Weekly Photo Contest - October 22 - 29 Expression!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by acearchie, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006

    1. You may only submit one photo per contest.

    2. The contest runs for exactly one week, from the first time stamp of the first post in the thread (this will be made by the winner of the previous week's contest).

    3. Please refrain from commenting on the photos submitted in the contest. A good photograph is one that can appeal to someone who may not know much about the technical aspects of photography, so it would be best if the judge isn't swayed by someone else's opinion of the photograph.

    4. The judge will choose his/her favorite at the end of the week, place a post listing it, and include a short synopsis of why he/she chose that photo. The winner is then responsible for choosing a new topic and starting a new contest thread, which will again run for exactly one week.

    This week's theme: Expression(s)

    I love taking pictures of people and whilst there have been a couple of competitions to do with people or portraits I would like one on expressions. I'm looking for maybe something a little whacky or out of the norm. A fun time with friends, good synergy between model and photographer or just a photo showing someone's feeling!
  2. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    OK, I'll be the first for this very challenging challenge. I just love this picture of my grandson:

  3. erickg macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2004
  4. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
  5. Juanbond macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2009

    My son's first encounter with bubbles.

  6. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    A quick snapshot of my Daughter in thoughtful mood

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  7. paulg macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2004
  8. techie4life macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2007
  9. fongyuen macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
  10. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
  11. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
  12. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    My son while visiting an apple orchard in Blue Ridge, GA.
  13. flutegirl822 macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2009
    Natural Beauty

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  14. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
  15. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    I'll be closing the contest this evening, so get your last minute entries in!
  16. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Right that’s it! Give me some time and I’ll be back with the results!
  17. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Thank you very much for all the entries. I have really enjoyed seeing these all come in. If your interested I’m an 18 year old from the UK with a keen interest in photography. Whilst I’m no pro I hope you can take something from my comments!


    Lovely shot showing the curiosity of the boy. Pity that the mirror isn’t clean. You could say that this adds to the natural feeling of the photo but it can also be seen as being a little distracting. I realise that it wasn’t a set up but the slight cloudiness and lack of sharpness of the face is slightly distracting. Apart from that great shot to “capture the moment"

    Great, great, great shot. I love the colours, backlight and expression. Framing is great leaving the top 1/3 for space really allows you to focus in on the character. I would love to know the EXIF details as the shot is clear and without noise but I get the impression that there wasn’t that much light available. The red/pink backlight with the yellow for the mid body is great as well!

    A uniquely candid photo! However, I would say that the highlights are slightly blown out. As I have said before with this topic it is more of a shoot and hope than set up photo but I feel that too much detail is lost in the forehead and left side of the face. The framing is nice though! The dark background also provides a nice contrast to the bright pink top. I am not sure of the shutter speed but I feel like the photo is slightly blurry/unsharp. Great expression though!

    The pain and determination is really evident in this picture. I wish it had been clickable so I could have got a bigger version. The depth of field is perfect to isolate the athlete from the background however, I think it is the framing with the white line at the bottom that make it seem as though the athlete is a few feet off the ground providing a slightly odd visual illusion! The red pops out nicely from the other colours but my eyes are distracted by the all blue guy to the left holding the camera. Lovely sports shot though!

    Lovely curious expression. I can’t figure out if the bubble are PP or actually there. Can you explain your desaturation and over saturation techniques as well as I don’t see the need with such a nice sharp shot of the eyes! If anything the right right bubble is too bright on the dark hair and the far left (which I assume he is looking at) is too unnoticeable at first glance. Great little face!

    Nice framing (quite cinematic in my opinion) however, I would say the flash is a little to strong, and therefore too white. The positioning of the shot is a little odd though as when blown up we can see (her) right eye slightly open but the focus is on the (her) left which is closed and therefore slightly distracting. I don’t know your circumstances but I might have tried for a slightly more interesting background perhaps offering a better contrast to the red.

