10th in PPA SE District Competition
"Walk of Memories"
10th in PPA 2014 Southeast District Competition
A little over two weeks ago, I was beating my head against a wall trying to figure out what images to enter in the Professional Photographer's Association Southeast District Competition. It's always a struggle for me because I can see every single flaw in every image I take and I usually end up giving myself the "V8" forehead slap (i.e., I shoulda done this instead of that!) Hindsight is all well and good if you can apply your mistakes to make future images better; however, self-flagellation simply as a ritual for photographic competitions is probably self-defeating.
But I digress...
After much thought and a lot of anguish, I selected four images to represent my best work for this year. Three of the four images earned scores of 80 or above, which means they received PPA's "Seal of Approval" and as such will become a part of the PPA's General Collection, and all will have the opportunity to be selected for the PPA's Loan Collection at the 2014 International Photographic Competition (IPC). One image just missed being "sealed," so before I make my entries for IPC, I'll have to rethink whether I want to rework that image, or if I have another image that I think could merit. (In other words: much, much more self-flagellation is on the horizon... )
Of the Nearly 1,000 Entries...
My image, "Walk of Memories," earned a Superior score of 93, and was 10th overall in the SE district competition (which, in addition, is the largest division in the United States). Results for the district can be found here: http://www.ppa.com/files/pdfs/southeastdistrict_results_2014.pdf This also makes me the highest scoring photographer in all of Hampton Roads.
It's kind of a special image to me, too. I wrote a little about this before, but here's some background on the image:
"My father was serving in the Army and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, when he met a beautiful young woman from St. Louis, Missouri, who was fluent in German, and who was leading tours for the Army. Apparently, my father took every tour he could sign up for so he could get to know her better. He proposed. She said, Yes. They were the first Americans to be married in this gorgeous cathedral in Heidelberg. My father couldn't believe they were the first and asked the minister why no Americans had been married in the church before. the minister replied, "No one asked!" the Holy Ghost Church is also one of the very few buildings in Heidelberg that didn't suffer extensive damage from bombing during WWII.
So.... more than 50 years ago, my father was waiting at the alter of the Heiliggeistkirche in Heidelberg, Germany as his young bride-to-be walked down the aisle. On the day this image was taken, they walked down the aisle together in celebration of their anniversary."
And for my techie friends, I shot this handheld (no tripods in the cathedral) with a Nikon D800, 1600 ISO, at f/5 and 1/60 sec with Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 at 29mm.
Keywords: 10th, 93 Score, Hampton Roads' Highest Scoring Photographer, PPA, SE District Competition, Sealed Images, competition
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