Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing a composition of lines extending in the same direction in the Parallel Compositions Photo Contest with chances to win a timer remote switch, a shutter release, an IR remote control and more!

"It is always a pleasure and a privilege to judge a ViewBug contest.  Like the other contests that I’ve judged for ViewBug, this contest had many outstanding works – making it difficult to decide on which images to award honors to.  In a competition like this, the quality of the entries is so close that very minor flaws have major consequences.  I felt I had to decide against two of my favorite images simply because the vertical perspective distortion wasn’t corrected.  This is a fairly easy thing to fix.  Usually a slider in Lightroom will take care of it.  I decided against another image because it crowed the edges.  In fact, it went all the way to the edges.  Since this was mostly digital art, adding more negative space around the image would have been simple. 

 One thing that my apprentices in the Arcanum and my students in 256 Shades of Gray learn about me early on is that I believe that attention to detail is one of the simplest ways to elevate their photography.  That is, by paying attention to the details, an image becomes better in subtle ways that we sense but may not be able to articulate.  Little things like “hot spots” that draw the eye, not enough space around the image, verticals that aren’t vertical, and horizons that are crooked are simple to fix but often get overlooked. Another “trap” that many fall into is the idea that something that is in the image has to stay in the image. Several genre of photography really require us to treat photography as a recording mechanism. But, as art, we have the ability and even the right, to improve the image by removing imperfections that were in the original.  For example, I decided against another image because of “unsightly” imperfections in the reflections of a stunning scene. One additional tool we often overlook is the crop tool. Step back from the emotion you have for an image and think about how the main themes of the image can be made stronger by cropping an image. 

 When we share an image on social media sites, all of these minor imperfections may go unnoticed.  But, when trying to judge images as part of a competition, they become important because they impact the quality of the image. Elevate your image to the next level by embracing the idea that the smallest detail matters.

I suppose that, if I could, I would have rated them all as #1 but, that’s not the way contests work.  All of the images were very strong with only minor details separating them. In the end, it’s as much “feeling” as it is any “quantifiable” quality." - Charles Lupica

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Charles Lupica for his collaboration as a guest judge. International award winning photographer, author, and workshop leader. Owner / leader of the Online Photography learning community, 256 Shades of Gray™:  "My images have been sold worldwide for use in magazines, newspapers, brochures and even a jigsaw puzzle, featured artist July 2013 Artist Culture Magazine."

Congratulations People's Choice "looking up to nature" by AnneDphotography

looking up to nature by AnneDphotography - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "Arthur Ravenel Bridge Series in Black and White" by Photogirl118

Arthur Ravenel Bridge Series in Black and White by Photogirl118 - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"I suppose that it’s inevitable that a person who does mostly Black and White photography would choose a B&W image for the top spot.  I really like the lines of this.  There is a competing dynamic that forms a triangle.  If you use Lightroom, the triangle overlay is there but we seldom find a situation where it works.  It works beautifully here." - Charles Lupica

Congratulations Amateur Winner "Highway" by Mikkel

Highway by Mikkel - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"I struggled with this image.  I love the pure graphic nature of it but it’s almost too perfect.   If I could change anything about this image, I think I would crop a very small amount off the negative space on the right." - Charles Lupica

Congratulations Runner Up "Under the bridge ...." by ChristerW

Under the bridge .... by ChristerW - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"I really love this image.  The one, minor flaw that I would change is, I would clone out the bright light fixture in the middle of the image.  It draws my eye to a place that takes away from the linear draw of the image.  I would also consider toning down the bright green area to be more consistent with the pillar behind it." - Charles Lupica

Congratulations Runner Up "Sunset Shadows" by RichardReames

Sunset Shadows by RichardReames - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Wonderful image. Great tones and very engaging.  The sun offset to the right, away from the center, provides a nice dynamic.  The image looks slightly over saturated, but not too much." - Charles Lupica

Congratulations Honorable Mention "Hold The Vision, Trust The Process" by nicolasntohme

Hold The Vision, Trust The Process by nictohme - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"One of my favorites.  I love the toning in this.  The golden tones, the setting sun, and the silhouettes of the building create a strong visual impact.  The reasons that I didn’t place this higher was the tight crop at the top of the building.  Framing this with the top of the “mast” at the top of the frame pulls me out of the image." - Charles Lupica

"Aire Valley , Californian Redwoods" by KHulm67

Aire Valley , Californian Redwoods by KHulm67 - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto-817476" by Patosan

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto-817476 by Patosan - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Light From Above" by christopherpayne

Light From Above by christopherpayne - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Jacob's Ladder "Still Waters"" by StormPath

Jacob's Ladder  "Still Waters" by StormPath - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"The Sentinel" by lisaholloway

