Patience is a virtue redux

“Patience is a virtue”

This was my entry, a top 12 finalist and ultimately, the winning photograph, in the recent competition on the topic of people in The 8th Digital Lightroom competition. Perhaps you saw this photo before when I posted it last year: Patience is a virtue.
I tweaked it a little for this competition.

For me, one of the key motivating factors to enter this contest was the fact that David Penprase would judge the competition and provide a critique for each of the finalists. His many achievements as a professional photographer include:

1986 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society
1990 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Winner of Numerous awards including 5 gold medals in the London Salon of Photography.

” ..there was some really interesting work entered into the competition. It was a difficult choice and there were many not shortlisted that were extremely worthy entries. In any genre it is extremely difficult to surprise the viewer and there is within my choices those types of images that we have seen depicted in a similar way before. However, importantly, the authors have in my opinion placed their individual style and approach either at the taking stage or by interpretation at post capture or, in some cases, both. My congratulations go to all the participants.” David Penprase

In particular, of my photograph, David Penprase said:
“Terrific candid shot, wonderful tonal range, great composition. Wonderful use of differential focus. First rate.”

My sincerest thanks to David Penprase and to the team at the Digital Lightroom for the opportunity to have my photography professionally critiqued. My congratulations to the other finalists, and my deepest thanks to everyone who voted for me. And last but not least, thank you to Topaz Labs for the very generous prize.

This is the fourth time I’ve entered The Digital Lightroom competition, and the third time I’ve reached the finals. My other 2 finalist photos are:

“The Bridge” in Competition #5 on the topic of “leading lines”

“Don’t forget to look up” in Competition #4 on the topic of “the urban landscape”

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Redux: with commentary from David Penprase


108 thoughts on “Redux: with commentary from David Penprase

  1. Not bad, I s’pose … [grin]
    To my rage, they did one of those blog type reviews of photog.s in WP while you were away, and some SA woman (I think) got the Oz nod. I emailed Krista and pointed out that if it were street photography she wanted, she could do a lot worse, etc. etc.; and she mailed back later to say she really likes this site.
    Dunno why but.

  2. You know something – I am not in a bit surprised, and I am happy for you Draco. I remembered the old man the second I saw him again. 🙂 Did the prize include some photographic equipment?

  3. Congrats and well done, Dragon. Patience is indeed a virtue for you, third time finals lucky. It is a great photo. Great composition, clarity and quite a bit of detail surrounding your subject coming through too. Good timing too – there’s an aura of wonder about the old guy too. Pondering wise thoughts, I presume. Glad to see you back 🙂

  4. LaVagabonde says:

    Huge congrats, LD. Much deserved. I remember this photo from way back. Hope you enjoy the prize. I have a couple of Topaz products and love them.

  5. It is an amazing photo, indeed dear Lignum… I wonder is he is thinking about Life, death, Love or just waiting for his espreso to arrive. Best wishes and congratulations!, Aquileana 😛

  6. Good morning and congratulation! It’s a wonderful photo indeed. All of your photos are first rate, in my opinion. 😉 I particularly appreciate reading David’s comment. Every little knowledge helps me learning. Thank you. Helen

  7. Congratulations, Lignum, I am sooo happy for you 🙂 it is a well-deserved first place in acknowledgment of your incredible talent…!! although you had some strong rivals in that competition, I had no doubt as to its outcome 🙂

  8. Welcome back. Those are wonderful words about your image. You’ll have to hold onto them tight. I love the picture. It is deserved of its award. I kept going around the image looking at all the different things I like about it. Superb work. Something for me to aspire to.

    • Thank you very much. I was just walking along the corridor when I took it. A few seconds later, who knows what his disposition and expression may have been. That’s what I enjoy about candid photography. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing the great news and David’s comment. Have I mentioned the NG to you? 🙂 Congratulations, Dragon! You made your whole blog village proud!
    Alway, and alway appreciate your photos 🙂

  10. Congratulations!! I’m very happy for you, there can’t be a better reward for your work with the camera 🙂 I’ll stay tuned for new top shots 🙂
    I’ve just rediscovered the picture “Urban Landscape” – I love this picture 🙂

  11. I remember this wonderful photo, and wow, you won The Digital Lightroom competition, that’s so awesome Draco! Congratulations!! I looked at the other photos in the gallery, some really great photos… but I would have chosen yours to win also. 🙂

  12. Hi LD!!!! My sincere congratulations!!! I show it and voted for the page it was on! I am so happy you won! It is so good and so simple and the same time! Pure Street and candid photography!
    I hope you will enjoy the prize! I got it this Easter as a present from my C. and it is great!!!!

    • Thank you very much. 🙂 It’s a tough competition. First you have to get chosen by the judges and then the public vote. I’m glad I could appeal to both.

      That’s great news about the software. I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

  13. You are back! (I havent checked wordpress regularly, so please forgive me if i missed your comeback earlier and now i sound like an idiot!). This picture is superb. No wonder it was the winning one in the competition. You are a man of many talents.

  14. He looks very deep in thought there! Funny, I have liked this in your previous post, but I actually don’t remember it all. A little worrying that! I think the problem for me in viewing so many pictures, quotes, poetry and music, I have trouble remembering where I first saw it! Congratulations on that competition!! 😀

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