ThinkTank Photo June Competition Winner and Finalists – Long Exposure Landscape

We are pleased to show the finalists and the winner in the long exposure landscape photography competition.
The June 2007 Long Exposure Landscape Photography Competition is the first in twelve monthly photography contests where the prize is provided by Thinktank Photo, the fairly new and very innovative camera bag company.

The June competition had a relatively small number of entrants but all were quality ones. In the end it came down to choosing between the images of two photographers.

We are pleased to announce that the winning entry is by Gloria Wilson with her entry Harvesting.

Gloria Wilson photography

This image struck us as beautiful, inventive and clever. We also loved Gloria’s other two images.

We also feel we should acknowledge that a very close second was by Manu Schnetzler, called California Coast.

To view all the finalists in the long exposure landscape photography competition, follow this link.

Congratulations to everyone, and especially Gloria.

Lensbaby Sponsored Selective Blur Photography Competition Winner and Finalists

An amazingly difficult competition to judge has been finally decided.
The Lensbaby selective blur competition proved to be very difficult indeed to judge. Not only was there a large quantity of amazingly good work, but when it came to judging it we discovered there were enough different things to look for in blur images that the judges started off all looking for different things. Eventually we sorted this out and got down to a half dozen great images. One image stood out from these.

The winning entry is Tuscan Summer by C. David Tobie. This struck us as not only a very effective use of blur but also one in which the blur has assisted in making an iconic image. Congratulations to David,

cdtobielensbabyentry999by667

You can view all the finalists in the Lensbaby Competition here.
This link will take you off of the DIMi site to a photo gallery where you can explore all the finalists individually or through a slideshow.

Epson Australian Landscape Photography Competition Winner

With huge difficulty we award the Epson 1410 printer to a single winner.
Results for the Australian Landscape Photography Competition

This was a hugely difficult competition to judge. All the people we consulted had the same experience, they found it reasonable easy to get it down to four or five finalists (always the same ones) but then it was hard to choose between them because all were great images and all were strong in various ways.

In the end, everyone agreed that it came down to one image. So we award the prize of an Epson 1410 printer to Tony Dimmock of Melbourne for his image Passing Storm 2, shot at Lake Mungo. The judges felt it was a strong and dramatic image, showing patience to get the sky and lighting right, even though the sky and landscape were shot at different times. For those who don’t know, Lake Mungo is not easy to get to and has some significance beyond the amazing landscape for being the site of some of the oldest Aboriginal remains found in Australia.

Tony Dimmock Photography

You can view all the finalists in the Epson Australian Landscape Photography Competition Gallery

MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition February Winner and Grand Prize Winner Announcement

With amazing difficulty we have chosen the winning entry in February and also the Grand Prize winner of the camera conversion by MaxMax.com
Results of the February Competition

With great difficult we have chosen the February winner on the IR filter from MaxMax.com

The February Winner of the IR filter from MaxMax.com is Mitch Dobrowner of California.
February winner

For all the entries in January, visit the Infrared Photography February Competition Gallery. There were many other images that were very close to winning.

The Grand Prize winner of a camera conversion by MaxMax.com is also Mitch Dobrowner of California for this stunning image.

Mitch’s image was chosen as the grand prize winner because it is not only a stunning image and tackles unusual subject matter for IR, but also because it makes great use of the often seen limitation of an unconverted digital camera for IR, long exposures.

An extremely well done to Mitch, the other monthly winners and to all the finalists whose work has been shown over the three months of the competition. With so much great creativity out there, DIMi will be looking to organise another IR competition as soon as possible.

Power Retouche Fine Photography Competition January Winner

Some great entries in this photography competition.
Results of the January Competition

The January Winner of the Power Retouche software is Darren Livingston of Virginia, USA.

David Livingston photography
Photo was taken at a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA, USA.  I used a Canon 1D DSLR with a 70-200 zoom lens.

Judges’ comments: A great image. Perfect timing and placement. Good lighting emphasis. Very strong.

David Livingston photography
Infrared portrait of my son using 20mm f2.8 lens on Canon camera.

