After a long night of shooting and editing photos for the Portland Squared event, I ventured back out this morning for another round of shooting. The light was not so great, but I managed to capture some interesting images of Portland’s homeless. I then headed home and spent the afternoon half-awake editing shots and deciding which ones to enter into which categories. It was a lot harder than I anticipated, because many of my images seemed to cross categories. In the end, I entered:
- 1 Portrait
- 2 Series (each series can include up to five shots)
- 1 Portlandia theme
- 1 Fine Art
At 6pm live judging began and we all got to see each other’s work. It was interesting listening to the judges critique, debate, and select winning images for the different categories, even if sometimes I adamantly disagreed with their choices.
PDX SQUARED 2014 BEST PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT
In the portrait category, I was unexpectedly surprised to find my image and one other being considered for the top prize! I would be lying if I didn’t admit my ego loved the attention. When the other image ended up winning another category, mine was selected as the top portrait out of over 50 images. Here it is.
It was one of my final shots from last night and taken of a couple of young gay men hanging out after a night out on the town. They were very interested in why I was out late walking around with my camera. I told them about the contest and they enthusiastically encouraged me to take their picture, so they really deserve credit for the win! I explained that I didn’t want to use a flash so they needed to remain perfectly still during the shoot, and they aced it! I do like the shot and having them lit by the light from the lamp post behind them. Considering the competition, it really was an honor to win the category.
As for my other submissions, a few got some nice attention from the judges, but did not make it further due to various technical issues with some of the photos. I will post them and you can decide for yourself.