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.