So, here we are! Our first Monthly Wrap of 2015, where Kevin and I both choose our favourites and pass on some suggestions on others! It’s been an eventful start to the year for both Kevin and I and we are extremely happy with how VoTogs is building with the help from you, the community, joining our #VoTogs52 project.
We had planned on having this here wrap up last week. But we wanted to wait… We wanted to wait until we could announce something…And we are extremely happy to announce that #VoTogs52 is now proudly sponsored by ThinkTankPhoto!
That’s right, folks, we have been in talks and managed to secure sponsorship for our 52 Project! We will be giving away one Pixel Pocket memory card wallet each month when Kevin and I do our wrap. On top of this we have something special planned for the Quarterly wraps, during which we will also be giving away a Think Tank Photo Turnstyle camera bag!
What’s that? You want a chance to win some awesome TTP stuff, but we’re already six weeks into the year? Well, you can still catch up! We have updated the rules for the challenge to explain how we are giving away prizes, so jump over and have a look (whether you’re new or not). But, in brief, to be eligible for prizes, you must have completed every photo within the time period of the wrap. i.e. Every photo for the month, or every photo for the quarter. Pop over and have a read of the updated rules!
If you’re new and want to join us, read the rules, then pop over to the forums and sign up (hint: photographers use a “camera”), post an introduction, and jump on in! Whether you’re a professional or have just picked up your first camera over Christmas, you’re most welcome to join us! Yes, we even have members using their phone cameras, too!
And four weeks in! We have a great group of people participating and a great range of photographs being submitted. Let’s get straight into the wrap, week by week!
Week 1 was all about the selfie. Again. After taking self-portraits every week for a year, we set the challenge to do just one more as a means of introducing people. There were a great range of photos. Here’s what we said:
Lovely to see quite a few familiar faces returning from our 2014 challenge. Well done Justin, who came bolting out of the gate with a winner. So many things done right — leading lines, rule of thirds, along with a great concept and great execution.
What a great start to the year! So happy to see so many familiar faces return and so many new faces join us. Yet, after seeing his face every week for a year, David is getting my pick for Week 1. There is a lovely sense of balance to this image, with the photo broken up into thirds nicely, and a great tone and lovely narrative to the image. Never has a post-Christmas/New Year lazy slumber been so clear.
Bonus mention to Fireball73; you completed the brief with sharing with us one of your passions, and I’m a MASSIVE Matthew Reilly fan, so you definitely deserve a nod.
My first critique of the year comes straight in Week 1! King Marty, I loved your image. The colours and lighting and focus are spot on. The mischievous smile speaks volumes about you (and your son in Week 5 seems to have inherited so much!). BUT, the composition is SLIGHTLY off. The fingers being cut off was a shame.
Week 2 asked people to employ the Rule of Thirds. A fundamental composition technique presented a challenge, and everyone rose to the challenge. Landscapes to portraits, we saw the rule employed in a variety of ways.
I really like Kercam21’s image in Week 2. It is not the traditional rule of thirds with the power intersections but it works for me. It would have taken some planning and patience to get this shot. It’s dynamic, the hoofs in the air, the dust and gravel being kicked up and just enough lighting on the horses so they are not lost in the shadows.
Corni receives my first critique for #VoTog52 2015. Really feel your image has potential and is a great capture of Marcela. Perhaps it is the edit but I feel that she could have stood out more from the background colour. Secondly none of the facial features actually falls on the intersecting lines for rule of thirds, which would have made for a much stronger image.
Rule of Thirds is a favourite of mine. I admittedly don’t use it often, but when it is used it can add so much depth and punch to an image. WolvesAsPets image for Week 2 was a knock out for me. A bright, vivid, graphic-esque image. The balance of Rule of Thirds is perfect — the sunglassses right on the right line, the nose piece on the upper top right corner, the pole on the left line. A superbly balanced image and one that grabs the attention of the viewer.
A special mention to Michelle, too. This image captures Sylvie in a moment which, admittedly, probably won’t be hanging on the wall any time soon. But it sits well with the Rule of Thirds (her eye on the corner, the image balanced) and captures a real moment. Nicely done.
Week 3 required the use of a prop in the photograph. The inclusion of paper saw some creative and unique photos. Who would have thought a pesky piece of paper could inspire so many images!
Good image by Michelle, made me laugh. Life with kids and a home to run, totally know that feeling.
Paper had plenty of great images, but one popped. Dye’s Week 3 image captivated from the start. The simplicity of a paper fan, the lighting and black, the mysterious and captivating eyes. Just a gorgeous image.
Week 4 was another technique asking photographers to use lines and, if they wanted the challenge, employ Leading Lines. There were some great photographs that led the eye to the subjects and created some compelling images. Here’s what we said.
Nice ass, Dye. Now that I got that out of the way, love the image. It is suggestive, tasteful, very much leading line (and leading on err yep). Perfect in black and white.
Second critique of the year. Good effort by Bob living away from home right now. As a suggestion I would have brought the boots forward so they are more prominent, or stuck myself on the white patch just behind where the boots are now. Leading lines should lead to … something.
Pick of the week for Leading Lines was a tough one, but I couldn’t go past Justin’s image in the end. A solid image, though, if I were to pick on him (which I should, since he has one pick already in this wrap), I would suggest maybe ‘lying’ a little through Photoshop and removing the building/tree on the left side of frame. It distracts the eye and really shows the lens distortion of the wide angle. But, those leading lines are perfect down to the sole tree. A somewhat morose and sombre image, and strikingly beautiful at that.
A quick critique of Fireball73‘s image for Week 4. I LOVE the use of the curved framework of the awnings acting as your leading line; that was brilliant. What was perhaps a let down was the subject in which they lead to… While, understandably, you may have been pressed for time when you saw this, I do wonder if this image would have been stronger with the Aus Post truck either being in a slightly different position in the shot (done by you changing your angle when shooting) or if there had been something else in the frame instead of Australia Post. But, as I said, I really dig the lines. A unique take on the theme. Well done!
So, that’s our thoughts on the first four weeks. So, there’s one thing left to do, yeah?
We have to give away our first prize! Everyone who had completed the first four weeks at the time of publishing this went into the draw. And the lucky number that was drawn out? 106!
The winner of our first Think Tank Photo Pixel Pocket memory card wallet is Dye! Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to get some details from you to get your prize on its way to you!