Pye Vs Patrick Vs Lee: Vote Who Took The Best Photograph

Pye Vs Patrick Vs Lee: Vote Who Took The Best Photograph

Yes, you read that right. Pye Jirsa is back in Puerto Rico and this time he goes head to head against both Lee and me for the ultimate photography competition. We need your help deciding who took the best image!

Below you will see three photos from our upcoming photography shoot out video. Vote for your favorite image and then see if you can pick out which photographer took each of the three photos. Sometime next week we will release our newest shootout video and all three photographers will find out who is king of the hill live on camera. 

Photo 1: The Green Dress

Photo 2: The White Dress

Photo 3: The Red Dress

Which Photo is the Best?

Who Took Which Photo?


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Mike Kelley's picture

Green dress by a mile

kevin hoehne's picture

Hand posing is all wrong

Adam Chandler's picture

Yeah, that's what ruins it for me, too.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Although I liked the red one the most, all shots esthetically are quite close. These hands positions taken away from environment might indeed seem awkward, but I like how they harmonize with this particular set. There is a visual rhythm to it.

Darin Simmons's picture

Patrick took the red dress, his eye for color and lines. It screams architectural photo with a model in it. (Leaning toward my favorite but they just popped up)

On a mobile device, the experience immediately puts white dress in third because the amount of subject to frame is even smaller than print or monitor

Wayne Denny's picture

Yeah, in the thumbnail I liked the white dress the best - the lighting is the most flattering on her of the three images. But after seeing the full shots, it's my least favorite. She's competing with so much in that shot that a simple crop would minimize all of that.

David Justice's picture

I love everything about the white dress photo except the model's pose. Her hand is pulling her head too far back and it looks like she's scrunching her left eye or her hand is pulling it back. If her hand was a little higher and chin down slightly it would be perfect. But the shadows, the light, everything compliments her look so well. My first guess is Pye took this. It has all the workings of a fancy wedding photo with shooting through the environment. But I could also see Lee taking this almost to mimic Pye's style and throw off the voters.

The red dress is alright, it's my second favorite. The biggest problem for me is the lighting is way too directional and in a weird position to the point where you can't see her eyes at all. Also for an outdoor photo, the lighting is way too harsh to work as a faked natural light photo. It just doesn't work.

And the green dress shot just has nothing special to it. It just exists. The color grading is cold, the model's face is showing no interest, and the environment doesn't really match the dress. There's gutters in the background, there's like an ethernet cable hanging on the top of the ladder..

Keith Davis's picture

To me the Green dress image does not seem balanced and the shadows harsh. The white dress is too busy and there is not good separation from the ambient light. To me the red dress is image is the best. The light is balanced with good separation.

Scott Choucino's picture

Id say the white dress is by far the strongest portrait, then green, followed by red.

yvette Benson's picture

I’m so close to liking them but it’s odd that they all have one hand or arm cropped/hidden. I think slight repositioning could have made the images more flattering. I was first drawn to the green dress because of the interesting lines but can’t get over the missing arm. First person to add the arm/hand back gets my vote. ;)

Riley McArdle's picture

Come on. You gotta love that Rembrandt triangle in the red dress photo.

Perry Harrington's picture

I like the red dress photo, but the green dress photo has the best composition, best lighting, and best use of backdrop. I'm going to guess Green Dress is Pye with a Canon, I'm going to guess White Dress is Lee with a Sony, and Red Dress is Patrick with a Nikon. I'm going to guess Green Dress is 85mm at f/16, White Dress is 50mm at f/4, and Red Dress is 70mm at f/8, and the jar has 1731 marbles in it...

harry Gounopoulos's picture

There are a lot of problems in the first two.The red dress wins easily with only a minor problem (the miising fingers of her right hand.It could be great if was the same model in all three fotos.


I like the red dress picture the most followed by the green dress. The white dress would be fine, but the other two take my votes.

I think the red dress picture screams powerful female in the middle of an office type vibe. I like how she is framed by the doors and then the window behind her and her pose. Granted i would have prefered her hand not being hidden.

I like the green dress because of the contrast with the environment. Its like she is all dressed up and in the shady part of town. Not something you really see everyday.

Eric Robinson's picture

Are we all having our collective chains yanked? I don’t think any of those images could be hailed as ‘great shots’ by any stretch of the imagination as each have serious flaws that would preclude them from being given that stamp of quality. Can you imagine any of the three being used by an agency in a major product campaign? My first impression was the red dress had it, but when the composition is scrutinised why o why did he choose to leave that awkward green plant stuck behind the chair? Not only does it look ugly in its blue pot and crappy stand, and not in a good way, but it obscures the models right hand. The white dress could benefit from some serious cropping, but why o why did the photographer make it a competition between the model and the bush? The green dress, for me, just has too many competing ugly elements in the frame, which can sometimes work, but not on this occasion. If I were the client I would not be happy and advise each to work with a competent art director.

