A little while back, we passed Week 26, which, of course, is the half way point of our 52 Selfies Project!
If you want to see all the themes so far, pop on over here.
We have some folk who are killing this, producing great photos every week, on time, and getting better every step of the way! We have some late comers who are busy at work catching up. And we have some stragglers, Peter and Kevin included, who are stumbling behind but determined to make it. To those who are on time so far, we congratulate you and cheer you on so we can live vicariously through your punctuality.
So, as part of the 2nd Quarter Wrap, we asked everyone participating to nominate their favourite photo of their own that they took between Week 14 and Week 26, along with someone else’s photo and give a brief reason why. This is what people had to say (in order they were received):
Bob Woods said:
My favourite that I took was the silhouettes week, I struggled with the technique but did some reading that enabled me to take the shot that I wanted.
My favourite that someone else took was the one from Susan and her seven deadly sins triptych, I thought it was well put together and I also liked the vibrancy of the colours in the shot.
Barbara Nicholas said:
My favourite that I took has to be my serendipity image. Mostly, I was very pleased with how the lighting turned out.
Veronica Bownie’s serendipity. It just makes me want to keep looking. The colors, the feel, everything about it is something I would purchase to hang in my home.
David Beach said:
I think that will have to be my seven deadly sins picture. It’s the shadows and the mystery behind that gaze that wins for me. Plus it annoyed Peter when I came bolting out of the gate with it. I’m sure it annoyed Kevin too because it’s a B+W with colour! :D
Whose photo out of the others is my favorite for the second quarter? That’s a toughy. There are so many talented photographers in our bunch. Adriana always has an interesting take on the themes and her skills with the iPhone — amazing. Susan has developed so much in only 6months and she is only getting better. Veronica has an honest fun nature about her photography which I love. Alisha- you made me do this, and I’m truly grateful of that. Show case your talent Lish! You are fantastic! Kudos to Barbara, Hope, Emilee, Courtney, Shanelle, Jenn, Alea, Marcela, Bob, Peter, Kevin and Simon (all the regulars I can remember off the top of my head!)
My favourite, though, goes to Linda for her triptych photo. Just for the reason of colour! I love the bright vibrance, nailed the focus and the reflection is perfect!
Susan Swartz said:
A difficult choice. I love my Seven Deadly Sins( wrath) image because, technically, it’s probably one of the best I have done to date. But I love my shadows image because of the interpretation behind it. I only wish I could have executed it better. And there are three others I would put at the top of my list for different reasons. However, since I have to pick ONE……. hmmm……I think I have to go with Chocolate or Egg (my egg) image because technically it’s one of my better images AND I love what it means to me.
Another difficult choice… I like several of Adriana’s but I need to go with Bob’s Silhouette image. It’s very Alfred Hitchcock. I like the play, love the light – perfect silhouette. I know we’re not supposed to select either of you two but for Peter, my favourite (of the ones submitted so far) is the ribbon – bow tie image. I love the color (both of the ribbon & the ginger beard) and it’s just a fun image to me. It makes me smile. Of Kevin’s images, my favourite is Serendipity – with he & his son. So precious. What more needs to be said.
Adriana Glackin said:
Umbrella is my fav as deep down I love hamming it up. The inner ‘dag’ is never far from the surface.
Jenn Russo’s umbrella shot is my fav. Her attention to prop, styling, pose, and composition make this one super adorable image.
Jenn Russo said:
Umbrella. I love creating creating characters. If I had the time I’d create one for every photo. There is something so freeing about stepping out of yourself for a bit or even finding an unknown part of yourself in a character.
There were so many fantastic shots, it’s so hard for me to choose. I love seeing everyone’s different interpretations of each theme. Since I have to choose, I’d pick Adriana’s Silhouette photo as my favorite. If that photo was a book, I’d stay up all night reading it. If it was a movie, I wouldn’t sleep for a week!
