NBPS Flickr Contest (Eleanor Bennett)


elderflower summer, originally uploaded by PhotographyBabe4lfe.

Wow Eleanor!!
beautiful shot!
The clouds are breathtaking; between the colors and the textures! I love this!
What could have been cool to try, and if you get another chance to get a shot like this again, is to try using a flash (off camera if possible) or simply a reflector to turn the silhouette of the flower into a full-detail shot. It would look really surreal (and kind of photoshopped, but without the digital manipulation). Although the silhouette is beautiful; give it a try I’d love to see what you come up with!

good work; and keep shooting.
-Emma Canfield

NBPS Flickr Contest (Image by Max Seigal)

Soft landing, originally uploaded by mjseigal.

I really like this shot!
I really appreciate that the bird isn’t in the center of the frame. And the combination of the silhouette and the splashing of the water interact is really beautiful.

I only wish that the reflection of the bird on the water wasn’t cut off, if that had been in there it would have been awesome!
I also really like the fact that the silhouette of the bird isn’t completely black , and that there is still some detail in the form of the bird.

Well done Max!

Sometimes everything just clicks!

After photographing the sunset near my house, I walked home. On my way back, I spotted this male roe deer. Usually, with it being this dark, I wouldn’t have even bothered to turn my camera on. However, because of the way the ground lies, it meant I could shoot silhouettes with this electric blue background. After approaching quietly and unnoticed, I unfortunately stepped on a weak branch, sending a loud crack across the field, alerting the deer of my presence. Immediately he ran, stopping after about a 100 metres to look at me. Luckily, he had perfectly lined himself up the spire of my local church! This was the result…

See more at http://bertiegregoryphotography.com/

If you are a high school photographer with photographs you wish to publicize…

Consider submitting your photography to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is a national competition with a primary regional level. There are a variety of categories for submitting, including photography, photography portfolio, and digitally manipulated photography. This competition is open to students in grades 7 to 12, and residents of the United States and Canada. Submissions must go through the school you attend, and submissions are open until the end of November. Students will earn gold keys, silver keys, or honorable mentions at the regional level, and students winning gold keys will have their artwork advance on to the national competition. Judging is based on originality, technical skill, and “emergence of a personal vision or voice.” Monetary prizes are also awarded to the highest placing artwork. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can submit, but there is a fee of $5 for each submission. Students must register online and fill out the required paperwork prior to the deadline.

Specifics for entering photography include:

  • images must be captures by a digital or analog camera and viewed as a print
  • minimum 300 dpi at 5” x 7” for digital photographs
  • prints must be mounted on a rigid board for exhibition
  • if the photo is of people, a consent form must be signed
  • intensely computer manipulated artwork must be entered in the Digital Art category


Summer Stripes, Ben Manning: Silver Key Winner at National Level

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NBPS Flickr Contest (Image by Timothy Brooks)


Frog, originally uploaded by timilini.

Nice Shot!
I love the colors and the details in the eyes!
The shallow depth of field in this shot works really well here too.
What would make this shot super awesome would be to try and move the grass somehow before you shoot the image, the slight blurry green in the foreground is somewhat distracting.

On this topic though since you’ve already made the image and it would be quite difficult to be able to go back and re-shoot it, if you have photoshop I suggest selecting the blurry blade of grass with the lasso tool then select curves. Where it says RGB on the scroll bar, go down to green and move the upper right part of the curve down until it blends better. If you then go up to filter>blur>Gaussian Blur and move it up to about a radius of 35 pixles, it will just bring down the green a touch to make it not so distracting. Hope this helps (try it out and if you have any questions I’d be happy to help).
Other than that this is a great shot!
keep shooting
-Emma Canfield


edited file; looks good!

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