In judging February's "Loving Portraits" contest, Globe staff photographer Suzanne Kreiter said she was "very impressed by the depth of the interpretation of portraits of love. There are many truly successful portraits that scream love and devotion.
"I was delighted to see a number of successful portraits WITHOUT faces showing! Very inventive -- a trick I've used in the past and will now be inspired to use again! Thanks for that!
"In general, the lighting was excellent in most of the entries. The use of color -- or lack of color -- was used successfully as well.
"Sometimes out-of-focus portraits can still tell the story of a person, but it's hard to pull off. Only a few in this contest have made it into the Final 50. In general, SOME part of the photo needs to be in focus for it to work.
"I would also suggest that more attention be paid to framing in these portraits -- it's crucial to position people in a way that the viewer's eye goes directly to the most 'telling' part of the photo."
Suzanne will soon give us her picks for the Top 10, including First, Second, and Third Place.
Meanwhile, the 50 finalists can bask in the glory.
Here's a look back at all of your entries:
And don't forget that the March "The Items We Carry" contest is open.
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