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P52-5-37: Lighting Bokeh Highlights - WINNERS
Posted By: jheu02, 09-29-2013, 08:54 PM

This was a challenging P52 this week for all, photogs and judge alike. There were many good shots, but as I sat down to judge this one, I went back to the tutorial, and the objective of this challenge bokeh HIGHLIGHTS, and a few really stood out. That doesn't make the other shots any less good, just they didn't quite fit the theme and challenge as I saw it.

So here's how I looked at the topic...most shots have some form of bokeh in them, since most shots have a portion which is out of focus. The challenge here was to make some of that portion, specifically the highlights, play an integral role in the shot.

So this week's winner is mtux. Mehrdad's shot used the dots of light to create orbs which the mantis looks like it's dancing on. Clearly they're integral to the shot, as without them, the mantis would have had no reference point. I would have preferred that it was shot wide open for perfect circles, vs seeing that the lens has a 7 bladed diaphram, but that's a nit.

robmitchell's shot also featured prominent highlights, but as he admitted, it was a little cliched, and just didn't have the appeal of mtux's.

I placed Tess's shot in third as the highlights gave a nice feel to the shot, summery/sunny, but I wouldn't call them a prominent feature that the shot couldn't really do without, more a byproduct of the focal point.

Again, all the shots were good, but these three stood out to me as best fitting the objective for this P52.
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Congrats to the winner!
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Oh! thanks John!
This is the first time I won a challenge in PF.

PS: What should I do now?
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You are the winner of....a new car! Just kidding. You get to judge the next Project 52 theme.

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Congratulations Mtux, that is a very worthy winner, and as Jheu02 says, it looks like the mantis is hopping on the dots. My choice for 1st place too. And congrats too to robmitchell and Tess for 2nd and third placings. Nice bunch of images, and more entries too! Thanks for hosting and judging Jheu02.
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Well done Mehrdad! A beautiful photo, and now you get to judge the next P52 contest! Congratulations to Rob and Tess, too. Thanks much for your thoughtful judging, John.
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Congratulations to mtux on the win this week. Thanks for being the judge on this challenge John
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Thanks guys

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A truly fantastic and unique shot mtux! Love everything about it and preying mantis' are my favourite insect. Great job everyone.... and thanks for judging John. I had a lot of fun with this challenge.

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