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Transportation Photo Challenge: Top Picks

By Diana K  ·  March 21st, 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in our “Tranportation Photo Challenge”!  We had some extremely creative submissions.  Here are the finalists who stood out to our judges. Please scroll down to the bottom and vote for the your favorite photo (voting is now closed). The three photos with the most votes may appear in the May/June 2014 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques.


Kayaker in Fog, by Linda Rutherford


Abandoned Truck, by Carl J. Palka


Rush Hour, by Claude Prévost


Transportation – Different country, different meaning, by Claude Prévost


Off-road Woodie, by Dan DellaChiesa


Happy Dogs, by L.W. Scott


Time Traveler, by Paulette Geiger


Majestic, by Burt Tapper


Ageless Transportation, by Karen Carter

Congratulations to all our finalists! Our “Fun in the Sun” Photo-Challenge is going on right now. Don’t forget to join the fun!

24 Replies to Transportation Photo Challenge: Top Picks:

  1. Carol

    March 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Fantastic variety of interesting photos. Difficult to choose – they are all winners. Looking forward to the next challenge.

  2. Ralph

    March 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

    It’s always an inspiration to view the creativity of others.

  3. Don

    March 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Each one is excellent but I chose the old truck as the use of color grabbed my imagination.

  4. Ray

    March 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I like the old truck. This one gives me a lot of ideas.

  5. Joyce

    March 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    They are all beautiful images–thank you! It was difficult to pick just one but I love the fog.

  6. Wilfred

    March 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I like the truck. Nice style.

  7. Peter

    March 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Added efforts in creating beautiful images deserve a prize.

  8. Yves

    March 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Very interesting pictures !

  9. Jordan

    March 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Nice work.

  10. Janis

    March 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    All great entries, hard to choose just one

  11. Darryl

    March 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I liked the atmosphere the potographer has created in his image of the abandoned truck.

  12. Graeme

    March 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I liked the way the subject stands out. Not the same effect if the hole photo in B&W or the hole photo in colour. I don’t believe.

  13. Douglas

    March 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    All were deserving photos but my vote went to Kayaker in Fog.

  14. Roger

    March 22, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I believe the kayaker was the most interesting. Different country, different meaning was also very good. Unfortunately I could only pick one, the Kayaker wins me. Regards Roger

  15. Ben

    March 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I prefer the TRANSPORTATION – different country different meaning : a photo from the real world. No hustle and bustle, relaxed and peaceful.

  16. Claude

    March 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Lately, I see more and more PET subscribers becoming better software users. To me it is good and bad at the same time. Pros often shoot in RAW. Therefore they have no choice but using post processing softwares. However, most of them take great pride in making sure that their processed pictures look as natural as possible.
    For instance, take Matt K. tuto on «Elements Before and After». Matt uses PET only to make his photo look like what his eye (the human eye) saw when he took the shot. He knows that no matter how good cameras have become, they still cannot compete with the human eye. To be qualified as a photo, a picture must be a replica of what the human eye saw.
    It saddens me that most subscribers who posted a comment voted for the only frame that does not qualify as a photo. A bit strange in a Photo Challenge. The human eye will never see a coloured truck in a black and white landscape such as the one shown here. Ground is not grey; leaves in the trees are not black and so on and so forth. The eye just will not buy it.
    Do not read me wrong. This image and many others in PET galleries are fantastic and they more than deserve to be shown. To me, they simply do not fall into the photo category of a Photo Challenge, because they are images that human eye can never see in reality.
    I respectfully submit to PET staff that there should be more than one challenge so that everyone can show his / her work for what it is «photography» or «images». That way a «Photo Challenge» would be dedicated to «photographs» and an «Image Challenge» to «images».

    • Raymond

      March 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Photography and artistry when combine together makes it beautiful. This technique blows your mind. How he did it? I don’t know and you don’t know either. If a painter do this then you see it in your own eyes. Photography today is different than yesterday. You never seen a photo like this in film camera. Forget the old days. Face the future. It is more easy to process a photo today taken by Digital Camera and there are lot of techniques. I take picture in raw and I process it in Photoshop Elements. I can change everything if I want to. This is what we call technique. In film what do you do? Process the film and expose it to a photo paper either color or black and white. That’s it. If you have a bad picture then you are sorry, you cannot change it anymore. In digital, you can change everything. So, if you don’t like this photo then stick on film. I like this photo and I vote for it.

  17. William

    March 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Apparently there is some confusion over what the P in PET stands for…that ship has sailed loooong ago!

  18. Raymond

    March 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This abandoned old truck in color and the background in black and white is what I like most. This is awesome.

  19. Claude

    March 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    William and Raymond, I want to thank both of you for your comments.
    William, I guess I was not born yet (as an amateur photographer or a PET subscriber) when this ship first left the harbour. I did not want to bring back an old polemic. I am sorry about that.

    Raymond, I will keep using, to the best of my abilities, what I learned about « aperture, speed, ISO settings, exposure, white balance, etc. » so that I can minimize the changes that I make to my photos in post processing.

    But hey, this is just me and the Art of Photography is certainly large enough to accommodate two different visions.

    My sincere apologies to those who might have felt offended by my comments.


  20. William

    March 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I’ll go with the off road woody. Looks good to me.

    • William

      March 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Sorry I didn’t look to see how you spelled it!

  21. William

    March 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Well, I guess that since what we are viewing are the results of the “transportation photo challenge”, it only makes sense that one could be challenged to come up with the wonderfully composed, well lighted and tack sharp image that would take first place. On the other hand, those who have the wonderful imaginations and have developed the editing skills available with PE should also be appreciated along with their work for having been challenged to produce something that involves a photo with the end result being enjoyed by others.

    My preference would be the photo that has the least done to it but there are those times when you really have to say WOW to something different.

    Now that we have had the chance to vote, the waiting begins and the next month or so will seem like forever for the finalists. Good luck all.

  22. Alison

    April 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Digital Photography has given us so many new tools to work with as artists and photographers. I love the Old Truck photo and the treatment that has been applied to it.

    Sometimes I like my photos straight out of the camera with minor adjustments to correct the RAW files and other times I look at a photo and think it would benefit from some creative look to support the feel and mood you want to project. It’s nice to have that choice.

    Just my 2 cents.

    All the finalists are great images! Good luck everyone.

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