2020-09 Results

CAT NAME Surname STAR Title AWARD Judges Comment
 OP Peter Charter 4STAR Fisherman and Beach Strollers S What a stunning setting with the sun rays coming through the clouds. The ships and the fisherman silhouette and showcasing a typical Durban morning. Your image processing has let you down here and there is brown halos around the fisherman which distracts for me.
 OU Peter Charter 4STAR Cruise Ship Dwarfs Surfer B Nice juxtaposition between the size of the ship and the surfer. The ship looms in the background as the surfer enjoys the wave in the foreground. The difficult lighting has not allowed for much of the surfer to be highlighted which is a pity as a lot of detail is lost as the surfer is underexposed.
 OU Peter Charter 4STAR North Beach Little Girl G A sweet shot of a little girl. The muted colour tones, soft lighting, fly away hair and fluffy jersery make for very pretty and pleasing shot. The little girl is well positioned in the shot and gives the photographer direct eye and a subtle smile.
 OU Peter Charter 4STAR Promenade Before First Light B This is an almost eerie shot of the Durban beach front with not a soul in sight. The leading lines created by the path guide the viewers eyes into the shot and towards the light. The shot is well exposed and the star bursts created by the lights are well handled. I am really, really missing the people in these images of Durban - again I guess its a sign of these unusual times.
 OU Peter Charter 4STAR Nokwandas Wimpy Welcome G A lovely portrait shot with a beautiful subject with a beautiful smile which has been well composed. I like how the colour scheme used creates the feel of a Wimpy brand advertisement. The lighting has been well handled. Although harsh the shadow under her nose serves to highlight this feature and does not detract from the portrait in any way. The highlight on the forehead is slightly over exposed.
 SS Peter Charter 4STAR Colourflower Florette  B I love the colours and unusual lighting used on the cauliflower. This certainly is a very unique concept. The part of the image which excites me the most is the explosion of colour in the top of the brocolli. The subject is however placed in the center of the canvas. A much tighter crop into this area would have created a fantastic abstract which would have been a more dramatic shot.
 CR Wendy Freer P-HONORS Dezzi cube G Another creative image with excellent PS skills. The images used in the box are sharp and it all tells a good story. Well done
 NA Wendy Freer P-HONORS Lechwe stag E Getting more creative with the elements of photography such as camera angle, composition and depth of field would have immediately impoved the image. A much tighter crop would have created a stronger image and would have been more impactful. This is unfortunately purely a record shot. The Lechwe is shot side on and the tree stumps in the background are distracting. With wildlife photography it is often about patience in this case following the animal and waiting for a better opportunity would have produced better results.
 SS Wendy Freer P-HONORS Orange mushroom B The subject matter is interesting and has some lovely texture and the unusual colour of the mushroom does make it stand out nicely. Perhaps the photographer could have gotten in closer to the subject and really explored some of the lovely details of this particular mushroom.
 SS Wendy Freer P-HONORS Dainty damselfly  B The dragonfly is nice and sharp and has been placed at a nice diagonal within the frame. I particularly like the fine detail which has been captured in the eye, leaf and in the wings. Good use of depth of field has allowed the photographer to isolate the dragonfly against the background.A solid green background would have produced a cleaner less cluttered background as I find the edge of the leaf a little distracting behind the dragonfly.
 MO JANICE  GASS 5STAR Zolling G Love the story captured in this image. The image is sharp, stands out from the background and the diagonal line of the subject’s face to zoll is well handled.
 OP JANICE  GASS 5STAR Blue Dawn M One of the best images I have seen of this pier. The colour of the sky and the blue lights complimenting. The solitary person on the pier adding to the interest. Well done.
 OP JANICE  GASS 5STAR My little Pony M How cure is this pony with the purple flower meadow, wind in its mane. Good exposure, depth of field and sharpness. Great image
 SS JANICE  GASS 5STAR Butterfly at Botanic Gardens  B The butterfly is very nice and sharp and it is a overall pleasing shot. A slightly different angel to separate the wings a bit more would have improved the shape of the butterfly wings. It is often nice to see through object which are placed in the foreground but in this case the green leaf obscures the red flowers is unfortunately a little distracting. 
