PHOTINGO Challenge 2017 ‘Shots of the Week’.

    During the 15 weeks of the PHOTINGO 2017 Street Photography Challenge, an image was chosen from each weekly period as the ‘Shot of the Week’ and featured in it’s own thread in the PHOTINGO Flickr group along with a paragraph or two as to why the image was selected. Factors that were taken into consideration when choosing the image of the week were, composition, creativity and how well the given subject was covered in the shot.

    As part of the PHOTINGO 2017 Challenge round up, this post has been created to showcase all of the 14 images that made Shot of the Week in one place, along with the respective write ups. Although the challenge ran for 15 weeks, there were no images submitted during the last week, so no image was selected.

    So without further ado, here’s the top 14 weekly images. You will also find links at the end of this post to all of the photographer’s Flickr photostream, who’s images are featured, should you wish to view or follow their photography.


    Week 1. Parallel Lines – Özgür Gürgey

    There are lots of reasons why this shot was chosen as the shot of the week.

    First of all the subject of Parallel Lines has been well covered, and creatively too by using the construction of the stairs for the lines.

    The other factors that made this shot stand out were the touch of minimalism and framing of the person, the full stride and also the pov from which the image was taken to make the person stand out against the bright background.


    Week 2. Reflection – sasastro

    There were lots of great submissions this week, which made this decision even harder, but the superb reflections and the close up nature of the shot kept me coming back to have another look.

    The fact that the whole of the mobile phone is visible in the lens of the sunglasses makes it even more of a great catch and an extra bonus too of another reflection off to the right of the shot ensured that this was the ‘Shot of the Week’ for week 2.


    Week 3. Reflection – 4d Photo Images

    I’m sure many will agree that when it comes to a reflection image we all expect to see someone in the street looking into or walking by a large shop window and the photographer is standing at the end of the glass to capture that ‘symmetrical’ composition so often seen in street photography.

    However Martin has been really creative here and not only did he capture an process a superb reflection he also cleverly used the frame of the window to make sure that anyone viewing this image was in no two minds of where to look first.

    The eye contact is another great factor in this image along with the fact that he included part of the person from behind as foreground interest.


    Week 4. Minimalist – Phil Anker

    It’s getting harder and harder to choose a top shot of the week due to the amount of quality images being submitted, but when I saw this shot from Phil it went straight to the top of the pile in my mind and stayed there until the end of the weekly period.

    Phil’s image not only covers the subject well, but the composition and textures make it a pleasure to look at time and time again.

    The guy’s head, which is of course the main subject in the picture, couldn’t have been better placed when it comes to the height and the central positioning. It’s as if the head is just sitting on the wall.

    Then there are the three distinctive areas making up the composition, the pavement at the bottom, the main wall in the middle and the background wall at the top of the shot.

    Last but not least, are the small details to be found in the picture, such as the spectacles perched on the man’s head and the two bicycle locks hanging on the bike stands adding the element of symmetry.

    Together, the man’s head and the bicycle locks combine perfectly to create the ‘triangle’ which is one of the main factors in an eye catching photograph. A job well done.


    Week 5. Light & Shadow – Draopsnai

    Pardon the pun, but without a shadow of doubt, this image by Draopsnai made Shot of the Week with some lovely high back light creating the small, tight and not to forget, full shadows of the people involved, covering the subject very well indeed.

    Other factors within the composition that caught the eye were the cobble stones acting as a sort of frame emphasizing and creating silhouettes of the legs & feet, also the freezing of the motion in the shot especially where the jogger is captured in mid air and the full stride/motion of both the jogger and cyclist are spot on. The b&w processing does the textures on the ground proud.


    Week 6. Framing – Nikonsnapper

    Ever since Ian’s image showed up in the week 6 thread it has caught my eye each time I’ve visited to process the week’s other submissions.

    Ian has very cleverly used the part of another person to frame his main subject.
    Not only does this make the image stand out against the normal type of ‘framed’ images we see, where photographers use windows, doorways, statues or other permanent fixtures or buildings found in the street, but the shape of the frame is almost identical to the shape of the woman’s mouth which is pleasing to the eye.

