Welcome to Smartphone Picture of the Week! Each week, we select and share the best of your smartphone photography in an online feature here on our website, and on our social media. This week’s smartphone photograph is by Nick Greig, using an iPhone 12 Pro.
Nick Greig, iPhone 12 Pro
“I’m a BBC Technical Manager working in central London, my day-to-day job is to maintain high broadcast TV lighting and vision standards for BBC News. I’m a serious photo hobbyist outside of work, my interest are landscape and street photography. My photo ‘Rain and bright Lights’ was taken on an iPhone 12 Pro. It was taken in London’s Oxford Circus with Oxford Street as the backdrop. Evening rainfall kept the streets quiet. I took this as an opportunity to capture a long exposure of a red bus passing with the Christmas lights on top of frame. The long exposure with heavy rain made for a bright reflective scene in an unusually quiet London street.”
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The theme for the tenth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition was ‘Wonderful Woodland’ and we saw some fabulous images.
Now, we can reveal that the following images will go onto our shortlist to be judged by our illustrious panel at the end of the year.
One of these ten shortlisted images has also been selected as the round winner with the photographer being awarded a voucher from MPB worth £500 – scroll down to find out who. Two clever photographers have also managed to get two images shortlisted.
CJPOTY November 2022 Wonderful Woodlands shortlisted images
Sara is no stranger to the CJPOTY shortlist and two of her images feature in this month’s selection. Sara tells us that this image was captured using her Nikon D500 and Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens while she was up at the Fusine lakes, last Autumn. She explains, ‘there was a lot of mist on the lake so after a few shots, I tried going a little more into the woods and saw this nice scene with the red leaves. I really liked the atmosphere.’ We love it, Sara.
Once again Sara shot this image with her Nikon D500 and Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens, but this time she was in the woods of Rodik, in Slovenia. We love the dynamic composition and the way the sun breaks through the leaves to illuminate the roots at the bottom of the frame.
Rebecca tells us that she captured this image using her Sony A6500 on a very dark foggy day while she was in a local woodland. We love how the gold of the leaves stands out from the murky blue-grey of the surroundings.
The colours and texture of this image of a berry-laden tree remind us of a Gustav Klimt painting, but Lynne captured it on her Canon EOS R using the in-camera multiple exposure feature.
Angi used the focus stacking feature on her Nikon Z6 to ensure she captured all the detail of the fungi that she could while keeping the background nice and soft. For an extra little bit of magic, Angi sprayed the fungi with water as she captured her final image. Superb.
Edyta is the second photographer to have two images shortlisted in this round. This image was captured in West Wood in Wiltshire using a Nikon D850 and we lovely the atmosphere!
Edyta’s second image, also captured using her Nikon D850, was shot early in the morning during the spring when the bluebells were at their height. The mist and diffuse light really pulled us in.
Linda has made excellent use of the contrast in this scene. The tree trunks and colourful leaves stand out very attractively from the darker interior of the woodland. Captured using a Nikon Z7 II.
Jane’s image, captured using her Sony RX10 IV, is a beautifully shot detail that many would miss. Jane says, ‘I caught the frosted edges of these bracken fronds in an early November frost just as the light was coming through the woodland near my home. I squatted down on the ground and used my camera handheld.’
Helen tells us that she shot this image using her Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in November 2021 while there was extraordinary golden morning light. It’s an image we’d love to see hanging on a wall.
CJPOTY November 2022 winner: Sara Jazbar
Congratulations Sara, a voucher to the value of £500 from MPB is heading your way!
Sara’s image will join the other nine in our shortlist to be judged for the overall prize at the end of the year.
CJPOTY December 2022: Food, glorious food!
The theme for the twelfth round of the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Food, glorious food!’ Any food image is suitable, it could be of the mouth-watering ingredients, cooking or baking in progress, the finished dish or hungry diners devouring their meal.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 31st December 2022.
To submit your entry visit cjpoty.com. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). Images should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side but no larger than 5MB.
There’s a lot of food around at this time of year and it makes for some wonderful images. Follow the link to find our collection of tutorials and inspiration for food photography, including a guide to photographing food at Christmas with 10 top tips and a special bonus suggestion.
Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year prizes
At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will pick one winning image and nine runners up from the December entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kit from the World’s biggest platform for used photographic gear.
