View Full Version : Winner Chosen - April 2010 - Admin's choice - Image of the month

05-05-2010, 05:18 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/f27/april-2010-nominate-another-members-image-here-8474.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. I just wanted to point out that each month this is getting much harder. To my delight, the quality just keeps getting better and better and this month in particular, was insane.

This month's choice is Some bugs (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f20/some-bugs-8560.html) by OWLP

I chose this image for several reasons:

The eye is tack tack sharp and that's hard to do on a subject this small, because focusing (and dof) is a challenging task at this size and distance to subject. Sharpness is lovely in many places; leg hairs, thorax, abdomen. Blurred background shows no distractions.

The subject has a definite impact on the viewer. It's likely very creepy for many viewers, probably because of sharpness. My eye is focused on one thing, that fly.

Good composition all around which can be challenging at this size as well.

Nice highlight control on whatever the fly is resting on and the overall exposure is well handled with supplementary lighting.

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 OWLP for creating this striking image!

Wicked Dark
05-05-2010, 06:44 PM
hey congrats. nice bug!

05-05-2010, 06:57 PM
Congratulations, OWLP! :1st:

05-05-2010, 10:37 PM
Congratulations on a very nice shot, OWLP!

05-05-2010, 10:48 PM
Congratulations OWLP - very nice bug.

05-06-2010, 09:42 PM
This image is way too interesting to be creepy at all. Very nice shot.:1st:

05-08-2010, 10:16 AM
Thanks all for comments and thanks Marko for choosing the image. It's a single shot (no stack) and I saw already on the cameras monitor it's a sharp image and was looking forward to see it on my computer screen.

Mad Aussie
05-08-2010, 05:07 PM
Well done OWLP !

05-08-2010, 07:02 PM
Nicely done OWLP! Congratulations on a great image! :)

05-09-2010, 12:40 AM
WTG OwlP!!!:highfive:

05-12-2010, 05:36 PM
Thanks for add. comments. :)

05-14-2010, 02:00 PM
I just blogged this AND added 3 honourable mentions here: Photography forum image of the month ? April 2010 (http://www.photography.ca/blog/?p=819)

thx all!


Mad Aussie
05-14-2010, 03:22 PM
Cheers for the honourable mention :)

05-14-2010, 06:16 PM
Thank you! All lovely choices!

05-28-2010, 10:59 PM
Congratulations to all. Owlp, I don't know how I missed your photo the first time around.