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RESULTS – ‘Small Is Beautiful’- PhoozL


RESULTS – ‘Small Is Beautiful’

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Small was the subject, and it was a wonderful collection of submissions to capture its beauty. Judge Mike Pasini had this to say:

“The contest assignment asked, “What are your most illuminating up-close or macro shots? The views that invited you to explore the beauty of a whole new (small) world?”

“And you responded with images from places I’ve been without seeing. From the delicacy of flowers to the armor of a fly, from a drop of water to the dried fortune in the bottom of a teacup, from tiny toys to tiny shoes, from snails caught at night to snails slinking translucently down a stalk, from dandelions in the wind to crocuses breaking through the snow. Just to name a few that caught my eye.

“When I looked at exposure data for the 30 of 48 images that still had it, I was surprised to see that ISO rarely crept above 400. TIP: A slightly higher ISO can let you stop the aperture down a bit more to get more of your close-up in focus without really risking any loss of detail.

“To pick the winners, I went back to rules. The images had to work in two ways. They had to be pleasing enough as thumbnails to invite me to look at them even closer. And then they had to delight me. They did indeed do that.”

— Mike Pasini, Photo Corners

(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
by Layton
Judge’s Comment: I loved this image the moment I saw it. And I loved everything about it, too. The row of thimbles recedes from us, but even the last remains in focus (requiring a 30 second exposure at f/36). And the reflection only doubles my pleasure. But what draws me into the image are the thimbles themselves, each with a story to tell, a virtue to proclaim, a beauty to unfold.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


2nd Place Overall
by Mikael Sundberg
Judge’s Comment: You might think that a macro shot of something small would be revealing enough. But this unfamiliar look at a common insect draws you even further in to inspect the details: that “fur,” the pollen stuck to it, and — wait — the lens of its eye (my favorite detail). What’s to fear?
Gallery Photo Detail Page


3rd Place Overall
by leka huie
Judge’s Comment: The composition delightfully leans the flower toward the little surprise you might not notice at first glance. The background nicely echoes the main subject’s color without competing with detail of its own. Highlights on the main flower’s petals are nicely held, setting off the droplet in its own little world.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Honorable Mentions

More winning images chosen by the judge in the Honorable Mention category…
(click here to see the Gallery of all submitted images)

“Daddy Loves Owen”
by nance kay
Judge’s Comment: I particularly applaud this heart-shaped embrace of little feet not yet pitter-pattering because it doesn’t exclude the infant’s sleeping face. The peeling skin, the tiny toenails have a luminance that’s been nicely preserved in this non-flash composition.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“The Fly”
by Jil Norberto
Judge’s Comment: The almost abstract quality of this black-and-white shrouds the subject with an air of mystery. Looking more closely, you see it’s a fly, and even more closely, a dead fly, it’s wing angled in a last salute. The reflection is nicely blurred so the only sharp thing in this squared image is the wing that will never fly again.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


“Barbie Vs’ Me…”
by Charlena
Judge’s Comment: I kept coming back to this one, unable to resist its humor. The real shoes cascade like a waterfall against the fabric background, the toes pointed outward in an asymmetrical arrangement I found just right. And when I looked a little more closely, the doll shoes mimicking the pose put a smile on my face.
Gallery Photo Detail Page


Congratulations to winners and thanks to all who participated in this ‘Small Is Beautiful’ contest and to our teeny-tiny judge: MIKE PASINI. 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)

(click here for current 2013 Winners Showcase for Weekly Wednesdays contests)


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