All 10 of the selected images will go into our shortlist for the year.
We’ll do this each month in 2022 so that by the end of the year, there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges who will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-placed images.
The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges, will receive a voucher to the value of £1000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
The judges are:
Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador Sophie Collins – Chief Marketing Office at MPB Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light Kate Hopewell-Smith – Wedding, portrait & boudoir photographer, Sony ambassador Sanjay Jogia – Wedding photographer & Canon ambassador Pete Reed OBE – Three times Olympic gold medal-winning rower and keen documentary photographer Dominique Shaw – Photographer and co-founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm ambassador Craig Strong – Lensbaby founder Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusive stock photography Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author & former Nikon ambassador
Founded by Matt Barker in 2011, MPB is the world’s largest platform for used photography and videography kit. MPB has transformed the way people buy, sell and trade equipment, making photography more accessible, affordable and sustainable.
Headquartered in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts and seasoned photographers and videographers who bring their passion to work every day to deliver outstanding service. Every piece of kit is inspected carefully by product specialists and comes with a six-month warranty to give customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability.
Here are the 30 rare and inspiring historical photos that keep the past alive. There is an online page in Twitter called “Historical Pics” that is more than 173K followers. History is a fascinating subject and when we learn history through photos, it seems more relatable. You can check this Twitter page for more inspiring photographs.
Scroll and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.
Jammu, Dec 16 (UNI) With a motive to promote the Gharana Wetland—situated close to Indo-Pak International Border, the Jammu Tourism on Friday hosted bird watching and photography competition at the site in Suchetgarh area here.
A group of over 100 participants was flagged off by Joint Director Tourism, Jammu
Sunaina Sharma the events organised by the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu under the active guidance of Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Tourism Department, J&K.
Sunaina Sharma while flagging off the group said that that the motive of organizing Bird Watching and photography Competition was to promote Gharana wetland, which is home to more than 150 species of bird like bar-headed geese, gadwalls, common teals etc and is also an eco tourism paradise among potential travel markets.
Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Director Tourism (Publicity and Adventure) and Neha Mahajan, Deputy Director Tourism (Planning) from TRC, Jammu were also present on the occasion.
Sunaina Sharma further said that many more promotional events are in the pipeline especially in border destinations like the Nowshera Folk Festival, Frozen Fiesta in Poonch, Winter Carnival Sanasar and Patnitop etc in the coming days.
During the visit Guldev Raj, Head M/S Himalayan Avian and various experts from Wildlife Department and other institutions explained the participants regarding the time of arrival/departure of the migratory birds, Food habits, suitable climatic conditions and their role in maintaining the ecological balance.
The participants in the Bird Watching and Photography Competition were Wildlife experts, Researchers of wildlife, Photographers, bloggers/vloggers and other stakeholders of Travel Trade.
Abdul Jabbar, DDT Jammu, informed all the participants that there is a dire need to conserve the migratory birds’ habitats in the interest of biodiversity. While we enjoy the pleasant sight of various species of migratory bird from Central Asia, the event shall also encourage tourism activities in the region, said Dheeraj, a participant.
Later in the evening a musical evening was held at Octroi Post, Suchetgarh.
The chief Guest of the function was Vivek Srivastav, Commandant,165 BN, BSF, Octroi Post Suchetgarh.
The vibrant performances of the musical bonanza included local dance forms like jagarna, Geetru etc.
The whole ambience was festive and patriotic as both the Jawans as well as visiting tourists danced to the beats of bollywood songs.
Also present in the occasion were Sheena Sahni, Assistant Director, Tourism Jammu, Pradeep Sharma, Assistant Commandant, BSF, Suchetgarh Octroi Post besides other stakeholders of the Tourism Department and prominent citizens of the area
The management of the historic Jamia Masjid here has issued a notification banning photography inside the mosque and asking men and women to not sit together in its lawns. Entry of photography equipment is also prohibited, the Anjuman Auquaf Central Jamia Masjid said in the notification put up all around the mosque complex.
“Photographers or camera persons are prohibited to take any kind of photos or clicks inside the mosque. Even equipments used to click any kind of photos are totally disallowed and need to be stopped at the gate forthwith,” it read.
It also prohibited carrying of eatables into the mosque premises.
“Nobody is allowed to have lunch or any kind of eatables inside the mosque. As such, visitors need to be stopped at the gate itself,” the notification read.