Finalists were:

Peter Ciccariello

Peter Ciccariello photography

“The Gold Watch”

A study in contrast, literal and metaphorical. Taken with a Nikon D80, available light, no post work.

Steve Dunn

Steve Dunn photography

After an hour of trying to get a decent sunset I headed home and looked out the window and noticed a storm coming. I headed back down and got this shot.
It was shot at BULB with the shutter held open for 2 minutes at f4.5 and ISO100

Jack MacDonald

Jack MacDonald photography

Quickdraw contest – digital telephoto.

Redrawn, smudged, textured and blurred.  Used Photoshop CS2.

John Stevenson

John Stevenson photography

John Stevenson photography

They are part of a series – “truly scene” – which I’ve worked on recently (mostly in the middle of the night ….).  They pay a sort of modern-day photographic homage to the botanical artists of renown from the 18th and 19th centuries.  (Both entries here use some of the Power Retouche plug-ins.)  My renderings are in this instance are built from scanograms

Our thanks to Power Retouche for the prizes and to all the entrants.

Corel Manipulated Photography and Digital Art Competition January Winner

The results are up for the manipulated photography and digital art competition
Corel Manipulated Photography and Digital Art Competition

The January winner of the Corel PSP XI software is Peter Ciccariello with his image ‘Bird in a basket’.

Peter Ciccariello image

“Bird in a basket” is a digital collage containing multiple layers of photographs. This image is a primal montage of fear and anxiety. The bird psyche has become invisible, camouflaged, taking on the patterns and soma of its predators.

This is an interesting image and a great demonstration of the merger of many images together.

Also of Peter’s are:

Peter Ciccariello image

” Language as authority” is a digital collage containing a number of photographs and fragments of text all merged with an underlying structure of geometric forms texture mapped with additional photographs and rendered in Bryce. Postwork is done in Photoshop and Painter. This image questions the authority that our language implies. Are words inside or outside of the body? At what point does fragmentation destroy meaning? What is the landscape of language?

and

Peter Ciccariello image

“Thought machine” is a digital collage containing a number of photographs and fragments of text rendered in Bryce. Postwork is done in Photoshop and Painter. This image questions the authority that our language implies. Are words inside or outside of the body? At what point does fragmentation destroy meaning? What is the landscape of language?

Other finalists were:

John Muzzio of New Mexico:

John Muzzio image

Sea Horses
I started with Sinedot filter to give multiple curves.  I made them symmetrical using a mirroring filter.  I added Flaming Pearl’s Aetherize and flood and used the symmetrical tool.  I added a stock sea horse image, duplicated and many layers to give final finish.

John Muzzio image

Hubble Space Telescope
i used a NASA photo of Mars, used Sinedots on the image, doubled the layer, expanded the image and combined using hard light , again Sinedots, Flaming Pearl’s Flood and Glitterato.

Estelle Soh of England:
Estelle Soh image

This is a digital photomanipulation, using my own digital photographs.
How I made it:
The base photo is of a spider in a pyrex dish, against a kitchen strip light. I cropped, level-adjusted and colourised it, then used a brush to blend it into the dark background. I then copied the layer and ran it through a fractal trace filter to get the effect in the lower left corner, and erased the excess fractalised layer. Finally, I added a faint watermark of another spider photo (incidentally, of the same spider as before), using the divide function of a layer. Everything was done in the GIMP.

Larry Hill of Nevada
Larry Hill Image

The trail through Haleakala Crater on Maui crosses the lip of one of several dormant volcanoes. This is a composite of three photographs taken with the Nikon D2x. After assembly, considerable Photoshop work brought out the colors of sulphur and iron, lights and darks, individual color saturation, and sharpness. One component was resized to fit,  and the whole was skewed to remove assembly artifacts.

Marcia Fasy of Oregon

Marcia Fasy image

This photo was taken of a cow being electrically milked. He suddenly raised his head and looked at me only inches away. I don’t know who was more surprised!

