I'm amazed at the overwhelming response to the contest! It was fun to see everyone pick their fav's and write their kind words! OKAY! So, I was going to pick the top five but we had a three way tie for fifth place so I'm including all of them in the final round! Here's your role as judge:
-Pick the picture you like the best!
-AND the picture that captures the season!
I've taken all the pictures into Lightroom and made some changes to the originals. So this has become a photo contest/slash photography learning session.
1. Rachel Greenhouse (Original Photo)
I took this image into Lightroom and added contrast, boosted the red, got rid of some of the haze. It's good to have a little white and black in your image to help make it "pop!"
2. Cheri Patton (Original Photo)
I didn't do a ton to this picture but, I did add some fill light so that we could see the whole face of the baby. I also moved the exposure up a bit to lighten the whole picture.
3. Holly Gantenbein (Original Photo)
I really liked the above picture and didn't really want to mess with it but, just for fun a desaturated the colors a little and added contrast. I thought it gave it a mystical look!
4. Becky Van Hofwegen (Original Photo)
I cropped out the yellow light in the background to enhance the black night and keep the focus on the kids. I punched the colors and added more warm tones too.
5. April Sauers (Original Photo)
I wanted to make this a winter wonderland shot! So, I lightened the whole picture, got rid of the distracting black on the top (she's now surrounded in white) and desaturated the color.
6. Jodi Keller (Original Photo)
Sometimes you can have too much happening in a picture so, I cropped it to focus in on the featured moment. Tip: It's important when cropping to keep the hands and feet in the shot.
7. Kacy Johanson (Original Photo)
I didn't do much to this image...I like it too much as is. Normally I'm totally against flash but it made a cool affect with the snow flakes. I lighten the image a little so you can see more detail.
OKAY! Now that these images have been changed a little we're going to vote again! Comment on the changes, the reason you like your choice the best, why it fits the criteria or anything else! We'll vote for two days...so we'll close out on Saturday at midnight!
This is going to make a great extra Christmas gift for one of our finalists!