I love learning, and I actually feel like I’m picking up new stuff all the time, but Wednesday afternoon I really felt like a learned so much that it will change the way I make portraits from here on out. It happened during Joe McNally’s blind portrait lighting critiques during Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid.
He wasn’t critiquing my images.
What I learned wasn’t even about lighting.
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The Grid – Lighting Critiques with Joe McNally If you missed yesterday’s episode of The Grid, it’s one that you’re going to want to watch! Special guest Joe McNally joined Scott for a show focused solely on critiquing photographers’ lighting. Hearing Joe’s insight from his 30+ years of experience was incredibly eye-opening and thought provoking. The episode will be up at KelbyTV.com sometime today, as well as on the Kelby YouTube channel.
Hey Guys, RC here- wanted to thank Scott for letting me randomly come in and just share with you a couple of things that i’ve been up to, as well as some resources that I think you guys would really dig – in the event that you’ve missed them.
The Exclusive Look at the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL
I’ve been out traveling a bit more than normal (the shot above was something that I took while in Germany and the Czech Republic testing out the 41Megapixel Nokia phone), but that didnt stop me from making it out to the Photo Plus conference in New York. While there I was approached by the folks at Profoto and given an exclusive access to do a “First Look” video at their new battery powered light. I was grateful for the opportunity, and wanted to get as much information as I could into a bonus Photography Tips and Tricks episode. If you’re not familiar with my weekly podcast on this, make sure you click on this link to check it out.
Exposing HDR : Zombie Attack!
I love being able to find new and interesting ways to teach something. To that, I had been cooking up an idea for going through HDR in an urbex fashion, yet add another dimension to it. With the Halloween season, I figured it be a good idea to take this concept and add a splash of zombies to the mix, making “Exposing HDR”. It seems like people are really digging it – and Im thankful to all of you who have checked it out already. If you havent – make sure you go and see it here
Just Plain Love: A Bresson Documentary
A couple of weeks ago, I did an episode of The Grid with Pete Collins and Brad Moore talking about the importance of having a visual library of photography from which to build on your own work. In there, I had mentioned a free documentary that was on youtube from Henri Cartier Bresson called “Just Plain Love”. I thought this was a great shot in the inspirational arm for this morning and thought i’d reshare that.
I Got Gregory Heislers New Book and Love It!
While I was out at Photo Plus, I was able to take in a lecture and a live shoot with someone that I have on my top 3 list of inspirations for me – Gregory Heisler. Gregory is widely considered to be the master at the art of the Portrait – and he is one person that never disappoints in a talk. He has a new book out (thats been killing it, btw), and in NY his book release party was actually thrown by Mayor Bloomberg! I was fortunate enough to be in a spot where he was selling his book and got a signed copy of it – something I am personally very proud of. Just great stories and information on what it takes to really get down to the essence of making a portrait of someone, with some amazing photography in it (my fav shot right now has to be his OJ Simpson shot… wont spoil it). To check out the book, click on this link
Hopefully this has brought a little something for everyone, and giving you a quick taste of the things i’ve been up to. Again.. thanks for the opportunity. If you’d like to keep up with my antics, i’d suggest following me at http://www.aboutrc.com or at http://gplusrc.com
Rather than just In addition to posting 55 images and descriptions in the world’s longest blog post, last night Matt, RC and I did a video webcast to showcase and discuss some of the amazing images that just missed the final cut to be either finalists or the Grand Prize winner.
