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February's Competition - Portraiture

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Judges Writeup

Prize

http://www.studio-flash.com/b-series/

Sponsor

http://www.studio-flash.com

We had a fantastic amount of really excellent images for February's competition, so it was an extremely hard one to judge. Here's what our sponsor and guest judge Danny James of Elemental Studio Lighting had to say...


1st Prize - After The Rain - Marty Bell 
Prize - Elemental Ultra Studio 3 - "B" Series

"The winner of our first ever sponsored competition was actually a real no brainer for me. Whilst the competition was of an incredibly high standard, this shot really stood out for several reasons;
1: The composition is wonderfully off centre. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but as a portrait photographer myself I rarely use symmetrical or centralised composition any more, and this is a perfect example of the brilliant use of space. In some photos the left side would just look like dead wood, but here it serves to draw your attention to the focus point – the girl.
2: The sky is so stunning, and the oblique angle that the camera is being held at has created a lovely diagonal with two contrast tonal ranges. And make no mistake, the depth of field has been carefully judged so as to leave the separation in the sky.
3: Her eyes are just alight with emotion, and you can feel the intensity. Overall the shot is beautifully lit with nice textures formed by the shadows, especially around her face and hair.
An easy winner for me."

2nd Prize - Hotel Amsterdam - Claire Morgan

"We didn't have a 2nd prize but I'm going to give her a triple head background support stand rather than a normal one, as I think her shot stands out after the ice cream one..."

Danny

The 5 Runners up receive a Elemental Full Width Background Support Stand in carry cases.

We have a very sexy Olympus E-3 12-60mm Kit as 1st Prize in our March competition, the theme is Seasons!

To enter click here.

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After The Rain1st - martybell
After The Rain
Hotel Amsterdam2nd - clairabella
Hotel Amsterdam

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