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Historic Oakland Cemetery Photo Contest - Winners


 
We are pleased to announce the winners of our first photo contest - Historic Oakland Cemetery! This contest was judged by pro photographer, David Akoubian and sponsored in part by Tamron USA, Inc. Below each image you will find the backstory, metadata, critique by our judge and prize information. To view the online winners photo gallery, please click here (opens in a new window).
 
 
 
One Last Game by Clayton Brandenburg
One Last Game by Clayton Brandenburg
 
Backstory
 
My first visit to Oakland Cemetery was on August 31,2011. One of the toughest things to do at a place like Oakland is to find something that hasn't been photographed hundreds of times before. As I was walking through the cemetery I saw this one grave with seven baseballs placed on top. I took a few shots and continued on. When I started editing my photos, the only one that really stood out as unique was the one of the baseballs. I did a Google search of Forrest Laughlin Adair II and found that he had been dedicated to coaching youth sports because he believed in "building confidence and character in young men." I was not really pleased with my shots from August 31st and, so I went back on September 3rd and took this photograph. I used a larger aperture and focused on the one ball in the front but made sure that "BELOVED" was still visible and legible.
 
Metadata
 
9/3/11, Nikon D-80, Nikon 18-135 f3.5-5.6 @f5.0 zoomed to 50mm, ISO 100. HDR with 3 frames at 1/60, 1/125 and 1/250.
 
Critique by David Akoubian
 
Very great eye to look outside the usual box.  Great find too.  I like the saturated look in the baseballs because to me it speaks of our wonderful Georgia Red Clay!  The baseballs create a strong leading line.  Nice contrast with the stone too.
 
Prize
 
 

 
 
Money Angel by Andy Clement
Money Angel by Andy Clement 
Backstory
 
Photographed using a Kodak Duaflex TtV contraption. The dSLR is used to shoot what is seen through the viewfinder of the twin-lens Duaflex camera. The image is then cropped to the exact square format of the view finder.
 
Critique by David Akoubian
 
Very nicely captured and processed.  I like the overall look of the image and choice of shooting technique.  The square format works very well in this instance.  Capturing the coins on the statue really adds to the image and makes me, the viewer, want to find out the meaning of them.
 
Prize
 
 

 
 
Monument Deliverance by Norman Kanwisher
Monument Deliverance by Norman Kanwisher
 
Backstory
 
Shot conveys to me the many emotions of death and faith: Strength, darkness, sadness, hope, confidence. Was taken as part of field trip for photo class 7/2006.
 
Metadata
 
1/640; f10; iso 200; 180 mm; WB=Cloudy; Used Photoshop to add contrast and grain.
 
Critique by David Akoubian
 
I really like the tone and feel of the image.  Very creative eye to pick out the statue and to choose such a strong method of processing to aid in setting the mood.  A little bit of “halo” on the statue and the bottom flora.
 
Prize
 
Domke/Tamron Camera Bag, choice of one Backyard Shots Guide and Tamron lens cloth.
 

 
 
Masoleum Doors by Kim Mitas
Masoleum Doors by Kim Mitas 
Backstory
 
Oakland is one of my favorite places, and I am always fascinated by the many small details throughout the cemetery. These particular door handles caught my eye because of the play of colors with the patina on the bronze.
 
Metadata
 
Sigma 28-70, 1/160 at f6.3 hand-held.
 
Critique by David Akoubian
 
I really like the detail captured in the image.  The contrast in the metal where the wear meets the oxidization is wonderful.  I like the idea of rotating the horizon to make the viewer “think” about the subject more.  The subtle keyhole out of focus gives some sense of place to the subject and solves the puzzle for the viewer.
 
Prize
 
Choice of one Backyard Shots Guide and a Tamron eco-friendly bag with lens cloth. 
 

The remaining images along with critiques from our judge will be displayed on our site over the next few weeks. We'll update our Facebook page each time an image is posted as well.
 
ATTENTION WINNERS: If you haven't received an email from Backyard Shots concerning your prize, please contact us so we can get them to you!  Thank you!
 
 
Special thanks to our sponsor, Tamron USA, Inc.
 
Tamron USA is a major sponsor of Backyard Shots - click here to read more about them! 
 Please visit Tamron's site to learn more about their top-notch lenses!
 
 
  http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/prod/70300_vcusd_a005.asp
 
 
 
PRIZES for this contest were provided by Tamron USA, Inc., HDRSoft (Photomatix) and Backyard Shots.
 
 




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