 'tunnel'.

Exposure/shutter speed - Both are well handled here. The shutter speed 'freezes :) ' the falling snow here. A good exposure keeps the whites in check and offers up wonderful tonality with a good range of tones. If I have 1 teeny niggle I might burn in the lightest branches at top right by maybe 5%.

For all these reasons, this is my choice for image of the month. Since we all have opinions, some members may disagree with my choice. That's cool but THIS thread is not the place for debate over my pick, NOR is it the place to further critique the image. The purpose here is to suggest strong elements in the photo that we may learn from.

Congrats again Bambi for capturing this gorgeous scene!

02-07-2011, 11:42 AM
Congatulations Bambi. Fine recognition to a prolific contributor to this site.

Wicked Dark
02-07-2011, 12:11 PM
well deserved.

02-07-2011, 12:18 PM
good heavens. :o I am overwhelmed. Almost speechless (note I said 'almost' ;))

thanks Marko and thanks for the kind comments. :grouphug:

02-07-2011, 01:52 PM
Congratulations, Bambi. Well deserved, this is a phenomenal shot!

02-07-2011, 04:04 PM
Well done Bambi, love this shot!!

02-07-2011, 04:52 PM
Great shot! Well done.


02-07-2011, 08:07 PM
Congrats Bambi

Mad Aussie
02-08-2011, 02:33 AM
Deserving Bambi!

02-09-2011, 01:27 PM
Congrats from me too!! Thats a great shot.

02-13-2011, 06:17 PM
Beautiful well-deserving shot B! :)