Posts Tagged ‘Up’

Photobird Photo Contest Winners for December

January 1, 2009

“The Austrian Alps”
© Copyright Andrei

Thank you to everyone who entered the Photobird Photo Contest for December! The theme was “Up” and you submitted a wide variety of uplifting entries. There were birds up in the air, sports up above, skies up there, and architecture when you look up.

Congratulations to Andrei, winner of the Photobird Award with his photo “The Austrian Alps” shown above. I wrote about Andrei’s beautiful photo in the first half of December. I wrote that Andrei’s photo “looks absolutely heavenly. It looks like you’re at the top of the world, with snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s definitely one of the best photos of the Alps that I’ve seen.” This photo makes you feel like you’re really up there.

Congratulations to Dacia, winner of the People’s Choice Award with the photo “Looking up“. The photo is very well composed with good color. I’m not quite sure what this structure is though. Perhaps it’s an old industrial building, with circular stairs inside the structure on the left and the floors are on the right. The screens are where the windows are to help keep the birds out, but to enable people to lean out to look outside. At least, that’s my guess. Anyone know for sure?

Andrei and Dacia will each receive the following prizes:

Congratulations again to both winners!

It’s a new year. You must have a lot of plans and things you’d like to accomplish this year. I do. Are you ready? Set? “Go” is the theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for January. The Photobird Photo Contest is free to enter, so be sure to get your entry in and have your friends vote on their favorite photos before month’s end.

For more information on the contest, please check out the details here and, if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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7 Days Left: Photo Contest for December

December 25, 2008

“Merry Sparkling Christmas”
© Copyright Duane R. Schoon

One of the spectacular photos entered in the Photobird Photo Contest for December is Duane R. Schoon’s photo “Merry Sparkling Christmas“, shown above. The photo is very creatively orchestrated using a 30-second exposure and a sparkler to create the light.

Note also that the composition of the photo has the tree off to the right instead of directly in the center. This composition using the Rule of Thirds makes the photo more dynamic and allows the city lights in the background to play more of a supportive role in the photo.

As you may be able to see by looking at the photo, to create the Christmas tree effect, the sparkler is started at the bottom of the tree and is zig-zagged up to the top where the “star” is. A very cool shot indeed!

Merry Sparkling Christmas everyone!

There’s just 7 days remaining in the Photobird Photo Contest for December. Be sure to enter your photo before the end of day December 31. The theme of the contest is “Up”.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for December will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their contest entries at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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1 Week Left: Photo Contest for December

December 19, 2008

“Fly”
© Copyright Pradip Datta

As I wrote last week, I generally prefer color photos over black and white photos. I’ve been thinking about that some more, and I think the reason I don’t care for many black and white photos is that there are few really good ones. The reason there are few really good ones is that I think black and white photos need to be extra special to reach a decent level. In order to create extra special black and whites, the photographer needs to know photography really well and usually have a lot of experience.

Color photos are easier to appreciate because color appeals to us humans. With black and white photos though, there’s no color so we must rely on other unique, attractive characteristics of the photo to enjoy it. If the black and white photo has no other unique, attractive characteristics, then it won’t be a good photo. With black and white photos, there’s no color in the photo, obviously, so the photographer needs to make a special effort to make the photo attractive in some other way. That’s hard to do, and a lot of people don’t know how to make a photograph look good without color.

One person who does seem to know his black and white photography is Pradip Datta who entered his photo “Fly“, shown above, into the Photobird Photo Contest for December. His photo works well for a few reasons. First, he’s using the Rule of Thirds with the positioning of the vertical pole on the left. The horizontal bar at the bottom with the two birds on it works well as a framing feature. Finally, the bird taking off is shown in an unusual, stretched form that we’re not accustomed to seeing; we usually see birds in flight with their wings extended to their sides and we usually don’t see their legs in flight.

How would this photo have worked in color? Probably not very well at all. Imagine a blue sky, brown or black poles, and green palm trees at the bottom in the far background. All of that color would have detracted from the elements I wrote about above, especially the unique form of the bird in flight. Therefore, the photo is best in black and white. Do you agree or do you have another perspective? Please let me know in the comments.

There’s just over 1 week remaining in the Photobird Photo Contest for December. Be sure to enter your photo before the end of day December 31. Your photo can be in color or black and white, and the contest is free to enter! The theme of the contest is “Up”.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for December will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their contest entries at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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20 Days Left: Photo Contest for December

December 12, 2008

“The Austrian Alps”
© Copyright Andrei

There’s still time to enter the Photobird Photo Contest for December, which ends on December 31, 2008 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. The contest is free to enter and the theme for this month’s contest is “Up”.

The contest photo shown above entitled “The Austrian Alps” by Andrei looks absolutely heavenly. It looks like you’re at the top of the world, with snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s definitely one of the best photos of the Alps that I’ve seen.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for December will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their contest entries at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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Photobird Photo Contest for December

December 1, 2008

Fort Funston Photo © Copyright Ed Krimen

Things are looking up! “Up” is theme for the Photobird Photo Contest for December.

The photo shown above was one of the many hang gliding photos I took at Fort Funston in San Francisco where hang gliders abound when you look up. You can see more hang gliding action and more of my Fort Funston photos in my Photobird photo album.

Enter the Photobird Photo Contest for December here before your time is up! The contest is always free to enter and this month’s contest ends December 31 at 11:59pm Pacific time.

Photobird Photo Contest details:

The two winners for the Photobird Photo Contest for December will each receive the following cool prizes:

Read more details about the monthly contest here.

Every monthly Photobird Photo Contest has two winners. At the end of each month, we pick one winner for the Photobird Award, and we will tally your votes to determine the one winner for the People’s Choice Award.

See the previous contests and their contest entries at this link.

Go here to enter the contest. And be sure to have your family and friends vote for their favorite entries to help select the People’s Choice Award. (You can send them a quick little reminder here.)

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or in the Photobird forums.

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