Foggy GOYA Results :: The Winner Is…

December 22, 2009 | GOYA

What turned out to be something fun to do on a foggy afternoon became the second most commented on blog entry here. That’s an amazing surprise to all of us!  I asked you to vote on our Foggy GOYA shootout and here are the results!

1st place – Photographer B w/294 votes  :: That’s me! 2nd place – Photographer D w/99 votes :: Sherri our business manager 3rd place – Photographer C w/68 votes :: Robin our intern 4th place – Photographer A w/15 votes :: Caleb, my 10 y/o son

I also asked if you had a favorite image and the image above got the most votes.  I originally was going to kill this diptych because part of me liked it and part of me hated it.  When I feel that way about an image I typically go ahead and put it out into the world to see what happens. I like finding that kind of struggle with my photography.  I typically like something or hate something and when I have an image that can’t be compartmentalized in my brain then I know I’m on to something.  I created the image by taking one photo of the birds in focus and then one with the wall in focus.  I put them side by side but I didn’t like it at all that way.  I flipped one horizontally just to see what that would look like and that is when part of me liked it and part of me hated it. I wish I had done it in camera. I’d feel like a ninja if I had but it confirms in me that I do want to experiment with mirrors more.

Thanks again for voting!

Dear Caleb, Sherri, and Robin… I’m sorry for the spanking y’all just received!  Something tells me that your game is going to be upped by significant amounts next time. Good. That’s the point!

Cheers, Zack


  • Mark said on December 22, 2009


    But no offense…I was pulling for Caleb!

    Seriously, congrats to all for some fine shooting. And for making me do a GOYA myself!

  • MIke said on December 22, 2009

    I was pulling for the little one, oh well.

  • Jay McIntyre said on December 22, 2009

    In My Opinion, Robin Rocked it!! And Caleb, WOW! but you all captured some amazing shots! Must have been a blast

  • Jim said on December 22, 2009

    Hmmmm I detect some voter fraud 😉

  • Allison said on December 22, 2009

    Congrats Zack! Sheri I was pulling for you. I’m sorry Zack is crazy.

  • zack said on December 22, 2009

    Sherri did the counting!

  • JDR said on December 22, 2009


    My heart sank a bit when reading about the Photoshop manipulation – am I the only one?

    Don’t get me wrong…cool image. I was trying to work out htfiwd for ages – cos I was thinkin’ in camera.

    More of a montage innit?

  • r-dean said on December 22, 2009

    hmm…i voted for B. :-)

  • robin said on December 22, 2009

    I demand a recount!

    Just kidding – it was fun and, let’s face it, it wouldn’t be fair if I beat Zack, right? Because then he’d have to make *my* coffee each day… oh wait, he *does* make the coffee.

  • Les Doerfler said on December 22, 2009

    The sad truth of this is that Zack had his OneLight bully boys stationed outside of every voting booth to ensure things went his way.

    They were easy to spot…dressed like 1940s newsboys with floppy caps and knee high socks…their weapons of choice, slingshots and flashcubes, slung casually by their sides.

    A flash of some yellow teeth and low whispered “the lunch menu today is featuring knuckle sandwiches for those people not wise enough to vote for Photographer B” is all it took.

    Poor Robin, Sherri, and Caleb didn’t have a chance.

  • Beki Tillotson said on December 22, 2009

    I seriously love that diptych. I just finished piecing together an pentaptych myself. There is something so wonderful about multiple images becoming one piece! Love yours very much. Great use of the primary colors :] Calming, yet thought provoking.

  • zack said on December 22, 2009

    I know what you mean JDR. I often feel that if I don’t get it in camera then I don’t get it at all.

    I don’t discount post production. I know some folks who make amazing work that can never be done in camera… but I’m just that ol’ straight shooter from film days who was brought up on photojournalism so my brain is just wired to get it in camera or don’t get it at all.

    But hey, it’s just a fun day of shooting in the fog. I have to learn to let go of my own rules some time and just try something new.


  • Arttriq said on December 23, 2009

    Conratulations Zack & enjoy your lunch.

    Nothin wrong with some old skool photoshopping when you know what your limits r and what image you want to cre8.

    Loved this image right away.

  • Alexandra said on December 23, 2009

    I find this soooo interesting! Thanks for putting this up!

  • brad said on December 23, 2009

    @JDR + @zack….what’s the prob if Photoshop helps you realise your artistic vision? It’s not like it was a photojournalism assignment anyway that demanded 100% faithfulness.

    Photoshop is just a tool and, frankly, you could still make that flipped image in the darkroom with film anyway 😛

  • Olivier Borgognon said on December 24, 2009

    Hmm, well i’ll be damned on who was who… :) Zack if you’re training the Intern… wow.

    Zack, my fav. was the last one of your series, the crossing the street one, really seems like an incredible candid of street photography, a bit like those posters of the skyscraper builders on their construction in b/w style.

    Robin i really love your shots, that first shot with the kids on the bike and the wood structure well hmm, wicked simply wow :)

    Caleb for 10 years old if you follow the knowledge your old man is sharing with the world, and with the vision you have well i sincerely feel sorry for the others racing to get “into focus” young man :)

    sherri, i really like your 2nd shot, the one with the bush as a foreground… nice composition and inspiring on black & white shots.

    Basically just a little word to thank you all for the fun of allowing us to vote on it, and for the aim of the GOYA projects, something to do with photographer friends around our areas.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, blessings from switzerland and thanks for sharing along the year… you seem to be a wicked bunch 😀

  • Natasha said on December 29, 2009

    Caleb.. You did an AMAZING job!! I loved your pics. Keep up the good work! :)

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