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Still Life Contest Winners


 
 
 
We are pleased to announce the winners of our Still Life photo contest! This contest was judged by pro photographer, David Akoubian and sponsored in large part by Tamron USA, Inc. Below each image you will find the backstory, metadata and prize information. To view the online winners photo gallery, please click here (opens in a new window).
 
 
  
Reflections by Tamara Pruessner
 
Reflections by Tamara Pruessner
 
 
Backstory
 
I wanted to show the reflections of the tulips without showing myself. I wanted to convey a time of reflection, a time to contemplate life.
 
Metadata
 
I took this photo on December 12, 2011. I used my 18-55mm kit lens. The f/stop was 5.6, the shutter speed was 1/6 second, taken on a tripod, and the focal length was 45mm. I used the cloudy setting for my white balance.

Critique by David Akoubian

What I really liked the most about this was the softness and the repetition. Very calming and invites the viewer to explore the frame!

Prize
 
Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5 - 6.3 Di IIVC PZD lens, choice of one Backyard Shots guide, Tamron eco-friendly bag and lens cloth.
 

 
 
 
Remembering the 1600's by Matt Zory
 
Remembering the 1600's by Matt Zory
 
Backstory

I've always been drawn to and intrigued by still life paintings, in particular the 17th century work of the Dutch and flemish painters. Since I got my camera a couple of summers ago, I'd wanted to try this. Although I've done a number of abstract still life work, I'd thought I'd send along the 'style' that got me interested.
 
Metadata

Taken 2/28/11, 1 sec at f/16, ISO 200, 40mm on my 18-55mm Nikon kit lens WB--auto single image, shot in my kitchen using available light.
 
Critique by David Akoubian

Great job on capturing the feel and look of a classic shot. I felt I was viewing the studio of a Renaissance painter! Perfect lighting!
 
Prize
 
A one-on-one critique (online or via phone) with Atlanta based pro photographer, David Akoubian, an 8x10 canvas print by Easy Canvas Prints, choice of Backyard Shots guide and a Tamron lens cloth.
 

 
 
 
Spike and Eggs by Clayton Brandenburg
 
Spike and Eggs by Clayton Brandenburg
 
 
Backstory
 
This is a study and comparison of strength and fragility. Notice that it is a structure made of the strong spikes and the fragile eggs. You have the steel, hard and cold. The material that allowed us to build railroads, automobiles, skyscrapers etc. It helped man to conquer his surroundings and his enemies. Then you have the egg. The source of life. Fragile and delicate. Now notice that the eggs are supporting the spikes. Actually, I just made all of that up. I was looking for something to use in a shot with the railroad spikes. I have used eggs in other shots with clamps, large pliers and pipe wrenches, so I thought that they would work with the spikes as well. I liked the contrast of texture and shape. I did learn, after a couple of messy accidents, that when photographing eggs it is best to boil them first.
 
Metadata
 
Taken - 4/12/12 Camera - Nikon D80 Lens- Nikon 35-70 f3.3-4.5 at 55mm Aperture- f10  Shutter- 5 seconds.

Critique by David Akoubian
 
The simple composition is very appealing and the contrast in subject matter makes the image to me.  Very nicely done on the processing as well.
 
Prize

Topaz Clean - Edge and Texture Control Software by Topaz Labs, Tamron/Domke camera bag, choice of one Backyard Shots Photography Guide and Tamron lens cloth.
 

 
 
 
Lariat by Jeff Westland
 
Lariat by Jeff Westland
 
 
Backstory
 
I love the western feel. The light coming through the window on the lariat tied to a saddle caught my eye. I wanted to frame it so the  rope pulled me in to the picture

Metadata
 
Taken with a Canon Powershot A610. F3.5 at 1.6 sec. ISO 50.  12/26/2010

Critique by David Akoubian
 
I love the texture of the ropes. The choice of processing really enhances the image as well. Strong diagonal lines leads the viewer into the frame very well!
 
Prize
 
Choice of one Backyard Shots Guide, Tamron T-shirt, eco-friendly bag and lens cloth.

 

 
 
 
Cala Lily by Inna Malostovker
 
Cala Lily by Inna Malostovker
 
 
Backstory
 
I was trying to convey a calm feeling and show beauty of the flower.

Metadata
 
Nikon D90 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, f/10, 1/125 sec, ISO  640, auto white balance.

Critique by David Akoubian
 
The softness of the image and the great soft contrast of the white in the flower leads the viewer extremely well. The softness of the greens offer nice contrast for the flower as well.
 
Prize
 
Choice of one Backyard Shots Guide, Tamron T-shirt, eco-friendly bag and lens cloth.

 

 
 
 
Know When To Fold Them by Loraine Roberts
 
Know When To Fold Them by Loraine Roberts
 
 
Backstory
 
This image was created for a competition theme "round".  Looking around the house, I came across the dice.  I began building the shot around the dice.  When setting it up I tried to stay with the theme along with making sure that each item in the picture tied into the other.  Some say I am displaying a hidden personality.
 
Metadata
 
Date taken 2/4/2012, f/29, ISO 200, aperture 4.2,focal length 31 mm
 
Critique by David Akoubian
 
The simple composition is very appealing and the contrast in subject matter makes the image to me.  Very nicely done on the processing as well.
 
Prize
 
Choice of one Backyard Shots Guide, Tamron T-shirt, eco-friendly bag and lens cloth.

 

 
 
 
Language of Life by Carl Basdeo
 
Language of Life by Carl Basdeo
 
 
Backstory
 
In this image, I try to represent music in the form of a body. The sheet music represents communication and knowledge, our mind. The violin, in opinion, the most soulful and serene, yet potentially powerful and rowdy instrument, is the heart and all of its emotions. And the piano, a very versatile instrument, is the human capacity to adapt. The sheet music is the last five stanzas of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement, with somber tones that match the dull lighting. It is one of my favorite pieces of music. I've been 'trying' to teach myself violin and I recently started to play the piano again after almost 5 years when I realized that, although listening to music has the power to change your mood, playing music, or creating it, on an instrument allows you to transcend your soul from confines of your mind into the open where you can hear it, feel it, and, most of all, see it in a different perspective. Music is the language of life.
 
Metadata
 
The photo was taken with a Sony Cyber-shot point and shoot camera. I just started learning how to use a film SLR. It was taken on 26th June 2012, with a exposure value of -0.7 EV to have a darker image. The shutter speed is 1/30 with a aperture of f/2.6. The focal length was 4.5mm and an ISO of 400.

Critique by David Akoubian
 
I like the contrast of the subjects, the warm violin, the contrasting piano keys and the sheet music. Great selection of lighting as well.
 
Prize
 
Choice of one Backyard Shots Guide, Tamron T-shirt, eco-friendly bag and lens cloth.
 


 
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., Easy Canvas Prints and Backyard Shots.
 
 




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