Best Shot Of A Kid On A Raft Calvin Alcala (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Best Shot Of A Leaf (or whatever it is) On Bars Marco Van Apeldoorn (Graveland, Netherlands)
Best Shot Of A Woman Wearing A Headband Looking Up Through Slats Amado Ill Reyes (Baguio City, Philippines)
Best Abstract Looking Shot Of Person Standing On A Cool Sidewalk Matthew Short (Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, UK)
Best Shot Of A Laughing Guy Sitting On The Ground Arial Boral (Daraga, Bicol, Philippines)
Best Shot Of A Steering Wheel In A Classic Car In Sweden Martina Sjoberg (Eskilstuna Sverige, Sweden)
Best Shot Of A Flower Against The Sky That Looks Like A Painting Carol Eade (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Best Shot Of A Dog That The Photographer Risked Their Life To Take Piotr Siemienas (Eblag, Poland)
Best Planet Of The Apes Looking Shot Kevin Miller (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Best Shot Of A Cool Looking Thing With Great Color And A Nice Reflection John Roushkolb (Kansas City, Missouri)
Best Shot Of Construction Workers In The Sky Zenald Baclayon (Lungsod, Cebu, Gitnang Visaya, Philippines)
Best Shot Of An Upside Down Reflection Skyler Burt (Muscat, Oman)
Best Shot Of A Perfectly Lit Sleeping Fox AC Jacobs (Binghamton, New York)
Best Shot Of A Not Abstract Enough To Be Abstract Blue Building Slawek Lekacz (Birmington, UK)
Best Shot Of A Skateboarder Jumping Onto A Wall Cristina Ramirez (Brooklyn, New York)
Best Post Processing On A Shot Of An Arrow Sign And Power Lines Tracy Salava (Clay Center, Kansas)
Best Shot Of A Child With Bread Wessam Ghazy (Gazirat Ad Dahab, Giza, Egypt)
Best Symmetrical Shot Of A Bike Breaking The Rules Ruben Dario Sanchez (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Best Shot Of Cool Looking Circular Stairs Lorenzo Montezemolo (San Francisco, California)
Best Shot Of A Reflection From Scott’s Walk In Rome That Turned Out Better Than He Thought It Would Marco Censoplano (Rome, Italy)
Best Shot Of Kids Playing Soccer Taken Through Two Rings David Sury (Prague, Czech Republic)
Best Shot Of A Photographer’s Reflection With Their Hand Up In The Air Michael Ishlove (Toronto, Canada)
Best Shot Of A Happy Guy Carrying Stuff Tamara Hernandez (Taboga, Panama)
Best Light Painting Shot Of A Tumbleweed Thing On Water Petra Ashment (Tooele, Utah)
Best Picture Of a Guy Smoking A Pipe With An Instagram-y Looking Feel Tsafrir Melamed (San Jose, California)
Best Shot Of People Staring At A Smoker Sitting On A Bench Rafał Baszczyński (Warszawa, Polska)
Best Shot Of A Girl Looking Out A Window Ricardo Sanchez (Buenos Aries, Argentina)
Best Shot Of A Shopping Cart Full Of Clocks Jarno Heikkinen (Jyväskylä, Finland)
Best Shot Of A Guy In A Shop From Our Favorite Call Of Duty Map Bartosz Kolonko (Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Best Really Dark Shot With Nice, Subtle Light Nikki Esteban (Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, Philippines)
Best Timeless Looking Shot Of A Barber In Indonesia Donny Datulangi (Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
Best Shot Of People On Top Of A Train Station Nisa Paobunthorn (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand)
Best Shot Of Guys Smashing Stuff With Mallets Kriengsak Talek (Bangkok, Thailand)
Best Shot Of A Guy Standing Outside A Tattoo Parlor Daryl Porter (Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Best Shot Of A Wooden Wheel Agains A Wall With Great Texture David Woodward (Yuma, Arizona)
Best Shot Of A Woman With An Umbrella And Child Sitting On Steps Pramit Debmallik (Kolkata, India)
Best Shot Of Someone Sitting On A Bench Reading A Book In Front Of A Large Wooden Door Rashed Almubarak (Kuwait City, Al Asimah Kuwait)
Best Shot From A Superb Carnival Peter Cameron (Perth, Australia)
Best Shot Of Kids On The Ground That’s Probably Staged But We’re Okay With That Ken Chua (Manila, Philippines)
Best Black & White Shot Of Park Benches In The Fall Sean Scally (Belleville, Ontario)
Best Shot Of Plants That Make A Really Cool Pattern Sharon Holck (New York, New York)
Best Shot Of A Guy In A Purple Jacket Looking At Meat Stephen Freeman (Osaka, Japan)
Best Shot Of A Monkey With A Great Expression Ness Flores (Jacksonville, Florida)
Best Shot Of A Woman In A Doorway Looking Affectionately At A Man Ines Belkahla (Tunis, Tunisia)
