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Picture This Winners for November 2011

Our wonderful judge, Charles Mann, chose to write a comment about each of the entries rather than handing out awards this month. I think each of you who participated will find his thoughts extremely helpful. As always, a big thank you to to Charles for offering an unusual and worthwhile subject this month…..Fran Sorin

“Greetings photographers!

Despite the late season, eight entries were received during the November Photo Contest and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, creativity and playfulness of the Portraits submitted. Here are some of my thoughts about each one in the order of their appearance:

Oh Want a Beautiful Garden / Chicagoland: Love it ! This picture has just about everything going for it. The subject is cute and spontaneous while the light and setting is a dreamy collage of warm fall colors. The out-of-focus foreground and backdrop bring the eye to the subject, who floats up into the frame like an elf or an angel. Allie’s mischievous grin,- not to mention that oversize hat, takes us back to the kaleidoscopic view we all had when were Little People in a Big World. The glow of the back-lighted leaves and plants works very well to illuminate the whole composition overall. I would like to see this photo cropped or shot again with Allie larger in the frame, as the proportion tends to dwarf her a little bit, and we want to have a better look at her expression and to have her be a more prominent part of the picture.

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Picture This Photo Contest – November 2011

I’m delighted that Charles Mann, photographer extraordinaire is returning to judge this November’s Picture This contest. Charles, who has been a freelance and stock photographer for over 16 years, specializes in imagery of gardens, horticulture, New Mexico culture, and southwestern scenic landscape. He has photographed four books : Cutting Edge Gardening In The Intermountain West, Secret Gardens of Santa Fe, Viva Guadalupe and Celebrating Guadalupe…..Fran Sorin

Without further ado, here’s Charles!!


Take a shot at your friends and neighbors

I’ve chosen a Contest topic that, I imagine, often strikes fear into the hearts of most photographers and their subjects as well – portraits. As often as we want to see their beautiful gardens, we are curious about the beauty of the gardener as well. It is not only interesting, but fun to include faces as a part of our photo-making repertoire, and it does not have to be as daunting as it seems.

A young man clutches his newly purchased at the annual plant sale held by the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis.

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Picture This Photo Contest Winners for September 2010

New Mexico Miscellaneous Images The winners for September’s Picture This Photo Contest are in. This is what Charles Mann, the judge for this month, had to say.

“I want to thank the people who took the time to submit a photo for the Autumn Harvest’s Picture This Photo Contest. This was perhaps too broad of a category and I offered a lot of very general information.

As a writer and photographer, I agree with many pundits who have observed that the more narrow and specific the focus, the easier it becomes  to locate the creative imagination. To paraphrase Robert Pirsig in “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” creative writing about the courthouse is more difficult than writing about the second brick from the bottom on the northeast corner of the courthouse. That said, the  fun photos submitted this month reflect the many different interpretations suggested  by the Autumn Harvest theme.

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