Sacramento (CA), Capitol Box Art #4, Robot, Lines, Streaking Lights

ISO100, 200mm, f/14, 6 sec
Sacramento, CA

Ah yes, the quirks of photography competition can cause one pull their hair out.  The task seemed straightforward enough, visit one of the 30 art-decorated utility boxes in downtown Sacramento, snap a few photos, and submit for the weekly contest.  Yet the real challenge is trying to figure out the voting tendencies of the contest committee.  Fortunately, there were 4 weekly contests remaining by the time started submitting.

As those of you that have followed this blog for some period of time, I strive for fine art photography of landscapes and architecture.  That approach was not going to change, initially, for this contest.  Then I realized after not winning the first week I entered it was not necessarily the execution of the composition, but rather the idea and what it evokes from the voting committee.  While I have been so worried about elements in the background, photographs like this one did nothing to sway the judges.  What ended up winning in week 2 (week 3 of the contest) was me having Jesse pose with and interacting with other side of the utility box shown here.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 200mm, f/14, 6 sec

Sacramento (CA), Capitol Box Art #4, Robot, Lines, Streaking Lights.  Sacramento, CA. August 25, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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