    The close up of the arm really gives the viewer of this image the feeling of actually being right in there among the crowd and the lighting too is really good, concentrating on her face and the darker tones of the framing arm acting as a vignette to enhance the female football supporter.


    Week 7. Conversation – sasastro

    In this shot I really like the similarity of the two main characters sitting having their conversation, both with their legs crossed, their cigarette arms in an upright position and both wearing shades….even their drinks are in the same sized glasses & perfectly positioned.

    Lots to see in the reflection of the window too and also the circles on the window act as a leading line connecting all three females, almost like a thought bubble.

    The brown, orange and yellow tones throughout the shot give it that overall warm summer feeling, justifying the amount of leg on display from the young lady on the right who, with her phone or tablet, creates a good example of the way the younger generation communicate in comparison to the more mature ladies doing it the old fashioned way.


    Week 8. Square – weerwolfje

    As with all the other past ‘Shot of the Week’ images, Yvette has certainly covered the subject of ‘square’ very well indeed. Not only has she artistically used the shadows for the subject but has also included some of the floor tiles which are square too.

    There are some great features in her shot which all combine nicely to create this very busy and eye catching composition. First of all the fact that there are no heads or faces in the whole image forces the viewer to look at legs and feet all in different stages of walking and going in directions which adds that ‘hustle & bustle’ dynamic feeling of the busy shopping mall.

    The shadows are very well detailed and it looks as if each person’s shadow is lined up and connected with a window frame shadow on the floor. The guy walking into the shot from the right hand corner adds a cool bit of foreground interest and at the same time gives the viewer a sense of being right in there, as opposed to just standing there watching the person with the shopping bags approaching.

    Although we don’t see much of the shop fronts, there is enough on each side of the image to create a funnel effect leading us through the crowd into the far distance, finished off nicely with a slight dynamic tilt. Nice job!


    Week 9. Romantic – weerwolfje

    For the second week in a row Yvette (weerwolfje) has grabbed the Shot of the Week spot with her image for the subject of Romantic.

    The image is nicely composed of three main areas/layers with lots to see.

    The first layer is the foreground where the main subjects are sitting close to each other spending a moment in the sunshine at the water’s edge, both perfectly shot with the rule of thirds in mind. The viewer’s eyes are drawn straight away to the couple due to the fact that they are the only subjects in the foreground in what seems like a busy location.

    The second layer shows the tourist type boat coming into view on the canal which then leads the eye nicely to the background layer of the people all enjoying the lovely weather….which asks the question of ‘why is the guy in the center of the background layer wearing a jacket with his hood up?’, he must be roasting :0)

    All three layers combine very well to create an imaginary triangle for the viewers to travel through the image…..from the couple, to the boat, to the crowds in the distance and back to the main subjects.

    Overall a nicely composed image of a typical scene which is instantly recognizable as that from the Benelux region with their canals and bicycles.

    Last but not least is the small but significant detail within the photograph of the name of the boat ‘Lifelong Memories’ which I thought was very appropriate to this image and maybe has some meaning for the moment the couple spent together on that day.


    Week 10. Framing – Garry Davies

    This week’s ‘Shot of the Week’ was one of the many images submitted by Garry during the 7 day period. I was torn between this and the image covering the subject of ‘Vegetation background’ with the awesome reflections.
    In the end I went with this one which in my opinion is right on the money for the subject of ‘Framing’.

    The composition is very tidy indeed with the two decorative lamp posts splittng the picture perfectly in half. If the scene was shot like this or cropped in the post processing to create the symetery before posting, is either here nor there, it just goes to show that Garry was conscious of the elements this image had to offer it’s viewers and he made the most of them.

    As mentioned the two street lights split the image into two seperate frames, one of which attracts the viewer’s eye right away due to the passer-by, positioned nicely using the rule of thirds.
    Although this night time shot doesn’t clearly show the details of the man’s face, we still get the feeling of ‘eye contact’ which along with the ‘full stride’ are added bonuses to the shot.

    The two signs with the lightbulbs are a great points of interest too and no doubt added significantly to the available light. The fact that some of the bulbs are lit up and some are not gives the impression that these signs were very lively with the lights spinning around the edges advertising the goings-on at that establishment (which by reading the small sign hidden behind the lamp posts) looks like a night club.

