“There’s something about the eyes. There’s a story here and it’s inviting you to figure it out.” That’s how Corey Barker, this week’s judge, describes Honduran portrait-34 by Scott Clements. This week’s Image of the Week has great contrast and range in the values throughout this soft black and white image, and the light in the subject’s eyes makes them an intense focal point of the composition.
Michael Calascibetta is a gifted digital artist who posts into his NAPP portfolio regularly and I find his oceanscapes peaceful and truly artistic in a traditional sense. This week he uploaded several abstract images of flowers that were especially interesting and artistic in a way I don’t normally expect in this portfolio. There were a number of images I liked, including the one Corey selected to be an Editors Choice image, called piyure_01 second. In the title of several of these images, Michael suggests these are x-ray images of flowers. The color and the black and white images are all really beautiful and Corey said he can see these on a large canvas decorating the walls of a nice home. If you like digital art with the depth of traditional art, you’ll enjoy Michael’s portfolio.
Luke Popwell captured a gorgeous star field accented by a glowing waterfront scene to frame the bottom edge. Starry Night does a couple things that are always interesting when done right. He captured a night time image with bright, rich colors and he mixes warm and cool light sources in a beautifully complimentary way. Oh, and the composition is masterful too!
vplphoto posted an image called VPL-ORI21.jpg that made both Corey and me want to be there in person. Infinity pools are automatically impressive but this image combines perfect light, gorgeous composition, and a great location to make an image that will sell countless tropical vacation bookings. We loved the geometry on the left side of the image and how perfectly placed the center palm tree is, both vertically and in the reflection. This kind of image doesn’t happen by accident. There isn’t a stray towel, a lounge chair at the wrong angle, and not a single human in the entire image. Peaceful. Perfection.
Photographer and NAPP member Perk Hull brings us a sliver of amazing light in his image called Self Perktrait. As I’ve mentioned before, when I bring in judges like Corey to select the 5 featured images from a pool of 50+ images I’ve selected (out of hundreds uploaded each week) I click each image first to load on screen, the largest possible version of each image. That way the judges get to see the best possible version and they generally can’t see the name of the artist or any caption. So when this image made the cut, I let Corey see the caption and that made this selection even more meaningful. This is a beautiful, artistic, well crafted, expertly captured self portrait and we’re glad Perk shared it with fellow NAPP members in his portfolio.