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    Thumbs up Announcing the winners of the June 08 Contest

    The winners of the June 2008 Photo Contest "GLOOM".

    1st & 2nd prize winners please see this link to choose your prizes and send me a PM.
    1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners will be entered in the POTY (Photographer Of The Year) contest at the end of the year.

    Congratulations!

    First Place Prize Winner with 104 points:
    Dead End by Viperman500


    2nd Place Prize Winner with 68 points:
    Alone by Madmax40



    Runners-up

    64 Points:
    Midnight Gloomy Presence by Marc VanderArk


    and with 24 Points:
    Cold Embrace by Parallaxkid



    Judges' Comments

    1. Dead End
    OzRay

    • Subject: The best, I think, of the genre (foreboding skies and dark foreground).
    • Creativity: It’s probably an old theme, but conveyed reasonably well.
    • Composition: I would have preferred something more dramatic; perhaps with a headstone being more prominent, rather than the shot looking a tad like a general landscape shot.
    • Lighting: I wonder how the shot would have looked like if actually taken closer to night time and at a long exposure?
    • Technical: A good conversion and night time effect achieved.

    llpoolej

    • Subject: This was definitely a gloomy looking setting!
    • Creativity: Creative use of black and white
    • Composition: nice composition with good leading lines
    • Lighting: Well lit for the subject
    • Technical: All the technicals in place

    lkeeney

    • Subject: The dark clouds make this a gloomy shot
    • Creativity: Good combination of cemetery and gloomy clouds
    • Composition: The angle of the stones work well in this image
    • Technical: The black & white conversion is very nice

    Luc

    • Subject: the sky and content fit the subject
    • Composition: the use of a WA and the parallel lines in the sky and row of tombstones help make a good composition
    • Lighting: the foreground would be more dramatic if darkened

    AnnF

    • Subject: It struck me as gloomy right off.
    • Creativity: I think it was creative in that all the gloomy clouds are moving in the same direction as the cemetery landscape.
    • Composition: I like how my eye is drown to the lower corner, then off into the gloominess.
    • Lighting: Good use of lighting only on the front lower tombstone.
    • Technical: Perfect exposure IMO for setting the mood.

    Alone by Madmax40
    OzRay

    • Subject: I think this was the only submission that really had the human element trying to convey gloom.
    • Creativity: Had the subject been posed slightly differently, such as with the head lowered, but the hand and slat at the same position, it would have been more dramatic.
    • Composition: Tightly cropped and a nice balance overall.
    • Lighting: Nicely lit light to illuminate the important bits.
    • Technical: Focus appeared sharpest on the hand, but otherwise no issues.

    llpoolej

    • Subject: Very nice use of the subject!
    • Creativity: Definitely used thought on this
    • Composition: Nicely done
    • Lighting: Well lit for the subject
    • Technical: Technicals are all in place

    Luc

    • Subject: it fits sad / melancholy
    • Creativity: well thought and executed
    • Composition: everything seems in the right place and balanced
    • Lighting: suits the subject and well done
    • Technical: could not have done it better, though that is no reference point

    Midnight Gloomy Presence by Marc VanderArk
    Henk Peter

    • Subject: Like I said the only gloomy image.
    • Creativity: Creative use of blur.
    • Composition: nice composition with use of trees for frame
    • Lighting: Excellent lighting to create the gloomy mood.
    • Technical: Nice conversion to B/W

    lkeeney

    • Subject: The gloomy setting and a beautiful girl make this image
    • Creativity: The lines of the light make me want to study the image
    • Composition: Very creative cropping of this image
    • Technical: Nice lighting of the main subject without a lot of spill light

    Luc

    • Subject: fits the subject very well
    • Creativity: the blur adds drama
    • Composition: nicely framed
    • Lighting: dark and “gloomy”
    • Technical: good execution

    Cold Embrace by Parallaxkid
    luc
    • Subject: even though I am totally against skinny models I must admit that this one (sadly) fits the subject
    • Creativity: very well executed shows sadness and melancholy
    • Composition: the lines make an interesting and balanced composition
    • Lighting: the light emphasizes the feeling
    • Technical: very good B&W conversion

    Deserted Playground by Pontiac005
    Luc

    • Subject: fits the subject, has something threatening
    • Creativity: well spotted
    • Composition: good lead-ins, balance OK, not so happy with right side
    • Lighting: to much “nuit americaine”, a technique used in films to shoot night scenes in daylight
    • Technical: the grain adds to total picture

    South Okanagan Lake BC Canada by SiB
    llpoolej

    • Subject: The use of HDR did bring a gloomy look to the scene
    • Composition: It was a little centered as far as the water and land intersected
    • Lighting: Interesting use of HDR
    • Technical: Technicals all looked fine

    It's Gloomy Out Tonight by Zbahu
    lkeeney

    • Subject: The gloomy setting and a beautiful girl make this image
    • Creativity: The lines of the light make me want to study the image
    • Composition: Very creative cropping of this image
    • Technical: Nice lighting of the main subject without a lot of spill light
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    Default Re: Announcing the winners of the June 08 Contest

    There were some spectacular submissions last month... congrats to all the winners!
    All that I share with you is purely my personal perspective based on my own experiences. Feel free to constructively criticize my opinions and my photos, please!
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    Default Re: Announcing the winners of the June 08 Contest

    WOW, I'm so happy of the results!! I actually planned the shoot to this cemetery for the last week of June... Of the 50 shots I took, this is the last one. I'm glad I brought my 3 lenses and am especially happy about the performance of the 11-22, the lens used for this picture. I was lucky some clouds gathered at the end of the shoot.

    Thanks again! Congratulations to all the others too.
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    Default Re: Announcing the winners of the June 08 Contest

    Congrats to the winners
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    Default Way to go Viperman

    Just goes to show that lurking in graveyards can be a productive activity

    Congrats to the other placers as well, there were a lot of fine images in the gallery, so thanks to the judges for their efforts too.

    Colin

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