Best Shot Of A Window With Cool Reflections And A Guy Sitting Inside Mark Emirali (Auckland, New Zealand)
Best Long Exposure Shot Of A Ferris Wheel (or some sort of large structure) Niren Mehta (Surat, India)
Best Panning Shot Of A Woman On A Bike Carrying A Bucket Deiter Nöth (Groningen, Netherlands)
Best Shot Of People Staring At A Big Yellow Dot On A Wall John Yip (Sydney, Australia)
Best Barely Lit Shot But You Can Still See What’s Going On In The Image Theo Alexiou (Patra, Greece)
Best Black And White Shot Of A Park With Lots Of Bikes And Trees Qrister Almar (Trollhättan, Sweden)
Best Shot Of Someone Dancing In A Really Cool Place Bill Crookston (Glasgow, UK)
Best Shot Of A Lighthouse In Nice Light Brian Bonham (Newport, Oregon)
Best Shot Of A Chain With An HDR Effect Martin Kukielka (Resenberg, Germany)
Although these images didn’t make it into a prize category, they are so good that I really felt they needed special recognition.
People’s Choice Award Voting: We have a special “People Choice” category where you get to vote for your favorite images from the walk, and the People’s Choice winner receives an amazing prize package. Here’s the link to cast your vote.
I’ll have details on the Leader’s Competition here shortly.
Congrats to all the images featured in the video, and best wishes to everyone in the People’s Choice competition. Lots of amazing shots in there!
It’s one of my favorite parts of the Worldwide Photo Walk — the reveal of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn’t win a prize, but are so good they deserve special recognition). There are over 50 images, and we’re presenting them in a video here on the blog at 10:00 ET (just 90-minutes from now) so I’ll hope you stop by and check them out — some truly amazing images!
Picking just 10 finalists and one Grand Prize winner out of the thousands of wonderful images from around the world is one of the toughest jobs I do all year. Remember, each image I’m judging has already been picked as a local winner by their walk leader, so the 1,000+ images I’m looking at have already been vetted — they all won best of their local walk.
I keep narrowing the field down and narrowing it down until I got down to 67 images I really liked, and then I finally had to get down to just those 11 (whew!). Because I take this so seriously, it takes a lot of time, thought and careful consideration and every single image gets viewed, and reviewed and considered and reconsidered. There are just so many intriguing images that getting down to just a handful is really daunting, but at the same time, getting to admire so many beautiful photos from all over the world is also a real treat.
Now it’s time to reveal this year’s Finalists and Grand Prize winner Don’t forget, you’ll still get to make your own picks in our People’s Choice Award, and we have a Leader’s Competition, and my Honorable Mentions (revealed in a special video posted here tomorrow), so while these are the official announcement of the Top-10 Finalists and the Grand Prize winner, the competition phase still has a few more components left.
OK, without further ado….drum roll please….
Here are the Top 10 finalists (in no particular order):
By Anil Kumar (Bangalor, India Photo Walk) What a wonderful combination of color and composition. I love how all the different shades of red work so wonderfully together but beyond just the color, I think the way the lines all come together in this shot to create a really graphical look just made it really stand out to me. I love how the gap between the stairs themselves and the bottom of the railing create a zig-zag pattern, and it’s like someone added a big rectangle on the top right corner just to balance the whole photo. To find all this in the scene and compose it the way Anil did takes a really great eye. Nicely done!
By Zain Hakim (Halifix, Canada [Northwest] Photo Walk) When I see this portrait, it really makes me want to meet the guy in the picture, and I think that says a lot. I love his smile, I love the lighting, the color is wonderful and even his pose —- off to the far right and leaning — has great gesture. The composition of the shot, with so much blue on the left, really gives it a dynamic look. It’s very simple, very engaging and the colors just work so well together. Nice work Zane!
