Photography

Nik Fletcher is the first Photo Champion!

The Anonymous Surfer

Hizzah and many w00ts to Nik Fletcher and his spectacular summertime shot. Along with winning the first Mostly Lisa Photography Contest, he has won a super fun prize!

Special mentions go to Rob & Lauren and Scott Bradley who gave Nik a run for his money with their awesome shots.

I am always interested to know the story behind a great photo, so I asked Nik to share the story of “The Anonymous Surfer”:

‘The Anonymous Surfer’ was taken on the last night of my stay in San Diego in September. The previous evening, I’d witnessed a gorgeous sunset – one that had disappeared by the time I had run back to the hotel, grabbed my camera bag, and made it back to Pacific Beach.

So for the time it came to the last evening in town, I took the camera bag with me to dinner, and waited. Because of the lens I primarily shoot with (10-20mm) I dropped down onto the beach, and quite by chance this surfer was about to pass me by. With the sunset in the background, and after a week of my own attempts to body-board, it seemed like a fitting photo to end the holiday.

Technical Details: Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 HSM EX lens, 10mm focal length, 1/40 sec @ f/4. The shot was deliberately underexposed on the camera, only modification in Aperture being to ensure the horizon was perfectly level.

Thanks Nik! And a hi-5 to all the people who entered the contest. It’s never easy to have your photos judged, but I think it’s really important to share your photos with others and see what other people are creating. It’s also a great feeling to receive comments and encouragement from other enthusiastic photographers.

And with that I present the next Mostly Lisa Photography Contest: Portraits!

Submissions:
Add your best portrait (as in ONE image) to the Mostly Lisa Photo Competition Group on Flickr

The portrait can be of anything with a face, i.e. person, animal, teddy bear, etc.

Deadline:
Thursday November 10th.

Now show me some awesome portraits!

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8 Comments

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    Michael Marchment
    October 18, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    It is an awesome shot! Congratz!

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    Americanvirus
    October 18, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Great Photo. Looking forward to seeing the new batch 4 the new contest!

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    cl191
    October 18, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    ohhh….new contest, i am in! :-D

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    IanLivesey
    October 18, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Congrats to Nik!

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    Masey
    October 20, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Congrats Nik – really is a fantastic shot mate.

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    Lauren
    October 20, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    High 5 to Nik for an awesome shot!

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    RRomeo
    October 23, 2008 at 5:33 AM

    Yeah, that was really the best picture, I like it a lot, congrats!

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    kristarella
    November 7, 2008 at 3:52 AM

    Congrats! It is a beautiful image.

    Yay! Portrait is something I can participate in :) Summer was difficult since we were in winter ;)

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