David Justice's picture

You have to think of the context of how these might be shot. These photos probably had very little production behind them. Based on their previous videos, you can assume there is some challenge element to them and that they're just throwing themselves into it. So location and tools might be limited. I also don't think the end goal is to sell the dress, but take the best portrait.

For some reason I can't stop thinking that maybe they did these with the latest iPhone and a Profoto C1 to test out that mobile strobe. None of these have a serious depth of field to them, or serious telephoto quality. So it's possible these were done completely on mobile. I don't know how powerful they are so I could be very wrong.

Ben Deckert's picture

"They" usually don't place any concern for how difficult a shot might have been to take or the limited product time available when they do their critique videos of others work. So I say we all just bash mercilessly and irrationally :)

David Justice's picture

A challenge video is different from "post your best X photo". If they ask you to post your best surfing photo, they don't expect you to run outside and go find a surfer. They are looking for photographers who specifically have done that a bunch of times and hopefully are pro/semi-pro action photographers where they can see the work of all levels and critique based on their perspectives and the situation.

They're two different situations.

Adrian Bateman's picture

Not necessarily, for example with wildlife shots Lee always says he would rate them lower if they were at a zoo compared to the wild or shot on a group safari with 20 photographers shooting the same thing. They also had the phone shots contest in which they placed things in context. But I get your point

Eric Robinson's picture

To be fair It was labelled ‘the ultimate photography competition’......’

David Reece's picture

You basically said what I would have said. I agree on all your points. Each had so much more potential to be really good. It was like they were all trying way to hard to be creative and missed some important points along the way. The cropping was bad on all three photos, with the green being the least terrible. The lighting was bad as well on all three. Either too flat (white), too harsh (green), and too contrasty (red). With that said, they are all very pretty photos, and I don't think anyone would be unhappy if they received these from a photo shoot. Money shots? No way! Keepers? Sure enough. When one relies too heavily on the beauty of the model without getting the the rest correct, the photo is pretty but not sellable. Anyway, I am definitely not being critical...but they DID ask. :)

David Love's picture

I have to go with white dress, has a nice glow about her skin and the object of this is to shine on the models. Really want to pick red dress because that is more my style but the harsh shadows on the face throws it off for me.

Deleted Account's picture

I was going to vote on the white dressed model, until the full images were shown. After review, the red dress is the best of the three IMO. The colors are spot on and I love the comp. Although she is centered, this works perfectly, especially with the line of the wall leading you into to her dress. Nicely done guys, but I believe the red dressed model photo wins this challenge.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

I like the white dress of the three. I like the natural look of it.

The green dress image looks too busy, particularly on the right. That black tar (or whatever) and misc piping just makes it an ugly background. And, her left hand looks awkward with just 3 fingers. Reminds of chicken's feet.

The red dress image looks way too clinical and contrived. Model's expression/pose is too stiff. And, almost everything in the scene is so symmetrical it looks unnatural and overly staged. The pillows and whole plant+vase looks out of place.

I found it odd that all 3 images selected have the model's hand obscured in some way. Was that part of the challenge? :P

Mike Luk's picture

Green dress model has interesting post but the background, especially the dirt on the wall is a bit distractive.

White dress would be the best photo if it is cropped. The green leafs on the left are getting too much attention. Crop the picture a little tighter or crop it vertical. I want to see the model's right hand too.

Red dress looks the most carefully planned picture. If more light can comes in through the wooden windows it would be perfect.

Mike Kamei's picture

1. Green, PYE. 2 Red, PATRICK, 3 White, LEE.

david shepherd's picture

The Red Dress is just unfair because of how it just naturally pops. In this case the Red Dress wins because the environment works with the dress and model. The rosey color of the wood in the room and the red outside the window just tells a better story. The green dress is the weakest story relative to the group. They are all great shots and I am sure there is a video to follow this fun poll shorty.

Joseph Nienstedt's picture

The green one - The model & her dress is the clear focal point and it works so well with the color palette of the background, the light/shadow contrast, as well as the textures differentiating the environment from the subject. The red one has some awesome technical lighting and depth to it, but the color of the background loses the subject too much. The white one actually looked awesome in the crop at the top of the article, but the full sized one is not as good simply because parts of the foliage are out of focus and others are sharp and it’s distracting.

liliumva's picture

Red wins for me.The framing of the red is gorgeous, lighting is almost perfect. Whomever shot it looked like they wanted Rembrandt, I kinda wish she tilted her head up slightly.

White's lighting is naturally gorgeous, the fore and background elements add so much too it, however it needs a tighter crop IMO and she lost her arm.

Green is not bad, wish her head was tilted slightly up so she'd not suffer the dreaded skull/dark eyes issue. Pose is good, minus that awkward arm wrapping under and around the ladder.

Green - Lee
White - Pye
Red - Patrick

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