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November 'Motion' contest winners

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  December 15, 2008 01:25 PM

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Like A Record
First Place: "Like a Record" by shoothead

Of this photo, judge Peter Southwick of Boston University's photojournalism department said: "A really engaging image that earned the highest ranking because of the creative angle, and the right choice of lens and shutter speed to accentuate the action. The difficult light is handled well, and the subject's expression made it a winner. Everyone who looked at this picture smiled."

Warp Speed
Second Place: "Warp Speed" by Helioscribe

"It looks as though this image employed a lot of Photoshop post-production work, but the final result screams MOTION," Peter said. "Creativity was very much in play in the choice of camera angle and the use of slow shutter that accentuated the motion in the light sources while keeping the main subject sharp."

Follow the Star

Peter said this photographer employed "a tried and true technique utilizing a slow shutter and zoom during exposure, but it's not easy to do this successfully. Great care has to be given to the coordination of the zoom and shutter, but even more important is the arrangement of elements in the frame so the viewer feels the effect of the motion. This photographer pulled it off very well."

Every time I show your photographs to whatever professional photographer happens to be judging or critiquing in a given month, they look them over and inevitably say, "Wow -- these are really good." Peter Southwick was no different.

"It's a pretty impressive set of photos," said Peter, former photo director of the Globe. "There were plenty of days when I would have used one of these for a Metro section front in the paper."

Peter has been a photojournalist for many years -- with the old Real Paper, the Herald-American, the Associated Press, and the Globe. But like many photojournalists, he was too busy taking photos to ever have an exhibit of his work -- until he got to BU. The Center for Digital Imaging Arts talked him into it, and in 2006, he put on his first show. You can watch a video about the exhibit here.

The rest of this month's winners (click "Full screen" to get large versions):

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