Winners: May 2012: Flash

Thanks to author Adam Duckworth for acting as our guest judges for this month’s contest! The theme was “flash”.

First Place Choice:Hawleywood’s Barber and Ballerina by David Le, Costa Mesa, California, USA

What Adam had to say: A truly professional-quality environmental portrait of a barber, showing his unique style – complete with lots of tattoos – as well as his old-fashioned barber’s shop and chair. Great eye contact, and you really get a feel for the character of this unique person. Technically tricky to do, balancing the low-light and neon signs in the gloomy shop with off-camera flash. It’s been executed here perfectly, proving flash doesn’t have to be hard and kill the atmosphere. A fantastic, stylish portrait.

Second Place Choice:Storm Brewing” by Simon J. Lusty, Worcester/Worcestershire, UK

What Adam had to say: A haunting photo, full of drama, using nothing more than a humble compact camera. it proves you don’t need lots of expensive kit to get great shots. Just a good idea! The super-low angle and burst of flash on the thorny stem makes it look like a truly menacing shot. And the birds flying overhead add to the dramatic effect. Great use of underexposure, low viewpoint, dramatic composition and a burst of flash work wonderfully.

Third Place: Ice & Light” by Indhira Minerva Rodriguez Guerrero, Laredo, Tamaulipas, México

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