Well 2 weeks ago I wanted to enter a photo for the theme ‘Country’ so off I went in the country to take some shots. It started to rain and on the way back to the car Mariella gave up, I turned round and there she was like this:
So there was my shot right before me. I nearly did not bother uploading it but thought I would give it a shot. 2 weeks ago it was announced it had made the top 5 and was open to the public vote. Some 15,000 views later voting closed and this morning the results were in.
And the winner is….. harbourphotography! Wahooo. Not only that but I think what made it really special were all the lovely comments others left for me. Thanks to everyone that voted and especially those that left comments. Time for a celebration beer I think.
Below are some of the comments the picture received.
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at Lens Daisy Photography
LOVE harbourphotography’s photos. I am a sucker for good bokeh! A priceless moment captured.
· Ventura College
voted for harbour hands down. the composition is nice and as everyone else has said, it just evokes a lot of emotion. i love how almost everything besides the girls face and shoulders is blown out. her eyes just draw you completely into her as a subject. beautiful picture, and gotta love the contrast.
Daniel Delgado· Maryland
Harbour Photography is awesome.
The photo of the girl lying on the fence is easily the best photo and in my opinion stays the most within the theme.
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at Berlitz Mexico
I loved the simplicity yet complexity of harbourphotography’s photo. Great composition, awesome moment captured, the expression, the soft processing, everything was tack on.
Harbour Photography nailed it this weekend!
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at Lyfbuk.com, Inc
I love harbourphotography shots.
at Canada Post Corporation
I voted for harbourphotography. I loved that photo the moment I saw it!
I voted for harbourphotography because this one caught my eye before it was in the top 5. I love the expression on her face and her body language. I’ve been there!
Liam ‘Beanie’ Ryves
· Eastleigh College
Amazing photo from harbourphotography the photo speaks to me in the way that the little girl has had a long day having fun in the woods and the went to climb this barrier and then ended like this ! The eyes from the little girl are saying “come on……come and pick me up and carry me”
· Loughborough Uni.
Harbourphotography is a lovely monochrome shot, I enjoy the sharp eyes and shallow DoF. She doesn’t look fazed at all, in fact she looks quite relaxed laying on the post. A lovely capture.
· London, United Kingdom
Out of the 5 images, I feel that the photos by harbourphotography and moserdk are the most fitting for the theme. I personally would have added way more contrast to the image of the child, but I think it’s perfect the way it is… creamy bokeh, with an amazing amount of visual depth. Great shot.
· Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas
My vote was for harbourphotography, I liked the contrast and the black and white edit. The backgound it’s just amazing and like you said, the eye contact make this shot a winner shot.
Love Harbourphotography’s photo. I’m not a big black and white fan, but that pic really works for me.
· Dickinson, Texas
love the lil girl, say alot without sayin anything.
· Heald College – Stockton
This one is my favorite. It reflects childhood innocence and simplicity. I love it!
Jose Aurelio Flores Carranza
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at Aurelio Flores Photo
Love the photo from harbourphotography great job.
harbourphotography has my vote.
went with harbourphotograph, can’t wait to shoot my first grand child, due in December.
Habourphotography fits the theme, great composition, and pretty decent bokeh.
· 44 years old
My favorite is the harbourphotography photo. She could be a little country girl, with her anorak and rubber boots, so that she doesn’t have to be to careful when playing in the nature. Second best to me is the guy in the car, though it has not much to do with “country”. Is he looking straight into the camera or a little aside? However, it makes me look at the picture and that’s what a picture should do. In his hand three such mini maraca shakers (also could be fruits or something?) and perhapts he’s singing “Take me home, country roads”, who knows, so here we have the country theme, at last. 😉
really awesome pictures! especially the last one with the girl laying down it was just classical in a way and simply great.
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at Chubby’s Photography
Personally I love Black & White. Seelow’s picture was a good. Reminded me of a NYC Cabbie. That tough guy look. But with all that said I really loved the HarourPhotography shot. Just looked more natural. Love the way the legs & hands are blown out. Its all in the eyes. The emotion is all there. Really great job between the 2.
· Top Commenter · Works at Baillie Gifford
I voted for Harbourphotography as it is a lovey image and it might even have been taken in the country.
· Madison Central High School, Old Bridge, NJ
I liked both Seelow and Harbourphoto a lot. I went with Harbourphot because it was not only a great picture but it was more in line witht he theme of country. Good job to all.
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at Pahz Photography
I voted for harbourphotgraphy because that is exactly how I feel right now. Seriously though, I just really like the image. I like the black and white, I don’t think it would have struck me if it had been in color.
Lori Gallagher Kemp
I like harbourphotography’s picture the best……and those rainboots!
No Imageglide1340 (signed in using yahoo)
In my humble opinion, harbourphotography invoked the feeling of country the most to me. And I have to agree with some of the other comments, only 2 of the final four really had a “country” feel to them.
· Edmond North High School
Voted for harbourphotography, this is a great photo that will keep a fun memory for the family for a long time!
· University of Sunderland
I voted for harbourphotography. Is it related to the theme…to be honest ‘m not so sure, but I just love how the child is being portrait, strong eye contact, awesome bokeh! It has that very nice b&w tones, buttery smooth…plus, I’m pretty sure the kid was being natural. You have my vote!
· Lisbon, Portugal
I really like Seelow’s photo , but I voted for harbourphotography wich I like a lot too love the blur and the eyes , I voted like that because only harbourphotography and moserdk photo’s had anything to do with the theme.
Love the selective focus on the picture from harbourphotography, made me wonder how big the child was for the face to be in focus but not the feet.
I love the simple and plan look of the girl from harbourphotography. It’s a very hard picture to have a kid give that simple plan look!
I feel like this week the photos are really out of theme, but still I see that they are very very good. In the end I voted for harbourphotography for the wonderfull composition and the perfect BW. See you in two week for the next challenge.
· Atlanta, Georgia
My vote this week is for harbourphotography. I thought it was a great photo and it seems to follow the theme in my opinion. Well done.
· Works at Information Technologist
harbourphotography for the win. Clearly a kid playing out in the “country”.
there is only one picture that’s jump out for me and that’s the picture of harbourphotography great job nice B/W.
clairmatthews (signed in using yahoo)
Harbourphotography’s photo is just lovely!
harbourphotography because it fits to the theme and… IT’S JUST CUTE!
· Top Commenter · Tralee
I’m glad that most votes so far are for harbourphotography, Jared we have a theme and you need to stick with it.
· Top Commenter · Tralee
I’m voting for harbourphotography because it is the only one that meets the ‘country’ theme
Voted for harbourphotography. I like the kid looking towards the camera. Composition works great. Also reminds me a little of the Nikon Advertisement “I am recharging”. Nice shot.
· The Landon School
Both the ‘seelow’ picture and the picture of the little girl on the bar are awesome. The subject for both of those is awesome!
· Lawrence, Kansas
harbourphotography gets my vote
giving my vote to harbourphotography, great photo and feels like its the one with the most “country” feel to it out of them all.
Dang I thought I might make it in the critique this week.. Oh well. Top 5 are all good but harbourphotography is the one I kept looking at so it got my vote.
· John Hancock Academy
My favorite photo here is of the little girl she is so cute and very good at posing for the camera.She has to my fav one out these.
Sammuel Lopez Licea
Although I voted for SugaHoneyIceTea’s amazing composite, I really liked harbourphotography’s as well, outstanding job you two!
· John Carroll
With that said, I went with harbourphotography b/c it a cute portrait that giving me a “country” feeling.