SCVPA Digital Image Competition
I just finished 3+ months working a special project in Washington, DC for my day job and during that time I did not touch my camera gear. When I completed my work on the project, I went on Personal Time Off and took my camera gear out of the closet. Now that my life is getting back to normal, I will try to update the blog regularly.
In October, when I was home for a weekend, I submitted two entries to the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association (SCVPA) Digital Image Competition. The SCVPA holds monthly meetings, supports various events for the city of Santa Clarita and holds several image competitions during the year. The November competition was for digital images (as opposed to printed images) and was judged by George Deloache and Duane Murphy. The 8 competition categories included Portrait and Landscape. Images were judged using elements and scoring similar to the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Ribbons were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. There were also "Best in Show" and "Judges Choice" awards. Additionally, any image scoring over 80 points was awarded a Merit image ribbon.
Having my images judged in this type of competition was a first and I learned a lot. The judges reviewed each image, scored the image and then briefly commented on the image detailing what they liked and what could be improved in the image. I submitted one image in the portrait category and one image in the landscape category. In the portrait category I submitted a crop of this image titled "Cierra".
In the landscape category, I submitted a crop of this image titled "Handrail is the Line, Beach is the Destination".
Neither image won a ribbon in their respective categories but the scoring range for all entries was narrow and "Handrail is the Line, Beach is the Destination" scored 80 points and so was awarded a Merit ribbon. I was able to modify my landscape entry based on the judges comments and I have to say that I agree that the updated image is superior. Here is the updated "Handrail is the Line, Beach is the Destination" image.
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Two updates to the image - The judges commented that the beach shoes left on the bench at the bottom of the stairs are a distraction. Cloned them out. The judges commented on the lack of detail in the top of the telephone pole and the rocks on the right side of the image so I burned in more detail.
The changes in the updated image are very subtle. Would you be willing to share with us what you did to make the changes? I'm trying to train my eye when it comes to looking at my own photos and trying to improve them - it would be very instructive to learn what someone else has done.
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