Posts By Scott Kelby

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The Walk Leader competition is always one of the hardest to judge because there are so many great entries from so many talented leaders, and this year there were such really wonderful entries, that it made my job a whole lot tougher for sure.

Although there’s only one winner, I felt there were some images that were so good that even though they didn’t win a prize, they still deserved some recognition, so I’m displaying those first, then we’ll reveal our winner.

Without further ado, I present our 10 Walk Leader Competition honorable mentions (in no particular order):

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Leader / Photographer: Bart Baylon
Photo Walk: Pastrana Park, Philippines

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Leader / Photographer: Cheryl Hoffman
Photo Walk: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Leader / Photographer: Sandip De
Photo Walk: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Leader / Photographer: Matthew Armsby
Photo Walk: Windsor, England

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Leader / Photographer: Hany Fouad
Photo Walk: Suez, Egypt

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Leader / Photographer: Allan Pinedo
Photo Walk: Malecon de Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico

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Leader / Photographer: Christiani Berer 
Photo Walk:
Graz, Austria

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Leader / Photographer: Paul Gotiong
Photo Walk: Pasil Fish Market, Cebu, Philippines

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Leader / Photographer: Rachel Bilodeau
Photo Walk: Montréal, Canada

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Leader / Photographer: Gustavo Barrios Ramirez
Photo Walk: Xalapa, Mexico

AND NOW…FOR THE 2016 LEADER COMPETITION WINNER!
When the images are this good, any one of these above easily could have been chosen as the winning image, but I could only pick one, and I think it’s an awesome image, so please join in congratulating our 2016 Walk Leader Competition Winner:

during the 2016 NFL Season in a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Leader / Photographer: Mohammed Saeid
Photo Walk: Cairo, Egypt

Comment: This shot is wonderfully composed, and I love the low angle; the texture; and the man and child on the left, but what I think really makes this image special is how all the colors work together — the warm tones outside and then that fantastic blue inside the shop, and that splash of orange to the right of the man — it all works so perfectly. Add in the perfect placement of that foreground chair and it takes it right over the top for me. Really a well-crafted image.

Mohammed will receive a Westcott Ice Light with Barn Doors; a $200 Gift Card from B&H Photo; a Drobo 5Dt (Turbo) Hard drive array; and a $50 Lensprotogo.com Gift Certificate for winning this year’s Leader Competition.

Congratulations to all the Photo Walk Leaders Competition honorees and our winner!

All my best,

-Scott

Ana Andres-Arroyo, from the Southbank, London Photo Walk received the most votes for her wonderful image (below):

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For having her image chosen as People’s Choice winner, Ana will receive:

> A $250 Gift Certificate to B&H Photo
> An Apple TV
> A 1-year membership to KelbyOne Online Training
> The Exposure X2 Bundle From Alien Skin Software
> Tether Tools Case Relay Power System

Congratulations to Ana for this great capture (that reflection is awesome!), and thanks to everybody who voted in the official “People’s Choice” voting this year. :-)

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We still have the Photo Walk Leader’s Competition winner announcement coming on Monday. :)

Have a great weekend everybody — here’s wishing you one with lots of great images.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My wife Kalebra and I are collaborating on a new personal photo project, and we have our first location shoot in the series on Monday. Very excited to tell you more about it next week. :) 

Picking the winners — it’s one of the toughest things I do
…and this was among the hardest ever, because the entries were just so strong this year. It’s why I’m posting the winners so late today — I’ve struggled all day with picking the right one.

I didn’t want to be swayed simply because an image was taken in an exotic location or somewhere I’ve never been, or never seen — I wanted to pick a photo, simple composition or not, easy to capture or not, post processed  brilliantly or not — that is simply special. Maybe it’s the right light, expression or mood, or story or a combination — I searched for whatever that certain something is that makes me come back to it again and again — and  I want to give every image fair and open-minded consideration.

Each image I considered was already chosen as a “winner” by the walk leaders, from over 1,000 walks all around the world. Narrowing it down to just 10-finalists and one Grand Prize Winner — it’s just so hard, and you second and third-guess your choices along the way because you want to give every image a fair shake.

You could easily make a case for hundreds of images to be chosen as finalists, but you only get to choose 10, and one Grand Prize winner, and you finally just have to make a choice, and that’s what I’ve done today.

Even though this round of judging is over …
We still have our People’s Choice Award coming and we have a Leader’s Competition, and I always list my ‘Honorable Mentions’ (images that are so good that even though they didn’t win a prize, still deserve recognition). So, while this is the official announcement of the Top-10 Finalists and the Grand Prize winner, the competition phase still has a few more components left.

