View Full Version : Winner Chosen - July 2013 - Admin's choice - Image of the month

08-09-2013, 01:57 PM
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/members-monthly-choice/20575-july-2013-nominate-another-members-photo-here.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 was another crazy hard month though as the nominations from different genres were of very high quality.

Congrats to Hillbillygirl for capturing Air Time (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/people-photography-portraits-sports-etc/20470-air-time.html)

I chose this image for a few reasons:

1 -Decisive moment and timing - The moment captured is very exciting! The wakeboarder is parallel with the water and yet he looks perfectly calm and concentrated even though he is flying through the air.

2- Composition - I really like the framing here. The frozen wave at the bottom, the spray coming off the wakeboard at top left, the line pulling the wakeboarder at right - it's all working well. I like that the background has gone medium soft which highlights the wakeboarder so nice aperture choice as well.

3 - Sharpness and high shutter speed - I really like that the eyes are nice and sharp. It's a testament to good tracking skills and the use of an appropriately high shutter speed to nail this scene. The eyes are sharp enough to see and feel the concentration. The whole body gesture is wonderfully frozen.

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 Hillbillygirl on this exciting capture!

Mad Aussie
08-09-2013, 04:44 PM
Excellent photo indeed. Well done HBG!

08-09-2013, 07:11 PM
Congrats HBG..well deserved! Love this image!

08-09-2013, 08:35 PM
congrats HBG - it is a great action shot

08-09-2013, 10:27 PM
Congratulations, HBG. Well done!

08-10-2013, 12:12 AM
Excellent choice. Congrats, HBG.

08-10-2013, 09:52 PM
Just saw this and thank you so very much Marko,:o, (and all else for the congrats). VERY appreciated for everything.