By Sharon E. Lowe
July contest judge
There were some excellent images in this contest and it wasn't easy picking the Top 10. Everyone in the Final 50 should be commended, and the Top 10 should be especially proud of their work.
The Top Three winners:
FIRST PLACE - $100
As soon as I saw this image, I was sure it was going to be my number one choice. It is a masterfully composed and exposed image that just radiates the pure power of water. The dark clouds add to the intensity of the image and also provoke the concept of water (rain) and movement. There is so much texture, with the rocky foreground, and movement, with the sprays of water and the raging waterfall, that I can't help but imagine myself standing right there. While the eye focuses on the brighter parts of the image, the water, it also can't help but wander, allowing the viewer to lap up the
complexities and details in the image.
SECOND PLACE - $50
Again, another beautifully composed and exposed image that clearly captures the "ripples" concept. One can feel the movement of the water just by looking at the ridges in the sand. The photographer masterfully used those ridges to draw the viewer further into the image, leading us to the water and the lone tree in the background. I am also left to wonder, "Why is that tree set in the midst of the water?" and "How can it survive being surrounded by, and presumably sometimes partially under, water?" The photographer has chosen the magic hour of photography to get gorgeous light and distinct shadows that make the ridges all that more beautiful. This image is also a perfect example of using the rule of thirds with the foreground, the most interesting part of the scene, taking up most of the image and the background tree off center to make the image more dynamic.
THIRD PLACE - $25
I love totally abstract water images and this one spoke to me as a perfect example of one. The depth of the colors and the gentle shading invoke thoughts of beautiful abstract paintings. Looking at and through the image, I can just see the movement of the water yet wonder, "Was it fast moving and the photographer has managed to make it look gentle, or was it slow moving and the photographer made it seem as if there was more movement than there was?" The colors are magnificent - are they reflections of the sky or the beautiful colors from autumn leaves on trees? This image speaks serenity and looking at it is very calming to me. I think this would be beautiful printed very large on canvas; I would definitely hang it in my own house!
Here's a gallery of all 10 winners.
Don't forget to enter the August contest, which has the theme Architecture.