We're lucky in the sense that we have milder winters than some other countries, but this doesn't mean that there's nothing to capture in this colder season! Just a couple more layers to bundle yourself up in and some motivation to head outside!
The challenge was to find a scene or subject that could sum up the winter season, whether it was weather, people's attitudes or the changing nature. This was actually a pretty tough challenge which could involve story-telling photography or clever use of camera settings to enhance the wintery aspects of the subject.
Head over to the Photoh Facebook page to see all of the competition entries here .
Judging is now only done for first and second place winners only. Any feedback on images can be sought in our Facebook groups during Critique Me Tuesday, both before and after the competitions, just be sure to tag the instructor in each group, who is identified each Tuesday night.
The finalists this fortnight are:
Samantha Lodge, Adelaide
Bradley Stewart, Brisbane
Kate Tabone, Melbourne
Michael Daniels, Perth
Ann Hodgson, Sydney
The winner this fortnight is...Kate Tabone from Melbourne! Congratulations Kate! You have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!
If Kate's photograph doesn't shout winter then we're not sure what will! The cool, blue hues tell a story of how cold the scene is, whilst the lighting has been captured perfectly and shows off that steam.
The time of day you go out to photograph your subject can make a huge difference in how your scene comes across; so for example Kate has ventured out in the morning to capture those first rays of sunlight hitting the cold ground. Photographing this same spot a bit later in the day could have resulted in the photo looking completely different and not as atmospheric. Great shot Kate!
And in second place we have...Ann Hodgson from Sydney, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher!
We all loved the story that has been told by Ann's photo, and how such a simple scene can tell the viewer so much about the narrative going on in front of her lens. The wild weather in the background adds to the wintery feel, and you can't help but feel sympathy for the dog who is obviously reluctant to step foot outside, and also admiration for the dog-walker who has willingly stepped foot outside to have a walk. The clean composition and colour palette of greys and blues all make for a fantastic shot.
The theme for next fortnight is Shutter Speed.
Shutter speed controls how long your camera records a moment in time; from freezing the action with a fast shutter of around 1/1000th second, or a long exposure with a slow shutter speed (for example a whole second).
Different shutter speeds can capture a scene in different ways, so it's your chance to get creative and test out your motion blur or action-freezing settings.
Entries opened on Friday the 13th July and will close on Thursday the 26th July at 23:59 AEST.