- March 11, 2019 at 8:59 am #394860
This week our Guest Judge was Maureen Photograph @maureenphoto. Here is what she had to say.
“Every once in a great while, I come across an image that hits my Big Three: 1. Immediate visual/emotional impact; 2. Perfect technical execution; and 3. Meaningful subject matter. Erik Fransman's “The Birds” hits this trifecta in spades.
The composition is bold and clear. Deceptively simple, it draws you in with its clean perspective lines. Every element serves a purpose. Even the five faint towers in the distance contribute to the whole. As for the technique, it speaks for itself. It works.
The subject — birds and wind towers — is compelling, leading to debates on matters such as the place of nature vs. human-built structures, even those regarded as earth-friendly/”green.” Plenty to chew on.
Congratulations Erik, well done!
I'd also like to recognize two outstanding images in the Monochrome/Duotone forum as runner-ups.
Andrew Tucker's infrared image of Balboa Park in San Diego is an amazing phantasmagorical rendition of this lovely place. Reminds me of the Emerald City in black-and-white. Gorgeous and bold — I love it!
Kudos also for Ashfaque Ahmed's image of a railroad yard. Maybe I've been reading too many WWII books lately, but I feel an uneasy atmosphere of foreboding. Scary and well-captured.”
Links to the runner-ups will be posted below.
- March 11, 2019 at 9:01 am #394861
- March 11, 2019 at 10:40 am #394879
Congrats Erik. I liked this right off and my comments about it being a candidate as a commercial environmental poster on the original post still stand.
- March 11, 2019 at 11:18 am #394889
Congrats Erik. This image definitely touches a few topics. Very well done.
- March 11, 2019 at 11:52 am #394921
Good one Erik. I like this one. And, Andrew Balboa Park is extraordinary as is Ashfaque's Railroad Yard image. So well done all of you.
- March 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm #394939
A very visually appealing photograph. I cannot come up with anything more to add to Maureen's spot on description. Congratulations.
- March 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm #394953
Congrats Erik, great image, for all the reasons already mentioned!
“Balboa Park” by Andrew Tucker, and “Railroad Yard” by Ashfaque Ahmed, both really good contenders.
- March 11, 2019 at 8:43 pm #395001
Congratulations Erik. Great shot with great perspective, both visually and environmentally.
Both runners-up are wonderfully interesting captures too.
- March 12, 2019 at 4:01 am #395060
Thank you Maureen Photograph for choosing “The Birds” as POTW.
I appreciate and are humbled by your comments.
I also like to thank the other Lightstalkers for commenting and by making suggestions for improvement. However, I am happy that you chose the originally posted color version. That is my favorite too.
As you say, the image stirs up some debate on matters such as the place of nature vs. human-built structures. Something most people do not think about when they look at the green Wind Turbines.
Thanks all for the congratulations!
- March 12, 2019 at 4:31 am #395076
Awesome! Congratulations on POTW Erik 🙂
- March 12, 2019 at 8:11 am #395101
Congrats on POTW Erik 🙂
- March 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm #395524
Congratulations Erik on POTW!
- March 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm #396000
Marvellous, Erik! Congratulations
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