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Photography Competition 45: Portraits in Dramatic Light

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The theme this fortnight has been Portraits in Dramatic Light, which has seen the Photoh groups exploring ways of using shadow and light to create interesting portraits.

Clockwise from top left: Liz Barker, Patrick Cummings, Glenn Cockerton, Kathy Wallace, Nicola Robson, Gavin Rudge

Although it can be tempting to steer clear of dark, shadowy areas, or shards of harsh light when photographing, these challenges can actually be used to your advantage to produce creative images.

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:

Gavin Rudge, Adelaide
The use of a strong sidelight and shadows creates a great, eerie atmosphere in Gavin's photo. We love how he has used a tight crop and a wide aperture so that you are focusing on all the detail and texture.

Glenn Cockerton, Melbourne
This is a great example of how you can use a combination of shadow and light to produce beautiful highlights across someone's face and hair.

Liz Barker, Perth
Liz has used all the available light perfectly, to capture this very well exposed photo. The shadows falling across the model's side are complimented by the areas of highlights across his eye, which is where you are immediately drawn to.

Kathy Wallace, Sydney
Kathy has made great use of the tricky coloured light behind the model, using it to illuminate her with amazing tints of soft tones. It's great to see a strong burst of colour!

Nicola Robson, Sydney
Wow! Nicola has brilliantly captured the model's face and hair with the dramatic side light. It's great that she has chosen to leave the rest of the photo in darkness, as it gives the image a mysterious narrative.

Patrick Cummings, Sydney
Patrick has used the light to capture an intriguing moment in this photo. The way the light picks up all the cigarette smoke is amazing, almost theatrical. Great choice to have the photo in black&white too, it is full of rich contrasts between the light and dark.

The winner this fortnight is...Liz Barker from Perth!
Congratulations Liz, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!

And in second place we have Patrick Cummings from Sydney.
Congratulations Patrick, a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher is yours!

The next challenge has a theme of Animals&Pets Photography. This is such a great chance to get creative and tell stories with your photos.
Whether you're photographing wildlife encounters, or the relationship a pet has with a family, you can use a variety of lenses and techniques to get interesting shots.

Think about capturing a pet's personality and their habits, or take a trip to a zoo and test out your zoom lens. We are lucky to have an abundance of beautiful wildlife in this country, so get out there and see what photographs you can create!

Entries will open on Saturday the 5th November and close on Thursday 17th November 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.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email victoria@photoh.com.au.

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