The management of the 14th century mosque directed its security guards to implement the instructions immediately.
Women can enter a mosque if there is a designated place for them, separate from men.
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In recent times, institutions have begun the trend of screening photography portfolios as a method of selecting students to attend a photography university or college, or to secure a photography job.
What is a photography portfolio?
A photography portfolio is a compilation of a photographer’s most professional and appealing photos. A photography portfolio is created to showcase and promote your best work to people.
Guide to making a photography portfolio
The process of creating a student photography portfolio isn’t as difficult as most students presume it to be. The major problem most individuals face is not knowing where to start. This article discusses the steps that you can follow to make the whole process easier.
Plan your portfolio carefully
Select, organize, and present your best work
Include additional complementary information
Review your work
#1 Plan your portfolio carefully
Just as in every other aspect of life, planning is also the most important part of putting a student photography portfolio together. This step requires you to carefully assemble your range of recent images that can demonstrate your photographic intelligence and experiences to the institution you plan on applying.
Your range of recent images must be able to reflect your intense passion, strong interest, and quality experience in photography; this makes your craft more sellable.
When making a high-quality student photography portfolio for a university, there are some important components and details that must be carefully considered starting from the images chosen to the way you present them. You can look at recent student photography portfolio examples to know how to go about making yours.
You need to be able to express your craftsmanship through your photography to inform your employer or future school of your capabilities.
#2 Select, organize, and present your best work
This is another important aspect of creating a student photography portfolio which involves you getting down to the work itself. This aspect has a direct impact on your portfolio’s success and this is because a good layout communicates with your audience in a professional approach and shows your dedication and commitment.
Your portfolio’s first impression counts because the admission board might scan through your portfolio in less than 5 minutes. This is why you need to select, arrange, and present the top best of your work logically and pleasingly.
You should make sure your student photography portfolio leaves a positive & unforgettable experience for your potential college or employers.
Your student photography portfolio can be presented in multiple printing formats either printed or online depending on the institution’s requirements. If you are to submit a hard copy format, you need to make sure your images are printed in high-quality and standard sizes.
In addition, the images selected should be able to showcase your originality, creativity, skill, and passion because these are the qualities colleges, universities, and potential employers are searching for. The top best images should be your first and final images on the portfolio as they give the audience an insight into the artistic skill to expect in your portfolio and leave a good lasting impression on the audience respectively.
#3 Include additional complementary information
Since the importance of your photography portfolio is to pass a message to your university or potential employers, including additional complementary information in your portfolio with each image can show your photography experience, deep passion, and strong interest.
You can include information like the place each image was taken, the idea behind each image, and the camera settings used. Providing this information shows that you not only know how to capture good images, but you also understand why you used different settings for specific concepts and this automatically increases your chances of securing that desired slot.
However, it isn’t mandatory to include additional information but they have a great impact on portfolios when included
#4 Review your work
After completing the above steps, the next thing is to seek feedback and improve on your work. Most students make the mistake of not leaving enough time to go over their work and it makes their work less perfect.
You can either review your work yourself or ask your close friends to help you out. Reviewing your portfolio helps you rule out errors.
Amidst this portfolio-making, you might have academic tasks to complete and there isn’t enough time or resources, it is advisable to hire the services of the best essay writing firm to assist you in the completion of your academic tasks. You will most probably need this essay writing service when you finally get to attend your future school since their team of experienced, proficient, & expert writers deliver unique, plagiarism-free papers that can help you boost your grades. They also follow a strict confidentiality policy to keep their users’ personal information and identity hidden.
Since we are in a digital era where images are everywhere, your photos must be top-notch and creative to create a spectacular long-lasting impression on your audience.
The Natural Landscape Photography Awards are all wrapped up and I’m sitting here compiling the book to go with the 2022 results. I thought it would be interesting to recap on the process and show some of the winners and also some of my own personal favourites from our competition finalists.
Going into the competition this year, we weren’t certain of its success. We had done so well in the first year but we knew that there were many people who had entered to support the business but who might not become regular entrants. Fortunately, the idea of the competition seems to have gained some solid traction, and although were slightly under last year’s submissions, it was only by a small fraction. We had nearly 11,000 photographs submitted from 1,200 photographers representing 55 countries. Due to our success in the first year, we were able to attract sponsors and prize money totalling nearly $40,000.
