Gluten Free Photo Contest – September Winners

by Carol Kicinski on October 2, 2010

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Our first Gluten Free Photo Contest was a big success! In fact as it went around the internet it got nicknamed as the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Photo Contest and I loved that, so it stays! A big thanks to Scanpan for sponsoring kick off and giveaway. To see who won the Scanpan Giveaway – click here. And a huge thanks to my dear friend the gorgeous and talented Jan Regan who designed our Contest Badge!

The theme for October’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot Gluten Free Photo Conetst is: Edible Autum. Anything that is gluten-free, edible and reminds you of Autum is elligble. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 27th and the winners will be posted on Sunday, October 31st. For all the rules and how to enter, click here.

Thankfully I did not have the responsiblility of picking our top three winners. That honor went to my good friend and photographer extrordinare Derek Geer. Here is what he has to say:

“I stayed away from critiquing the food design itself – I concentrated on the technical photography. There were so many really excellent, excellent shots that the winners were selected by them not making a single teensy mistake in composition, lighting, focus, depth of focus, color, etc. Heartbreaking to have to eliminate some otherwise really great shots for such things.”
Derek’s Tip for the Month – Most common technical error in photography: FOCUS. It has to be crack sharp. Use a tripod or brace the camera well when doing your shots. Blow up the shot in your camera or on your computer so you can reshoot if it isn’t pixel perfect. Secondary error: Depth of focus being too shallow or focused on the wrong thing.
See all the entries for this month HERE.
Now, drum roll please…
Third Place Winner

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5 Minute BBQ Sauce
Hallie Klecker
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What Derek had to say about this photo: Extremely elegant geometry. Nailed the lighting. Just the right amount of diffusion. The color composition is technically perfect: complementary colors. This is haiku. The lines are from upper left to lower right. Usually not as upbeat as the other way around. However, the light is from the upper right which keeps it from becoming downbeat. Avoided the temptation to put sprinkles in the dish which would have distracted in this composition.

TIP: Simple geometry and color should be considered as an option in composition when the food itself is simple and not inherently showy.

Second Place Winner

What Derek had to say: This is an elegant bit of composition with the repeated crossed stems in the soup and in front of the bowl. The shot showed the food texture at a perfect selective focus. The mat set off the bowl keeping it framed. Communicated the sumptuousness of the food in a minimalist way. Why use a paragraph when a word will do? Your eye stops right where you want it to be: framed between the crossed stems. Perfect symmetry.

TIP: Subtle repeating elements can be used to frame or add rhythm to your shots.

And now…
First Place Winner

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Kim Maes

What Derek has to say: Especially great composition. Nicely complex foreground and background. The composition was well integrated. Everything in the picture added to its message, and it was done in layers with foreground tied to background. The eye is led from the front to back and each stop is a delight.

TIP: Integrate your composition with things that add to your communication. Eliminate things that don’t add to what you are trying to say or things that can’t be readily identified by your likely audience.

Congratulations Kim! I will be sending you a badge to put on your blog so you can brag to the world about how great a photographer you are!

Pop over HERE to see all the entries.
There are some truly great photos that really show the beauty of gluten free food!

So come on, hit me with YOUR best shot and enter the October Edible Autum Gluten Free Photo Contest!

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