    Apart from the slightly unsharpness (telephoto and slow shutter speed?) this photo is great. I don’t know if it is a before or after shot but I feel as though it is before as I have see the apprehension and tenseness within his body. I don’t know if it is PP but the red pops really nicely especially with all the yellow tints. I love the dress as well which really shows he has gone “out on the town” for this and it is his big moment! Was it a crop or straight shot as the framing is also very nice? Perhaps due to the angle of shot the man looks a little as though he is leaning to his left.

    Great little face and shot. A cheeky expression that melts everyone at some point! I don’t know how well a crop would have worked but the arm is slightly distracting as it is the girl who I am most interested in. I must commend the total naturalness of the shot which from experience with my sister can be difficult to achieve! Again it is a slightly hard situation where I feel like the dark side of the face is a tiny bit underexposed and the light maybe too bright. Really great shot though!

    Great composition. The eyes contrast really nicely with all the other dark and bland colours. The sharpness of the hair is also really nice. The raised eyebrow is also nice to see. She seems in her own little world! Although the girl is central maybe getting the whole circle in the shot would have been nice to complete the picture!

    All the colours complement each other. The blues, blacks, greys, whites and sort of browns! She looks very connected with the music as though she is feeling it. Was she singing original tracks or covers? She is a really good find as most other users have taken pictures of close friends or families (I think!). Are there any other pictures in this set as I’m wondering if the shape of her hand was a bit different I would prefer the photo more!

    Interesting take and brilliant sky! Because of the composition I am drawn to you as the photographer before the other persons reflection. It’s only because it looks like they are looking at you in the ball! There might have been a different angle which would have more light on the reflected face without getting the suns reflection. Did you try any other angles? Nice shot and colours, looked like a good day for shooting.

    I am curious as to what caused the fear although to me it also looks a little like the start of a strop! I’m surprised that the camera was not intimidating at that distance and the shot is still completely natural. The exposure is nice on the face although the background maybe a little busy. In some pictures the hand near the mouth can be distracting but in this it just adds to the uncomfortableness which is great!

    Nice to go back to your old school. This reminds me of a typical journalistic style of shooting without posing. Why did you feel that it needed to be B&W? I don’t know what it is but the faces look quite smooth to me, it maybe the way the skin tones have been converted to B&W or something else. I like the weighted vignette though that guides you towards the main content.

    Love the sharpness of this picture and the contrast on the face. I assume it’s digital and therefore it is a really good B&W convert! Pity that the right hand side is completely blown out. The hair covering the right eye is also distracting but apart from that a loverly shot. A nice setting for portraits too.
  18. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Nice to show the craziness of kids. The first thing that jumps out at me is the horizon line. It’s quite a bit so it may mean that the crop is too severe. The car isn’t quite central in the frame as well. Great expression though and the low down shot really feels like the car is moving!

    Really great shot. The B&W "just works" as well. Although my eyes are pulled towards the old guy first you can see the slight annoyance in the face of the woman too! The cause of the fingers in the ear is also evident in the background. It’s really nice to see that although there are plenty of people in the shot none of them are looking at the camera making it look like your invisible.

    Nice shot and an interesting take on the theme. However, being inanimate objects I cannot really connect with the visuals as there is no real life emotion. The square format is interesting as it is used less and less yet it frames the image nicely. I would have used something smaller for the nose :D

    Great kids. I can remember being this age and used to love playing in the garden getting my clothes as messy as I could! Possibly intended but the height order from low to high really works as well. The leaves provide a nice foreground image and the trees a background. The hair really suits the autumnal feel too! My only nag would be sharpness would could be a little improved but apart from that I see this as the definition of fun!

    Right that’s me done! Please take every comment with a pinch of salt and excuse any grammatical or spelling errors! It’s been much harder and longer than I thought it would be.

    I have several favourites so whilst there is an overall winner I have split 2nd & 3rd place into two categories (Adults & Kids) so I could cram more winners in!

    3rd Place: (Kids) paulg (Adults) Patriks7

    2nd Place: (Kids) mtbdudex (Adults) DAM-Photography

    1st Place: MSUSpartan


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