    The colours are thankfully not too vivid for this shot which really adds to the dusk/night atmosphere of the shot.
    Last but not least, the recognition deserved for getting out at night for street photography is something that I personally feel is often overlooked and should be taken into account when viewing a photographer’s work.


    Week 11. Graffiti Background – Christian Scheidegger

    Christian’s image for the subject of Graffiti Background cannot fail to catch the eye of anyone scrolling through the weekly thread.

    The vivid colours really pop and is a fine example showing that all street and urban photography doesn’t have to be in black & white.

    The low pov from which it was taken gives the whole urban art background, with the evil smiling characters, an even more imposing & overpowering feeling as opposed to as if it was just shot from eye level.

    The close vicinity of the runner gives the feeling of really being there in the image and the slight glance over his shoulder is not exactly ‘eye contact’ but just enough to produce a sense of connection between him and the viewer.

    The composition of the image is also not to be overlooked with it’s slight ‘Dutch Angle’ and the curving line of the wall & the yellow road markings producing a good dynamic atmosphere.

    Even the top of the fence and the bottom of the wall on the right hand side both leave the edge of the image at exactly the same points of where the imaginary ‘Rule of thirds’ lines would be.
    These may not be very obvious to us if we only have a quick look at the image but I’m sure this fact goes a long way to create a pleasing and evenly balanced picture somewhere in our subconscious.

    To finish off…check out those dramatic clouds, also pretty evil looking in their own way but at the same time producing a nice vignetting to help keep the eye in the important area of the shot…..the graffiti background.


    Week 12. Bridge – Lost lens cap

    So many PHOTINGO subjects captured in one image…bicycle, silhouette, vertical lines, street lighting, framing….and of course, bridge. Maybe even a negative space too.

    The thing that stood out for me in this shot was the overall simplicity of the shot itself which made it all the more of a great image.
    Everything is a silhouette and there are no fine details to distract the eye from enjoying the strong geometrical shapes in the composition which are then broken by the lone cyclist crossing the bridge. It’s all very mysterious…is he going to work, school or just out for some fresh air? We will never know.

    Definitely a shot worthy of the black & white treatment. Even the wire mesh fence seems to add a shade of grey on it’s own. Last but not least we have the rule of thirds being very well applied to the composition…..nice job!


    Week 13. Negative Space – Tina Leggio

    I recently read up on ‘negative space photography’ and in a nutshell it is where a large part of the image is used to focus attention on the main subject. Basically the composition of the shot only gives the viewer a limited choice of what to look at in the photograph.
    Tina has created this very well indeed by the use of the large negative space on the left of the image, leaving us only the lady in red to look at.

    The design of background itself catches the eye and at the same time creates some great leading lines pointing to the selfie taker.

    Keeping this in colour was, in my opinion, a good choice as the red against the grey backdrop works well.

    Without taking anything away from Tina’s image I would have probably cut the back end of the car out of the shot in post processing so as not to give the viewers anything else to look at apart from the lady. To see what I mean, just cover the right part of the image with your finger or a piece of paper and see what you think.


    Week 14. Escalators – Draopsnai

    It just had to be the shot of the week for me. What a fun image covering the subject of ‘escalators’. Apart from the diagonal lines crossing each other throughout the scene that catch the eye, there is the more obvious reason of the cartoony figures that made this to the top of the pile.

    If you take a closer look at the hand of the man, it looks as if he is really pulling at the corner of the bag to have a peek inside to see what she has bought.
    It’s another one of those ‘bonus’ moments that pop up every now and then….the positioning of the hand, the bent over corner of the bag…even the high raised eyebrow all fall into place at the perfect moment.

    As for the real guy in the shot….he just looks all shopped out and ready for bed :0)


    As mention above in the opening paragraphs, here are is a list of links to the photographer’s Flickr photstreams whos images featured in this post. I’m sure they would appreciate your visit.


    Tina Leggio

    Özgür Gürgey

    weerwolfje

    Nikonsnapper

    phil anker

    CS_in_CS

    garry_dav

    4d Photo Images

    Lost lens cap

    sasastro

    Draopsnai 


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