Results: Mini Challenge #332 Sky
This was the first mini-challenge I have run, so I want to thank everyone who submitted photos. Originally I was thinking about sky as negative space and balance, but as the submissions came in, it was the drama of the photos that I think was very effective.
@grandmaR both Yorktown and Smith Point Lighthouse have an openness and expansive feeling.
@slpollett Nice sunset photos.. I know you may have been thinking of other photos to submit as well.
@pegelli Both your geese and clouds were great photos. The clouds in particular has a nice composition.
@jwear Your first cloud picture is very nice. The cloud itself dwarfs the tree in the foreground.
@sarasphotos HM to summer sky over fields. The balance between the road, fields and sky is very nice in this photo.
@GSPeP Also HM for the San Diego photo. The light shafts over the flat ocean are very effective.
Also HM for GrandmaR's black and white tree. This was one of my favorites as well.
Now for the finalists:
3rd Place to @sarasphotos for The Village of La Morra. The village on the hill top, orderly fields, and expansive distance of the sky and clouds really compliment each other and the grapevines in the foreground are a nice touch. All around a very satisfying photo.
2nd Place to @pegelli for Isle of Skye (extra points for the pun). The way the curve of the mountain range compliments the curve of the clouds is excellent, and the capture of the atmospheric light beams is really good. Again a very good photo, with the stream in the foreground also adding interest.
1st place to @Cavalier for Threatening Sky in Colorado. This is a very dramatic and intense photo, with everything framed perfectly to focus on the lightning. I visited your smugmug site to see other examples from this shoot and I think it is wonderful how you actually captured the strike itself.
I now hand over to you the next challenge.
Thanks very much for all who entered.