This fortnight the theme for the Photoh group classes was architectural photography, and focused on historical versus modern buildings.
Everyone found genius ways of showing modern architecture juxtaposed against more traditional styles, by using reflections and interesting perspectives. It's such a great, creative exercise to go out and properly explore the buildings in your city, and to take your time to look up, and to absorb all of the details and photo opportunities available on your doorstep.
All the photos that were entered in the competition can be viewed in the album on the Photoh Facebook page.
The finalists for this fortnight are:
Alan Branch, Adelaide
We love how mysterious this subject is, which is emphasized by the fact that we can only see parts of the architecture, and not the whole building. The lighting is perfect, and highlights the construction's textures really well.
David Munro, Adelaide
Upon first glance, this extreme, wide angle shot almost looks like a giant eye, and it's only upon closer inspection that you begin to point out the smaller details. The choice of lens and perspective is perfect for this shot.
Tracey Ball, Adelaide
Great photographs always ask for a prolonged glance, and this is exactly what we did with Tracey's photo. What's a reflection, and what's actually in front of the lens? Very clever capture! We particularly like how the step pattern aligns with the sloping roof of the old building.
Glenn Cockerton, Melbourne
This is proof that you should always look up! It can be easy to keep your lens at camera level, but there are great images to be found above and below you. The black&white works so well, especially with the high key tones. The textures and lines all contrast against one another, but lead your eyes upwards to the sky. A brilliant capture Glenn!
Melanie Shaw, Perth
This is such a well considered photo, with the traditional style building being cleverly reflected into the glass of the modern construction. The fact that the image is clearly split into two is a great interpretation of the theme.
Sharon has also used reflections to tell a story about older style architecture sitting amongst modern buildings. We love the cropping and framing of this shot.
Bala Krishnan, Sydney
Bala seems to take us back in time with this shot, which seems to depict what could be a scene decades ago. It's only when you start spotting little details such as people on their phones that you can tell it's the present day. We love how the archway is central and used as a frame.
Kathy Wallace, Sydney
Kathy has found the perfect spot to photograph these buildings so that you lose sense of which one starts where, creating intrigue for the viewer. We also think that it's a great example of the Fibonacci Spiral in photography, with the curves of the architecture drawing your attention through the whole image. Nicely done!
The winner this fortnight is...Glenn Cockerton from Melbourne! We couldn't take our eyes off of this vertigo-inducing shot. The high-key finish makes it look so futuristic.
Congratulations Glenn, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!
And in second place we have Kathy Wallace from Sydney! Kathy had found such an interesting viewpoint, that creates an image almost as abstract as the architecture depicted. Congratulations Kathy, there is a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher on its way to you!
The next photography challenge has a theme of Sports and Action Photography. We're looking for interesting captures of fast moving subjects, from speedy animals to speeding cyclists! It's time to crank up that shutter speed and freeze a moment in time.
Entries will open on Saturday the 24th September and close on Thursday 7th October at midnight AEST.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city.
First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.