The Grand Jury Winner ABMC1 and People's Choice Winner ValleyGirl76 share the stories behind their award winning images. The Monochrome Objects Photo Contest just ended and these two images received the Jury's praise and people's votes. Learn the tricks behind them...

People's Choice Winner "Old Bedford" by ValleyGirl76

Old Bedford by ValleyGirl76

Location

This was taken on a neighbor's property in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Time

It was mid afternoon on the weekend as I was taking my dogs for a walk through bushland and then there it was.

Lighting

The sun was just perfect up high in the sky to allow the light to light up the cabin and expose the raw aged beauty of this old truck.

Equipment

This was shot on my nokia lumia 1020 mobile phone in auto mode.

Feedback

Don't always travel on the obvious track/road. Take that small of the beaten track/road because you just never know what might appear around the next corner. And always have a mobile phone on you because you never know when you might come across something so unique and beautiful to photograph.

Inspiration

As soon as I saw the truck the first thing that came to mind was our farming history and felt that even in it's current condition it tells a story.

Editing

It was one photo so I used a hdr filter app on my phone and then used a black and white filter.

In my camera bag

Mobile phone in my pocket a nikon coolpix L840 because it has an amazing zoom and a nikon D3100 with a 50mm lense as it is great to get the bokeh affect and great for portraits.

Grand Jury Winner "The City (remastered)" by ABMC1

The City (remastered) by AntonioBernardino

“Really hit the nail on the head with meeting the monochrome objects theme and pretty much screwed the competition. Very creative and perfectly executed! ” – Guest Judge Dave Veffer

Location

I took this photo in my home, with a few light sources, white lamp bulb and 2 sources of led lights.

Lighting

As a said before i used 3 light sources, doing an "X" in front to the screws. I also used a metallic reflector to minimize shadows in the background.

Equipment

The lens was a prime, Nikkor AF 50 1.8 D, at f/1.8 and 0.8 seconds of exposure. The technic I used was to stack 3 images. For the background I used a black card with some spots because that enhances and gives a special effect on the image, there are some spots there look like stars. I used a black glass to reflect the screws.

Inspiration

The magnificent city of New York. I have never been there so I used a image form NYC and used screws to recreate something identical. I used also a glass to create the reflection, After that I used PS to add blur to the reflection. This image makes part of a serie of images of city skyline in a abstract perspective.

Editing

Yes, I did add blur tools from PS to create Blur motion to the reflection of the city.

In my camera bag

Nikon D7100, Nikkor AF 50 1.8D lens, Nikkor 18-105 AF lens, industar 2 f3.5, Helios 44m-2, coloured filter and a ND filter.

Feedback

Sometimes small things can bring big and outstanding results. Use your imagination.