View Full Version : RESULT: May Contest "Straight Lines and Curves"

06-19-2008, 12:24 AM
I'm happy to announce the results for the May 2008 photo contest with the theme "Straight Lines and Curves":

1st place, with 96 points, goes to
acme for the photograph "A Change of Scenery":

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Second place, with 68 points, goes to:
Viperman500 for "Spiral":

Congratulations to you too!

The lucky runner-ups are:
cRy-Guy with "Full of Hot air" (47 p.):

Assafx with "Warming in the Shade":

#1 and #2 win either Silkypix 3.0 or a 1 year Pro account at SmugMug (send your choice to Tony in a PM). All four have qualified to the final POTY 2008 at the end of the year.

Now follow the comments by the judges

"A Change of Scenery":
Subject: A humorous application of the topic; though if the topic was not known, the subject would not have struck home Creativity: A good eye for nature’s jewellery Composition: Well composed, so as not to make the subject overly busy Lighting: Good lighting, both in foreground and background Technical: Good application of close up photography

Subject: This incorporates both straight lines and curves. Great use of theme! Creativity: Very creative! Love it! Composition: The composition is interesting. Fits the subject Lighting: Lighting is about perfect Technical: Don't know how you could improve on the technicals.

Henk Peter:
Subject: Fits the theme very well. Creativity: Creative use of DOF, color and water drops. Composition: Simple, yet effective by turning the image upside-down. Lighting: I guess a combination of direct sunlight and flash; it works for this image. Technical: Spot on, nice use of DOF.

Subject: It is all there Creativity: Captures attention Composition: Effective and balanced

Subject: Perfectly illustrates lines and curves Creativity: Not only are lines and curves shown, but also movement to accentuate the flowing shapes Composition: A traditional type of shot, but nonetheless effective. Nice control of perspective Lighting: Good lighting that shows detail throughout Technical: Good application of B&W technique. Detail all the way to the bottom of the staircase

Lighting: I would like to see the lighting a bit more even. One side is bright and one is a bit too shadowed for my taste, Technical: Technicals are pretty solid

Creativity: the "moving" people emphasize the spiral
Lighting: difficult circumstances - I would like to see some more detail in the dark parts

"Full of Hot Air"
Subject: Lots of straight lines and curves :smile: Creativity: NI think its the bold, beautiful colors that standout for me here Composition: The composition is a minor weak point, but, not bad Lighting:Great lighting Technical: Technicals are solid

Subject: All kinds of lines and curves, Creativity: The colors make this shot
Composition: The crop is a little tight, Lighting: Great lighting, Technical: Very good

"Warming in the Shade"
Henk Peter:
Subject: It sure fits the theme. Creativity: Very creative use of the space where the lizard shows. Composition: Could improve with a little straightening and cropping. Lighting: The lighting fits the subject. Technical: The R/H side needs a little darkening for more balance.

Subject: Lots of natural lines and curves, Creativity: Being in the right place at the right time, Composition: I assume there wasn't much choice here. I may have liked to see the open slit more in a vertical positon, Lighting: Good lighting for this subject, Technical: Technicals are pretty solid

Other mentions goes to the following photographs:

"Under Foot" by Hudsonhites:
Henk Peter:
Creativity: Very creative use of light & shadow play. Composition: A near perfect, simple composition. Lighting: Excellent use of light. Technical: Well exposed, open shadows.

"Charleston Iron" by JoeyC
Subject: I like the combination of both straight and curved lines, Creativity : Cuite creative, Composition: Nice composition, and it fits the subject, Lighting: Very good, Technical: Pretty much hits the mark

"Violin" by NN
Subject: all present, Creativity: simple but it works for me, Composition: good balance, the little plant adds a nice accent

"Flare" by Zbahu:
Subject: Definitely a straight line, Creativity: Beautiful view of a sunset/old fence, Composition: Nice leading line, I just wish it has been carried a little further to the left, Lighting: Nice use of light, Technical: solid technicals

"Nightlight" by CRussel
Creativity: I like the viewpoint, Composition: well balanced, Lighting: interesting dramatic lighting,

"Old Bridge Railing" by Pontiac005
Subject: Lots of angles, lines, and curves, Creativity: Good to be able to spot this image, Composition: I think I would like to see more of the top arch in the image, Lighting: Nice lighting, Technical: Maybe a little more DOF would be better (not much though)

"Stork 05/26/08" by Savvyhilton99
Subject: as the straight lines are the edges of curvy folds they are a little soft, but that should not be a problem, Creativity: creative approach, Composition: try different crops, Lighting:

Thanks to all the contestants and all the judges who have made a great job!

Cheers, Jens.

06-19-2008, 01:16 AM
Acme, Viperman and Cryguy Congrats on your well deserved first places.
After a few days at the hospital it made me happy to get to 4th place and read all the wonderful comments. thanks for that :)

Pontiac i really loved your shot and i'm sad it didn't had the first place.

thanks !


06-19-2008, 07:03 AM
Congrats to the worthy winners! The standard was as ever sky high! Great contest. :D

06-19-2008, 09:52 AM
Congrats to the winners, the result is the same as I expected. :)

And NN = Johannes :p:D

06-19-2008, 10:13 AM
Congragulations to the winners, those are some nice photos.

06-19-2008, 02:24 PM
Thanks to everyone who entered such creative photos, and to those who picked such an interesting theme.

After shooting this one, I'm pretty sure my new neighbours are convinced I'm a crazy person. It took quite a few shots to get the look I wanted, and someone skulking around the garden with a camera bellows and a bit of damp screen is quite an unusual creature.

Technically this shot was fairly straightforward, though it did require a deep blue sky and the hardest possible sunlight, in order to balance the exposure of the out of focus regions with those areas brought to focus by the water drops. A relatively long lens (80mm) brought the screen and the scene presented by the drops to nearly the same focus. I stopped down to f/11 to enhance the production of starbursts via the old OM macro's hexagonal iris. Repetition eventually created an acceptable composition.

The title, "A Change of Screenery", is an oblique Max Headroom reference!

Kenneth T. Lightcap
06-19-2008, 03:40 PM
Congrats to all entries.

06-20-2008, 01:45 AM
A most excellent image! I think its great when a creative idea pays offs and with a bit of hard work (and suffering curious looks from neighbours) produces such a fine result.

Congrats to Viperman500, cRy-Guy and Assafx for the other placers, all great images.

Thanks to the judges for doing a difficult job and providing valuable feedback - I need to walk up that hill again in the next few weeks while the sun is setting further north, I'll get that fence angle right then :)


06-20-2008, 07:59 AM
Excellent work from everyone, but seeing the collection of winners just blew me away. Great job.

06-20-2008, 10:54 AM
Very impressive show! Congrats to the winners and runner-ups!

06-23-2008, 01:18 PM
Wow, considering the competition, I'm flattered. I'm glad the colors are what did it for this photo, because that was the hard part to get. It was a fairly windy day and the balloons were much further North than I had expected. It was early morning, so in order to get a good shot I had to be West of the balloons. The wind was blowing to the West. So the further North I had to drive, the further they got from me to the West. Finally I caught up with two of them on a county road and took a number of shots. They landed about a minute later.

Thanks to the judges for the comments. It was nice to be able to enter this contest during my short break between Spring and Summer semesters. I don't get much time to shoot or post while in school, but hopefully I'll find some time to photograph gloom.