Hello and thank you to all the attendees of our workshop series this past March in Scottsdale, AZ at the SkySong Center. We are proud to finally announce the winners of our Photography Shootout:
1st Place goes to Pat Del Duca for his very unique portrait of Eric in front of the Tempe Center for the Arts. The reason I chose this image for first place out of all the submissions was primarily due to the striking balance between the subject’s pose and the architectural lines on top of the building. With a little post-production work and a bit of flare coming through the sky I think this image would really, really shine. The exposure is spot on and the overall process is a bit flat, the strength of the composition is not to be overlooked. Excellent job Pat!
2nd place goes out to Audra McQuarie for an image of Eric looking off into the sunset on the pedestrian bridge that spans across Tempe Town Lake, with some nice framing from the TCA in the background. This image actually bears resemblance to the lead off image that we used as the header for this very page. There is a nice bounced highlight from a reflector eliminating what would otherwise be a harsh shadow up front, and the shallow DOF really works to frame the subject nicely. Nice job Audra!
3rd place goes out to Tim Schneider for a third image of Eric – note that the processing on this particular image is in stark contrast (literally) to the image above. The blacks are very deep and there is a different tone altogether, and while it is not my personal preference for processing , the stoic look on Eric’s face matches up nicely with the color tone. Nice work Tim!
I would also like to award “honorable mentions” to the following images:
Honorable Mention #1 goes out to Jeff Buehrle for his excellent use of composition for the above portrait of Amber. This image could really pop with post processing but we appreciate the non-processed strength in it’s current state. This image is another great example of when the rule of thirds comes into play to strengthen a shot. Thanks Jeff!
Honorable Mention #2 goes out to Sonya Pursehouse for another strong shot of Amber with a lovely catch-light from a reflector to give her eyes a nice glow. The thin DOF also works well here and while we aren’t too excited about the marginal cutoff at the bottom of her wrist this is still a great image. Great job Sonya!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the shootout!! Even for those who do not win a prize it is my goal that each and every one of you walked away with a better understanding of photography, and your camera, than you came with. If you would like to progress your skills even further, I encourage you to utilize the Online Resources Page I have set up and explore the many websites dedicated to increasing your photographic aptitude.
I am also hosting the five powerpoint presentations that I utilized during the workshop for attendees to download directly as a zip file from the following link (please right click, then save as):
2012 Workshop Slides
Also note that for those of you asking for exactly what gear I was using during the workshop, here is a very detailed breakdown which should answer more than a few emails. I tried to be as thorough as possible and have also included direct links to buy these items directly from the same places where I bought them myself:
Camera - 5d Mark II
Lens - Sigma 50 1.4 (Canon Mount)
Flash(es) - Yongnuo YN-560 (NON-E-TTL/I-TTL)
Triggers - Radiopopper JrX System
Sync Cords - Paramount Hot Shoe to Pocketwizard
Stands - Lumopro LP608
Umbrella Adapters - Lumopro LP634
Umbrellas - Photogenic Eclipse Plus
On-Camera Flash Diffuser - DEMB Flash Diffuser Pro
Gels for WB Correction - Strobist Rosco Kit
Bag - Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20
I am working to upload all of the images and behind the scenes snaps to this page – in the meantime checkout our Facebook page for what we have so far: facebook.com/mikemaezphoto. Thank you again everybody and for those who could not make it, stay tuned for our upcoming announcements for Tucson, Orange County, and San Diego!