February has passed and it can only mean one thing — the second instalment of the 2022 Photo Competition has finished. At least finished to the level where I have submitted my two photos and rated other participants photos. If you want and need more context about this photo competition then I urge you to read the first part of this saga.
Theme for the second month was "Minimalism". I'm not someone who photographs very minimalist photos much. If we're looking at the gear size then I'm definitely not in the minimalist category. Far from it. That being said, I don't tend to stuff my photos with too much detail and I like looking at minimalist photos. This is why I like this theme more than first months theme of "City, Village In Winter".
Last month I struggled finding time to go out and take photos. And the little time that was scraped from the bottom of the time capsule was filled with boring weather. This month was much better in both aspects. I can't say that I had a lot of time but I definitely went out more to take photos. To get ahead of the "game" I went out the first day of February with the intent to shoot some minimalist photos. And I did succeed! One of the photos taken that day I considered to be good enough for a submission.
With one photo out of the way, I didn't have any pressure to take only minimalist photos for the rest of the month. When I went out to shoot I just went out to shoot. I didn't try to seek out minimalist compositions and themes. If they presented I tried to capture them but nothing else. I tend to take better photos when not under pressure and that turned out true here as well. Many of the photos I took weren't minimalist but I took quite a few photos that I liked thus breaking a few month streak of bad photos.
All that said it's not like this competition went without any issues. My main issue for this month was trying to decide whether a photo I took could be considered under "Minimalism" theme or not. In particular I had one photo that I liked a lot but couldn't decide whether it was minimalist enough. I don't know anything about photography art theory but I have a rough understanding of what a minimalist photo could be. To me it's a photo that focuses more on simple shapes and is void of much detail. But how much detail is too much detail. I'm sure that there isn't a well defined answer and you can be very fluid in your interpretation. It's definitely something I struggled with. In the end I didn't pick the photo I liked the most.
The photo I took on the first day of February was definitely minimalist in my book. The second photo I chose was a bit iffy but it seemed minimalist enough. It had a weird composition and lots of texture. Last month my both submissions were taken with analog cameras. This month both are digital photos. One was taken with Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Canon 135mm f3.5 LTM lens. And second was taken with Sigma Merrill DP3. The DP3 is a very recent acquisition that I am in love with. A review will come some time in the future but for now you can read my review of Sigma Merrill DP2.
Having seen the photos from other participants I can tell that some have a more liberal view on what minimalism is. This month I struggled to come up with a good Top 10 list for my part of the ratings. There were some great photos but not 10. The photo I placed at the top was very good though and if it doesn't win I will be very surprised. That being said, I won't be too surprised if I'm not surprised. The photos I rated the best last month didn't come close to winning. Nor did my photos. Nevertheless it's fun to just try and take two photos for a specific theme each month.
As I stated last month, I will publish my photos for each month at the end of the year. Instead here are some photos that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. Next month's theme was supposed to be about night but due to the horrific things the russian government is doing to Ukraine, the theme has been changed to "Blue And Yellow".