The Sentinel by lisaholloway - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"All Roads Lead To Rome" by lanatolle

All Roads Lead To Rome by lanatolle - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Clevedon Pier B&W" by JamesChisholmPhotography

Clevedon Pier B&W by JamesChisholmPhotography - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Convergiencies" by antoniozarli

Convergiencies by antoniozarli - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Walk The Plank" by gappman

Walk The Plank by gappman - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"House of God V" by stefannielsen

House of God V by stefannielsen - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Rafinery" by williamdesaulniers

"Under The Boardwalk Again!" by chrisholcroft

Under The Boardwalk Again! by chrisholcroft - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Looking UP" by albertdros

Looking UP by albertdros - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Broken Pier " by kish71

Broken Pier  by kish71 - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Lines" by jacphotographic

Lines by jacphotographic - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Salk Institute " by nayanbehera

Salk Institute  by nayanbehera - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"IMG_0248" by GafaGabriel

IMG_0248 by GafaGabriel - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Tree in vineyard" by Cookieman

"Astoria Pier Pilings" by HIPHeidiIhnen

Astoria Pier Pilings by HIPHeidiIhnen - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"gnp 2013 dillon-" by dannerroyce

gnp 2013 dillon- by dannerroyce - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Into the Sunset" by lkbuchanan

Into the Sunset by LauraKimberlyPhotography - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"The railroad bridge" by amazed

The railroad bridge by amazed - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Al Garhood Bridge 3" by tinoskiee

Al Garhood Bridge 3 by tinoskiee - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Pier and sunset" by renzoscerpella

Pier and sunset by renzoscerpella - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"The Long Road" by PhotoWorks

The Long Road by DonHoekwater - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Colorado Aspens" by ericakinsella

Colorado Aspens by ericakinsella - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Parallel Startrails" by KnutAageDahl

Parallel Startrails by KnutAageDahl - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Wilmington Pier" by alexgutierrez

Wilmington Pier by alexgutierrez - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Vitreous" by SandroRossiImagery

Vitreous by SandroRossiImagery - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"untitled" by Larote

13474348733_13611d3961_o by Larote - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"out of the office" by ardilla

out of the office by ardilla - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Canoe Bridge" by nikipike

Canoe Bridge by nikipike - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Nightwatch" by Denis09

Nightwatch by Denis09 - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"boulevard of broken dreams" by ovosphotography

boulevard of broken dreams by ovosphotography - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"the terminal" by boitasapin

the terminal by boitasapin - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Leaving Soon" by carolcardillo

Leaving Soon by carolcardillo - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"TRAMWAY." by Rob_Eakins

TRAMWAY. by Rob_Eakins - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"The Sunset Strip" by JonMonFishImagery

The Sunset Strip by JonMonFishImagery - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Boardman Road" by tomtyson

Boardman Road by tomtyson - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Deserts Begining" by 14renren

Road to Nowhere by 14renren - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"22 Below" by Tor-Ivar

22 Below by Tor-Ivar - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"purple sea" by anitawillems

purple sea by anitawillems - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"DSC_2893" by franklinabbott

DSC_2893 by franklinabbott - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Tower" by HatcatPhotography

Tower by JeffreyGroneberg - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"IMG_9098" by thakorpatel

IMG_9098-Golden Gate Bridge..Ropes by thakorpatel - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Icelandic winter mountains" by Geinis

Icelandic winter mountains by Geinis - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"February Cliff Lift View." by michaelatkinson_5804

February Cliff Lift View. by michaelatkinson_5804 - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Montoro.Andaluzia" by cristian_to_u

Montoro.Andaluzia by cristian_to_u - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Bound for Nowhere" by jpnjoe

Bound for Nowhere by jpnjoe - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Foggy Walkway: B&W" by bellzax

Foggy Walkway: B&W by bellzax - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"AON-Prudential b/w" by fred_fiii

AON-Prudential b/w by fred_fiii - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Spring fields stripes" by petersvoboda

Spring fields stripes by petersvoboda - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Lines To Infinity" by ElenaParaskeva

Lines To Infinity by ElenaParaskeva - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"To the Train" by rhmimages

To the Train by rhmimages - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Lines Among Us" by GkCM

Lines Among Us by GkCM - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Bridge tower" by austinlawler

Bridge tower by austinlawler - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Old, new and holy" by Jan_Zajc

Old, new and holy by Jan_Zajc - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Matrix" by kapuschinsky

Matrix by kapuschinsky - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"London Skyline" by Red5

London Skyline by Red5 - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest

"Motorway Light trails" by arcocreative

Motorway Light trails by arcocreative - Parallel Compositions Photo Contest