As promised, the first contest of my goal year has come to a close and I am here to post some of my favorite of the shots I got. Most of the categories and required images were of a landscape nature, which isn't one of my primary interests, but there were some nice ones that came of it anyway. I'll start off with the only category I had a winning image in, which was product:
This was the first place product image. Woohoo! I worked for 2 years as a product photographer, so I knew I wanted to spend a little time on the product images and get them right. I stopped in at the studio where I now do video early in the morning to shoot these as quickly as I could.
Ironically, this image which is almost identical to the winning image, got no place nor honorable mention. Maybe it's because it's slightly crooked, I don't know.
We decided to do this one out in the real world since there's a lot of culture associated with skateboards, and the assignment was to shoot the products in a way that would make people want to buy them. I thought a skateboarder would be more interested in a lifestyle approach rather than a pristine studio shot. This image also got no award, though that's arguably not surprising. :D
Next! The people category:
On the people category, we totally missed our appointment because we got lost after losing our gps signal. So we rescheduled for a half-hour later once we regained reception and discovered we were 30 minutes away. Then we missed that appointment because the directions led us miles off course down a very rocky and ridiculous road. We drove across a rock slide and decided that probably wasn't the right place, so turned back. We got to the right place finally and the models gave us a bit of their time to get some shots. So about 15 minutes later we were leaving with whatever photos we could whip up that fast.
I had planned to use my strobes and get the best shot of the day in the people category, but since the sun had already gone down, my planned look wasn't achievable, so I just shot natural light and crossed my fingers.
Neither of these images got any love from the judges, but it was great to meet Jessica who I've been meaning to work with on some kind of fitness shoot. Maybe I'll make that happen soon.
Next category! Thematic! We were to shoot either fall colours or shoot our teammates.
This here is Tyson Rollins, my only teammate. It was a contest for 4 per team, but it was a good excuse to chill with my cuz all day.
Next Category: Street
I shot this photo on Provo Center Street before sunrise. I thought this one was cool because it's something I would have shot way back when I was first using a camera with intention about 5 years ago. These days, I don't go around taking photos of tables and chairs on the street on a regular basis.
Here are some of my favorites that Tyson shot:
This is the shot that won 3rd place in the Thematic category. Beautiful!
I think this is one of the most impressive images Tyson shot. This was shot in the dark. With a series of long exposures, he was able to get detail in the waterfall that almost looks like day, but with a starry night sky, and the moon just behind the mountain. Nice.
This here is Bee Money. Bee Money is a local rapper we met on Center Street in Provo selling his CDs. He's a nice guy, and we later looked up his music and gave it a listen and we agreed that it was good. He doesn't mess with drugs or alcohol or any of that, and doesn't swear in his lyrics. If I see him again, I'm definitely buying a CD. Also notable, is that this guy is 100 times better at marketing than I am. He just walked right up and told Tyson to put his number in Tyson's phone. Gold.
You can see Tyson's other work at http://www.tyson-rollins.com
The contest was great and we'll probably do it again next year! If there's a prize for 1st in product, I'll count this as the first of the 5 contest wins I included in my goals for the next year. Monday I'm shooting some images in the studio for another contest, so we'll see how that goes.