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Photo Challenge All Stars

April 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Can you tell what makes a photo enjoyable to view?  It's not a precise science but I'm learning with the help of other photographers some of the key components.  In this edition of Window Shopping, I'll share some tips and let you learn some of the story behind three of my most recent All Stars.

Sniff SniffSniff SniffI snapped this and several other images of the doe mothering her fawn in the side yard of my cousin's lakeside home in Hayden, ID.

After earning All Star status in the Photo of the Month challenge in 2016, Sniff Sniff became a multiple winner after a great finish in the Family Moments challenge, which ended in January 2017.

Vote Total: Photo of the Month (July 2016) - 32%
Initially MineInitially MineWhile touring the garden at the Wild Flour Bread Bakery, located in Freestone, California near Sebastopol, I couldn't resist this depiction of the first letter of my wife's name, Ellen. Wedding WindowsWedding WindowsGood thing I'm not a wedding photographer because I'd have a hard time keeping my attention on the happy couple if there was to much beauty around me. In this shot, taken in a forgotten church in Berkeley, CA., I was taking photos, as a friend, at a wedding and couldn't resist getting some shots of the interior of the building.

 

Sniff Sniff: Subject Matters - You can snap images of cockroaches, sink drains or your computer keyboard but the result may not produce an image that many people will be find appealing.  Start with a potentially great subject, like this doe mothering her fawn, which I captured in the side yard of my cousin's lakeside home in Hayden, ID., and you may come up with a 'winner.'  Sniff Sniff was my best finisher in two online challenges, earning All Star status in the Photo of the Month challenge in 2016 and the Family Moments challenge, which ended in January 2017.

 

Initially Yours: Less Can Be More - The removal of elements, which would distract the viewer from the center of attention, can leave the subject of the photo standing on it's own merit. In August, 2010, while enjoying a 3 day, 2 night prize vacation, we came across Wild Flour Bread, a wood fired brick oven baked bread bakery and garden in Freestone, CA.  The bakery was yummy but it was the garden that drew my attention and I was fortunate to capture several floral images, including the one I call 'Initially Yours', my first place finisher in the "Minimalism" challenge.  You can see three other images from the garden in The Mighty Sunflower gallery on my site; Mrs. Yellowpetal, Sunflower Profile, and this one that's looking for a title.

 

Wedding Windows: Isolation is Healthy - In this shot, the patterns in the stained glass window are emphasized by focusing on a portion of the window and excluding all else.  Another tip I learned from this is it's a good thing I'm not a wedding photographer.  When I captured this image, I was taking photos, as a friend, at a wedding and couldn't resist getting some shots of the interior.  If the wedding was my subject, I would have had a hard time keeping my attention on the happy couple with so much architectural beauty around me.  The photo, by the way, was my top vote getter in the "Seeing Patterns" challenge, which recently concluded.


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