Gluten Free Photo Contest – November Winners

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 entires which really show that we do in deed 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, 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.

Our contests are judged by my good friend and photographer Derek and here is his general comment about the entires 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 food 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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