Judge’s Choice Winner: astevensphoto. DCP instructor Steve McWilliams was the judge this month and had this to say about the photo: I kept being drawn back to this image by astevensphoto because of the private, unaware, human component that was present. We see and ignore this sight every day but you can’t ignore this image. I like that the subject itself is very plain and isn’t enhanced by exotic environment or spectacular natural light or phenomenon. This is a very common event but captured with an uncommon eye. The composition, plus the black and white/square image presents well on Instagram and I believe that lead to part of my decision.
People’s Choice Winner: gus.delacruz. Judge’s comments: The photographer said this was a keeper after collecting it on a photowalk. This is definitely a keeper. This is stunningly beautiful with a bit of a story being told around the bird’s activity. I can linger looking at it trying to understand what is going on with the ripples. I like that it is plain in subject matter but mesmerizing to look at.
Honorable Mention: katherinegailco. Judge’s Comments: I am a big fan of katherinegailco’s image because it combined two themes for me. It was a physical reflection but also a reflection of a time passed. I would have liked this image more if it didn’t feel ‘quite’ so set up. Perhaps if the angle was tighter and the photographer would allow the viewer to discover the photo is a reflection after looking at it for a moment. Lovely image.
Honorable Mention: marydanz. Judge’s comments: Personally I was too distracted by the text on the man’s shirt to fall in love with this like I wanted to. Perhaps a tighter frame would have helped me but I think I would have then tried too hard to see the text in the other mirror. If I framed tighter, I would want to avoid cropping out the barber’s side profile in the foreground. I like that the photographer stayed with the Instagram restriction of square images. I suspect this type of barber shop, this place and time, will eventually be lost so to capture it today is important work.
September’s contest theme was REFLECTION.
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