Through the photo industry insanity that seems to come along every time Photokina shows up, it’s easy to let other announcements fall through the cracks. Topaz has quietly announced yet another brand new program, and it is awesome. Topaz takes aim at the digital painting software realm with Topaz Impression. On sale through September for 25% off as an introductory offer (use code SEPIMPRESSION at checkout) CLICK HERE, it may be the creative kick you’ve been looking for. Come on in to see more…
Hello and welcome to our first, semi-annual giveaway vote, where you can choose who has provided us with the best overall image from our first 6 monthly challenges, is granted our undying adoration and given some free stuff as well. Over the last 6 months, Heather, Mat and I have coordinated a monthly, dual blog challenge here and on Heather and Mat’s site Mirrorlessons where a theme is presented at the beginning of each month. Anyone can submit an image into our theme specific Flickr group discussion threads for consideration. At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I choose an image that we each feel best exemplifies that theme and open it up for a vote. The winner of that vote then gets to choose the next theme, and we begin again. It has been a fun way to get to know and interact with many more photographers here and through Flickr, hopefully also translating into inspiration for many of us. When we started this, we’d merely hoped that we could find a way to further build a community while gaining and hopefully providing some fun inspiration as a way to share our images with a wider audience. It has been working and we’re thrilled with the connections made and beautiful imagery we’ve seen presented through these monthly challenges.
This brings us to our first giveaway vote! The fine folks at Topaz Labs, creators of many very awesome software programs and plugins, have offered a free program of the winners choice. I will also be building a custom Garda Wrist Strap for said winner with a few different color choices, not quite yet available for purchase and the title of our first, Semi-Annual Challenge Champion.
Let the vote commence! Please come in and vote for your favorite image.
Congratulations Geordon, Svenlovesflo and Jin Wan! You are the three lucky winners of the TRP Garda Wrist Strap giveaway. I will get in touch with each of you to get an address and a preference for whichever strap you’d prefer.
Here is a crude video showing the drawing.
Thanks again to everyone and happy shooting,
Congratulations billyburg, and thank you to everyone who submitted images this last month. Billyburg’s image of two sheep, basking in the light from a low sitting sun, one staring off into a foggy, defocused beyond while the other keeps tabs on the viewer has risen to, and won the challenge. See more from billyburg and follow him on Flickr here.
Being that this concludes our 6th monthly challenge, and after billyburg gives us our challenge theme for September, we will be posting a vote with our 6 monthly winners up to this point battling it out for our adoration and the title of ultimate Mirrorlessons/TRP Flickr Photo Blog Challenge semi-annual Champion!
Stay tuned for the vote which will take place both here, and on Mirrorlessons. Heather, Mat and myself will be posting within the next week or so. The winner of our 6 month champion’s vote will win a Topaz Plugin of their choice and a custom, hand built camera wrist strap.
Thank you Heather and Mat, everyone who has participated and to all those who have voted and kept up with this new way to get more and more of us connected and networking. If you’ve not yet joined in, stay tuned, sign up to receive articles and challenges as they post by entering your email at the top right of the page, join up with us on Flickr (the TRP Group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Group HERE), find us on Facebook (TRP HERE and Mirrorlessons HERE) and on Twitter (TRP HERE and Mirrorlessons HERE) to stay abreast of new reviews, comparisons, tips, tricks, contests and giveaways.
As always, thanks everyone for the read, and happy shooting!
Below are our three chosen images for the 6th monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge. The vote runs until Friday, September 5th. You can see each image, and their creator by clicking on the links below each image which will bring you to their Flickr stream. The poll is below, so vote for your favorite and stay tuned for new challenges and our Semi-Annual giveaway!
“Evening Glow” by billyburg
“Fido the Puggle” by ganjocson
“Call of the Goats” by AnngaPJ
The winner whose image gathers the most votes between the poll here and HERE on Mirrorlessons.com (don’t forget to vote for your fave on both!) will not only choose our theme for September’s challenge, but will be entered into our semi-annual giveaway.
The previous 6 monthly winners of each individual challenge will be put up for a new vote soon. We will all get to vote for our favorite overall image with the winner receiving a Topaz Plugin of their choice, and a handmade T&T Garda Wrist strap.
With September’s challenge, the cycle starts again and in 6 months time, we will have 6 new monthly winners vying for free prizes. There are no restrictions on participating in our monthly challenges. All you need to do is submit an image in the TRP Flickr Group and Mirrorlessons Flickr Group discussion threads as they open for the particular month. Vote and stay tuned for our next challenge.
Months ago, I sat down with my fellow ELK Collective cohort, Ms Erin Cry, to whom I’m also somewhat of a life coach for reasons unknown, and we discussed fun concepts with which to entertain ourselves. As conversation continued, and as concepts began to amalgamate, we found ourselves diving deeper and deeper into morbid, soul scaring territory. I blame the drinking.
Luckily for us, earlier on in the evening, we discussed ideas centered around obsessive tendencies. If I remember correctly (and largely going off of what I assume my chicken scratches/”notes” translate to), crazy cat lady, secret identity and leopard rocker turned into what you see before you. C’mon in to see more.
Topaz keeps offering deals. This month, it is Adjust which is probably the marquee plugin for them. A little bit of everything from toning filters to sharpening and contrast boosting filters. With the new release by way of version 5.1, Topaz Adjust has further streamlined the interface to fall into line with the other recent updates and releases. Download the free trial or buy Topaz Adjust HERE. Enter the code “augadjust” at checkout through August 31st to get 50% off (normally $50, now $25!).
Come on in for a bit more insight into this affordable and cool detail enhancement plugin…