I very much enjoyed hearing your advice about selection of best image for the upcoming Flower Show Photography Contest. Thank you! The deadline for entries is today, so the photograph is at J&D Photos now being printed and mounted on black foam board.
Since there were wonderful comments about each photo, I thought you might enjoy seeing them in color too. Look how different they are!
Do the images look the way you thought they would?
Does the addition of color change your favorite?
After more thought, I eliminated two photos. Beach Walk was taken with my older camera and the resolution was not quite up to par. Solitude, one of my favorite photos of all times, was too risky. One of the contest guidelines noted works should “reflect the interests of the Garden Club of America,” and I was afraid the judges would discredit the photo because of the cruise ship.
The selection came down to the final two, but both had slight problems. The first, Winter Reflections, is dramatic but not unusual. In fact, it looks like an image you would see in a calendar or made into a puzzle. Plus, there is a class for trees, which might influence its appraisal. Fresh Catch is dramatic, but the tips of the eagle’s wing feathers are not in the frame and the focus on the subject is good, but not fabulous.
In the end, I decided to take my chances with Fresh Catch. Why? It is as powerful as a monochrome image as it is in color. Plus, your comments proved it is a subject to be reckoned with. I know the photo will be admired, even if it is not the winner.