Editor’s Note: Thank you to all our participating photographers! Selected prints will be invited to participate in a photography show in October 2013 at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
Plugged In, by Joe Kashi, for the Redoubt Reporter
Generally, the “Fall into Winter” photos that caught my eye were photos in which the traditional “rules” were disregarded in order to capture the strongest possible composition.
Edward Weston, certainly one of the 20th century’s premier photographers, once defined good photographic composition as the “strongest way of seeing.” Good composition is not a set of cliched rules to be followed to the letter in the same uninspired manner used in filing out a tax return.
Using the EXIF data found in the photos, I was able to gain some general information about the cameras and lenses employed as well as how the various photographs were exposed. However, don’t fear Big Brother — your EXIF data does not include names, unless you intentionally programmed them into your camera, nor location data unless you have an activated GPS in your camera, and only one winning photo had either name or GPS data. (By the way, deployed military and their families are all advised to deactivate the GPS in any camera because posting photos that include GPS data can result in dangerous security breaches for both service personnel and their families back home.)
The basic lens, camera and exposure EXIF data allows us to draw some helpful technical conclusions that complement the more evident aesthetic and compositional ones.
Perhaps most significantly, so far as I can tell all of the placing and honorable mention photographs apparently were taken using large-sensor cameras, mostly digital SLR cameras of varying ages, although some Olympus Micro Four-Thirds cameras also did well.
We can draw two possible conclusions from this — either technically adept photographers with an already-practiced “eye” tend to use large-sensor cameras because of superior image quality, or the superior image quality of large-sensor cameras simply resulted in better-looking photos regardless of who took them. I believe that the former alternative is the more nearly correct conclusion — the photographs that most caught our attention show the experience and good “eye” of our successful entrants.