GGW Picture This Winners for June

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We know you all want to see the results, so let’s jump right in to judge Joshua McCullough‘s comments:

“Let’s all give a big thanks to Gardening Gone Wild for continuing to hold the monthly Picture This contest! And equally important a big round of virtual applause to all the photographers who have heard the challenge and answered clearly with a beautiful set of image submissions. It is all the more noteworthy this month as there was very little veil of theme to hide behind- no “well, this is not my best shot ever but it does show green or harvest or endings very well”. It was your best image! At least as you saw and felt it that day. As I have been preparing submissions of my own for a contest, the International Garden Photographer of the Year put on by Kew and open to amateur and professional photographers alike, I know keenly how nearly impossible it feels to pick one. Thank you for sending yours.

It is lovely that Nan has put together a page showing all the entries side by side (here) so you can see them together at the same size.

Honorable Mentions

Some stand outs deserve special mention.

The sunflower from John at MacGardens is complemented by a perfect out of focus upper field of gold. Macro shots are all about a complimentary background!

The glowing white on black peony from Joco at Serious Grouching is certainly arresting.

A pair of anole lizards resting on a brightly lit cast iron leaf by East Side Patch was sly and humorous.

I loved the moisture on the glass from Hannah at Qui Mal Y Pense. The soft but bright exposure reminded me of the axiom “don’t over dew it”!

The horizontally backlit amaryllis blossoms from Teresa at Gardening with Soule is a perfect execution of symmetry and shading with rich color and a nice complete darkness.

Now for the awards… three silver and the gold.

Silver Medals

Mr. McGregor’s Daughter‘s placement of cool petals and warm stamens in her rendering of Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Ofuji Nishiki’ (‘Shimane Chojuraku’) is delicate and bold. The framing uses a “less is more” approach showing only a few petal edges and instead focusing on the rich detail from the flowers center and letting the mind fill in the rest. Perhaps a bit over sharpened to my tastes but it is crisp and wonderfully lit.

Scott at Rhone Street Gardens produced an image of outstanding quality in his black and white conversion of the jagged ranks of a Melianthus leaf. An excellent use of black and white in which the absence of color brings the textural nature of alternating light and dark to the forefront. Kudos!

Diana at Voice in the Garden places highly with a broad and complex landscape. I find the more elements competing for attention in an image the more difficult it is to pull off and this is quite simply well done. The statue and clipped hedge complete the foreground with balance and and exclamation point of a tall narrow conifer brings the eye into the distance to appreciate the fall color and a nicely faded treeline beyond. A bit of contrast and saturation adjustment would bring it to an even higher level.

Gold Medal

And for the gold, an image that begged to be looked at again and again.

Forest at Casa Coniglio created a stunning image that shows a mastery of many elements of great photography in his capture of a honey bee on Provence lavender. The tack sharp field of focus on a moving subject is spot on and the soft colors lovely and not oversaturated even though the bee is rich and singular in its presence within the frame. A textbook use of the rule of thirds places not only the flower stem pleasingly but that lavender color also echoed in the opposing side with another vertical band suggesting more. Even lighting and just a suggestion of golden hour tones bring it all together. Congratulations! And again a big congratulations to everyone for thinking about your images so intently and putting yourself out there in sharing your best work. I think everyone wins having done that!”

Many thanks to all of you who participated in Picture This this month. And a special thank-you to Josh McCullough of PhytoPhoto for once again generously contributing his time and expertise to judge June’s Picture This. To see a gallery of all the photo entries for this month, click here. To check out all past Picture This contests, click here.

Let’s all give a big thanks to Gardening Gone Wild for continuing to
hold the monthly Picture This contest! And equally important a big
round of virtual applause to all the photographers who have heard the
challenge and answered clearly with a beautiful set of image
submissions. It is all the more noteworthy this month as there was
very little veil of theme to hide behind- no “well, this is not my
best shot ever but it does show green or harvest or endings very
well”. It was your best image! At least as you saw and felt it that
day. As I have been preparing submissions of my own for a contest,
the IGPY (link http://www.igpoty.com/) put on by Kew and open to
amateur and professional photographers alike, I know keenly how
nearly impossible it feels to pick one. Thank you for sending yours.

It is lovely that Nan has put together a page showing all the entries
side by side (link) so you can see them together at the same size.

Some stand outs deserve special mention- the sunflower from
MacGardens (http://macgardens.org/?p=1776) is complimented by a
perfect out of focus upper field of gold. Macro shots are all about a
complimentary background! And the glowing white on black peony from
Serious Grouching (http://picture-this-image.blogspot.com/p/midsummer-
night.html) is certainly arresting. A pair of anole lizards resting
on a brightly lit cast iron leaf by East Side Patch (http://
www.eastsidepatch.com/2010/06/11063/) was sly and humorous. I loved
the moisture on the glass from …qui mal y pense (http://honi-
soit.blogspot.com/2010/06/picture-this.html). The soft but bright
exposure of a beautiful early morning dahlia reminded me of the axiom
“don’t over dew it”! The horizontally backlit amaryllis blossoms from
Gardening with Soule (http://blog.gardenshoesonline.com/index.php/
gardening-gone-wilds-picture-this-photo-contest-entryjune-2010/) is a
perfect execution of symmetry and shading with rich color and a nice
complete darkness.

