The Winning Entry in the Official AoM June Photo Contest for June '09, was submitted by "Woody". Woody has been a member of the AoM Community, and the PhotoGroup since June 3, 2009.
The Grand Prize is a very cool shirt from one of AoM’s best friends, Hawaiiabera. Even Brett looks cool in one of these awesome “Friday Night” shirts, from Hawaiiabera .
This is the story that Woody submitted with his entry: "I took this photo of my Father-in-Law taking a brief moment from his regularly busy work day, at his 90-year old barbershop, that has been handed down from father to son for three generations. This photo captures the reality of how hard he works on a daily basis for his family. He literally works to the point of exhaustion, and provides in a way that a father should. So Happy Father's Day Leonard."
Some of the member comments the photo received:
• "Fantastic submission, all around great photo and an awesome moment to capture."
• "Thanks Woody. Indeed this image says alot. I like the magazine in the chair that says "working", and that's a nice poster behind his head, too."
• "What a fantastic shot. This looks like something out of a published magazine. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing."
Reply to above: "definitely not professionally done... I actually took this photo with my camera phone."
• "...he seems like a man from a lost era where there was real honor in being a man..."
In addition to the Grand Prize, (for all of his efforts) Woody will recieve a special Certificate of Merit from the AoM PhotoGroup.
Congratulations from the AoM PhotoGroup, to our Grand Prize Winner, and a HUGE thank you to all who entered. It was fun, and it was a great way to honor all the dads out there. If you'd like another peek at all of the submissions for this contest, go HERE. Or check out the little video I made, HERE.
Thanks to everyone that voted. There were a lot of really cool photos submitted, so I feel honored to have been selected. It is always nice to see that others appreciate your work. So thanks to the AoM community.
As a little background, I took this picture during a "photo 365" project (http://photojojo.com/content/tutorials/project-365-take-a-photo-a-day/). I am admittedly a pretty poor photographer, so I thought the photo 365 project would help me to hone my skills. As a result I did develop a better familiarity with my equipment and its limitations. That said, the real trick seems to simply take a LOT of photographs.
That brings up Claude's comment about the camera not mattering. I have to agree with him, with the one caveat that the camera matters only to the point that you use it. For the photo 365 project I found that I used my camera phone for 90% of the photos taken even though, I had a better camera that would have yielded superior results. It boiled down to always having something in hand to take a photo whenever something captures your eye.
As for specifics, the camera phone I used was a Sony Ericcson w810i. It is relatively small but takes decent pictures. Quality drops off dramatically under low light conditions, so be forewarned. The open keypad design also requires you to have the key lock enabled when not in use. This phone is a few years old at this point, so I think you could actually do much better.
In any case, thanks again to AoM and the Photogroup, as well as Hawaiiibera for the donating the prize. This was a lot of fun, and helped draw me out from long time lurker status.
"I only have this story, passed down from man to man, father to other person and son to stranger:
Young bull to old bull: "Hey! There's some nice cows over there in that field. Let's run over there and do some of them!"