View Full Version : Thinking I *might* want to enter competition.....

05-18-2007, 06:04 AM
I am still not sure, but I am leaning toward entering this year at nationals, which will be my first time entering......so I am scared to death, of course.

These are just pulled from my blogs......just trying to get an idea if any of these are "wow" images that I should enter. I've looked at them all so long that I have ceased to "see" them and have NO clue what I want to do. HELP!

Please give me your thoughts on which ones you think would make it and I will start working on crops and presentation formats. Thanks! Also, title help would be appreciated.

Its so frustrating to me, because I don't think any of these are necessarily competition worthy (just because I am tired of them), but these are the ones that people consistently "love" so....I figured it was worth a shot.





05-18-2007, 06:06 AM




05-18-2007, 06:10 AM
One more........


05-18-2007, 06:16 AM
so i lied about"one" more ;)


Or....is this one of that concept better???


I'm leaning to the purple, because I like his shirt better....but in the color, I love his stance. too difficult......grr.

05-18-2007, 10:59 AM
Go for it, Naomi. You've really developed a striking style. And you have plenty of fine work from which to choose.

05-18-2007, 11:03 AM
My assistants have voted..............the top four they have picked are 1, 2, 3, 5.

What do you guys think? Do those four seem like good ones? I've never done any comps because I have always gotten too busy and forgotten when the deadlines were, so I am really clueless here.

05-18-2007, 01:40 PM

I think you need some more practice. I don't think you are there yet. Please- Please take my advice and wait for a year or two.

05-18-2007, 03:09 PM
2 is my favorite. go for it .

05-18-2007, 03:27 PM
First of all, I am always blown away by your images. But, I have a suggestion for you right away. Those that are not Masters must submit a 16"X20" OR 20" X 16" presentation. That does not mean your image must be that size. But, I think it would help with comments if you posted in 16X20 proportional sizes.

05-18-2007, 03:47 PM
1, 2 and 3 are your stongest in my opinion. THe second kendl and dusty is also very strong.

SO I would work up 1,2,3, and Kendall and dusty.

Just my thoughts. If you sent those, and print quality, along with presentation was good, I think you could have a pretty good print case.

05-18-2007, 03:48 PM
1, 2 and 3 are your stongest in my opinion. The second kendal and dusty is also very strong.

SO I would work up 1,2,3, and Kendall and dusty.

Just my thoughts. If you sent those, and print quality, along with presentation was good, I think you could have a pretty good print case.

05-18-2007, 07:58 PM
I like 2, 3 and the color w/couple in stairway. Seriously Naomi you have so many great photos to choose from. Your work is awesome and I'm constantly blown away by your art.

Go for it!

05-19-2007, 08:41 AM
Hi Naomi,

Glad that you decided to start playing.

I'm going w/ #2 and #7 since I think these ones are the safest.

#1 is striking but a judge might find it easy to take away points due to the overwhelming whiteness of the face and/or the lack of detail in the black's of the hair. Also, he or she might have to think/accept why her face is blown out though there's detail in the background.

#3 looks like an old Anna Nicole ad for Guess. It's very fashiony though I think there's a little more shoulder than there should be which takes away from the face.

Good luck to ya!

05-21-2007, 08:10 PM
I only have a minute so I can't make "nice" and tell you what I like about each image , just trust me that I do like a lot but I only have time to talk about what can be improved.

#1 - Interesting image but the whites of the eyes are over worked and now look flat instead of round. Under comp lights they will look too eeriely white i am afraid. I realize this is a fantasy type image but the eyes still need to stay round. IMO the iris are also a little too surreal. Bring them down a little bit. There is still detail in the face but it is gone in the hair. That will hurt you score wise.

#2 One of my two favorites, I am hoping that the ski tips are there on the original file. Title will be important here. You also will need great print quality - black blacks and white whites.

#3 I kinda like this one, the shoulder problem has been mentioned, tone it down. I can tell you like very CRISP light. Nothing wrong with that but a softer edged light usually does better in competition. Not always of course but here is a soft beautiful subject with a harsh light, seems kind of contradictory to the story of this girls face.

#4 I don't care for this one, too confusing. 1920's? style clothing in an 1800's looking log cabin. Lack of detail on the backside of the man which also is the side of the image you read into. I just don't get the story you are trying to tell about these subjects.

#5 My favorite. You need to do something to bring out his face more. try flipping to see if it reads better - maybe or maybe not.

#6 Too grungy and too comman of a subject matter for impact. When a panel sees this much effect applied to what is really a fairly comman subject it registers as an ttempt to make something out of nothing. Nice portrait for clients - not the right choice for competition.

#7 Again - nice portrait for clients, will do above average in competition, doesn't have the impact to merit IMO.

#8 Too tight of crop, forehead is blown out, the hands are soft. Again great for the client, not the right choice for competition

#9,10 &11 are all the same guy. So you can only use one in competition. #9 has a split profile and no spark in the eyes so they look lifeless. Combined with the bright shirt I would eliminate this one. #10 is the best of these 3. I would like the girl to be darker maybe even a hint soft, so it's not like two competing subjects. Notice his eyebrows - alomost diabolical, so title should suggest that he is a ladies man or a player. Something to suggest that he expects women to follow behind him at his bidding. His stance and expression perpetuate that idea. Also the girls face so shadowed suggests that she is just some nameless girl which also continues that story. This is an image where the subtle use of an effect (Lucius I assume?) is correctly done and adds to the image. Often times I see it applied just because the maker thinks it's cool and not because it actually adds to the image. #11 His expression is softer and you see more of the girls face so the story line isn't as strong. The walls and tonal ranges are better handled on it than on #10 - so tone down the walls on 10 to be more like on #11.

Hope some of this was informative or beneficial

05-22-2007, 12:21 AM
Thank you Keith, I appreciate the time and detail you put into that! Thank you!!!

05-25-2007, 04:11 AM
:) I love images 1 -4 along with the last image in color.

05-25-2007, 04:17 AM
Hey again,

On image 3 - can you burn in the shoulder and hand so it is a close crop of her eyes and face? It is a strong image.