Betterphoto Finalist & Winner : October 2010

November 17, 2010  •  Leave a Comment
Dear friends I am happy to inform you about my selected images as finalist & a winner in Betterphoto online international photo contest ( October 2010) in different categories.
 
My 3 Lucky Images:
Image 1 was selected as finalist & winner in "Digital Darkroom" category whereas Image 2 & Image 3 were selected as finalist in the "Details & Macro" category. Total 18600 entries were received & 922 finalist were shortlisted in overall 10 categories.
Image 1: Evil Laughs
 During experimentation with smoke shot I met this. In post processing I cloned out additional smoke in black areas & applied color gradient. The only thing which was not part of original capture is the eye which was added with a stroke of brush. I processed this image for the DPchallenge Halloween Song Titles (Expert Editing) online photo contest, fortunately in which it also stand out on 5th place with Honorable Mentions. 
   I used two strobes on the left & right of smoke in manual mode with black cloth as background of  smoke.
 
EXIF of this image:
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
You can see this image at different locations : BetterphotoWinner | Dpchallenge Winner
Image 2: Floating Crab | 179mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, -2EV
Camera           :     Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens                :     Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
You can see this image at different locations : Betterphoto FinalistMy Flickr Photstream
Image 3: Yellow-Winged Darter
 
About the Insect: Yellow-winged Darter species is smaller (Length: 32-37mm) than the Common Darter or Red-veined Darter. It has extensive pale orange colouration to the basal half of the wings and many wing veins. The bright red males and clear yellow-brown females are attractive. The eyes are brown above and yellow below. The pterostigma is red or brown strongly outlined in black, somewhat shorter than in most darters.The males become orange-red with maturity with a red frons and red-brown thorax.Females have a ochre yellow abdomen strongly marked with black along the lower half of each side.
You can see this image at different locations : Betterphoto Finalist
 
It is nice to see that both images "Floating Crab" & "yellow-Winged Darter" were taken in our IPC (Indore Photographers Community) trip to Kajligarh, Indore. It is a nice place for landscape, wildlife & macro photographers.
 
Notification from Betterphoto site:
11/17/2010 Photographer Nilesh J. Bhange of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, has won Second Place for October in the prestigious photography contest sponsored by BetterPhoto.com, the site's founder, Jim Miotke, announced Wednesday.
More than 18500 entries were submitted to the online photography contest, which attracted contestants from around the world and featured 10 separate categories.
Bhange's stunning image, "Evil Laughs", garnered top honors after being submitted in the Digital Darkroom category.
All of the winning images can be viewed at BetterPhoto.com's contest page: http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1010.asp
The contest is conducted each month. Categories include Nature and Landscapes, Animals, People, Elements of Design, Digital Darkroom, Travel and Place, Flowers, Details and Macro, Catch-All, and Monthly Theme. Judging is performed by a panel of professional photographers.

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