Brenizer Method Contest Results: Honorable Mentions, Part 1

Whew! After several rounds of judging between myself, Nordica Photography, Feather and Stone Photography, and Sam Hurd*, we have winners chosen for the contest!

First, I want to show you some of the honorable mentions. The impetus for this contest was to show that, once you get the mechanics of the Brenizer method down (instructional video here), the important thing is to go out and take some good pictures that show your unique vision. It’s not easy, but it’s been great to see what others have done with it, so I wanted to highlight that work here.

So, before we announce our winners, we’ve come up with 20 Honorable Mentions, great photos showing off different approaches, that I hope will give you some ideas about how to apply this to your own work. Here are the first 10, with more to come. Thank you so much to everyone who entered — this will not be the last contest!

Most of all, thanks again to B&H for sponsoring.

*Sam was nice enough to help judge instead of enter even though, let’s face it, a Brenizer Method portrait of George Clooney is sort of a ringer.

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By: Kacy Jahanbini
Shot info: Six-image pano shot on a Nikon D300 with a Sigma 85 f/1.4

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By: Alex Bee
Shot Info: Nine-image pano, shot on a Canon 5DII with 135mm f/2L

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By: David Childers
Shot info: 16-image pano, shot with a 50mm f/1.8 on a Canon 5D

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By: Crowley Photography
Shot info: 55-image pano, shot with a 50mm f/1.4 (at f/1.8) on a Canon 5D

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By: Michael Jurick
Shot info: 74-image pano, shot with a 85mm f/1.8 on a Canon 5D Mark III

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By: Ryan Kwong
Shot info: 28 images, shot with a 85mm f/1.8G on a Nikon D7000

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By: The Markows
Shot info: 24 images, shot with a 135mm f/2 on a Canon 5D Mark II

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By: Ryan Kim
Shot info: 20 shots with an 85mm f/1.2 on a Canon 5D Mark II

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By: Ryan Kim
Shot info: 36 shots with a 70-200 2.8L IS II on a Canon 5D Mark II

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By: Kacy Jahanbini
Shot info: 13-image pano shot on a Nikon D300 with Sigma 85 f/1.4

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14 thoughts on “Brenizer Method Contest Results: Honorable Mentions, Part 1”

  1. These are Fantastic examples of this effect! I have yet to experiment with it, but I think I’m inspired now!
    Thanks,
    Joe Marshall
    Marshall Photography
    Wichita KS

  2. These are so awesome! Ryan Kim’s second one is mind blowing. The top image is also gorgeous and landing it with the dog in there SOLD me! I want to say, however, that ALL of them rule! Hats off to everyone! Can’t wait to see the second round along with the winners. Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

  3. If these are the honorable mentions, then I have to say I’m glad I forgot to enter because there’s no way I would’ve stood a chance against these entries, let alone whoever the winners are!

  4. All great shots but Ryan Kim’s shot steals it if there was to be a winner in this round. He just has some of that special sauce that makes a Brenizer method photo “work”

  5. Wow. My heart was pounding as I scrolled through the shots. And then I read the text. Phew! Don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but I can’t wait to see the rest of the entries!

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