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Photography forum image of the month — May 2010

Every month on our¯¿½ pho­tog­ra­phy forum mem­bers nom­i­nate images that they like. Then at the end of the month I choose an excel­lent image and talk about why it rocks. The photo I choose is not nec­es­sar­ily the best one of the month. I¯¿½ve come to real­ize it¯¿½s not really log­i­cal to pit images from totally dif­fer­ent gen­res against each other. That¯¿½s why there are cat­e­gories in photo con­tests. I just choose a photo that has extremely strong ele­ments that we can learn from.

A Black & White Foray by Mad Aussie

A Black & White Foray by Mad Aussie

I chose this image for sev­eral reasons:

First off, it’s a WOW image. A lot of the ‘wow’ comes from the incred­i­ble sky and the way it’s processed. It’s dark­ish, some­what omi­nous and sets an incred­i­ble mood. Had the sky been bor­ing, this shot would not be the same, so good on Mad Aussie for notic­ing the amaz­ing sky.

The tones in this image are very nicely ren­dered and the higher con­trast used here works extremely well to my eye. It’s very dra­matic and makes me think of the Greek Myth involv­ing Atlas. If I have one teeny nig­gle I’d have toned down the brighter rock just under the main boulder.

Lead­ing lines — The rocks at lower left lead upward toward the big rock at cen­ter right which is the focal point of this image. This is NO acci­dent and is the result of care­ful in-camera com­po­si­tion. In terms of over­all com­po­si­tion — just friggen fab. Inter­est­ing fore­ground (jagged rocks) midground (boul­der which is the focal point) and back­ground (awe­some sky) ele­ments. The split between rocks and sky is also inter­est­ing and well thought out with 2/3rds sky and about 1/3rd rocks. Although we often have the dis­cus­sion about the rule of thirds being a mere guideline…that rule is rock­ing this image

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 Mad Aussie for cre­at­ing this strik­ing image!

I¯¿½d also like to include these 2 images as hon­ourable men­tions as they also came close to being picked.

Mountrain Stream by Bambi

Moun­tain Stream by Bambi

Driftwood and clouds by Michaelaw

Drift­wood and clouds by Michaelaw

83 — Photography 20 steps from your door

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #83 is based on a sug­ges­tion by Casil403 (Thanks Casil!) from our forum. This pod­cast describes the exer­cise of pho­tograph­ing what­ever you want with the restric­tion that it must be 20 steps from your door. This restric­tion forces you to “see”¯¿½ what you are oth­er­wise too busy to see. It’s an excel­lent exer­cise that really gets you to zero in on your sense of sight. Feel free to try this exer­cise for your­self and post the image some­where and link to it in the com­ments for all to see. The pho­tos below are images taken within 20 steps of my own door.

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik

20 steps from my door by Marko Kulik


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