Deadline to enter was May 27, 2005, 5 p.m.
Winners will be printed in the June 8 Wilson County News print edition.
Entries are posted once each week as they are received.
Photos are labeled by the photographer's name.
Click on each photo to see it larger,
or click on the first photo and scroll through all of them.
ABOUT THE CONTEST:
The Wilson County News hosts a "Springtime in South Texas Photo Contest" every year in the spring. Photos entries are posted online at wilsoncountynews.com and winners are announced in the Wilson County News in June.
All photos submitted may be viewed on the Web at
Photos may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed to WCN Photo Contest, 1012 C St., Floresville, TX 78114, or delivered to the WCN office. You must include your name, address, and home/daytime phone numbers as well as a brief description of the photo.
Photos submitted become the property of the Wilson County News and they may be used in special promotions in the future. Photos submitted will NOT be returned.
Limit ONE entry per photographer.
Deadline to enter is Friday, May 27, at 5 p.m.
Winners will be published in the June 8 issue of the
Wilson County News.
Entries will be judged on the theme Springtime in South Texas, composition, and creativity. Decision of the judges is final.
Employees of the Wilson County News and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
By Dana and Tom Parish
of Floresville, owners of
Alamo Photo Labs,
3814 Broadway, San Antonio.
The photography industry is changing day by day. With all the advancements in both film and digital cameras, it has become less intimidating for both professionals and amateurs alike, to get great results. There are some basic guide-lines that are still up to date that could help to make your shot stand out and get attention.
Your main subject should be razor sharp. Check to see if your camera is equipped with a locking device on the automatic focus. This will enable you to step in close, key in on your subject and step back to frame your image. In situations where you are capturing a bird or wild animal, it may be necessary to switch to manual focus, if your camera has that feature.
The viewer's eye will be drawn to the lightest parts of the scene. Choose a subdued background with minimal clutter. Simply changing your camera angle can dramatically improve your photo.Crop tight to eliminate distractions. Being at eye level when photographing children and pets is a good starting point. Kneel or sit on the ground and take several shots.
You will have better results by avoiding harsh lighting situations. Outdoor lighting is optimal one hour after sunrise and one to two hours before sunset. Midday sun will cause washed out highlights with no detail and heavy shadows that are unflattering. Cloudy, overcast light is great for many landscape scenes, but will produce a bluish skin tone.
from Wilson County News photographers:
Don't be afraid to be creative and try new things. Some of the best photos are the ones you didnt plan on taking.
Dont get too far away from your sub- ject! You really don't need a lot of background on most shots to convey the image you are photographing. Let the viewers imagination fill in the details.
I think snapshots and action shots always make for better pictures, theyre more interesting, more natural rather than setting up a scene.
Try taking the same photo from several different angles for a different look.
Try to keep your fingers and camera strap out of the picture.
Always make sure you have an extra camera battery, very important!!
When taking pictures of scenery and nature: try to visualize your subject as an artist trying to create a masterpiece, center your subject, check the background for clutter that will distract from your subject, avoid shadows or shooting into direct sunlight.