For the awards… three silver and the gold.

Mr. McGregor’s Daughter’s (http://mcgregorsdaughter.blogspot.com/
2010/06/my-best-shot.html) placement of cool petals and warm stamens
in her rendering of Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Ofuji Nishiki’ (‘Shimane
Chojuraku’) is delicate and bold. The framing uses a “less is more”
approach showing only a few petal edges and instead focusing on the
rich detail from the flowers center and letting the mind fill in the
rest. Perhaps a bit over sharpened to my tastes but it is crisp and
wonderfully lit.

Scott at Rhone Street Gardens (http://rhonestreetgardens.blogspot.com/
2010/06/gardening-gone-wild-june-photo-contest.html) produced an
image of outstanding quality in his black and white conversion of the
jagged ranks of a Melianthus leaf. An excellent use of black and
white in which the absence of color brings the textural nature of
alternating light and dark to the forefront. Kudos!

Voice in the Garden (http://voiceinthegarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/ggw-
picture-this-photo-contest.html) places highly with a broad and
complex landscape. I find the more elements competing for attention
in an image the more difficult it is to pull off and this is quite
simply well done. The statue and clipped hedge complete the
foreground with balance and and exclamation point of a tall narrow
conifer brings the eye into the distance to appreciate the fall color
and a nicely faded treeline beyond. A bit of contrast and saturation
adjustment would bring it to an even higher level.

And for the gold, an image that begged to be looked at again and
again.

picture_this_gold

Forest at Casa Coniglio ( http://casaconiglio.blogspot.com/
2010/06/favorite.html) created a stunning image that shows a mastery
of many elements of great photography in his capture of a honey bee
on Provence lavender. The tack sharp field of focus on a moving
subject is spot on and the soft colors lovely and not oversaturated
even though the bee is rich and singular in its presence within the
frame. A textbook use of the rule of thirds places not only the
flower stem pleasingly but that lavender color also echoed in the
opposing side with another vertical band suggesting more. Even
lighting and just a suggestion of golden hour tones bring it all
together. Congratulations!

And again a big congratulations to everyone for thinking about your
images so intently and putting yourself out there in sharing your
best work. I think everyone wins having done that!

Cheers,

Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
Nancy J. Ondra

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Teresa June 28, 2010, 10:32 am

congratulations to the winners! There were so many great entries, it was fun to see them all and know how many people enjoy photographing nature. I wouldn’t have ever been able to choose. Thanks for a fun contest.

Melody June 28, 2010, 10:59 am

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks for judging, Joshua.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter June 28, 2010, 11:55 am

Congratulations to all the winners, all the images this month were just outstanding. Thanks, Josh, for all the hard work choosing a winner. This was such a difficult one to choose photo to submit, I can only imagine how difficult it was to choose the winners.

John June 28, 2010, 12:36 pm

Another fine set of pictures. Thanks again to GGW for hosting — and to the Josh for his judging efforts.

Diana June 28, 2010, 4:38 pm

I am very excited! Congratulations to everyone who entered their photos and the winners!… remarkable work by all.

Thank you GGW for the forum you provide and opportunity to enter here, and to Josh for his work; I am most appreciative of being judged by a professional photographer.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) June 28, 2010, 5:33 pm

Congratulations to everyone! What a fantastic gallery to enjoy. Thanks to the judge for his time and expertise.

Nancy Bond June 28, 2010, 7:51 pm

Congrats to all the winners!

Forest June 28, 2010, 8:46 pm

After looking at all the photos, I’m glad I’m not judging. So many photos where I said “I wish I took that!” And looking at Josh’s incredible photography, I’m truly honored that my photo was chosen. Thank you.

Darla June 29, 2010, 10:51 am

there were a lot of great photos..

healingmagichands June 29, 2010, 3:06 pm

This was truly a great set of images, and I also was very glad I wasn’t trying to decide which one to choose. I’m a sucker for bugs, so I am very glad to be able to congratulate the winner with that amazing photo of the bee on lavender.

joco June 30, 2010, 2:47 am

What a wonderfully kind and helpful evaluation of all of us contestants. Thank you Josh for giving of your time and expertise. And thank you GGW for the lovely presentation and for encouraging us to play with the camera.

Teresa O June 30, 2010, 11:01 am

Congratulations to all the winning photographers!

Josh…you have such a discerning eye and I wish you luck in your own photography competition.

GGW…it is such a pleasure to join in the fray and thank you for giving newbie, amateur and professional photographers a venue for displaying our passions.

keewee June 30, 2010, 12:55 pm

Congratulations to the winners. I have learned a great deal from looking at the winners entries, and what it take to have a winning photo.
Thank you Josh.

Jo July 1, 2010, 10:58 am

Congrats to the winners and everyone who entered! All of the pics are beautiful!

muhammad khabbab July 5, 2010, 12:41 am

congrats to the winners. All pics were amazing.