Alea Schroeder said:
My favorite photo I have taken was my ‘Umbrella’ photo. Granted, I’ve only taken a few this quarter, but I was very pleased with the way the light looked through the silk of the umbrella.
I have several favorites for this quarter: Veronica’s ‘Lust’ is so simple, but so true to the theme! Look at those sexy apricots! Adriana’s ‘Silhouette’ and ‘Diptych/Triptych’ are so eloquent and give you a whole story! Her pictures inspire me take photos like that instead of my clunky ‘This is me wearing something red!’ I loved Linda’s ‘Shadows’ for the literal interpretation of the theme, and the metaphorical use of her daughter. And lastly, Jenn’s ‘Passions’ is so lovely with the lights in the Eiffel Towers. Too many good pictures, I couldn’t pick!
Courtney Laura said:
My favourite shot was my umbrella shot. So colorful and so significant to me. I’ve had some tough weeks lately and the rainbow is symbolic of the peace and beauty after a storm. It also got me mentioned in the wrap up from Kevin and Peter and that was a special moment for me.
I can’t name just one photo but a whole collection. David Beach. He’s great. I laugh, cry and nod my head in approval over his unique view of this world through the themes. Whilst I’m sad at the loss of a teddy bear, I look forward to his photo each week. Thank you, David.
Hope Gonzales said:
[My favourite image by someone else is] a really tough choice, but one of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head is Emilee Pitkin’s Seven Deadly Sins photo. I really like her style of photos.
Shadows has been my favorite of the weeks so far. I admire my idea and out of the box thinking showing that shadows happen in the strangest places.
My favorite photo was Mel’s week 17. The colors are beautiful, it’s playful and her nails are the cutest! She is always playful and inspiring in all of her photos and she was ultimately the one who got me really interested in photography to begin with.
Emilee Pitkin said:
I choose my Seven Deadly Sins photo and Barbara’s Sleep photo, purely on creativity and out of the box thinking.
Kevin Cheng said:
This quarter is proving difficult for me to choose from my own crop. Technically I feel I have achieved more with simpler compositions than I have in the first quarter. In the end I feel that ritual evokes emotions every time I look at it.
So way back in Week 14 Courtney’s splash of colour caught my attention, and for the community wrap, it’s still caught my attention.
Peter Bower said:
Because, well, cute. And, honestly, because I’ve not taken that many images in this quarter. Working away at that! Shh!
Soooooooooo many brilliant images. Everyone keeps progressing and growing as photographers, and it’s brilliant to watch, week in and week out, as they do. For me, my pick was difficult. But one image stuck for me. In my mind, which I didn’t even have to look through the archives to look at other images. I have always loved this Umbrella image since Alisha posted it. I am not sure what it is about it, but it draws me in. The subtle tones, lines, the composition — everything blends perfectly for me.
Finally, we have that announcement everyone has been waiting for! Everyone who completed every image from Week 14 through Week 26 inclusive were put into the draw to win an awesome prize. Those who had been on time from the start received two entries into the draw, while everyone who caught up received one entry. We assigned every entry a number and used a random number generator to decide our winner.
In brief, this is a great light modifier to put a different spin on your photography. It comes flat packed, is easy to assemble, and helps give you a nice, smooth light on your subject while shooting through the middle. While, naturally, being a DIY piece of equipment, it’s not going to last if you throw it around, it is a well designed and sturdy item to have at your disposal. (Check out Kevin’s Week 29’s Selfie for another image with the Ring Light in use.)
It does work best with a speedlight with wireless triggers, but if our winner doesn’t have those, well, I am sure, being a DIY product, that you can think of a way to put it to good use (i.e. using a high power torch or the like instead).
The winner of the DIY Ring Flash (review still coming!) is…
Lucky number 15 came out, which was Veronica’s number!
Please shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal details and we will get the Ring Flash sent to you soon!
Considering how late this wrap has been coming, we’ll be doing the 3rd Quarter Wrap in no time at all!