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Winners for Picture This Contest – October 2011

Why oh why do we put our dear readers through this ?!  It is hard enough to judge the wonderful entries but is seems like agony to many of you who enter.  I read all your posts and more than one seem to wonder about winning and the judges’ criteria.

from Grandmother's Eden

How can This Grandmother’s Garden fantastic photo not be a winner ?  She clearly understands the contest theme “Fill the Frame” – the photo is carefully cropped, using the entire canvas to achieve a nice balance of meadow and woods.  The focal point is nicely off center and I really get a sense of a vibrant, verdant mountain meadow.  I want to be there.

So then, why is this not a winner?  I think when you see the others you will realize the competition is very stiff and if you want to get the real inside story go to each of the bloggers’s original post where I have posted constructive criticism.  There are 14 entries I have singled out for direct feedback on their blog, and will do nothing but lavish praise on them here. Continue Reading →

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Picture This Photo Contest – October 2011

This months theme is Fill the Frame.

succulent tapestry

We will be looking for photos that use the entire canvas with well constructed compositions.  The succulent tapestry above from Jeff Moore’s garden in Solana Beach, CA was carefully composed in the camera’s viewfinder to include blocks of complementary plant material, overlapping triangles with strong lines and shapes to achieve a balance that fills the entire frame.

Let’s look at other ways to consider the topic of ‘Fill the Frame’.

I well remember the first time I saw culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) flowering in a garden.  I could not believe that I had been so unaware of the spectacular flowers, nor could I believe my good luck in finding it in such a fine garden.  I knew I had a great photo opp.

herb garden with flowering sage

Like many of us when we know a good photo is staring us in the face, I quickly took a picture before the moment passed.  All I got was a snapshot of the garden, not a picture of the flowers.  I had not stopped to analyze what I was seeing and what I wanted to say.

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Reminder for Picture This Deadline

A reminder that you’ve got only 4 more days to get your entries in for September’s Picture This Photo Contest.

The subject that our judge, Christa Neu of Organic Gardening Magazine, chose is

  LATE SUMMER GARDEN

TO read the initial post that explains what Christa is looking for in the winning entry, click on:  September’s Picture This.

4PlayAfterRain2

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Picture This Winners for June 2011

Our returning  judge, Josh McCullough, offered a challenging topic that stretched your comfort zone. And you met the challenge!! The entries were astounding.  A big thank you to Josh who always excites and titillates Picture This entrants; your passion and creativity shines through ….. Fran

“In this month’s contest I asked us to step out of the bounds of conventional thinking and use the camera in ways that are contrary to the goal of most photography, namely stopping motion. This required a great deal of creativity on your part and probably some extended fiddling with your cameras! I have to say that the resulting images were in a few cases simply astonishing.

The Cupcake Bandits

The first entry (which should merit a prize in itself) from The Cupcake Bandits was a surprise, like flames or a shooting star against the dark background. This is a great example of “slow synchro flash”, a useful group of techniques for showing and controlling motion in images. And “Momma Cupcake’s” story about accidentally discovering this feature is hilarious! Thanks Christine!

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Picture This Reminder for October 2010

Helianthus Music Box cropped A reminder to all of you procrastinators (or for those of you are sitting on the sidelines) that the deadline for this month’s Picture This Photo Contest is only a few days away. The theme is ‘fall on a flatbed scanner’; Nan learned about this technique from Craig Cramer of Ellis Hollow who is our judge for this month.

To enter, post your selected photo on your own blog. Then visit the first of the month post on GGW, written by Nan, announcing the subject for the contest. Leave two links there: one directly to your photo and another to your post. This month’s entry deadline is October 21, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information about this month’s contest, click on Picture This Photo Contest for October 2010. And don’t forget to check out the gallery of all of this month’s images at GGW Picture This Entries October 2010. To see our past themes, visit GGW Picture This Photo Contest.

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