View Full Version : Competition worthy?

05-09-2007, 03:13 AM
I haven't entered a print comp before. I've been reading threads on here, looking at past entries and such.
I appreciate any input. I apologize for the white border, it's how I currently have it saved on the computer.




Amy Saenz

05-09-2007, 04:52 AM

Welcome to the forums. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

I like the expression of the dancer??? in your first shot. I wonder if a black or near black background would work with this portrait? The knees tend to draw my eyes away from the face.

I am going to let better qualified people comment on the second protrait. I think I see what you are trying to do but I lack the experience say something about this protrait.

I hope you don't mind but I took your thrid portrait and tightened the cropping to illustrate the crop I had in mind. I also layered it onto a black background with a 10 pixel stroke.


05-14-2007, 08:47 PM
Thank you Dave :)
I do like your crop of #3, I'll have to work with it some.

Anyone else?

05-15-2007, 05:50 AM
The question is"Are they competition worthy?"

Can I ask "do you compete to learn?" or "Do you compete to win?"

Anselmo Rascon told me "I learn more from my bad ones"

Learn on, learn on my brother!

You may learn from the second one the most!

Juan L. Gonzalez


05-15-2007, 01:55 PM
Hi Amy;

You can get advice, read books, and more but until you go through your 1st competition part of your education is lacking. I do recommend sitting in and watching a print competition. I do at our state competitions. I also recommend volunteering, and serving on, a print committee.

Your first image is cropped too close. Kids need room to grow. And she is too centered. Having her hand on the ground is an awkward pose. She does have an intense gaze which I like. If step-mounted well it could score in the mid 70s at a state competition.

The second one has too much space above her. She is almost centered left to right. And it looks like her eyes are closed. I don't mind closed eyes if the bride is looking down at her bouquet or something similar. Do you have another where her eyes are open ? If not a good pose you could move the open eyes onto this one. With open eyes, and a good step mount, this could score in the mid to higher 70s in state competition. BUT ... you will have to open up detail in the background. Now, her hair is lost.

The old building ... I'm not seeing anything to compete with here. It's straight on and there is no impact or center of interest. It would make a nice salon style image for you to sell as a limited edition if handled well.

Keep posting !

05-15-2007, 06:49 PM
Hi Amy;

I am posting my version of your image of the young girl. I hope this helps you see other possibilities as well as what a step mount is.