Getting the entries is one thing, but honing these down to a smaller and smaller group until eventually choosing a single winner is another. I’ll give you a spoiler – ultimately, we couldn’t! More on that later though.
For the first round, we went through the images to filter out those that we knew wouldn’t be in the running for the winner of the competition. These were images that had fundamental flaws with composition, technique, etc. One the second run, we had a good idea of the quality of the top 10 or 20 percent of entries and so it became easily to eliminate those that were in the bottom 20-30 percent.
We managed this process by each of the organisers scoring every image and combining those scores together. Images that did consistently well across judges went through to the main judging and images that were a particular favourite of each judge automatically went through as well.
After reviewing the ‘borderline’ images manually to make sure we didn’t miss anything that may have interested the main judges, we compiled a set of images and sent them out to our eight judges.
On our panel were a few judges from last year but the majority were new. Our panel was Sarah Marino, Alex Noriega, Sandra Bartocha, Paul Zizka, Orsolya Haarberg, David Thompson, David Clapp and Theo Bosboom. You can find out more about these judges on the NLPA website here.
These eight judges then had the task of reviewing all of these images and giving them a score. We used Lightroom for all of our judging, this allowed judges to go back and review scores and adjust things quickly. They can also zoom in and create panels of images to contrast and compare. Exporting the scores from Lightroom allowed us to compile them into small subset, from which we had a live meeting with all of the judges to pick their personal favourite images for each category. These sessions allowed the judges to get used to image choices and so be familiar with all of the images for the final, live judging round.
And this is where the final decisions get made and everybody’s subjective opinions on what should be the best images collides in an effort to come out with a single objective outcome.
You would think that there would be some general agreement in what makes the best photographs, especially when you get a range of people with a great deal of experience and visual vocabulary. However, art is ultimately subjective and the disagreements and discussions at this final stage of voting were extensive.
Fortunately, for most of the categories we were able to choose a first, second and third place. However, for the photograph of the year, we had a strong split between the four judges that no amount of discussion could break. As the images made a really strong pairing, we decided to try split the award between the two entries. You can see these two below from Jim Lamont and Philipp Jakesch.
Jim Lamont, Canada
The photograph shows the shadow cast by some peaks on the surface of the Lowell Glacier, in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory, Canada. It was taken on a July morning in 2022 from a Cessna 172 as part of a decades-long project on glaciers. With climate change the Lowell Glacier, like most glaciers in the world, is crumbling into ruin, its surface gradually disappearing beneath dirt and rubble as the ice melts. The image is intended to suggest the wave of destruction that will overwhelm us unless we stop dumping carbon into the atmosphere.
Philipp Jakesch, US
When I decided to visit the volcanic site on the Reykjanes Peninsula, I was uncertain how it would be and how dangerous it was. Luckily we had good conditions and good filters to protect our lungs. The Image called “Ardor” is one of my favourite images from the volcanic series because of the small fragment of this huge area. The blue hour threw ambient blue light on the background layers, with the orange lava standing out even more. The 1,100°C hot liquid earth is frozen in time. Even though my distance to the erupting volcano was about 500 Meters, I could feel the radiating heat with every outbreak.
We changed our categories this year in order to try to differentiate between the intimate landscapes and grand scenics more clearly, and we also introduced an “Abstracts & Details” category, for those less representational and textural images.
Grand Scenic – Kevin Monahan
Our grand scenic winner wasn’t an epic wide angle shot but it definitely worked under the “Grand” heading. The breaking mist on Chimney Rock in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is sublime but it was the combination of this with the forested foreground that caught the judges interest. The layering effect of the long lens was used effectively to create something a little different and just the right moment of mist was chosen to enhance the final composition.
Kevin Monahan said “For many years I used to get so caught up in capturing the scene I originally had envisioned that I would miss all these other opportunities around me. Once I learned to let go of that, photography became so much more enjoyable and fulfilling. For this backpacking trip in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, one of the photographs I was hoping for was of these mountains reflecting in a calm alpine lake. After hiking 11 miles and climbing close to 5000 feet, I reached the top and realized the chances of capturing that were slim. We were engulfed in fog, couldn’t see anything around us, and there was too much wind.