He was painted in Painter IX after being edited in Photoshop CS2. using highlights/shadows, levels, and sharpening

Laurie Thompson of New Orleans

Laurie Thompson image

Feeling Strained –
made in Photoshop from photos including dried mud, my kitchen strainer and a casserole dish. The strained effect was created in Photoshop.

Tim O’Neill

Tim O'Neill image

This image was shot in the studio with a 6×8 foot larson soffbox as the mainlight, a large larson reflector as the primary fill and a Larson strip light as a kicker.  Captured on a Nikon D200 at f8.  I did basic retouching in PS2 then flattened the image and opened it in painter. I wanted a low key renaissance look so so kept my added colors more muted and vignetting the edges as I painted. The final steps included several texture layers in different modes, a curves bump for contrast, increased saturation, and dodging and burning.

Mike Butler of Canada

Mike Butler image

Reclamation
This image was created by deconstructing photos of store fronts taken on a sunday morning. The images were reassembled to suit the artist’s fancy and softened with a number of Corel Paintshop Pro software filters, Corel Painter brush strokes, third party plugins and layering.

Mike Butler image

Sunday Morning Sidewalk
This image was created by deconstructing photos of store fronts taken on a sunday morning. The images were reassembled to suit the artist’s fancy and softened with a number of Corel Paintshop Pro software filters, Corel Painter brush strokes, third party plugins and layering.

Corel Most Creative Family Photo Competition January Winner

The results are in for the creative family photo competition for January.
Corel Most Creative Family Photo Competition

Results of the January Competition

Well we have a winner for January of the Corel Snapfire software: Ursula Freer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the work Galicia

Ursula Freer image

Galicia  (the place I was born, Poland then, Russia later, Ukraine now.)
This family photos is a composite of some ancient badly faded photos of my ancestors, their home and scans of old letters. Since the photos were beyond repair I decided to keep the frame, background and mushrooms (all reminiscent of the surroundings) similarly soft to they would work together.

This work struck everyone here as  a great way to present family photos in a very powerful way.

A runner up I want to feature is by Lindy Leslie-Bitterli of Sykesville, Maryland with her work 4th Birthday Lindy Leslie-Bitterli image

These are pictures of my little boy which I took with a digital Olympus camera on his 4th Birthday.
I took each photo, resized them by 50% and then using the FREEHAND SELECTION tool, feathered by 40, extracted the part of the photo I wanted to use. I created a blank transparent canvas, then copied each selection and pasted onto the new canvas. I also use the  ONE STEP NOISE REMOVAL tool to get rid of any graininess in the photos. I then applied a DROP SHADOW to each photo. I created a gradient, using the colors from the pictures, flood filled my background and then added a paper texture to the gradient background. I added his name, selecting a font that I thought was most suitable, an extra picture which I tubed (the snake) and lastly added a border.

It is a great way to combine images in a way kids and family will love. Well done.

Get your entries in for February.

MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition January Winner

With much difficulty we have chosen the winner and runners up in the January competition.
Results of the January Competition

Some
very impressive photography was entered for this competition. In fact
this was the hardest competition we have had to judge, with so many
amazingly good entries.

The January Winner of the IR filter from MaxMax.com is David Twede’s great shot.

David Twede's winning image

For all the entries in January, visit the Infrared Photography January Competition Gallery. There were many other images that were very close to winning.

Entries are now coming in for February. Entry details are here.

MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition December Winner

With much difficulty we have chosen the winner and runners up in the December competition.
MaxMax.com Digital Infrared Photography Competition

Results of the December Competition

Some very impressive photography was entered for this competition. In fact this was the hardest competition we have had to judge, with so many amazingly good entries.

The December Winner of the IR filter from MaxMax.com is Dan Newcomb’s great shot.
Dan Newcomb's winning infrared photograph

For all the entries in December, visit the Infrared Photography December Competition Gallery.  The other finalists who were VERY close to winning it were Bira Harbour,  China garden by cappaholic and Marsh, with many others that we would also have loved to give a prize to.

Entries are now coming in for January. Entry details are here.