By Leonard Rall (Miami, Florida USA [Midtown] Photo Walk) What a great capture! The color is spot-on fantastic; her position within the frame versus the image in the background is just too perfect, and her gesture during her leap into the air fits so perfectly. In fact, it almost looks like she’s part of the illustration in the background. Plus, she just looks so pleased, almost as though she knows it’s going to make a great image. It’s just a really well-crafted photo all the way around.
By Trevor Morris (Frederickton, Canada Photo Walk) This photographer did a marvelous job of taking something that isn’t beautiful by nature (mushrooms) and displaying them in a new light to create a beautiful, moody photo. I love the atmosphere surrounding the image and the way he composed the shot. The lighting is subtle, and the low angle almost gives you the feeling that you’re peeking into a tiny world of life you rarely see.
By Per Kronvold (Vejle Syddanmark, Denmark Photo Walk) What a captivating scene, with bold colors, great geometric shapes, and image that begs more questions than it answers. Are these two sisters? Friends? Twins? I love the matching hair color and I just want to know what they’re doing there, what they’re talking about, and what comes next. Just a great, simple, clean image and the kind of photo that makes you want to know more, which I love.
By Srinavin Kumar (Chennai, India Photo Walk) Of course the lighting is beautiful, the texture is beautiful, our subject is beautiful, the composition is interesting with the choice to leave so much “white space” above her head (once you know the rules, you can break them at will), but it’s her expression that reveals the real beauty of this shot. There is a grace in her gesture that makes you want to know her, to hear her story, and learn about her spirit, sorrows and joys. A beautiful photo of a beautiful woman.
By Yann Montiqné (Grenoble, France Photo Walk) Sometimes it’s really hard to describe why you like a particular photo — it has a certain something that’s hard to define, but when you first look at this, it’s a baseball court and a soccer [futball] field, and the colors are all muted and it’s just a bunch of lines, and leaves, but somehow it all just works and I love it.
By Waheed Akhtar (Ras Al-Kahimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Photo Walk) The simplicity of the shot, coupled with the perfect choice of black and white, really makes for a compelling, long exposure image. That little tip of the dock (I’m assuming it’s a dock) was just enough foreground to make it interesting without taking away from the bigger picture. Very nicely done, indeed!
By Michele Miller (Fort Wayne, Indiana USA Photo Walk) I love an image that really makes you want to be there, right there, at that moment, and this is surely one of those for me. I love the colors, the low perspective she used to frame the image, and the wonderful leading lines that make you want to stroll along this path and enjoy the fall colors. It’s one of those images that makes you smile when you see it and I think that says a lot.
By Gerald Grote (Braunschweig, Germany Photo Walk) I love how the left side of this image looks so lush, crisp and colorful, and the right side looks foggy with muted colors, almost like she’s looking into a different world, even though she’s technically standing in the same place. I love her position in the frame, the overall quaintness of the image, and the fact that she appears to be one of the Photo Walkers just puts the icing on a very clever cake.
AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNING IMAGE IS:
By Raul Policarpio (Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon Hong Kong, China Photo Walk) This is just such an intriguing image to me. Any of these images could have been chosen as the winner, but I found myself coming back to this one again and again. It really seems as though a very real, very simple, probably very routine moment of this shop keeper’s life was captured as turned to art as he went through his daily routine. The colors are normally vibrant, but appear muted here. I love how the lines in the trap intersect and play off the vertical lines on the wall below it, and the whole image seems like a small slice of a bigger story. There’s a beauty to this image that is very subtle and kept me coming back to it. It’s the kind of image I would loved to see framed, large, hanging on the wall of a gallery, and hopefully maybe one day it will be. Congratulations to the Raul for this wonderful capture.
A Big Thanks! A special thanks to Canon, our Premier sponsor (and provider of amazing Canon prizes) and to all our sponsors for their gracious support and prizes; to our Walk Leaders who did such an outstanding job once again of giving of their time and talents to make their local walks happen, and to the wonderful photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work.
P.S.: Tomorrow I’ll be posting a video here on the blog with a look at these images, PLUS the unveiling of the Honorable Mentions (images that didn’t win a prize, but that are so good that I felt that needed special recognition), so make sure you stop by 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 your Walk Leaders, so there’s more to come. See you here tomorrow.