We’re rocking through the #VoTogs52 project and this year is proving great so far. A great collection of people with fantastic images being posted in response to the challenges. We’re now into Week 9 which means this here is the wrap for Weeks 5 through 8!We are, again, extremely thankful to ThinkTankPhoto for their support for our project here! Later in this post, we will be announcing the winner of the second Pixel Pocket memory card wallet for the year. Oh! And, with how fast time is flicking by, it won’t be long and we’ll be giving away a Think Tank Photo Turnstyle camera bag during the quarter wrap! Very exciting!
If you want to join the fun, and be in the running to win some awesome TTP gear, it’s not too late! Anybody is welcome to join any time! Jump over to read the rules — just because you join late doesn’t mean you’re not eligible for prizes — if you complete every photo for the prize period in question, you could win! i.e. If you complete photos for Weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12, you’d be eligible for the next Pixel Pocket, even if you’ve not completed the weeks previous (though, you’d need the weeks prior to be a chance of winning the bag!). Pop over and have a read of the rules to figure out what I mean!
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!
Pop by later in the week, too, as we have another exciting announcement to make! We will be launching a NEW challenge on Sunday! Is the 52 too daunting a project for you to commit to completing? Then what is coming will be perfect for you!
Week 5 asked our photographers to get in touch with their emotional side and express in their photography. Here’s what we said:
Here we go, second monthly wrap for 2015. Week 5 is rife with emotions, as we invited everyone explore the theme whether within themselves or someone (or something) else. Wolvesaspets’ photo I thought did a wonderful job of capturing the fervent emotions of some 76,000 people mostly in the Green and Gold colours of Australia. Great job Steve, and great job Socceroos!
Week 5 saw sadness, loneliness, isolation, determination, happiness, joy, love and affection. A whole range of emotions flooded the images, but it was Susan’s photo of pure bliss and contentment that was my choice for this week. While perhaps I would’ve liked to have seen things a tiny bit different with camera settings (lowering the ISO and opening the aperture, to give a shallower depth of field), the technical prowess to capture the ‘steam’ rising from the tea cup, and that relaxed look of happiness, wound up perfect for me. Well done, Susan.
A shout out to Beckers, too, with a little bit of constructive criticism for her “My Happy Teenagers” image. A great image, and it was almost my pick. I would perhaps suggest slightly different composition, though, because it doesn’t quite sit right for me. The teenagers either needed to form a cross vertically/horizontally or diagonally, but, as they are, they are slightly askew. I feel, had each teen been in a corner of the frame, the image would have been so much stronger. But a great photograph, regardless!
Week 6 asked people to incorporate blue into their image, anyway they saw fit…
All about blue was the Week 6 theme. It could be your mood, jazz or simply the colour. Fireball’s caught my eye with a hilarious take on the Rubik’s Cube. My only suggestion is that to be more mindful of the background. The clutter was a little distracting.
Also a mention for King Marty and his posse of stormtroopers, scoring a BSOD on a Samsung Galaxy (?). Nice shot!
Ah, blue. A week of strong images all round! But my pick goes to Cornie for his suave and classy image of him in his suit. Something about this image just oozes sophistication and was a superb image with a lovely dark, rich blue being the feature. I might suggest, though, that you check your monitor settings, as many of your images could use just a slight bump in exposure, but each week your images are becoming stronger and stronger.
A loud shout out to Dye for her Storm Warning… image. Little did she know that the following week she would be out in the middle of a snow-storm, just like in this one, for her nightscape photo! Sorry about that, Dye!
Week 7 asked people to venture out and capture a landscape at night. A nightscape, if you shall…
Week 7 proved to be a little challenging for some of our VoTogs52ers, coincidentally timed with the big freeze over in the States. That along with some of us who are a little less mobile at night made for a difficult week. Linda’s stunning photo on top of Mount Buffalo here in Victoria, Australia is hands down my pick for this theme. You know Linda, if I had an invite I could have brought my coffee machine along … nevermind that it needs a wall socket to work.
A nod to David with his light trails from Aberdeen, the land of wee laddies and lassies. I hope you are managing your “blue” condition.
I couldn’t go past this image. A superb nightscape of one of Newcastle’s most iconic locations. A beautiful use of long exposure, the city lights, and leading lines. Fun fact: A few years ago, above the Civic Fountain, large fig trees lined the street in front of the city library. As such, this place was loved by photographers. After much protest, the trees were eventually cut down. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this place is still beautiful and iconic. Beautiful photo, Kerry.
Week 8 saw Kevin issue the challenge to celebrate Chinese New Year and take an Asian inspired image.
I had the absolute pleasure of snookering myself in Week 8. The Asian theme should have been a snap but I found myself trying not to take a cliched image. I really like mklacy’s shot down the street, capturing the hustle and bustle and the overwhelmingly colourful scene using just an iPhone. My only comment would be to (if possible) to have moved a meter or so to the left to center up the street in the shot.
Also a nod to Susan with the beautiful tribute to her late Georgia. Personally I would have incorporated her collar into the composition, either around the neck of the dragon, or encircling the dragon’s foot.
This week there was only one choice for me. From the moment it was posted, it was my pick. Marcela’s been producing strong images, week in, week out, but her Asian inspired self-portrait was stunning. Perfect composition, superb execution, and beautiful make-up saw an image that made me stop the moment I saw it. Nicely done!
So, our winner for the 2nd Monthly Wrap of #VoTogs52 2015?
Due to a few people missing a week or two (due to illness, bad backs, mistakes processing film or just being generally busy) in this four week period, we were down a few people for the draw. So, we had 74 entries in the draw this time around…
And the winner of the Think Tank Photo Pixel Pocket memory card wallet is Fireball! Congratulations! Will be in touch soon!
Get cracking on Week 9’s photo, everyone! Remember, you just need to have Weeks 9 through 12 to be eligible for the next Pixel Pocket! BUT, if you want to be in contention for the bag, you best start catching up quick! Good luck!