Now, let’s reveal this year’s Top 10 Finalists (in no particular order):

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By Fatemeh Rowshan (Mashhad, Iran)
There’s so much more going on there than you see at first glance. Everything in this image — all the graphical elements — they all work together so beautifully. The round shapes up top, and the triangles below, placing the gentleman in the valley between them — in all that white space — it’s just so graphically pleasing. The color of the sifter, and then his purple shirt and coat (why is he wearing a dress shirt and sports coat in this environment — it’s beautifully out-of-place), and then the green pyramids on either side of him — I just love it.

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By Joonas Radland (Turku, Finland Photo Walk)
I love shots where you just want to know what the story is. Take that, and add interesting light, and now I’m really intrigued and that’s how this shot wound up there. What’s going on in that room to the left? Who are those people? Are they in court? Is it a funeral? A museum perhaps? Who is she texting? I so want to know the rest of the story.

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By Ashwin Chathuruthy (Lambertville, New Jersey, USA Photo Walk)
A lot of folks submitted photos of cute kids, cats and puppies, and this shot of course has a very cute kid, but there’s so much else going on here than just that. The colors are just too perfect — the red and yellow with the green in his sleeve, and his blue eyes, and the super soft-light on his face, and his expression, and the leading lines, and…it’s just a wonderful picture. I’m glad I saw it.

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By Cindy Nielson (Tooele, Utah USA Photo Walk)
Take dramatic clouds, add beautiful color — mountains like an island in the distance and add a wonderful reflection and it adds up to a breathtaking photo. It makes you want to be there, and I think that’s quite a compliment for any image. Nicely done, indeed.

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By Kellie Carey (Georgetown, Kentucky, USA Photo Walk)
The color and composition caught me right away on this shot, and I think the post-processing is spot on. The sun is perfectly placed in the scene and the shadows it casts, and the way it falls makes it almost look like a painting.

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Ana Goncalo (Covilha, Portugal Photo Walk)
This one stopped me immediately with its arresting colors and wonderful composition. The photographer took something so simple and really made it interesting with their sharp angle of attack. Also, the way the window on the left is cracked open — it’s so subtle, but it adds that little extra something. In the end though, it’s the contrast of colors and their bright pop (and those extra bright shingles near the top). Really a cool shot. Wish I’d taken it.

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By Gremaud Thomas (Johannasburg, South Africa Photo Walk)
The light here is just so awesome, and the black-and-white treatment works so well with this picture that you can’t even imagine it in color, and you wouldn’t want to. It may well be up for “Leading lines photos of the year” but it’s much more than that — this is really an image about graphic shapes and light, and it’s beautifully executed. My hat’s off to the photographer.

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By Juan Francisco Mananares (Montreal, Canada Photo Walk)
I would have been tempted to rent a white Rolls Royce and just have it pull up in front of this amazing cathedral so I could make a picture like this. It’s so moody (great post processing), and the way the automobile stands out from the background is just too perfect — like something straight out of a movie. That’s how it feels to me — like the viewer stumbled upon a classic movie scene. That’s quite a compliment.

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By Don Johnson (Boise, Idaho USA Photo Walk)
I generally don’t go for the wild artsy stuff, but there’s just something about this particular shot that I just love. It’s a bit crazy, but not too over-the-top, and I really love the way the curvy lines all work with each other. It’s like the artist showed a certain amount of restraint with the effect — they could have taken it way too far, but stopped in a place that helped a certain amount of realism where it goes between photography and painting. Of course, the whole thing could be a reflection in some other object, in which case, I’m even more impressed, but no matter how the artist got here, there’s something here.

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Mac Oliver Lingat ( Pampanga, Philippines Photo Walk)
I know you may think this type of shot is “done to death” because there’s always a number of shots submitted, and in the running each year that have this dark, smokey, Blade Runner-esque kind of look, but there’s more to this one. I want to know what’s going on, why is there smoke coming in (is somebody running a smoke machine out there?), and I want to know what the numbers mean on the far right, and I just want to know more, and I think that says a lot for the image.

