Last Friday was the first Black & White photo
contest at Cleveland Photographic Society, and it turned out to be a great competition
"Below Grotto Falls" - Did not place - B&W competition
I took this photo
back in April during my trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although this didn't place, the judges were great at explaining where it fell short of the mark. It came down to not having enough contrast between the foliage, rocks, and other elements of the photo
. This is a problem that has plagued me in the past which I hope to overcome in the future! That said, I still like the photo
"Slot Canyon" - Fist Place - B&W competition
This was a last minute substitution for another photo
that I originally liked... I'm really glad I swapped them because the other wasn't as strong! This was taken during my trip to Arches National Park in Utah last year (2015). It's a magical place that's worth visiting! It's even more spectacular at night when you can actually see the stars... absolutely stunning!
"The Thriving City" - Third place - Pictorial competition
I took this about a month ago from the old coast guard station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga river. Thanks to a friend in law enforcement, I was able to park at the actual station to set up! He stuck around to keep any miscreants or other law enforcement at bay while I took the photos
! Oddly enough the miscreants never made an appearance, but we were approached on 2 occasions by different officers because we were behind the gates. After talking to my buddy for a few moments, they were on their way, and I was able to continue. I was really happy with the photos
I captured that eve!
In other news, I was just contacted by CPS about publishing one of my photos in the next issue of their electronic magazine entitled "The Dark Room Door", When I read what photo they wanted to publish, I just stared and scratching my head while pondering what they were thinking. Still not sure... but here it is anyhow.
"Murica' or Git Out" (Originally entered into the 2016-01-08 People photo competition where it did horridly.)
p.s. I really wish I had a Elmer Fudd hat for this shoot! (no pun intended).
I wish you all the best!