Shooting Challenge #11 - Christmas Winners

By Martin Snelling on at

With Christmas and 2012 well and truly behind us, we welcome 2013 with the results of our most recent Shooting Challenge, the subject of which was simply 'Christmas'.

Picking the winners of this challenge was a hell of a lot easier than the last challenge as only three of you took time to send your images. So, in my eyes, you're all winners :) In no particular order, congratulations to Michael Henderson, Ross Galypchak and mhatti3000.

But if I was being a complete bastard, I could disqualify Michael for submitting images over the 3MB filesize rule and disqualify both Mhatti3000 and Ross for submitting images that have had more work done to them than a Hollywood starlet. But as it was Christmas, and if I did disqualify them, they'd be no winners, I'll let it pass (just this once).

Here's a few words from the guys..

Ross Galypchak:
Equipment: Sony Alpha a55 + 50mm f1.8 lens.
Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom 4.0 + Photoshop CS4

Christmas has always been about one thing for me. Dinner. Never mind the presents, not interested in snow (its a bit shit when it snows in this country anyway), it's all about the turkey and stuffing your face until its easier to roll than walk. Nothing is more exciting than watching a freshly roasted turkey being carved by your mum (with possibly the smallest carving knife ever used on a turkey) , and here I managed to snap that magical moment.

The original photo was quite terrible (1/125, f5.6, ISO 6400) so I had to tinker with it for a while in Lightroom, enhancing the colour temperature and contrast and then adjust the levels in Photoshop to get rid of some of the grain and voila!


Two versions of the same image, taken at Leadenhall Market. I named them Lonely Market. One has minimal imaging processing and the other has a bit extra "magic" added to it. Photo taken with a Nexus 4; Snapseed was used in one picture and Pixlr + Snapseed was used on the other.

Michael Henderson:
All 3 photos were taken with my Sony NEX-3 Camera with a 18-55mm lens

Photo 1 - Santa Car: This shot was taken at my home in reading and i choose to shoot that particular decoration because it stood out the most and was a gift from my girlfriend. It is also everything Christmas in England is about, tacky but fun. It was taken in aperture mode and i tried to get the lowest setting to blur the background as best as i could.

Photo 2 & 3 - Christmas dinner

These were taken at my parent's home in Birmingham on christmas day

The second photo was taken using a filter on my camera called Toy as I wanted to get a warm vintage effect which I feel worked. I took it just as everyone was about to sit down and eat as I wanted a shot before all the chaos started.

The third photo was taken when everything had kicked off and everyone had started to dish out. this was the first christmas with my whole family so I wanted to get a natural shot. before I started to eat. This was taken with shutter priority so it wasn't too blurry.

Thanks as always to those of you who took the time to take some snaps over the festive period and send them in -- full gallery can be found over here on Flickr. There'll be another Shooting Challenge next week, the subject of which will be inspired/lovingly ripped off by one of my Christmas presents (a book).

Martin Snelling is a Hampshire-based man about town who works in the videogame industry. A keen photographer, Martin shoots on film and digital; he blogs here, and tweets here.