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER is…

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Lisa Jones (Dallas, Texas USA Photo Walk)
There’s just so many wonderful things going on in what appears to be such a simple photo. From the light, the texture, the contrast in colors — everything just works together, but what I think makes this image so great is the oval shape of the flying dough against this backdrop. Everything in this image is a rectangle — even our subject here in black — it’s all rectangles, from the bricks to the light switches, to the table, to the straight lines of the electrical conduit — then you have this flying oval and that makes this such a captivating moment. It’s just too perfect. Look at the light falling on the flying dough itself. Then, the way the photographer gave room for the dough to move above the dough itself (instead of cropping it too closely) — just very well composed and wonderful timing on the photographer’s part. Add in the “Dallas” tattoo on his arm, and the dough on his apron, and the way the brick wall just happened to turn dark near the top making the dough stand out against it — it’s a very strong image  — one I kept coming back to again and again, and if something keeps drawing you in, there must be a reason.

Congratulations, Lisa — You are our 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk Grand Prize Winner! 

Thanks to Canon USA and all our sponsors
A special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Canon USA, (who gave us some amazing Canon prizes, and helped us launch our new video category) and to Adobe Systems, Peachpit Press, Tamron, and B&H Photo — thanks for all your support this year and for offering such awesome prizes to our winners. We are very grateful.

Thanks to our Walk Leaders
It’s a lot of work, and a thankless job, so let me be the first to say “thanks.” We couldn’t do any of this without our volunteer walk leaders around the world, who do such a great job of creating the walk; working with the walkers, and making the whole thing happen on the local level, and that means a lot.

A personal thanks and shoutout to this year’s awesome Leader coordinator, our own Jeanne Jilleba, who totally kicked butt keeping the communication flowing and things moving in a 1,000+ cities around the world. Thanks Jeanne!

Lastly, thanks to all the talented photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work, and a special thanks to those of you who contributed to the Springs of Hope Orphanage — it means more than you know.

P.S. We still have the unveiling of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn’t win a prize, but are so good that I felt they needed special recognition), so make sure you stop by tomorrow for that. Don’t forget: Although this phase is over, we still have the People’s Choice Award to pick, and a special competition for our Walk Leaders, so there’s more to come. :)

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Happy Monday, everybody! It’s Worldwide Photo Walk winners week, and here’s our schedule:

Today: Our new Video Category (for video taken during the photo walk).
Tomorrow: The Finalists and Grand Prize Overall Winner of the 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk
Friday: The People’s Choice Award Winner
Next Monday: The Photo Walk Leaders Competition

This is the first year we’ve added this new “Video shot during the photo walk” category, and Canon USA (our sponsor) was gracious enough to make a pretty amazing prize available for the winner of this new category. The Video Category winner receives:

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The Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above). The  kit includes the new Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 18-135mm lens;Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.). High-five to Rob Altman of Canon USA for his vision, support, and for helping us launch this new category in such a meaningful way — Canon has been an absolutely AWESOME sponsor!!! 

OK, let’s get right to it — we’ll start with the winner, and then I’m going to share a few other videos that, while they didn’t win any prizes, I thought they deserved some attention.

AND THE WINNER IS…RICHIE REYNAN  TAN for his video “Camaraderie” 

Congratulations to Richie Reynan Tan — that looks like an awesome photo walk! :)

Other videos that, while they didn’t win any prizes, still deserve a mention:

This one is from Christopher Arnold from Stuart, Florida

This one was just so cute! Susie Lee with her video: “Her First Roll of Film.”

From Adam Carter with this video Out Photo Walking 2016. I like this guy (you have to stick with this one — it gets stronger as it goes)

From the Gamcheon Cultural Village PhotoWalk, South Korea Photo Walk, by Carlos Vasquez. It just looks like a fun time! (and isn’t fun just the best thing to have?)

I liked this one from Egypt by Kahled AboBakr— they look like a great group of photographers. :)

OK, last one: This is from the Ft. Worth, Texas Stockyards by Brandi Korte (I actually did a photo walk there once as part of a conference I was speaking at). Great area for a photo walk.

Thanks for letting me share all of these with you; congrats once again to our prize winner Reynan, and a big, big thanks to the 2016 Worldwide Photo Walk Official Sponsor, Canon USA, for making this new video category a reality. :)

See you tomorrow for the big reveal of the 10 Finalists and the overall Grand Prize Winner! Somebody’s getting an amazing camera! :)

All my best,

-Scott

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Today is Veterans Day in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country’s military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy each day.

America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in…

Here’s wishing you all a great weekend. :)

Best,

-Scott

It’s going to be a great Tuesday, let’s kick it off with some football and remote stuff:

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I had such a fantastic time shooting with the Miami Dolphins photo crew for the Dolphins big win against the Jets (shoutout to Surf, Jon, Brandon, and Jeff – these guys are doing some really progressive stuff photography wise and social media wise).

