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RESULTS – ‘Architecture Nights’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Architecture Nights’

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We had a unique opportunity to have as a judge for this photo contest someone who is not only a photographer and photo critiquer, but who is also a trained architect! Judge C. David Tobie comments:

“I was impressed by the quality of images submitted to the ‘Architecture Nights’ photo contest. Many were classic city skylines, with dramatic sunsets or colorful water reflections. A few stood out by offering unique perspectives or content, something that will stick with me and effect my vision in the future; which is always an important criteria for me when judging images.”

— C. David Tobie
cdtobie, cdtobie.wordpress.com

(click here for the Gallery of submitted images)
(click here for 2013 Winners Showcase for Weekly Wednesdays contests)
(click here for 2013 PhoozL Points tally for Weekly Wednesdays contests)
(click here for this contest’s Instructions & Rules and information about the Judge)


(NOTE: click on the images for larger views)

1st Place Overall
“On the Charles Bridge”
by Kay Beausoleil
Judge’s Comment: This image is a strong, poetic composition, balanced without simple symmetry. The fog provides depth and atmosphere. The one-point perspective is further strengthened by the foreground figure aligning with the vanishing point, under the pointed arch beyond. The lights move the eye progressively deeper into the scene. The sculptures high above on both sides loom over the human figure, adding to the mood and the human aspect. The buildings, bridge and sculpture make this a strongly architectural image, but with an engaging human story.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


2nd Place Overall
“Times Square”
by Mikael Sundberg
Judge’s Comment: Times Square is one of the most photographed locations in the world, and night shots from there are common and, even when well composed and shot, seldom have anything new to say. The simple choice of shooting vertically, with a wide lens, created an eminently recognizable, but uniquely composed, image that gives a powerful and fresh view of Times Square’s often-seen lights and buildings.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


3rd Place Overall
“Architecture Nights”
by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: This classic, and classical, black-and-white night shot does something very traditional, but does it very well. The symmetrical composition and centered location complement the historic nature of the subject matter. The excellent exposure offers a smooth and full tonal range from black to white, and the long exposure time makes the fountains dreamy and attractive, contrasting the softness of the top plumes with the sharpness of the architecture surrounding them. The choice to correct the vertical perspective also works well with this subject matter.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Honorable Mentions

More winning images, not presented in any order or ranking…
(click here to see the Gallery of all submitted images)

“Hong Kong Skyline”
by leka huie
Judge’s Comment: This is a well-shot city skyline over water. The contrast between the sharpness and detail of the buildings and the dreamy softness of the slow-exposure clouds, and also the contrast between the yellow and black of the architecture with the purples of the sky above and the sea below, give this image extra interest and emotional power.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Blue Moon”
by Anton. Lef.
Judge’s Comment: This image emphasizes unusual and powerful architectural elements against a dramatically dark and saturated sky. There is a consistent level of unreality — in the architecture, in the lighting, in the sky — that defies easy categorization, and produces a memorable, if somewhat troubling, impression. This is the stuff of dreams.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“New York on Fire”
by mhilbush
Judge’s Comment: This Manhattan skyline from across the Hudson is the iconic view of NYC. Its the painting you buy in Times Square, the poster teens wishing to escape to Broadway tack to their bedroom wall, the tattoo New York lovers consider getting. This image has been reduced to its iconic elements with the broad swath of dark buildings punctuated with window lights sandwiched between a hot sunset and its reflection. All elements that did not fit this concept have been avoided or removed, leaving the essence of the city.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Architecture Nights’ photo contest and to our judge: C. DAVID TOBIE. Don’t forget that new “Weekly Wednesdays” weekly contests are already live or being planned. Get in the Weekly Wednesdays photo habit!

Harald Johnson
(aka AdminHarald)

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