Throughout the evening and entire night these mountains were hidden and no pictures were taken however during sunrise the clouds finally began to part, revealing these impressive peaks. I decided not to walk down to the lake but instead focus on these two mountains that really commanded the scene and my attention. The conditions were magical but quickly fleeting. Despite this being nothing I originally anticipated, I couldn’t have been happier photographing this scene out in the backcountry.”
Intimate Landscape – Spencer Cox
Our intimate landscape winner bucked the trend for photographs looking like watercolour paintings by looking more like a Romantic Era Oil Paining of a tree line and stormy sky. The elevetated view of the iron stained, turbulent river recalls Constable’s expressive brush strokes and with an aged varnish effect to boot. It’s the way the trees present themselves as viewed from the side, rather than above, which seals the illusion, for me anyway.
Spencer Cox said “When I first saw this scene, the warm, earthy tones of the riverbed reminded me of 19th-century landscape paintings. Even the fierce rapids of the Yellowstone River felt like gentle brushstrokes when viewed from afar.
I knew that I could play with scale and perspective when I composed this photo, as the trees appeared to stand against a cloudy sky rather than a swirling river. It can be a difficult photograph to parse without a second look.
This photo breaks many of the supposed ‘rules’ of landscape photography. It uses midday sunshine rather than Golden Hour light. The main subjects—the spindly trees along the riverbank—are at the bottom of the frame near the corner. And, to take the photo, I pointed straight downward from the edge of a canyon, not forward at a classic scene.
These unusual factors, though, are what give the photo its personality. I’ve always loved searching for offbeat, intimate views of nature like this wherever I go. It can be the best way to tell the story of a landscape.”
Abstracts & Details – Mieke Boynton
One of the standout images from the competition in my opinion, and of quite a lot of international press it seems (it featured pride of place in Der Spiegel print edition!), Mieke’s aerial is more representational than abstract in presentation but it’s the pareidolic effect which draws attention the most. The shape of the sandy beach and black steam bed broken by fresh sand, the promintory of a nose and black sand mouth builds the convincing shape of a serene female face.
Mieke Boynton said “This photo, “Ocean Deity”, means so much to me. It was a gift. And she has a deeper meaning… if you look closely, her eyes have been “sewn shut” by tyre tracks. More than 6,000 marine turtles live in Gutharraguda/Shark Bay, including the globally endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). When people drive along the beach in 4WDs, they put the lives of turtles at risk, as this is where they nest.”
Some Personal Favourites
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting the bulk of our second book designed and I’d like to share a some of my favourite images from it. Apart from Brian Pollock’s photograph, which came first in the Frozen Worlds category and Eduardo Blanco Mendizaba, who came second in the Nightscape category, none of the other images placed. Hopefully you can see why the book is so important to us as there are so many other great images that wouldn’t get any exposure without it. It may take a lot of work but I think people enjoy it.
Our next book is being printed on the 15th of January and we’ll be taking discounted pre-orders in the new year (join our mailing list to keep updated). We’re using a printers near my parents home and I’ll be able to work on press during it’s printing. Joe Cornish, Alex Nail and others I know have used the printers so I’m very confident we’ll have a product ready to ship around mid-February. If you would like to see more images from the competition, take a look at the galleries at the Natural Landscape Awards website.
In a stunning example of complex composition, Lawrence has recognised the potential of a scene and found the perfect position that allows all of it’s elements to play a part in a coherent, if complex, whole. The key two trees in the centre, lean over the central smaller tree as if in a dance. The two smaller trees on the left bow in their presence. All of this would still appear off balance if it weren’t for the reaching arms of the maple on the far left. Even the right side is ‘closed’ nicely by the spiralling trunk of the last tree. And we haven’t even mentioned that glorious colour of sandstone, desert varnish and dogwood. A textbook example of resolving complexity
Eduardo Blanco Mendizaba
We presume that in order to enter the competition Eduardo must have survived his encounter with his volcano but the apparent proximity still leaves me in some doubt. The volcanic bombs spray like a fountain in front of the camera and the background littered like a aerial scene of a Dresden memory. It’s the few stripped trees that give some sense of the epic scale of what we can see though. A truly sublime scene.
