Winners of Mini Challenge #116 – The Lone Sentinel

KevXmanKevXman Always grinning!Registered Users Posts: 945 Major grins
edited March 15, 2011 in The Dgrin Challenges
There were so many great images submitted! In my book they are all winners for one reason or another. Thank you everyone for making my first mini challenge one that I looked forward to visiting as often as I could. I had such a hard time narrowing the selection down to a handful. Thank goodness I have extra fingers on both hands. :D So without further ado...

Honorable Mentions (In no particular order)

ghinson – Surf Sentry
Even though the person in the image is a child and already small, I like how they are small in relation to the rest of the image creating a feeling of vastness. Well composed!


Froch – The Lone Sentinel - Honor
Everytime I see this image I end up pausing to take it all in. Love the composition and the emotion! Very well done. I wouldn't mind seeing a desaturated color version though. (Very small nit on my part. Sorry Paul, just personnal taste. Not meant as a criticism.)

lizzard_nyc – 1.
Very Hitchcockian Liz! I love it. Reminds me of the phonebooth scene with Tippi Hedren in The Birds. I like the composition and PP. Very well done. (Definitely frame-worthy once you clone out the dustspots. Might even want to clone out the buildings in the bottom left.)

davev – 2
I like how you achieved a uniform tone/hue in the image as a whole yet the foreground vegetation stands out because of the depth of focus. Having accomplished this, the white egret is so much more prominent. This is a wildlife photo that I can only dream of taking. Excellent job!

billseye – The Lone Sentinel II
This image works great in black & white. The blackness of the central figure in contrast with the whiteness of the foam, all in conjuction with the mist subduing the background, keeps the eye moving. Making this an image enjoyable to sit and look at trying to take in all of the little details. Excellent work!

And now for the finalists. (SOOOOOOO hard to put these three in order.)

2nd Runner Up
DaddyO – Looking Out
This one is stunning in it's simplicity. Works very well in black & white. The texture of the statue against the smoothness of the background makes the statue feel almost 3D. I also like the cropping and how it actually cuts into the main object. Very nice image!

1st Runner Up
silvereye – 1. School's Out
Christian, this image is awesome on so many levels because of the subject matter. (Let me say "Thank you!" now for what you, and your teammates, do and have done.) Now for the image. The room by itself has so much character and then to introduce the soldier into the mix works wonderfully. The slight desaturation in the colors really helps. Most excellent job all the way around.

Froch – The Lone Sentinel - Valet
I kept coming back to this image from the day it was submitted. There are so many things that I like about it. I would usually find something new each time that I looked at it. Even though it is in full color and you probably did not do any selective desaturation I love how the orange of the umberella seems to be the one splash of color. I love the small and simplistic stand against the massive building in the background. Makes the stand look smaller and the building look bigger. I like the emptiness of the street and sidewalk. I like how the color of the building compliments the color of the umberella. I could keep going but I might be here awhile. Very excellent image Paul! Would definitely hang this one in my house.

So, there you have it everyone. Another mini comes to an end and the baton has been passed. I really enjoyed the last two weeks seeing what all y'all came up with trying to match an image with a given title. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Thank you so much for playing along.
— Kevin
Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

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  • FrochFroch ~~~~ Registered Users Posts: 571 Major grins
    edited March 13, 2011
    WOW. What a nice surprise. Thank-you for the wonderful comments Kevin, and for the selection! Again, what a terrific surprise to be considered among the outstanding work that was submitted.
    Just another note to LosAngeles area shooters, or those planning a visit. This is the Disney Concert Hall in downtown. She's a beautiful subject that I shoot a lot for motivation. I highly recommend a visit. You won't be disappointed. I have a couple other shots from 2011 on my site and you'll see what I mean. You can't miss.

    **also Kevin, thankyou for the consideration for my image 'Honor', as well. Like your image Eternal Vigilance, it holds special meaning.
    I like the idea of a de-sat. I'll share it with you when I get a chance to re-work it a bit.
  • SnowgirlSnowgirl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,155 Major grins
    edited March 13, 2011
    Congrats Froch and all the rest who placed in this challenge. The images are always so stunning.
    Creating visual and verbal images that resonate with you.
    Picadilly, NB, Canada
  • konomaniackonomaniac Major grins Registered Users Posts: 335 Major grins
    edited March 13, 2011
    clap.gif Congrats to all the winners and honorable mentions - Great group of shots.

    thumb.gif Kevin - Thank you for the wonderful topic, and excellent analysis of the shots you selected.
    --- Kono ---
    Pentax K-x and assorted lenses
  • SeascapeSSeascapeS SandiZ Registered Users Posts: 814 Major grins
    edited March 13, 2011
    Congrats Paul and other winners! Those were all fantastic entries!
    If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine
  • lizzard_nyclizzard_nyc Zygote Grinner Registered Users Posts: 4,056 Major grins
    edited March 13, 2011
    Way to go Paul thumb.gif, many congrats and to the runners up and HMs too.

    Thanks for the wonderful and original theme. I also really appreciate your tip on my shot (thanks for the HM). I am ordering shots for the first time today since joining dgrin almost 2 years ago. This will be one of them, when I started to really work on it the spots were so evident! yet I missed it on posting.
    Thanks for the C&C.
    Liz A.
  • ic4uic4u Major grins Lago Vista, TXRegistered Users Posts: 1,455 Major grins
    edited March 14, 2011
    Congrats Paul and everyone elseclap.gif
    Great idea for a theme Kevin!

    "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth." — Mark Twain
  • DaddyODaddyO Grins In Progress Registered Users Posts: 4,466 Major grins
    edited March 14, 2011
    Kevin :D Very nice to be picked out with the others from among a fine field of excellent photography. thumb.gif
    You had your work cut out for you in deciding.
    Couldn't have been easy but I think you did great.
    My congrats to Froch. One very very nice image. clap.gif Well done.
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 7,854 Major grins
    edited March 15, 2011
    Congratulations Paul - Kevin is right - wonderful image and composition!!! clap.gifclapclap.gifclap

    Very nice entries this round clap.gif
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