Inaugural Challenge Winner!Posted: December 1, 2011
Last week I posted the very first 50mm Experiment Photo Challenge.
Eight people entered the challenge (more than I expected actually since the blog hasn’t been live for that long!), and submitted photos from around the world. I saw plants that were snow covered, one from the tropics, some that had been coloured by autumn weather, others touched by dew and a few flowers as well. I saw a variety of capture, editing and cropping techniques – it was awesome to see so much creativity!
I appreciate the effort everyone took to get outside to take some pictures with only a week to complete the challenge. There were some really amazing photos, and I strongly encourage those who entered to write their own post about entering the challenge with their submissions included (like Rachel Jane already has) and post the link in the comment section below.
Before we get to the winner of this inaugural challenge, I would also like to ask those who participated to provide some feedback so that I can improve future challenges. You don’t have to answer all of the questions below, they are just to get you thinking.
- Was one week enough time?
- Was the subject of “plants” too vague?
- Was two submissions a reasonable number?
- What did you experience during the challenge?
- Did you find it difficult?
- Did you enjoy it?
- Should I have provided more guidance/support?
- Will you encourage your photographer friends to enter the challenges?
- Any other comments/suggestions/feedback?
I already know that I need to be more clear on the fact that the two submission do not need to be of the same subject (although they can be). I hope to get feedback from all the participants in the comment section below. I look forward to reading your comments!
Now to what everyone has been waiting for – drumroll please!
The winning submission of the Inaugural 50mm Experiment Photo Challenge is…
1/80 at f5.6, ISO 100
It was a very difficult decision, as there were a number of entries in the running to be chosen. What I like about Matt James’ entry is the following:
- Love the cropping choice, really goes well with the subject. Many people would have kept the regular 2:3 aspect ratio, but I like the balance of the in focus and out of focus areas in this more panoramic crop.
- The way the light is hitting the flowers on the very right edge of the photo is beautiful. It draws my attention.
- The flowers themselves remind me of some kind of underwater anemone or coral polyps. I’m guessing that Matt added some clarity/structure to really make these pop (Matt?).
- Theflower buds that are only slightly out of focus give the photo some depth and the colours that allows the eye to bounce between the main subject (the open flowers) and the rest of the frame.
I realize that someone else may have picked a different winner, as the choosing process is very subjective. My own take on the challenge was posted two days ago. I think that’s the great thing about photography! Even if we were all taking a photo of the exact same subject, no two photos would turn out exactly the same. Thanks to everyone for sharing your vision with me. I hope that you got something out of it as well! 🙂
And no, I didn’t just pick his photo because his name is also Matt… 😉
I’m already starting to brainstorm ideas for the next Photo Challenge. I hope you all participate!