Weekly Contest 9/29-10/6 "Trees during Sunset"

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Miltz, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Miltz, Sep 29, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2015

    Miltz macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2013
    Location:
    New York
    #1
    One of my favorite things to shoot is trees during sunset, and I'm curious to see what the talented people here come up with. The Tree/Trees have to be the main subject. Something like a landscape of a mountain with trees on it during sunset will not be eligible.

    Rules:
    Be creative and have fun.
    You may only submit one photo per contest.
    Please do not add comments to your submission.
    Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.
    The contest runs for exactly one week, starting NOW! (see time/date stamp at the start of this thread.)
    At the end of the week, The Judge (last week's Winner) will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photo, providing as much feedback as possible.
    The 1st place Winner will start a new thread with the topic/theme of their choice, and act as the Judge for that contest. (Winner has 48 hours to create new theme, after that it defers to 2nd place).

    CONTEST ENDED EARLY DUE TO TRAVEL, SEE BELOW
     
  2. tomnavratil, Sep 29, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2015
  3. rx7dude macrumors regular

    rx7dude

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Location:
    Toronto
  4. anotherscotsman macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2014
    Location:
    UK
  5. Miltz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2013
    Location:
    New York
    #11
    Thank you to everyone for your submissions. I am ending this contest 2 days early because I just found out the place that I'm traveling to this week will have no cell or wifi service so I wouldn't be able to respond until next weekend. I felt this was the best solution. I apologize to anyone who saw this contest and didn't get a chance to submit.

    1st Place :thebro20 - I really loved this image. The strong silhouette of the tree with the fantastic layered background is the perfect balance. The rolling hills have just the right amount of contrast without competing with the tree for attention. The unique placement of the tree and overall composition along with the natural looking sunset also elevated the image.

    2nd Place: stillcrazyman - Excellent clouds during sunset with wide dynamic range. I love the tree and bird in this image. Unfortunately the HDR effect of the tree and bird takes away from the image. Had the tree been more in natural shadow this may have won first place.

    3rd Place: Indydenny - I like what you are trying to do here. Unfortunately the composition and lighting don't do it for me. The subject matters looks amazing and I think you should try to re-shoot image because the potential is great. Looks like a place I'd want to visit.

    tomnavratil: nice effort on this one. The composition, and color cast of the image don't do it for me.
    rx7dude: This looks like a excellent location for a tree and sunset image. This image has very poor composition and color rendition.
    HantaYo: Unfortunately this image doesn't match the theme. There is no evidence of a sunset in this image.
    kenoh: Wow, what a sky. Excellent capture. The main subject in this image is the sky and the sign, not the trees.
    MacRy: The main subject here is the foliage coming from the tree, and it's hard to tell if this in fact was sunset image.
    anotherscotsman: This is very good image, but it doesn't match the theme. The Main subject here is the road and lights.
     
  6. kenoh macrumors demi-god

    kenoh

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Location:
    Glasgow, UK
    #12
    Thanks Miltz for feedback. You are right, the sunset was the focus in my image but there were trees in it... :)

    Thank you for your positive comments on my image. This was handheld while out of breath from running along street to get a good vantage point. This image was the one I was taking before I turned around and saw the awesome super moon behind the blocks of flats that then had me sprinting home to get the tripod! it was an active evening!
     
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

    Apple fanboy

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Location:
    Behind the Lens, UK
    #13
    Well done everyone. I don't get out for sunsets due to family commitments, but have been checking each day this week!
    Stillcrazyman would have been my choice. That sky along with the bird makes that shot a winner IMO.
    On to the next.
     
  8. MacRy macrumors 68040

    MacRy

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2004
    Location:
    England
    #14
    Yeah I'm with you on that AFB. I think that Stillcrazyman's was a doozy.

    Congrats to the winners.
     
  9. kenoh, Oct 4, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2015

    kenoh macrumors demi-god

    kenoh

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Location:
    Glasgow, UK
    #15
    Same here Stillcrazymans was le balon de chien... ;-)

    The winning landscape of a mountain with trees on it during sunset image is very nice. Beautiful layering and colours.
     
  10. kenoh macrumors demi-god

    kenoh

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Location:
    Glasgow, UK
    #16
    Laird Knox, are you raging right now? Denied your usual fashionably late entry due to early closure? :)
     
  11. thebro20 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2014
    #17
    wow thank you Miltz, I feel very honored to have won! Congrats to the other winners, there were some amazing pictures this week. I'll be sure to put up the new contest tomorrow.

    Now I just have to think of a good theme :D
     
  12. anotherscotsman macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2014
    Location:
    UK
    #18
    Thanks Miltz - hoped you wouldn't have noticed...great photos from everyone and very worthy winners.
     
  13. thebro20 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2014
    #19
    The blue ridge mountains always produce beautiful sunsets!
     
  14. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

    AngerDanger

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    #20
    I really enjoyed the specificity, which is uncommon for these contests, of this week's theme. Also, it was nice to have a twist on the cliché subject of sunsets; there are many sunset shots but a bit fewer like these.
     
  15. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

    tomnavratil

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2013
    Location:
    Litovel, Czech Republic
    #21
    Thank you for your feedback @Miltz, appreciate it! I was trying to go for a centred version in this one but the post-processing is actually done much later from a RAW file and subjectively I was going for these tones. Do you mind sharing a bit more detail on the colour cast at all if you have a minute?

    Otherwise congratulations to the winners, well done! For me @stillcrazyman's image has been top this week, really lovely image!
     
  16. stillcrazyman macrumors 65816

    stillcrazyman

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2014
    Location:
    Exiled to the swamp
    #22
    I'm good with second place ;) And thanks for all the support.

    I used a bit of HDR tone mapping to bring out the intensity of the clouds. The original is less dynamic.
    Nice entries from everyone !! Look forward to the next one.
     
  17. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    #24
    I did want to enter this one but things have been rather crazy of late. It took a bit to get caught up on my schoolwork after Burning Man, then the Life is Beautiful festival was last weekend and Bike Fest this weekend. Both of those events had their main gates right outside the gallery so I was scrambling to polish everything up. Unfortunately both events were a bust but the gallery looks great! :)

    This semester I'm taking a portrait class and it is the one I have been dreading. Portraits aren't my forte. The workload for the class is a bit more than I can handle at the moment but I'll muddle through somehow. ;)

    I enjoyed seeing all the entries. Fantastic job everybody!

    Incidentally, here is the shot I wanted to submit but it really isn't a sunset.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. MacRy macrumors 68040

    MacRy

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2004
    Location:
    England

Share This Page