Win a Nikon Coolpix..

A very good blogging friend and excellent photographer, Noeline Smith, has been shortlisted in the same Nikon Pro Competition that I won this time last year.  Take a moment to visit Noeline’s Website and you’ll see what I mean about her talent as a photographer.  It’s a huge honour to be shortlisted but Noeline’s picture is a worthy winner in my opinion.  The picture clearly shows what impact a very harsh and daring crop can have on a photograph. This is a tool I tend to overlook but have started to pay much closer attention to in very recent times, thanks to brilliant images posted by both Andy at Lenscaper and now Noeline’s competition entry, that clearly demonstrate the cropping tool is a tool that should not be overlooked.

This is the beauty of blogging, we learn from each other in such a creative and diverse community of like-minded individuals, what could be better?

But I digress, I’d be really grateful if you’d take a minute to click on the image below and visit the competition webpage. The other images are worthy of the shortlist that’s for sure but we’ve seen them before. Noeline’s image is creative and different and for that reason alone it gets my vote. But, it also goes on to tick all the other boxes that produce a winning photograph; it’s superbly composed, pin sharp and perfectly exposed.  And if that weren’t enough to get your vote, sitting on your backside in the middle of a field and not jumping up to beat a hasty retreat as a herd of none too bright cows, each weighing over half a ton, gallops towards you as curious cows are wont to do, ‘cos you want that photograph, well, that takes a hell of a lot of courage too.

It’ll only take a minute to vote and you could win a superb Nikon Coolpix camera for your trouble..  :-)


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15 responses

  1. Paul Militaru

    I think, it’s ok

    February 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    • Thanks for your comment Paul.

      February 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  2. Voted. What an amazing image! I don’t think I would have been so brave. :)

    February 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia, me neither. :-)

      February 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  3. I keep forgetting to enter . . . although the quality far exceeds what I do. Still, it will push me to do better.

    I thought his cropped tree was better than the cow but, again, I ain’t the expert.

    February 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    • I think it’s always worth entering Emilio. Besides, you take some fabulous photographs so I’m not sure why you say the standard far exceeds what you do.

      February 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      • I don’t take what I consider “art” photos. The difference from what you and Noeline shoot (I checked her site) to my efforts is not one of quality, but of vision.

        Hard to maybe explain what I mean, but the simple version is I photograph what I see and present it such, and you guys use your photos to show people something more than what you can see by just looking at it.

        . . . or maybe it’s more about controlling what one shows. I tend to show exactly what is there, where you guys show an altered version of it.

        . . . or, maybe I should just shut up and enjoy the photos.

        February 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      • I understand where you are coming from but that’s not to say a more documentary style of photography can’t win competitions. Seeing beyond what we see literally is a big part of what art photography is all about though as you say.

        February 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm

  4. Done. I’m a big fan of Noeline’s work so shout to her and fingers crossed! :)

    February 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    • Me too. Thanks Lisa!

      February 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  5. You’re right that is a fabulous image. I have to make more use of the crop tool as well.

    February 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    • Thank you Edith. I’ve had a couple of images recently that I was ready to consign to the recycle bin but found with some fairly rigorous cropping, there was a useful image hiding in there after all.

      February 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  6. What a great ‘thumbs up’ Adrian – thank you very much! ….. and interesting reading Paul’s and Disperser’s comments too – other’s opinions are a great way to keep understanding and learning.
    Thanks also for the honorary bravery award – were you watching?! :D

    February 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    • You’re very welcome Noeline. Feedback is always good. I think you made reference to facing down the marauding herd when you first posted the picture. ;-)

      February 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      • Ha – well remembered!

        February 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm