Monday, January 13, 2014

And The Winner Is.......

Thanks to all who entered the guessing game of last week’s abstract image. There were many entrants, and guesses as to what the subject actually was were wide ranging.

While the majority thought it was a flower, perhaps a rose or magnolia or cyclamen, others thought it was part of a shell, or a piece of fabric like suede or a bedsheet.
Some especially creative guesses were hot chocolate being stirred, a leg under a sheet, an arm or the edge of a sleeve, and icing on a cupcake.

Since it was stated at the beginning that everyone had an equal chance of winning, regardless of whether they correctly identified the subject or not, all entrants were assigned a number and each number was tossed into a big bowl and the winner was drawn at random.

So without further ado, the winner is………….. Wanda Krack! Wanda guessed it was a flower petal. Congratulations, Wanda! The prize is a $25 Gift Certificate from Hunt's Photo and Video  

I know you are eager to know what it actually was. Was it hot chocolate being stirred? No. Was it a shell? No. Was it icing? No.  (Had it been icing it probably would have been eaten before the first shot was ever taken!) No, it was none of the above. It was (drum roll, please) a magnolia blossom.

It was taken in very soft light at a botanical gardens. The velvet-y smoothness of magnolia flowers make them very appealing photographic subjects.

To give you something fresh to look at today, there is another abstract as the main image above. As with all abstracts, the actual subject is unimportant. Abstracts serve as a creative outlet, they engage the mind, and they excite the eye.

Shutter Speed 1/400 sec.  Aperture f/5.6.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS with 1.4x extender set at 208mm.  Camera: Canon 40D.  Handheld.  Distance from subject approximately 10 feet.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “In every landscape should reside jewels of abstract art waiting to be discovered.”  --Melissa Brown

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