This months theme, selected by last months winner, Phil Pound, is Low Key.
From Phil, “LOW KEY - any photograph that is predominantly dark. The subject can be backlit, side lit, silhouettes or even front lit, but the background must be very dark. The key is metering, which may need an exposure compensation of -2 to keep the background dark and prevent your subjects highlights, if it is of light colour, from blowing out. To achieve Low Key photos bracketing exposure your shots can help, or reducing exposure in the digital darkroom. Subjects in water where the background that is reflected in the water is near black would be a good place to start. Photos which are bright or have light coloured backgrounds do not qualify - your entry must be dark, moody, and/or dramatic.
Captive subject welcome.”
Below are a few low key pictures from Phil to help inspire this theme!
RULES: --Post up to 7 images but only one image/post --Include shooting info so we can learn from each other --Previously posted images are welcome - but not previous contest winners --When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. --Include a title in the subject line --Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens --Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback --WARNING posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge cannot qualify as finalists, and may or may not be removed by the moderators
The top images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image with be added to the Wildlife Contest Winners Gallery
Albert J Valentino Nikonian Moderator Emeritus Vantage Point Images Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography
#16. "Leopard tracking at night" In response to Reply # 0
This was shot with flash 200mm F5 1/60th shot with a D3s and I believe the 28-300 lens Our tracker said he saw fresh tracks in the dirt at night with a flashlight. The other trackers thought he was crazy for trying but he found the Leopard. South Africa Londolozi Game reserve. 2011 June