Friday, December 04, 2009

Reflections in a Contest

Sometimes one has a bit of luck. This autumn I joined the local photo club Bekkalokket, and through them I got the chance of entering the International Al Thani Award Contest. I did so with four photos - and two of them were accepted! Although they are very different (and I have shown some versions of them before), they both have reflections...

This is a Monochrome that I have named "Winter Opera"

In "Cold Reflection" I have used a technique called HDR which makes it possible to utilise both the very high tones and the very low tones at the same time (actually based on several photos).

You must allow an old amateur to feel a tiny bit proud :-)


James at Newtown Area Photo has a meme called Weekend Reflections. Post a reflection during the week-end, log on to MckLinky via his site - and you're on.

46 comments:

We love Luna said...

Wonderful pictures but the second one is breathtaking dear friend!
Congratulations, it's amazing!
Happy weekend reflections,
Luna

Rebecca said...

Congrats. It is encouraging when everything aligns itself for you in the photo world.

Martha in PA said...

Magnificent. HDR helps to create stunning images. You should feel proud!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nefertiti said...

great photo!

good w end

imac said...

I complement you my friend, both I love and are super.

Carolyn Ford said...

Both are extraordinary! I can't imagine any others in that contest better than these! I hope you take the prize!

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Both Photos are great, really loved the second one.

Gallow said...

Congratulations!! The photos are both breathtaking. Very nicely done.

May I ask what software you used for your HDR processing?

ramblingwoods said...

'a tiny bit proud'..you should be jumping up and down. AMAZING! It must be so gratifying to be able to take photos like these...wow... Michelle

Woody said...

I think Winter Opera is spectacular! Cold Reflections is quite beautiful and you should be very proud.

Crafty Green Poet said...

two very beautiful photos, lovely reflections in both

Chef Kar said...

Simply spectacular ~ both in each their own way. You SHOULD be proud! Awesome.

~Karis

Weekend Reflection ~ Evening Canals

maryt/theteach said...

You should be proud. They are both impressive shots! :)

Hege said...

Selvsagt skal du være stolt!!! Det har du all grunn til!

Utrolig flotte bilder - og det at de er så forskjellige viser jo litt av din bredde også! :)

Ha en flott helg!

awarewriter said...

Hard to choose here. Both images are suberb -- one subtle and the other stunning in it's use of colors, contrasts and extreme tones. Great job.

Riet said...

Such beautiful pictures and you certainly can be proud of yourself

Stine in Ontario said...

I think you should feel VERY proud. And I can see why these two photos were considered good enough to be accepted. Congratulations!

Maria Berg said...

yes they are very different - both very good.

The first one I think make me look twice. I miss the reflection on the right hand side of the really light round white light, do you see what I mean?


Maria Berg

Maria Berg said...

I did not think you done anything with the photo is just made me think and look twice and now then you have explained it is to far away I can see that,, thank you for telling me, MB

RuneE said...

Maria: The picture is NOT faked. The lamp is just so low and far behind the edge that the reflection is not reflected. I have still got the RAW-file.

Carletta said...

Excellent as always!
Love the moody feel of the first and the HDR is stunning.
If I may say so, I find it hard to believe that any of your photos would not be accepted. Your work is always of high quality.

webruci said...

It's amazing Rune, I like both of them. The B&W is great, becouse is not like just all B&W, you alwayas pick the them in different maner.:) This is what make your photos original. The second one is my favorit, I just want to hang in my wall.:) Beautiful colors!
You are good!
Ha en fin helg.

Dina said...

And you must allow us readers to feel very proud of you.
So glad you are getting proper recognition.
You're so smart to understand all those camera workings.
These two photos are indeed very special.

Julie said...

Whist both images are quite quite outstanding, Rune I think my heart goes out to the first one in B&W. It has such a moody feel to it and appears to comment upon the weather and how cold and bleak it is outside but warm and welcoming inside.

Thank you for contributing to the meme.

ElinSire said...

Så utrolig bra, gratulerer! Skjønner at du er stolt, og du har all grunn til det for disse bildene var fantastiske! Begge to på hver sin måte. Det er som du sier, de er veldig ulike. Umulig å velge seg en favoritt...men jeg holder en bitteliten knapp på det første. Syns du har fanget en stemningen perfekt her.

Greyscale Territory said...

Both photos are very beautiful! But I think my favourite is the first one! There is an attractive, mystical mood in it!

Ida said...

Du har all grunn til å være stolt.
Gratulerer! :)
Flotte bilder, begge to.

Det første er nydelig!
Helt spesielt.

Og du kaller deg amatør.... Hm.
I mine øyne er du en mester.
Hadde jeg bare hatt halvparten av din kunnskap og dyktighet....!
Når det er sagt, så mener jeg at alle skal leke og delta på sitt nivå, og ut fra sine egne preferanser.
Det er det som gjør fotografering og blogging så mangfoldig og spennende.

God helg!

Ida said...

Og du, ingen akrobatikk, på en fredagskveld, takk. ;)
Du kan sitte (eller stå, om det er å foretrekke) i vanlig positur... Hehe.

Anne-Berit said...

Gratulerer,dette fortjente du,og selvfølgelig kan du være stolt.Skulle bare mangle,bildene er bare helt nydelige.
Ha ei riktig god helg:o)

Ann said...

These reflections are just so fantastic. I am still finding out how to take a good water reflection. Is it because the water is shallow?

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Du har all grunn til å være stolt Rune, gratulerer så mye :o) Bildene taler for seg, nydelige!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I also like the second one very much.

Dimple said...

Congratulations on the honor! Both photos are good; I prefer the second.

Sistertex said...

You just never fail to amaze. Both are just gorgeous!

Ebie said...

Congratulations! Your photography and narratives always impress me. Your craftsmanship is superb! The Winter Opera is very impressive!

ANNA-LYS said...

Your lens makes the world much more beautiful than we actually notice in our everyday life.

Have a lovely weekend, Rune

Alexa said...

Both are gorgeous and prize-worthy. You should feel more than just a tiny bit proud! Thanks for sharing --

Quasi Serendipita said...

Congratulations! These are both exquisite pictures.

maggiescamera said...

The second picture is a really great picture. I feel it could be a postcard. I love the way the colors look.

katney said...

The colors are brilliant. Although I see some great monochromes including this one of yours, I still like the color.

BaysideLife said...

I love the first image. There is a ghostly yet welcoming feel to it. I'm not familiar with HDR, but I sure appreciate the results.
Wonderful effect and a very cool reflection.

mbkatc230 said...

Congratulations! These are both wonderful images. I love them both, but I have a special fondness for B&W photography. The HDR image is spectacular. My DH does alot of HDR photography and the results really are stunning. Good luck to you in the contest. Kathy

Dick said...

A picture to be proud of.
I've tried some HDR but it didn't work out.

VALKYRIEN said...

Gratulerer så mye! Forstår godt at du er stolt - både av bildene og at du ble trukket ut! Vakre og stemningsfulle bilder, direkte nydelig fotografering! Hatten av! :)

Picture Imperfect said...

That second photo is absolutely spectacular! I love how you used HDR to meld the warm and cool tones - it's almost like seeing a hot tropical beach from the door of an igloo. :o)

Lew said...

Great shot of the beautiful Opera House, but the vivid colors of the trees and water are stunning! You deserve to be proud of these images!