Friday, April 13, 2012

march photo challenge finalists + april challenge: sunlit portraits

I am so excited to announce the five finalists for last month's challenge, "night." It was a hard one--for as beautiful as the night is, it is indeed hard to capture!--but your photos were spectacular. I decided to go with five finalists this time, instead of ten. Thank you all for joining me and sharing your talent; I hope you'll scroll down to the bottom of this post to see what April's challenge is!

 by Alison
This is an utterly amazing shot. Some serious telephoto-lensing here, plus a quick capture--great work, Alison!

by Amanda
Wow. The colors, composition, lighting--this almost looks like the dusty red sunsets of Africa. Gorgeous.

by Cassandra
A beautiful, creative view of the fireworks in Disneyland! Stunning.
by Raquel
I like how Raquel captured the sun's last little peek above the black silhouette of the trees--and the fishermen, perfectly captured on the still golden waters. Lovely!

by Maya
This is hauntingly beautiful--I like how the trees frame the sky, yet almost seem as though they are leaning over you. 

Lovely work, ladies! The poll is up on the sidebar--vote for your favorite and we'll announce a winner next week! 


I am in love with natural lighting. Back-lit portraits are my favorites; there is just something about the golden-ess of the sun framing a person's face and hair that is stunningly gorgeous. 
Thus, for this month's photo challenge I thought I would run with that! 

April photo challenge: Sunlit Portraits 

So. Ready to take on the new challenge?

Grab your camera (or your computer's picture folders, whatever is most handy), take an amazing shot, and then come back here and link up your blog post, flickr photo, or whatever you want to use to link it up. Just fyi:

-"Linking up" means to copy & paste the link to your blog post containing your photo, or the link to your photo on flickr, into the linky box below. Just submit your name, and voila! You're all "linked up." 

-Please include the button in your post, or beneath your flickr (etc.) photo, give the link to this challenge. That way, others can join in, too!

-If you can, visit other entries and give them some support. :) Everyone likes a comment or two! 

Have fun--I can't wait to get started. :) This challenge ends on April 31st, 2012. Finalists will be announced soon afterwards, and we will all vote on a winner the following week. 

lucia, etc.  


  1. Wow, I honestly don't know who to vote for! Those photos are all so amazing. I may link up this month :)


  2. wow!! I was so surprised to see mine as the first picture! Thanks so much!!

  3. Loved the first photo finalist picture! So crisp and beautiful!

    Ya'll did a great job!!! :)

    All linked up. :)

    also, my blog is dumb and won't let me put hardly any buttons on it, but I left a link. let me know if that's not okay. :)

  4. Ack! Thank you so much for including me in the finalists - you pretty much made my day!

  5. A portrait doesn't need to be a face, correct? Because I cannot. I postrait may be any thing, I hope. Here is mine in the linky.

  6. These are beautiful photos! It is hard to decide which one to vote for :). Lucia, since I am not allowed to share face profiles on the internet of any memebers of my family or myself, would it be alright if I took a picture without the face?

    Blessings in Christ,
    ~Joy @

  7. loooove these! omgoodness and lucia that one of the girl with the sunlight that you took is beaauuuoooteeful. you are crazy talented. :]


  8. *sigh* It's always so hard to choose who to vote for. Everyone has such wonderful "night" photos. I'm also excited to see the photos for the new challenge. Maybe I'll even try to submit one...if the sun and my camera will only cooperate with each other.

  9. I love Raquel's photo - so gorgeous. :)

    Ooh, I'll try and remeber to enter this one! (I have forgotten the past ones - bad me. :D)


  10. Oh goodness, I'm a finalist?!?! Thank you so much, Lu!! :) I'm honored that you liked my photo so much :) A cool thing about it is that it was a totally random shot! My friends were heading out in the boat to do some last minute fishing and voila! I thought it would make a fantastic picture and...I guess it did!! :)

    Congrats to all the other finalists!!

  11. I love the pictures you chose.
    Hard to choose who to vote for, but I ended up voting for Miss Raquel. :) I just love the lighting in hers and the peaceful feel of the whole picture.

    I'm hoping to link up for this next photo challenge. :)

  12. Dear Lucia,
    Is it ok to submit a photo that is not a person (or animal)? I do not put pictures of people on the internet but i do have a sunlit photo that i thought would be fun to enter! please reply by leaving another comment. Thanks!

  13. My name is A.J. and I'd love to enter for April. Here is the link to my blog post:
    I hope I'm linked up!

  14. These are all so beautiful! Congratulations to the finalists too. How exciting!

    I linked up with the sunlit portraits challenge. :)

  15. I linked up! I love sunlit portraits. Great idea.


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