I apologize for how difficult this challenge's requirements were. I wanted to see what people could do with moving vehicles NOT using light trails, but it looks like very few photographers make this kind of photo.
I like the similarity between the flowers and the frame shape.
Congratulations to the winners! And thank you to everyone who submitted.
Great use of a circular frame. It complements the composition perfectly.
Buzz Lightyear: Nighttime? You must mean . . . BEFORE sunrise and AFTER sunset.
Yes, sorry about that.
I docked it a half star for looking like copy-paste. However, it's a copy-paste DINOSAUR so its base score is 1000. Final score: 999½ out of 5.
This is a good quote from the article:
"What Does It Mean in the Real World? Like a lot of laboratory testing, probably not a lot. Adapters couldn’t all stink or people wouldn’t use them. Like a lot of tests, you can detect a very real difference in the lab that doesn’t make much difference at all in the real world."
I really like this photo. It's an unusual take on landscape, and it really does a good job of immersing the viewer in the environment. The water on the window simultaneously shows the weather and the fact that the photo was taken from safe inside the cable car. Combined with the bright sun, it really makes me want to grab my raincoat and jump into the photo.
I like how abstract it is. It took me a little while to figure out what the 'reality' of the shot was, but recognizing the real scene doesn't take away from the magic of it. The cable and cars divide the world between the dark ground an unknown distance below and the bright sky.
If I could change one thing, I might try making it even more abstract by making the sky pure white and darkening the base of the cable tower.
Just to clarify the rules, the camera itself has to move, whether it's thrown through the air, hand-held, on a vehicle, on a barn-door tracker, or strapped to a log drifting down the Amazon.
Total exposure time must be at least 10 seconds, but stacking is okay.
24hrexposure: The submission phase isn't even over and this challenge is already a success IMO. There have been some interesting comments on each of the images, and the creator of "Woman and Cloud" is really getting a lot of bang for their buck by resubmitting :) I hadn't anticipated everyone commenting so early and facilitating resubmitting with improvements, but there's no rule against it so feel free. This is an experimental challenge and it's interesting to see how everyone is reacting to it.
If you do want to resubmit, it might be nicer to instead post a gallery photo and link to it in the comments to your original so that the original critiques don't get lost. The hosts of the "Photo Chat" challenges, which were similar to this one, increased the entry limit partway through to allow entrants to add their edited image without withdrawing the original. Unfortunately I don't have time tomorrow to police the entries so I can't do that.
My one request is that everyone check through their critiques and make sure they've offered suggestions for improvement. It's not always easy to see how to improve a photo, even if you know what's weak about it.
The submission phase isn't even over and this challenge is already a success IMO. There have been some interesting comments on each of the images, and the creator of "Woman and Cloud" is really getting a lot of bang for their buck by resubmitting :) I hadn't anticipated everyone commenting so early and facilitating resubmitting with improvements, but there's no rule against it so feel free. This is an experimental challenge and it's interesting to see how everyone is reacting to it.
Wildbegonia: IMO, sample is misleading.
Could you elaborate? The blur in the dock and the horizon is motion blur, just so repetitive that it doesn't look like a smear. Is that what you were referring to? I can try to find a better sample photo.
Some people have wondered if it's okay to comment early (before voting begins). Commenting early is fine, but make sure to check back once voting begins in case someone withdrew and another image was submitted.
Martin.au: Well damn. I've got a Panasonic fisheye and an Olympus M4/3s body.
I'm in the same boat: Samyang lens and Fuji body. I'm not sure what the point of the rule is, but it definitely narrows down the number of people who can enter.
GeoNiko: Congratulations! This picture is fantastic. If not secret, would you mind to give more information about this technique. It is amazing how you managed to freeze the face and the hair with long exposition. Thanks
I didn't take the photo, but I can guess how it was made.
It looks like two gridded incandescent lights, one on either side shining down, illuminate the arms for the full duration of the exposure. This gives the dreamy soft look to the moving arms. Because the lights are gridded and have a narrow spread, they leave the head and upper body in shadow, so no motion blur is recorded from those parts of the body.
Two flashes (also probably gridded) from slightly above on either side, fired once, illuminate the face and upper body, freezing the motion.
It also looks like there's fog blowing below the model, but I'm not exactly sure about that part. I would also guess that the flash fired at first curtain (when the shutter opened) and the fog subsequently started blowing up towards the top, because the flash doesn't illuminate the fog near the top while the incandescent lights do.
Tim A2: Well done, 24hrexposure.
Thanks, Tim. Hosting was more work than I expected, but also interesting and rewarding.
Congratulations to Vladimir Morozov for a well-deserved win. Overall I'm impressed at the variety and creativity in the photos submitted.
I've commented on a few of the photos; I encourage you to write your own thoughts on the entries that you found interesting. Putting into words the factors that made you like or dislike a photo makes your own future photos stronger and gives you language to talk about photos. And of course it helps the entrant improve too.
I have to say I like this photo. I see the tension between superego and id in the shadow looking down and the expression on the subject's face. I think the straight-on flash and the plain background probably pushed some voters' buttons, causing it to rank lower than it would have on artistic grounds alone.
This is the first time I've seen light-painting used well on a human subject, and it really works. I like how the photo is kept simple, and I like the contrast between the environment's geometric shapes and darkness and the subject's organic lines and brightness. This photo is a great example of how to take a simple concept and a seemingly mundane setting and make a strong and expressive photo. Nice work.
Even though there's camera shake, this photo still conveys its story well. I like the swirling motion contrasted against the still figure in the center. The costumes of the actors make them seem like ghosts. It's a great concept and I'm sorry you didn't have the right equipment and circumstances to execute it as you wanted.
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