This year I decided to enter Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY). I’m not arrogant enough to think I’ll win, but I do want to benchmark myself against other photographers. There are 10 rounds, and my aim is to get placed in at least one of those rounds. The competition organisers rank the top 50 images and they reprint the top 30 in the magazine. So I want to get in the top 30.
Here’s my entry for the first round: Sense of Doubt – Abstract Images.
This is a picture of some scissors on a sheet of glass next to a background of blue card. I first noticed this effect in my bathroom cabinet: the nail scissors were lit from above and they formed an abstract and interesting shadow, so I decided to recreate it. The blue card and the glass horizon evoke an impression of water, which makes the scissors appear a little threatening (cue theme from ‘Jaws’)…
Canon EOS 5D Mk III + EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
1/200s @ f/25, ISO 100
Lit by a bare single speed light from above left.
You can now see the winning entries for this category. I got placed 43rd: close, but no cigar. The results are on the APOY web site but here’s the table.