Holiday Photo Contest Winners

By Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse (Zanymuse) on March 4, 2013

POSTED ON BEHALF OF WREN: For those who have not been with us from the beginning of these contest-we started them to help improve our photo taking skills. I am seeing more improvement all the time. There are a lot of great pictures entered in this contest. It was very hard to limit the number I chose. As usual, I tried to choose the pictures that where the best examples of good photography, this meant that I had to cut some good pictures, that just had tiny flaws. You all are improving, so I also have to be a little tougher on the judging.

I am very proud of everyone of you who entered this contest.  Keep up the good work.

 herbie43                                                           FIRST PLACE

1st place herbie43
This is a wonderful picture.  The only thing I would change, would be to cut bottom
row of rugs off. This would have enlarged the rest of the picture.

mcash70                                                        SECOND PLACE

2nd place mcash70
 I really love this.  Brings to mind the carol "Silent Night"
 Night time pictures are hard to get and this one is very, very, good

adinamiti                                                         THIRD PLACE

3rd place adinamiti

 A really nice picture and good example  of the "rule of thirds".
 Being off center makes it a much better picture than if the flower was centered

mcash70                                                             FOURTH PLACE

4th place mcash70

This is a perfect indoor picture.  Not too much light, not to little.   




 Thumb of 2013-01-23/adinamiti/019190  
This one makes me hungry. Indoor pictures are hard to take and food also
 is hard to  get right in a picture. This was my favorite of all the holiday food pictures.

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 Love this, very good picture of a happy little boy.

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 This is good, though I think it would be a better with a little more light. Or if your camera
  lets you set the exposure-then a little over exposure would make it brighter

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I know this is not what most people would call a Holiday picture but it is a SUPER picture.
Kellie took a so so object and turned it into something fascinating.  And it is my idea of a great holiday pictures.

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This is a nice picture that needs a little more light
 Thumb of 2013-01-15/sunkissed/45540b   This is a nice example of a picture with a out of focus background.  It makes a very, very, nice picture           

 Thumb of 2013-01-16/mcash70/162ee2
Another very nice picture, everything is in focus and the lighting is good.

 Thumb of 2013-01-23/wildflowers/1ce83e  
 I like this picture very much.  You have a good eye for
  landscapes.  It has a lot of good points but it has a  common
  problem-this is one I make all the time.  The picture is not level.  
  But it can easily be corrected by cropping it. Many of the photo editing programs
  allow you to tilt the crop frame before you finish. Or like me carry a tiny
  level with you.  They have them that fit on the flash shoe

Thumb of 2013-01-15/Kelli/e8dc6c
Thumb of 2013-01-15/Kelli/26ffa0
Both of these pictures are great. They show how almost anything can be made into a great picture.

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I know this is not a true holiday picture but I love macro photos and this is a great one.
I feel all of you are getting a lot better. Everyone of you are developing a good eye for what will make a great picture.
But y'all still need some work on lighting and focus, not a lot, but some.

Reflections were a problem in a few pictures. This is a hard thing to fix. I am still trying to learn how to use a Polarizing filters so I do understand how hard to it is to fix this. 

Related articles:
photo contest, winners announcement.

About Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse
Interests: Love, Life, Laughter These are the important things in the human experience.

I love learning and sharing. I enjoy life and laughter makes life enjoyable.

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Comments and discussion:
Subject Thread Starter Last Reply Replies
Thank you herbie43 Mar 9, 2013 10:13 AM 10
Thank you Wren wildflowers Mar 4, 2013 8:39 AM 0

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