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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  May 22, 2009 01:44 PM

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Day 21 of Year 2
Nikon D80, 1/30 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 720, focal length 55mm

Judge Isa Leshko's comments:
"This image is all about breaking the rules of conventional photography and, in fact, feels more like a painting than a photograph. By not treating the subject matter too literally, the photographer created an atmospheric and moody image. This image reminds me of the work of Mark Yankus, who created impressionistic images of New York City at twilight.

"You might also be inspired by the work of Jeri Eisenberg, who is represented by Lanoue Fine Art on Newbury Street in Boston, and Nicholas Hughes' Verse 1 series of images.

"I encourage this photographer to continue experimenting with this approach to image-making. But I also want to offer a word of caution: Like any technique or photographic process, the use of blur can become a gimmick. Ask yourself when editing your work whether the image is dramatic purely because it's blurry. If the answer is yes, push yourself harder. Mind you, I grapple with this very issue when making images with toy cameras, which create very distinctive visual artifacts."


Umbrella Boat
Nikon D80, 1/250 sec. at f/4.5, ISO 1100, focal length 38mm

Isa's comments:
"This image is charming and quirky without being cute, and certainly captures a moment. I like the uniformity of the umbrellas, which causes the two different ones to particularly stand out. Perhaps a rumination on the herd mentality that frequently occurs in tourists? Without showing a single face, the image compels us to relate to the people inside the boat and their very human impulse to huddle together against the elements."


Water droplet on grass
Canon EOS 40D, 1/100 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 400, focal length 60mm

Isa's comments:
"There were several images of wet flora that were submitted to this contest, and this image was my favorite from this category. The placement of the droplets in this composition skillfully draws my eye deeper and deeper into this image. I like the use of shallow depth of field to draw attention to the few sharp droplets. Each of these sharp droplets is a small world inside which I can get lost. (My only wish is that these droplets were a bit sharper in focus to enhance this effect.) This image is a contemplation on the beauty that is all too often overlooked during the hustle and bustle of daily life."

Here's a gallery of all the Top 10 finalists, including the seven Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to all for another strong contest.

There's still time to enter the May contest.

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