Posts Tagged ‘contest’

This is Britain?

November 11, 2009

Digital Camera Photographer of the YearI found this gallery of shortlisted photos for the “Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009: This is Britain” competition on the Daily Telegraph web site.

The first picture, Fuel Girls, a booze-up (as we used to call it) puts me off going to Britain for my holidays. Maybe it’s technically good and very “street” but it’s also gross!

#2 – Just a Shower is wonderfully humourous, but there are rain spots on the lens. Surely that’s a no-no? Or does that make it “authentic” in the eyes of the judges?

#5 – Food Lovers – a mosaic of people eating is gross too. But that was probably the photographer’s intent.

#9 – Pier caught my eye but I don’t like the way the lamp hides one of the divers’ feet.

#16 – Cool Britannia looks over-sharpened – or the man has a skin disease.

#21 – Wayne is good black and white “street” albeit not candid. I wonder if it was shot with a Leica.

#26 – Frozen Intensity is excellent “street”. The police officer’s fixed, almost robotic, expression is scary. I would not have dared get that close in to a demonstration.

#27 – Rain. I cannot believe this is a shortlisted picture. There must be a million rain splattered pictures of a grey London from the London Eye on Flickr alone. What is special about this one?

#32 – A Day at the Beach must be posed or the rain was added in Photoshop, surely? It’s a cliche anyway.

#33 – A Kiss in Time is boring street. Not enough contrast and more focus on the station departure board than the lovers.

Overall I thought they were a bit depressing. I bet entries from the USA would be a lot more positive.

The winners will be announced in early December 2009 and they’ll be exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London from the 9th to the 13th of December. I think I’ll skip it.

Canon Photomarathon Thailand

October 17, 2009
Canon Photo Marathon 2009

Note the Canon shirt

Unfortunately only Thai citizens are allowed to enter the annual Canon Photomarathon. It’s very popular and it looks like a load of sanuk (fun). It was a very friendly gathering of several hundred photographers who were dispatched to take photos according to assignments from the organizers.

It didn’t seem very competitive – most were very laid back. I bet you can tell something about typical national characteristics from the behaviour at events like this. A New York event would be much more intense.

I went along to Central World to have a look-see and take my own photos. No one minded at all. I saw a lot of very expensive Canon equipment in use. Long L lenses on EOS-1D bodies for example. But there were a few people using compact cameras. My best sighting was a contestant with an old silver bodied EOS-300D – the original Digital Rebel, just like mine. But he had a L series 70-200mm zoom attached to it.

Maybe he agrees with my thought that it is better to invest in new lenses than new camera bodies if you want to take better pictures.

I took my Canon EOS-30D with the cheap kit 18-55mm EF-S lens. I did not feel envious of the expensive kit around me, I am the Bangkok Frugal Photographer!

All contestants received a natty black Canon shirt. It was great publicity for Canon as the photographers spread out all over the city. I had my photo taken a couple of times. If you won a prize – I want a share!

I posted a load of photographs to PicasaWeb here.

If you would like a copy of any photo feel free to leave a comment here. Most are in DNG format.

Get a Free Camera!

October 12, 2009

Not from here! I don’t have things to give away. Sorry! Try Seventeen magazine.

I’ve been using Google Fast Flip to browse news sources. It’s got my favourites like The NY Times, Slate and the BBC. But it also has sources I would not normally look at. (I think that was part of Google’s intent.)

I was wandering through the Photography section when I saw a page from Seventeen magazine. I was only vaguely aware of it – I was 17 in 1971. Apparently Seventeen is

… the number one magazine for teenage girls. For more than 60 years, the magazine has been the trusted source for all things fashion, beauty, health, dating, and lifestyle related. It’s fun to be Seventeen!

In the promotion girls email the organizer who sends them a FREE Kodak disposable camera.

They mail it back to be developed and Seventeen will consider the photos for considered for “The Girl Project: a book, a traveling exhibition, and web site about life from a teen’s point of view.”

I had to look at the date to make sure this wasn’t an old offer. No, it is September 2009. I am surprised the teen-savvy editors think that a teenager will be excited by one free disposable camera. Don’t they all have cell phone cameras at least?

Maybe it has some retro-chic.

The article is here.

I looked around but didn’t see any “terms and conditions”. Maybe they come in the box with the camera.

I am sure that the teens who send cameras back will grant copyright on the pictures to the magazine. It’s a great way for Seventeen to get inexpensive content for the cost of some disposable cameras.

I recall the Photo Attorney writing on her blog about “rights grabs” by businesses. She may be interested in this.

I wonder how many cameras they’ll get back. I bet less than 10% but I am a cynic. Still, they should have a few thousand pictures to choose from.

It’s another contributor to the demise of photojournalism.

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Win A Canon 5DMKII « Photofocus

August 28, 2009

Win A Canon 5DMKII « Photofocus.

Canon EOS-5D Mark II

What’s the catch? This blogger wants to encourage people to follow him on Twitter. He’s giving a Canon EOS-5D Mark II body away as an incentive.

It must be tied to a marketing program, mustn’t it? Otherwise, who has that kind of money to give away?