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Sunday, January 10, 2010

52 weeks: Week 1 wrapup

Beach Umbrella
© 2010 Simon Hucko

Well, we made it through the first week of the 52 weeks project. We got 13 submissions from the 17 people signed up for the group, so that ain't bad. Keep up the great work, and remember that photos should be taken sometime within the week that you post them.

My photo this week comes from the beach at Cozumel. It was a quick pick as I was in a jam to finish editing photos from the vacation, and in retrospect I think I probably could have done better. I like the feeling of isolation and peacefulness of the shot, though, and the great texture in the sand. Looking at it again I should probably have boosted the exposure a little and warmed it up a tad to give it a brighter beach feeling, but c'est la vie.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. My favorite from the first week's submissions is... (drumroll please)

"Big Wheel, Head On" by matt.mendick
Big Wheel, Head On
© Matt Mendick

I really like the symmetry and the unique perspective. There are a few technical issues here (some of the reflections are a little distracting, and there's that shadow in the bottom left), but I kept coming back to it. When trying to decide on a "winner" this week, my wife Rachel also picked this one out almost immediately as her favorite. There's just something very compelling and unique about this composition, like being a little kid staring up at your new toy. Nicely done, Matt.

This week's submissions close at Saturday midnight, so get shooting and get them in! Thanks again to everyone who participated, I'm looking forward to seeing your next entries.

Also, if you know anyone else who might be interested in joining (or if you're a reader and you haven't done so yet), we always welcome new members :)


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  1. Simon -
    Thanks for doing this. I'm looking forward to shooting every week - as well as getting to know some other fellow photogs.

  2. Hey, they both kinda go with your blue theme from before too. :P

    Ditto what djhucko said. Also, my submission for this coming week should be better, lol.

  3. Wow, what an honor! Glad you (and Rachel) liked the shot.

    I'm really happy you decided to start this up - not only do we get to see the best of what everyone else is doing in a non-firehose'esque manner, but it helps to get me in a good regimen of processing my photos in a timely manner.

    Great submissions everyone!

  4. Excellent choice, Simon. Congrats Matt, its a great photo!