Good Morning Members!
Finally, the staff and I have made up our and I can now announce the top picks for the "Red Hot Summer"
Before we look the at the final entries, I want to remind you about our current challenge. "The Days Of Orange"
, which emphasizes the color orange (like you didn't know), is due on September 28. Don't
pay attention to the poster on the home page, it has the wrong date and I was too lazy to change it. So you have plenty of time. Here are three from the journal. I'm not saying they are the best, they are simply random:
Remember, you can do "anything"
you want (surreal, conceptual, realistic, abstract)
in any theme you want (fantasy, steam punk, whimsical, etc.). I hope more of you will join in and
participate. That's why we're all here, right? I'm even going to take some time off
to create my own entry.
Yes, this is longer than the usual 2 week long challenge. Next month is Halloween, and I didn't want to try to stick another challenge one before October, because, you see, I love
Halloween. And I'm going to try to pass that on to YOU
Oh, wait, one more thing: I was the one who started giving stock as little "gifts" to show my appreciation to the members who really take the group, and the challenge, seriously. I came up with stock "gifts" because, we ARE
(after all) photomanipulators. If members want to donate some points, that would be nice. Still, please, enjoy the choices of gifts that are available to you as we say, "thank you for being a great member".NOW let's Finally Look At The Picks From The "Red Hot Summer" Challenge.</b>
here were only a few entries, so each Judge Moderator, and myself, picked one entry each.
"Dress lightly for a red hot day" by Maneku
manipulated all the elements of nature that we love about summer : the flowers, the lake, the sunset...all of this in a bright red color that makes us feel warm one last time before the cold arrives. Even if the weed at the foreground are a little too dark, the burnt pixels could be considered as an additional reference to heat. The image is also well-composed, the circle emphasizes the sunset which is a nice touch."
"Without a doubt, this deviation is "Red Hot"! Not just with the true red color used but via the steamy interaction of the couple as well, who seem to be doing the Tango in the Poppy Field. If the woman just had a red rose clenched between her teeth it would like many Tangos I've seen. Beautifully done, I found this entry to fit the challenge perfectly."
Pick Three: "Gentleman's Club"
This deviation has it all – heat, red, and originality. There is lots of detail and over-all
pleasing composition. Interesting use of the same model twice.
Pick Four:"Burning Memories" by Reddawgi
"I don't know quite why I love this deviation so much. For one thing, there is a figure
perfectly chosen for this theme, how the different Textures go in and out, and over here
creating such a dynamic Image. I guess that's why I love this image so much. "
Absolutely wonderful stock to put together to create what looks like a sorceress in the temples taking on a power from the beings she phrases. Look at the on her face...she is anxiously waiting for her mighty sorcerer. Then, she has a figure leaning on a temple. Is she tide up to be a sacrifice? Is the dragon looking after the victim? There really is a lot to see, and the heavy use of the color red just add to the striking look of this image.