Weekly Photo Contest October 11-18

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by lharvest, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. lharvest macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007

    1. You may only submit one photo per contest.

    2. Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.

    3. The contest runs for exactly one week, starting NOW! (see time/date stamp at the start of this thread)

    4. 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. (Judge has 24 hours to make decision)

    5. 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)

    This week's topic (in preparation for Halloween): eerie or uncanny

    Don't let the Halloween reference restrict your imagination.
  2. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    You have to work at it a little bit, but there is an otherworldly entity somewhere in this photograph. Try to find it and at the end of the contest, tell me what you think it is!

    Moon Bridge by DigitAl3x, on Flickr
  3. Melizard macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2011
  4. Damiantmc macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2009
    Telford, UK
  5. macAllen, Oct 14, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2011

    macAllen macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    Las Vegas
  6. deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
  7. em5photog, Oct 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012
  8. JAWJr macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2011
    My definition of uncanny. Old town, Bratislava Slovak Republic.

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  9. lharvest thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Contest Closed

    Contest is officially closed. I'll post back soon. Thanks to all who entered.
  10. Ravaroo macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
    feels like Canada South
  11. lharvest thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    And the winner is...

    Alexh – Great contrast, great composition, great use of the rule of thirds, nice use of vignetting – and above all else, it fits the theme perfectly. The location appears desolate and your treatment only adds to that sense. The eye is drawn to the bottom left hand corner of the picture, where what appears to be a small child dresses in a white robe. But, one can’t quite make out what the object actually is. ‘Errie’ doesn’t begin to describe this picture.

    Melizard – I like the way you capture the light without letting it overwhelm the picture. The fence and other objects in the foreground create a great sense of separation between the viewer and the light. The fog or haze contributes to this sense, leaving me with an overwhelming feeling of isolation. Nice work.

    Oberhammer – The first few times I looked at this photo I didn’t notice the ‘Scream’ character on the back wall of the building. It is subtle enough to be overlooked. The vignette effect adds a nice touch and the blurred foreground pushes the eyes toward the wooden structure (a bridge?). It’s almost devoid of color, yet vivid at the same time. I certainly would not be crossing this bridge if I came upon it in the woods.

    Damiantmc – The expression on the cat’s face encapsulates the contempt I think almost every cat has for mankind – nice job there. However; the rest of the body seems a bit awkward in its positioning. It also looks a little blown out on the right side of the cat. Perhaps if the cat were in a less vulnerable position, the photo would have more tension and work within the theme better.

    macAllen – Can’t help but think of the movie ‘Big’ when I see this. That being said, it is a great ‘portrait’ of a rather mysterious person in what appears to be deep contemplation. It is unfortunately that there is some glare right near the nose of Zoltar. It truly is uncanny how lifelike this looks. Great subject and capture.

    SonicChronicler - The old hooded figure in the woods picture – nicely done. The gnarly trees and twigs that surround the figure make a great backdrop. The graininess and slightly out of focus treatment add to the eeriness. It certainly makes for great lead in to Halloween.

    Keleko – Nicely done! I can picture myself walking up to this house as a kid during trick or treat. Chances are, there was someone or something waiting on the porch to scare the crap out of me. In any event, nice depth of focus between the pumpkin in the foreground and the one behind it. The added grain and vignette make it more menacing, but I can’t help but smile every time I look at the first pumpkin.

    Deep Diver – The treatment certainly makes it more ‘eerie.’ but the subject is a bit lacking for me. I spent a long time trying to see the ‘forest through the trees,’ but it didn’t happen. The treatment fit the theme, but the subject was lacking.

    Chappers – The forming storm clouds create a tension that works well here. I get the sense I’m deep in the forest without much of a chance to get out before the storm breaks and the sun sets. Well done.
    MACUSER360 – What can be more eerie than the ‘Eerie Acres Cemetery?’ Perhaps a cemetery with a blurry, mysterious figure in the background. Nice treatment of the photo to try and make the sign appear more authentic. It may have been more effective if the figure in the background was more subtle or obscured by the trees – or maybe reflected in the window of the building at the rear of the photo.

    JAWJr – Great find! I agree – it is very uncanny. With regard to the photo, I’m struggling a bit. I can’t put my finger on anything technically wrong, but I’m also not drawn to the photo much beyond its unusual subject. I think the perspective you chose was appropriate, it’s evenly lit, and there is nice contrast. Maybe the subject is so different from the others that it is influencing my judgment.

    Thanks to all who entered. It’s never easy to open yourself up to review by others, especially with something as personal as photography. The impressions above are those of someone who is far from a professional. I tried to relay the feelings I had while viewing the photo and, when noticed, provided some the technical details I believe influenced those feeling. It was a great group of photos, but someone must be declared the winner:

    Third Place – Oberhammer

    Second Place – Keleko

    First Place – AlexH

    Good luck with next week’s contest!
  12. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    Thank you, lharvest! This is my first time in first place in these weekly contests! There were some really good photographs posted.

    New thread coming soon.
  13. JAWJr macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2011
    Thank you for the comment, lharvest. I agree my subject was very different than others posted this week. Like every week, my photos have been natural and unedited. I try to capture the moment in the lens. This one I shot while walking the streets of Bratislava with my point-and-shoot Cannon. I had heard there were bronze sculptures hiding around the city in odd places. So there you go. I may need to work on the impact of my shots.

    I enjoy following this forum and the talent within- You are all an inspiration to me.
  14. mickbab macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Does the love heart in the centre hold some significance?
  15. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    Nice job, everyone! And a tip of the hat to the judge for a job well done.

    For anyone that cares, my pumpkins picture was shot and edited with Camera+ on my iPhone 4. I used Pinhole and Redscale FX for the look.
  16. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    AlexH - Good job - well done.

    Great judging - mine was a city shot on my mountain where the cloud effects and weather can be very very strange.
  17. SonicChronicler macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2007
    In the Wilds....Northumberland, UK
    Some nice pics this week - well done everyone.
  18. candyshell macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    well done alex

    cant make out the bright light ghostly figure, but i can see a little white heart under the bridge right of the picture :)


    :) its good keleko
  19. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    You know the crazy part? I never saw the heart until just now! All I've seen is the ghostly image of what I always thought was a woman wearing a cloak... Nice find!
  20. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    Is that just the reflection in the water? If so, it's incredible that it looks so much like a person
  21. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    Yep, just a reflection from the water.

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