Let’s Make some NOISE

Or not…since Noise Ninja is designed to remove it from your images!  Regardless, give it up for our latest contest winner!  I gotta tell you, this month was very difficult, as there were some incredible images in the Flickr thread.  Stop in there and take a look for yourself and you’ll see how tough it was to judge this one.

I know – everyone says that, but seriously – there were some images in this one that were just stunning.  But, when push comes to shove, the one I kept going back to was one that evoked three key things to me:

  1. The essence of the theme – nothing says fall more than leaves, and while many captured the colors amazingly, this one really hit the nail on the head!
  2. I’m not sure if the blur was done in camera with a shallow depth of field or if it was done afterward in post production, but either way, it forces the eye to dead center – with nowhere else to go – beautiful bokeh!
  3. Last but not least, when push comes to shove, the principle of “K.I.S.S.” applies (keep it simple, silly!) in composition, and was definitely the case here.

So, without further ado, here is the winning shot:

October Giveaway Winner

October Giveaway Winner

The best part (for me) is that after I culled through the images (I literally don’t even look at whose shots are associated with a participant until I’ve downloaded them all, imported into Lightroom, decided on the finalists, and then picked a winner), I found out that this shot was taken by a fellow blogger, a fellow NAPPer, and Twitterer!  So, please join me in sending out a huge “Congratulations!” to Karen Stansel (a.k.a. Mitzs)!  You can catch up with her at her blog, at NAPP, and on Twitter.  This one really did stand out from a packed field of autumn foliage in its simplicity, singularity, and creativity!  Shoot me an email when you read this and I’ll get the folks at PictureCode to send you a Pro license of Noise Ninja!

For the gallery of the rest of the finalists, enjoy the slideshow here!

Thanks to everyone for participating, and to the folks at PictureCode for their sponsorship of the giveaway.  Stay tuned to find out the theme and prize for the November giveaway, as this may be one you weren’t expecting (but should be fun and challenging at the same time)!

In some other news that I was remiss on reporting last week, PhotographyBB also has come out with their latest issue of the popular monthly online Photo Magazine.  You can download your copy for free at the link here.  Thanks to Dave Seeram as well for giving me an opportunity to write for the magazine so regularly…it really has been (and will continue to be) an honor for me to participate with such amazing writers!

Don’t let the short delay keep you from shooting though – so keep on clickin’ and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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9 comments for “Let’s Make some NOISE

  1. October 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Fantastic picture! Mitzs is an awesome dudette! 🙂

  2. October 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    The DOF was done in camera because I don’t know how to do that yet in either Lightroom or Photoshop. Thank you so much Jason. I am so tickled. This is the first one I have ever won a photo contest and I am sure it will be the one I will always remember! I am so happy! Jeesh I can’t believe I won.
    .-= mitzs´s last blog ..Photoshop Lightroom – 03 – The navigator and image rating =-.

  3. Yvonne
    October 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations and great shot!!!

  4. October 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations! Beautiful photo!
    .-= Rhonda ´s last blog ..happeningsphoto: RT @ScottBourne 5 tips for overcoming a creative block – http://bit.ly/IuLBe – #photog =-.

  5. Pat W.
    October 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Congratulations!!! This is just terrific! A beautiful & original shot.

  6. October 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you everyone for all your kind words. I can say that I am still a glow. 🙂
    .-= mitzs´s last blog ..Photoshop Lightroom – 03 – The navigator and image rating =-.

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