Building an engaging wide panorama is not simple. To create something that moves beyond a literal snapshot requires that the photograph has multiple engaging components and then stitches them into a whole. Andy’s use of the visually intruiging circular melt holes in the snow covered ice is a great major theme linking the left and right sides. The sweep of the foreground closes the left corner. The promintory with a small bog myrtle bush and break in the ice crerates a focus mid point. The hollow of the glaciated valley behind the moorland finishes your journey across the picture.
Looking up through a wintery tree allows each branch to appear outlined in snow. The illusion separates and emphasises each stroke of a branch, creating a filigreed abstraction. The composition makes great use of this effect, the main branch boldly arching over the left and top and the smaller branches filling the spaces below.
Most of this photograph is playing a supporting role, a canvas onto which the frost limned hole through which a rich brown fern frond peeks. The fine needles of the hoar frost reach to close the gap, set off against the dark of the hole. The background isn’t plain though, there’s enough texture and pattern to keep our interest; an edge of ice sweeps left from the elliptical hole and larger frost needles grow above.
The meaning of “Photography” is “Writing with Light” and what a brilliant example of that we have here. The reflection of what I think is the moon dances in the darkness, dragging a pyramidal light trail across the sensor. The top half of the image just about reveals the canvas to be the side of a flowing river. Amazing what you can do with a four year old phone camera (Galaxy S9)!
It’s often been said that you can consider a forest scene as an environmental portrait, imbuing the trees with an animus and interpreting their relationships as part of their expressive nature. Here we see a collection of aspen clustered together like penguins in the cool light of a snow storm. In reality, the aspen cluster because they are all a single organism, trunks sprouting from rhizomatic roots to help protect the whole against poor environmental conditions. Whichever story you read into a picture, it still needs to stand on it’s aesthetics and this moodily lit, winter photograph does just that.
As the top, bleached layer of wood on this tree dries and shrinks, it cracks to reveal the richly coloured, fresh wood beneath. It’s the sweeps and curves of the grain of the wood and the geometric cracking that create the visual intrigue though, an angular mandala.
A simple scene of low, late winter sunlight striking across a misty tree clad hillside stands out because of the range of visual interest at play. The scene layers itself from open foreground to mist hidden far distance with rolling banks of trees hidding a disappearing as we move back in the frame. Each area holds something unique to linger on, from a small plantation to a partly seen farmhouse.
This isolated patch of birch trees appears to have lost its leaves all at once, almost too many for that small group. Mauro has desaturated blues of the mist and background to enhance the autumnal colours but it’s the contrast of the intense yellow and black soil and rock that plays the main role.
If we wanted to be picky, there are a few ‘flaws’ in this composition; the band of hillside covers the mountains in the background; the foreground snow is ‘messy’; the main tree sits a bit too far to the right. This just proves that the whole is often more than its parts. This image just works, and works exceptionally well. The judges were entranced by the light on the main scots pine, intrigued by the glimpse of mountains beyond and drawn in by the natural balance of the composition.
A vast behemoth creeps out of the forest like an extra from Stranger Things. Julien’s photograph makes a rare representation of the rainforest, as can be noitced from the palm trees at the bottom right. The success of the image comes from that theatrical lighting illuminating the old growth tree in the center of the image. The front limb looks to be stepping forward, about to push the triple limbed sapling aside.
With a flat, grey sky, many photographers might relax for the day – putting the urgency aside for a possible evening light show. But there’s no such thing as bad light, even for the grand scenic genre. It does mean that your photo has to work even harder compositionally and that is what David’s has done here. The bracketing right had aspens on a curved grassy bank; the sweep of conifer blending into more aspen on the left and behind the closest aspen sits the start of a bank of mountain range, rendered in subtle tans and pinks
The intensely rich, golden light on the trees in the background and bleached white of the trunks in the foreground suggest some dramatic post processing steps but the raw shows that this is just a case of a bit of added contrast to set off the beautifully composed, remarkable subject set off by that majestic lighting. The layering of the background as it transitions from groups of trees to illuminated tree tops and finally to the hillside of fully illuminated golden trees draws the eye through the background.
Icicles can be fascinating subjects to photograph but they mostly confirm to a small range of shapes. Lukas’ ice forms, folding and draping like cloth, intrigue us about their formation. The layer of hoar frost encasing them add to the textural richness. A mysterious and monochromatic still life image that keeps our interest.
