PhoozL Interiors Photo Contest

This week’s PhoozL Photo Contest was on the topic “Interiors” and offered a wide array of interpretations of that theme. Here is an except from my Judge’s comments:

“This was an interesting and varied group of images, making the judging process challenging. There were unique and challenging concepts of ‘interior’ and strong compositions telling interesting stories. I had never, for example, considered the inside of automobiles as interiors, as a number of participants did.”

“The primary contest description from me was: ‘Interiors: Light, on Forms, In Space; in a manner that defines an interior.’ And those were the key criteria for judging the contest. Let’s take a look at the winners I’ve picked through that lens, as well as a few other filters that I explain with each selection.”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2013.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

Spyder Photo & Video Products Win International Press Association’s Best-In-Show Award at PPE

Datacolor won a Best In Show award for the Spyder line of products for Photo and Video from the International Press Association‘s IMPress Magazine, shot at Photo Plus Expo in New York City last week. Below is a link to the video interviews IMPress shot with me at the Datacolor Photo Plus Expo booth.

PPE Interview Capture

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Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2013.   Video Copywrite IMPress Magazine. Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

PhoozL Architectural Detail Photo Contest

I recently judged a photo contest at the PhoozL photography site on the topic of Architectural Details. Here is an excerpt from my judges summary:

“Amongst those that clearly fit the architectural detail category there were many interesting images, ranging from pure black-and-white with no grays, to blazing full color, and from macro-level closeups covering a foot wide detail, to shots covering parts of multiple buildings. My comments on the individual winners will explain the unique characteristics of these six images that brought them to the winner’s circle. Thanks to all the participants for a strong showing in one of my favorite categories!”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

Live-Shooting Holiday Photo Contest at PhoozL

A new and different photo contest has just started at the PhoozL photography site. It is a live-shooting contest, where all images must be shot between Dec 8 and Jan2. There is an overarching theme of “Celebration” and 9 different categories including Silhouette, Street, Night Scene, and Still Life. Ideally each contestant will enter an image for each theme; points will be deducted for any subjects not completed.

Sample Image for the theme "Red"

Sample Image for the Celebration theme “Red”

Harald and I put quite a bit of time into defining this contest, and we hope it proves a fun and educational challenge for those who participate. Sample images for each category can be seen here.  The contest overview page is located here. I am looking forward to seeing the images that participants capture, and to judging the final sets once the contest is compete.

Sample Image for the Celebration theme "Portrait"

Sample Image for the Celebration theme “Portrait”

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

Latest PhoozL Photo Contest Results

I recently judged a photo contest on the PhoozL photography site as part of the Alphabet series, with the theme “T”. Here is an excerpt from my judges summary:

“Lots of great images for this letter. Many of them had no conceivable connection to the theme ‘T’ however. The first judging criteria is that they relate to the theme. So unless they channeled ‘T’ I couldn’t really consider them. And there were numerous repeating T themes. Trains, Trucks, Trees, Towers, and Tea were at the top of the list. There were also Twins, Triplets, Taxis, Tunnels, and Tracks. Non-concrete T themes were attempted, with the only clearcut example being Tired. Some of them indeed channelled the essence of a T theme. So those that did were then reviewed for their other characteristics per the rules, such as creativity, technique, impact and artistic merit. This brought it down to a short list that led to the three winners. Congrats to them.”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

The Enigma of White in Photography

I recently judged a photo contest on the PhoozL photography site on the deceptively difficult theme “White”. Here is an excerpt from my judges summary:

“Photography, in essence, is light, on forms, in space. An image may have a lot of white or near white in it, and yet not speak about white at all, if it does not speak about white as light, on forms in space. In this contest, lots of snow, but not much to say about white. A white church, but somehow it doesn’t speak about white. This is perhaps the most subjective contest I have every judged, as I was looking for images that spoke about white to me, that channelled white, that offered an iconic white image; while of course meeting other expectations of interest and composition. And yet, despite a career in color management, I am not exactly sure what makes an image “iconically white.” I’m tempted to quote that U.S. Supreme Court Justice who claimed he didn’t have a definition for pornography, but he knew it when he saw it! By the time I sorted through all the submissions to this contest, I had a bit more objective description of my criteria. And the mantra held: light, on forms, in space.”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page