Our regular monthly photography competition will be taking a break this month, partly to give me a chance to sort out some complications with the prizes from the past few months, and also to line up some great new prizes for the run up to Christmas. We had some great entries for September though, and I'm sure the standard in November will be just as high.
The theme for September was "Music and Entertainment", and as usual it attracted several hundred entries from readers all around the world, and also as usual most of them were excellent. We only have space to show the best fifteen though, so many thanks and please keep trying to all of you whose shots didn't make the final cut.
There were nearly as many different interpretations of the theme as there were entries, but there were a few common sub-themes that appeared more than once. By far the most popular was the over-the-heads shot of a big concert. It's a pretty easy shot to take, and the results are just as much about luck as skill, but when it works it does look good, as demonstrated here by the mysteriously semi-anonymous Peter N of London. He took this shot of a concert by trance DJ Tiesto in Victoria Park, London, using his Panasonic LX3. Odd then that he used it to enter a competition to win another LX3, but I can't say I blame him, it's a lovely camera.
Photos of live music events made up the vast majority of the entries. Taking photos in clubs and venues is a skill in its own right, because the unusual and unpredictable lighting plays havoc with most automatic metering systems. Erick Cusi, of Manilla, Philippines, obviously knows what he's doing though, to produce a result like the one below. Erick used his Canon EOS 30D with a 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens to take the shot. "I set my ISO to 1600, and used 1/125sec shutter speed without flash. I waited for the warm spotlight to pass behind this bassist to capture the dramatic backlit effect."
Other people took a more experimental approach to the subject, such as this fascinating shot from Philip Bird Of East Grinstead. He took a series of three shots on his Canon EOS 40D with a 17-85 mm IS lens , then used Photoshop to combine red, green and blue channels from separate shots. The result looks pretty strange, but I rather like it.