I was psyched to see one of my images on the Dolphin’s Social Media during the game. That’s one of my shots above, taken with a remote camera rig (see below), so I thought I’d break that down here on the blog.

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Above: Here’s the remote camera rig (I took this shot at the game). This is actually a surprisingly simple set-up.

(1) You need two PocketWizard Plus IIIs — that’s what wirelessly fires the camera. One goes on top of your remote camera (as seen here); the other goes on top of the camera you’re holding in your hand. You could just fire the remote by pressing the Test button on the other PocketWizard, but I prefer that it fires the remote automatically when I fire the camera I’m holding in my hands. All you have to do to make that happen, is put the second PocketWizard Plus III on the hotshoe mount of the camera you’re shooting. Boom. Done.

(2) You will need a little connector cable (sold by PocketWizard) that connects the PocketWizard to the port on the side of your camera where you’d normally plug in a cable release. Make sure you buy the cable that fits your camera’s brand, make and model.

(3) I use a Platypod Pro Max as my base. It’s very thin, sturdy as anything (made of aircraft grade aluminum), and I could do a whole blog post just about it and how you can use it. Believe it not, this will easily mount to a goal post. It’s the best ever!

(4) You will need some type of ballhead, so you can aim your camera. I used an inexpensive Oben BE-117 (around $79 from B&H Photo). Actually, a darn good ballhead for the price, and holds up to 17+ pounds.

Of course, you will need a body and a lens. I used a Canon 1Dx with a 14mm ultra wide angle lens to get a little more depth (since I had to position it kind of blindly).

Camera Settings
I set my f-stop at f/5.6, and my Shutter Speed was 1/1000 of a second, at 160 ISO (that ISO is courtesy of Auto ISO, which I always have turned on at the game, with the minimum shutter speed set at 1/1000).

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Above: Here’s the placement. The timing is so tight that you don’t get a lot of time to precisely position it. Since the players and the smoke aren’t firing at full bore, the whole thing is a bit of crap-shoot, which is why having an Ultrawide 14mm lens is a good choice. It’s going to get everything — it’s all going to be in focus, and you can just crop it in later. dolremote2

Above: Here’s a better look. This was taken with a 70-200mm I’m holding in my hands to shoot the player intros. Again, when I fire my handheld camera, it automatically fires that remote camera at the same time. Well, pretty close anyway.

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Above: Here’s the shot taken with my handheld 70-200mm, shooting down on my knees (oy!). Not nearly as epic looking or dynamic as the remote shot down super low, and plus you see the other photographers in the tunnel (special thanks to our buddy Jon Willey for wearing that bright green vest and positioning himself right in the frame). ;-)  The video guy behind him didn’t follow every player out — just the last one, so you wouldn’t normally see him. But Jon? Yes, of course, always. In every frame. Like a beacon in the night. Or in the smoke. Whatever…he was there. I took the last chicken wing in the photo workroom just to get even with him. ;-)

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Above: Sometimes you get lucky and for just a few moments Jon gets hidden behind one of the smoke plumes. Ahhh, but you just can’t count on that smoke.

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Above: This is the un-cropped 14mm lens shot so you can see how wide it really is. Now that is WIDE!!!!

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Above: I had to shoot a couple of stadium shots with the 14mm, before they opened the doors to the public.

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Above: The 14mm from the 50-yard-line up high.

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Above: Of course, I had to try a 15mm fisheye shot, while I was there. There’s always room for one or two fish shots.

I hope you found at least some of that helpful. The remote camera thing is easier than you’d think, and it’s not just for sports — the last wedding I shot, I set up a remote camera behind the alter to get the expressions of the Bride and Groom.

The Dolphins Photo Crew Rocks!
A big thanks to Jon, Surf and the crew for the opportunity to shoot with you guys. What a first-class operation — everybody we met was so incredibly gracious and really made me (and my buddy Winston who was shooting with us), feel right at home. I was so impressed with how they’re running their photo operations (with 8 on-field photographers at home games) and their integration and support of social media. These guys are leading the way, and it was fascinating to see what they’re doing now, and what they have planned in the future. Also, my personal thanks to Dolphins photographer, the awesome, Rob Foldy, for bringing us all together in the first place. Feel the love, baby!

One for the road…
It’s a pano of the stadium taken with my iPhone 7.

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Have a great Tuesday everybody, and I hope I’ll see you tomorrow at 4pm ET for “The Grid” — we’re talking about Lighting and other fun stuff!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Hey Las Vegas photographers – My seminar is coming there in 8-days. Come out and spend the day with me. 

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