Gluten Free Photo Contest – November Winners!

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by Carol Kicinski on November 28, 2010

The theme for November’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot Gluten Free Photo Contest was Thankfully Gluten Free. We had many entries which really show that we do indeed have something (lots of things!) to be grateful for, especially when it comes to gluten-free food.

To view all the entries, go here!

If you have yet to enter a photo in our Gluten Free Photo Contests, you should! It is a really fun way to learn and get even better at making great pictures!

December’s contest is Gluten Free Holidays! Send in your photos of gluten-free food that mean holiday time to you, whatever holiday you celebrate in December! The deadline for photo submissions is December 29th and the round up will be January 2nd – because of the holidays we are adjusting our normal time line. So go ahead and hit me with YOUR best shot! For all the info, rules and how to submit – go here.

Our contests are judged by my good friend and photographer Derek and here is his general comment about the entries this month:

I am seeing in this batch consistently good cropping! Good work!

Third place goes to:

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Lexie at Lexie’s Kitchen

Here is what Derek has to say:

This is actually an action shot. I think it is the first attempt in this series of competitions.
It is challenging because if you get it wrong you have to start over completely. Courageous!
Hint: The background is slightly blown out. Just enough to distract a little. Digital is infamous for not holding onto the highlights in a photo, so extra care is needed.

Second Place goes to:

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Rickie at Diet, Desserts and Dogs

And Derek said this:

This is an excellent composition and showed great control of the depth of focus.
It creates depth, but not annoyingly shallow. Just enough to let you focus on the
details of the chips and texture, and lets you fill in what the out of focus details are.
Hint: Might try camera tilt to the right—just to see if you like the composition even better.

And finally – first place goes to…

Gluten Free Photo Contest - November Winners! Image Melissa at Gluten Free For Good

Derek says of our winner’s shot:

A really excellent use of color, geometry, and lighting. The diffusion of light was just right to
bring out the colors. That is an important point. Diffused, rather than strong light (sunlight)
brings out the subtlety of color. Also cropped the image to let your own imagination roam the rest of the table. Hint: the seam in the table could be level or tilted up to the right—might help.

Congrats Melissa on a great photo! You will be getting this in an email to put on your blog if you wish:

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Finally here is our tip of the month from Derek on how to improve our photo taking:

We are getting to a new level of photography. An important part of perfection is controlling
the background. Exposure, focus, content and composition. You don’t want ANY clutter in the background. You don’t want anything that the viewer has to say to himself “What the heck is that?” because it is out of focus, or too obscure, or too blown out. The background should add to what you have to communicate with your image without distracting by being too hard to make out or just not part of the whole communication.

First Place used a wooden table. Perfectly rustic for the fruit and bowls. Second place lit and
focused the background to add to, not distract from. Good work! Others not in the winner’s circle had created some GREAT images, but the backgrounds let them down.

So, a rule in candid photography can apply here: “Clear your background!” (be aware of what you are shooting against).

Good work shooters!

So go ahead and hit me with YOUR best shot!

Once again – December’s contest is Gluten Free Holidays! Send in your photos of gluten-free foods that mean holiday time to you, what ever holiday you celebrate in December! The deadline for photo submissions is December 29th and the round up will be January 2nd – because of the holidays we are adjusting our normal time line. So go ahead and hit me with YOUR best shot! For all the info, rules and how to submit – go here.

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Autism Mom Rising November 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Hi Carol. Just found you. My son and I cannot eat gluten, but also soy, dairy, nuts, and corn. I'd like to take you up on your offer of a badge/button exchange. The code for mine can be found on my blog's side bar (http://autismmomrising.blogspot.com). Thank you. I look forward to reading your blog!

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Vee and the Kid November 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Wow. Ricky's pic of the chocolate mousse (?) was amazing! Drooling over here.Great pix overall. Sure wish I had a decent camera. And eye!Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com (I'm gluten-free too)

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Ricki November 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Wow–I'm thrilled! Thanks so much to both of you for the contest and the great feedback. Will try to implement the suggestions in future–I have so much to learn! Congrats to Lexie and Melissa! :)

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gfe--gluten free easily November 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I'm absolutely thrilled for everyone! I love all these photos. Congrats Melissa, Ricki, and Lexie! It's great to get these critiques to learn from. Shirley

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Jayne November 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

What a fun contest idea, those pictures look mouth watering!

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Lexie November 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Rockin' out Melissa and Ricki! Nice shots :) Love the "organic" feel of those apples. Carol I so love these critiques and the feedback. This photography is so fun for me, but since I have no time for a class I rely on learning as I go and am thankful to Derek for taking the time to share how we can improve. Thank you … I am tickled with 3rd place.

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glutenfreeforgood November 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Wow, what a pleasant surprise (surprise being the key word)! Thank you and I'm grateful for Derek's wonderful tips. Congrats to Lexie and Rickie. Very daring, Lexie. Love the syrup. Waffles are my downfall. Next comes chocolate and that tall treat also looks divine, Rickie. Lexie — the apples and plums were straight out of my Grant Farms fruit share bag. =)Carol and Derek — thank you for this opportunity and the learning that goes with it. I really do appreciate it! Peace, love and food photos. Melissa

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Mrs. Ed December 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Great idea. I've always loved your photos too.

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