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Face Off 2012

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On November 4, 2012 there was a photo competition held here in Yellowknife. The event was organized by Pat Kane, who is one of the best, if not the best, photographer there is. The event was set up this way, twenty photographers had signed up. They weren’t given a location, they weren’t given a time, all they were given was the information that they would have twenty minutes to photograph two models (ten minutes each). They were allowed only one camera and one lens, lighting was allowed but, setting up lights would be included in your twenty minutes shoot time. They were also allowed one prop. Sounds like fun right? I thought so and signed up as soon as it was announced. Twenty-four hours before the shoot you would be given your time and told to be there fifteen or twenty minutes before. One hour before your shoot time you would be given the location. Once you arrived you could take a few minutes to look around and once your time started you had to move quickly. There was someone timing you and they would yell out at five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes and at the end would count down your last few seconds. Sounds like even more fun now, right? I can tell you this, the anticipation leading up to the day of the shoot was almost as much fun as the shoot itself.

After you were done you had twenty-four hours to submit your images (what you thought were your best of each model) to Pat. To add to the anticipation, the photographers would have to keep their images from being viewed (secrecy  was very important so you couldn’t influence voting). On November 28 there was the event final. Each Photographer’s two images would be on display but, no one would know who images were who’s . They would be numbered (in pairs) and the people coming to view them would vote on the best images. First prize would go to the best pair, second to the best individual photo and third to the second best individual photo. Again the anticipation was thrilling. There was lots of amazing work. I was amazed at how creative people could be with only twenty minutes. Photographers brought sketches of what they wanted to do, one even brought a script to have the models act out while he photographed. Crazy creative stuff, I felt way out of my element but I was having a blast.

At the very end the prizes were handed out and each photographer could take the printed images. I could tell you the winners but, I will leave that for Pat Kane to post.

The event was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again. For now though, here is a sample of what I captured during my shoot time. Thanks for hanging around, enjoy and as always, Happy Shooting. Oh and if you are around Yellowknife when the next Face Off happens, be sure to sign up.

Image 1 - November 30, 2012

Image 2 - November 30, 2012

Image 3 - November 30, 2012

Image 4 - November 30, 2012

Image 5 - November 30, 2012

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Written by leesacrey

November 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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