The variety of atmospheric optical phenomena make for a wide range of visually stunning apparations but they rarely make successful photographs. Dorin’s example certainly does though and it achieves this by being building a great photograph around the phenomenon first. The almost black tree clad cliffside acts as a strong vertical mirror to the intense subsun lower pillar, caused by the freezing fog. The dark wooded valley around the pillar makes a perfect frame.
New technology allows for venues with pre-existing 360° photography of their space to upload it to the metaverse in minutes for social meets
RendezVerse, the first Metaverse-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform designed specifically for hospitality venues, today launches RV360, which transforms 360° assets into explorable social spaces within the metaverse.
RV360 is a low-cost and straightforward way for hotels and hospitality venues to enter the metaverse in photorealistic environments and offer new ways for customers to explore their space in advance of booking.
The new technology makes use of 360° photography, which many venues already offer on their websites through providers such as Matterport, a RendezVerse developer partner.
RV360’s algorithm processes the existing assets and builds a metaverse-ready version of the space, which can not only be viewed and navigated when wearing a VR headset or flatscreens, but used as a social space to meet with others.
Customers can explore the space in advance of booking, and venue representatives can join them in the metaverse space since the area is on the RendezVerse platform, allowing multiple people to meet using avatars and audio chat.
Peter Gould, CEO, RendezVerse, comments:
“We want to support hotels and events venues in offering the very best experience for their customers and make venue booking, site inspections, and events management much more effortless, less time-intensive, and more profitable.
“The metaverse is a clear solution for this, and RV360 drastically reduces the resources venues need to get started in this virtual world. Since most venues are equipped with 360° photography already, they can now create a VR tour which is low-cost and ready within minutes.”
Mark Brown, COO, RendezVerse, adds:
“The technology needed for people to experience RV360, and for venues to upload their space, is more accessible than ever, with the proliferation of 360° imagery of venues and consumer VR headsets or mobile adaptors.
“This makes RV360 is a real game-changer, providing a totally immersive and social metaverse with such a low barrier to entry. Furthermore, it will save hospitality businesses time, money, and even CO2 with reduced travel for site inspections.”
The launch of RV360 follows RendezVerse’s recent event in Amsterdam, in which hospitality industry professionals explored the opportunities of the metaverse to the sector.
IF you’re into photography, be it with a smartphone or camera, and want to win some cash prizes (worth up to RM19,500), come join the #travelution photography contest, organised by KLiK, Media Prima and Tourism Malaysia.
The contest, which is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Tourism Malaysia, is held on Instagram with a theme of Malaysian Scene – Place and Venue.
The concept of the contest is Then & Now.
Visit KLiK Instagram @klik.nstp for more details.
Here’s how you can enter:
1. What participants need to do is to take a photo of an interesting or historical place or venue in Malaysia (for Now), and pair it with the photo of the same place or venue taken years before (for Then).
2. The two photos of the same place or venue (Then & Now) need to be submitted in one Instagram posting.
3. Two categories: Camera category and Smartphone category, and each participant can only participate in one category.
4. This online contest will be held from Dec 10, 2022 to Dec 31, 2022 (unless otherwise changed by the organiser at its sole and absolute discretion)
5. Each submission must have two (2) photos (i.e. Then & Now). For the THEN segment, photos can be sourced from www.klik.com.my or your own collection while for the NOW segment, photos must be taken between Dec 10 and 31, 2022. The photo must be taken at about the same spot with the “Then” photo.
6. Participants should use their creativity in taking the photographs to reflect the theme of this contest. Minimal adjustment (brightness, cropping, white balance) of the photographs is allowed.
7. Photoshopped photographs are not allowed and will be disqualified.
8. Participants can submit up to three (3) entries only. Any additional entries will be disqualified.
9. A panel of professional judges (as appointed by the organiser) will shortlist fifteen (15) entries from each category for the prizes.
10. The shortlisted entries photographs will be displayed at a photo exhibition during Tourism Malaysia 50th Golden Jubilee celebration event on 9 January 9, 2023.
11. The copyright of all the entries belong to the participants.
12. The organiser NSTP reserves the right to use the winning photographs and all photographs submitted for the purpose of this contest.
13. All shortlisted participants will have to submit high resolution photos (min 2MB) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Set your instagram account to public.
15. Follow @klik.nstp Instagram.
16. Post your entry photos on your Instagram account with the following hashtags:
17. Camera category: #kliktravelution #tourismmalaysia #galeriprima