PROJECT RESULTS: Blown Away

On August 21st, I announced the Blown Away Project asking you to submit your overexposed photos. The turnout for this project was decent (10 entries), but it was less than I had expected due to the reader website project pulling in 59 entries. But hey, I’m grateful to those who did participate this time around. We ended up with some pretty nice photos being pulled together.

I’m curious to know why there were so few entries into this project. Was it too hard of a subject? Not enough time? Not clear enough? No interest? No point? Lack of a prize? I’d really appreciate some feedback on this so we can make the next project even better.

It’s really interesting to see the variations in how to apply overexposure to a photo. Some are strongly overexposed, while others are overexposed on only a few key points. Some photos look amazing almost completely blown out, while others benefit from a small touch of overexposure to highlight certain areas of the photo. Some of the photos were completely high key, some were very high contrast with overexposure and underexposure, and others were correctly exposed with bits of overexposure. They all work, and they’re all unique in their application of the topic.

For those who participated (and anybody else) you can link out to the other participants, show off their photo (keep in under 150px AND provide a link to them), blog about their works, submit their articles or photos to social networks, etc. You can link to all of them, some of them, or none of them — it’s up to you.

So to start things off, here are my top 3 favorites for this project (according to my personal taste). These photos really piqued my interest, and they are stellar examples of effectively using overexposure for added impact. Nice work Gregor, Joe, and Jim.

subway moments
subway moments
Gregor Winter
45 Union Bus Stop
45 Union Bus Stop
Joseph Szymanski
Eyeris
Eyeris
Jim Goldstein
And here are the remaining entries for the project, ordered by their submission date. I had a hard time leaving a couple of these down here, because I was really torn between 5 or 6 for the top 3 spots — so if your photo didn’t make the top 3, don’t be too hard on yourself — I enjoyed looking at all of them.
E.Eyes
E.Eyes
Roy Heisler
Blown Away Highlights
Blown Away Highlights
Jenni Brehm
Heaven's Gate
Heaven’s Gate
Jason Conner
And here are my entries for the project. I know I said that everyone else had to limit it to one photo each, but it’s my blog so I can break the rules if I’d like. I had a good time with this project, and I used it as a means to create two new photos for my collection.
Blown
Blown
Brian Auer
Dark Flower
Dark Flower
Brian Auer

So there you have it — overexposed photos. And here’s looking forward to the next project. I’m open to suggestions for topics or themes, so if you have any ideas be sure to let me know in the comments or though the contact form. I’d really like to see a project that pulls in about 50 photo entries — I think it would look amazing having that many photos of one particular topic laid out next to each other.