After a weekend of image evaluating and score tabulating by a panel of HDR experts and enthusiasts, we're excited to announce the winners of our first HDR Walkshop Photo Contest!
The APC HDR Walkshop with Brian Matiash at Photoshop World Las Vegas, held earlier this month, was universally praised as a good time and a great learning experience. About 30 walkers joined Brian, co-leader Jacob Lucas, and the crew from Artistic Photo Canvas for a walking photo workshop in Old Las Vegas focused on high dynamic range photography.
Fremont Street Experience – a flashy, neon-lit entertainment district oozing with character and texture – is the destination for millions of tourists and locals. It was the perfect locale for capturing brackets, which our walkers post-processed into a fantastic batch of HDR goodness that's now on display in this colorful, full-size slideshow version of the APC HDR Walkshop Photo Contest group pool on Flickr – where you can see and enjoy all of the entries.
Many entries represented walkers' first foray into HDR bracketing and post-processing. We were roundly impressed with the quality of the entry pool overall, and especially the efforts and results of the participants for whom, less than a month ago, HDR was but a tantalizing concept.
Choosing winners was a truly difficult task. Every judge – including Brian, Jacob, RC Concepcion (Educator and curriculum developer for NAPP, co-host of Layers TV, writer for Photoshop User Magazine & Layers Magazine, and HDR expert) and Lew Bedell and Bob Melson (co-founders of APC, sponsor of the HDR Walkshop) – brought their own judging criteria to the table – with opinions as diverse as the body of work that is classified as HDR. The winning images represent the convergences of those varied tastes and sensibilities.
So – with heartfelt thanks and kudos to every walker – here are your winning entries…
1st Place: "Fremont Street Vegas" by Toni Vaughan
Toni's image showcases a nice balance of HDR processing. It's strong without being over-the-top, bringing out all of the rich textures of the scene. The composition is very appealing in its skewed angle and the way that it only shows a portion of the Fremont Street 'Las Vegas' sign.
Toni will receive a Custom 32" x 48" Gallery Wrapped Canvas featuring her winning image courtesy of Artistic Photo Canvas.
2nd Pace: "The Dark End of the Street" by William Beem
William did a really nice job of capturing the full dynamic range of the scene. He recovered most of the detail that would normally have been blown out in the neon and lit signs. The textures brought out of the pavement were also fantastic.
William will receive a Custom 24" x 36" Gallery Wrapped Canvas featuring his winning image courtesy of Artistic Photo Canvas.
3rd Place (tie): "Fremont East" by Damien Jemison
Damien had a very strong composition, showcasing the Fremont Street Experience front and center. He did a great job of leading the eye through the frame and supported it with some great HDR processing.
Damien will receive a Custom 12" x 18" Gallery Wrapped Canvas featuring his winning image courtesy of Artistic Photo Canvas.
3rd Place (tie): "Retouched HDR Photowalk - Vegas" by Dave Clayton
Dave presented a nice juxtaposition of urban structures interwoven with the natural elements of palm trees and shrubbery. His HDR processing was clean and subtle. David also operated with a significant handicap due to the limitations of his camera, but worked through them quite admirably to get the brackets that he needed for tone-mapping.
Dave will receive a Custom 12" x 18" Gallery Wrapped Canvas featuring his winning image courtesy of Artistic Photo Canvas.
Congratulations contest winners! We can't wait to see these great HDR images printed on canvas!
We hope every registered participant of the APC HDR Walkshop at Photoshop World Las Vegas feels like a winner too. We all enjoyed the interactive, expert HDR instruction, the camaraderie, the after-party. And every walker scored an APC "My photos ROCK on canvas" t-shirt and an APC gift card. We hope those cards will be put to use bringing many more of the HDR images entered in the contest to life on canvas.
Soon, we'll be posting a wrap-up of the entire Walkshop event in photos – and showing off more of the judges favorites. (Subscribe to The Photo Canvas Blog RSS feed in your favorite reader or bookmark us to follow the action!)
We welcome your comments below – and we're sure the contest participants will also appreciate and enjoy reading any comments and kudos you care to share with them on Flickr.