THE FINAL FOUR. The penultimate round. The remaining contestants are that close to victory so we made it a little harder for them with our theme - "30 Seconds or More". Entries must be taken with shutterspeeds of at least 30 seconds.
And since we are talking about long exposures, we invited masters of travel and landscape photography to be our guest judges for this round. Men who have made it an instinct to shoot with their tripods in order to compress time and create beauty in their images.
Our special thanks to sirs Noli Gabilo, Jay Jallorina, and Edwin Martinez! We are proud to have you as judges.
Let's now get to the matchups :
MATCHUP 1 :
MHOIE MENDOZA (Rank : 8) vs. JOEL DOMINGO (Rank : 36)
Judges' verdict :
"Winner for me is Photo 1B. Even though it is a busier photo, with no apparent composition or design, I felt the essence of the 30 second exposure more and the resulting image is more eye-catching and dynamic. Ganda ng energy. Sa first photo kasi walang remarkable. I would have used more grads or in post-processing, brightened the foreground para hindi dull." - Jallorina
"1B. Sa 1A kasi more common na siya and 'di siya masyadong sharp. I also like the diagonals in the composition of 1B." - Gabilo
MATCHUP 2 :
CHI LOPEZ (Rank : 2) vs. BRIAN SANTOS (Rank : 30)
Judges' verdict :
"The first photo for me is superior to the other although maganda pareho. First photo is more dynamic to me." - Gabilo
"Winner for me is the second photo. Clever use of long exposure to frame the subject. The other photo kasi is more traditional and not - relatively - creative enough for me. I would also add more exposure to brighten or reveal color in the sky." - Jallorina
"I vote for the parol photo, though mukhang edited." - Martinez
Here are the semifinal round winners who will now advance to the Finals :
Congratulations, Joel and Brian! You advance to the championship round. Stay tuned for the new theme. It will be more difficult (it's the Finals, after all) and with less time to produce your entry. Check the updated VERSUS tournament bracket : http://challonge.com/focusversus
HOW THE JUDGES VOTED :
Matchup 1 Matchup 2
Noli Gabilo Domingo Lopez
Jay Jallorina Domingo Santos
Edwin Martinez Domingo Santos
Finals theme to be announced very soon! Good luck!
Competition is fun
At Focus Bulacan, we strive to improve every member's photography skills. One way to do this is to constantly challenge each other with photo contests. All competition is posted here, for voting and for announcement of results. Good luck!