 OP Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Morning Beauty S Beautiful morning light and aloes. Like the position you placed the aloes in the image allowing for aloe and ocean but the image needs levelling and as it is in open I think you could have cloned a few of the distracting background people out. Especially the dark one on the left of the picture
 OP Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Enjoying the morning S Another golden hour morning moment. Like that you can see Durban skyline and the morning activities which everyone was enjoying after lockdown. In this image the three dominant figures are distracting and with their backs to the author creating a disconnect
 OP Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Ready for takeoff B I immediately notice the bright yellow wing of the bug and the complementary colours of green and pink but unfortunately the image is not sharp and the out of focus areas is distracting
 OP Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Natures Beauty S A gorgeous little butterfly and these ones are small and continually active. Exposure is well handled. The angle of the butterfly could present better if you flipped it horizontal.
 SS Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Hanging on by a thread G Great use of depth of field with some lovely dusty pink tones in the background. The web is intricate and has been well lit. It is also nice and sharp and adds lovely detail and interest to the shot. The texture and hair detail on the spider is also nice and sharp. I particularly like the crop the composition is well considered and the spider has been well placed within the frame.
 OP Peter Lambert 4STAR Sunrise Fishermen S Another lovely fishing scene, again the image processing has let this image down and the sky is totally blown out and very dark rocks on the left with no detail at all.
 OP Peter Lambert 4STAR Yacht Harbour Sunset S Awesome colours of the sunrise/sunset. I like how the author decided to come in closer and give us a different perspective of the yacht mole but he could have cloned out the cable in the top right corner and the dark object in the corner is also distracting.
 OP Peter Lambert 4STAR Paparazzi Drone Landing B Interesting watching the concentration of the couple watching their drone land, I suppose gently on his hand. There is a bit of a disconnect with the angle you took the image and some lack in image quality especially in the black of the lady’s outfit.
 SS Peter Lambert 4STAR Insy Winsy Spider G A really pleasing shot of the spider. I love the water droplets reflected on the web and the bokeh effect which has been created. The colours pallette works well and the spider is sharp. In terms of composition a landscape crop would improve the image and would make the spider more prominent in the frame.
 MO Mary Landsberg 3STAR Little girl playing alone S The joys of being a child playing in the sand and this was captured well in this image. The bright wave at the top distracts from the subject and could have been cropped
 OU Mary Landsberg 3STAR Fun in the Sun G The exposure has been beautifully handled and the people are very well placed within the shot. I love the different positions and the arrangement of the people within the frame. The sun peaking through really adds the magic! The rule of odds is demonstrated perfectly in this shot. I also enjoy the soft morning sunrise tones found in the sky and reflected in the water. Maybe a little more sand could have been added to the bottom of the frame but truly a lovely shot.
 OU Mary Landsberg 3STAR In Worship S The shot has been well exposed under tricky lighting conditions. The church flag which is backlit is particulary meaningful and really helps to tell the story. I also like the diagonal lines created by the flag and sticks. I would have perhaps cropped in tighter on the two figures and made it more about the two figures. There does not need to be as much sea to the right and bottow of the frame.
 NA Keith Marallich 5STAR Grey Heron Profile G Another strong image with a very powerful composition and bold use of colour. The contrasting yellow against the blue sky really makes an impact and the use of solid black and areas of white makes for a visually striking image. The bird is nice and sharp with lovely detail and texture in the soft white feathers which have been very well handled and beautifully exposed. There is a tiny bit of motion blur noticible on the beak of the heron which unfortunately lets the image down slightly.
 NA Keith Marallich 5STAR Young Hyena COM A lovely image of a hyena pup. I love the colours and textures. In this case the depth of field has been beautifully handled creating lovely tones in the background areas which enhance the image rather than distract. The face of the pup in perfect focus. The symmetry of the composition works really well and I love the fact that the photographer has really got the attention of this young hyena which looks directly into the camera.
 NA Keith Marallich 5STAR Roaring Dassie G Lovely and sharp with great use of texture and pattern. By zooming in super close the photographer has managed to capture an interesting image of a dassie and has created a character filled image of a dassie. The depth of field is very shallow and the soft "whiskers" contrasting with the perfectly sharp hairs in the foreground add lovely depth to this image.
 NA Keith Marallich 5STAR Golden Breasted Bunting G Such a nice shot which is sharp and in focus. The photographer has made good use of shallow depth of field to isolate the subject against the background. I love the neutral brown colour palette with the pop of yellow. The textures in the dried branch really add nice detail. To improve the composition I would have perhaps allowed a little more space under the branch and cropped in a bit tighter all round. There is just too much background nothingness around the small bird.
 CR Heide Smallwood G-HONORS Apple squares S Well done with thinking out the box/packet. PS skills really good and a very creative image but what let it down was the main blocks in the image that in not sharp and the viewers eye sees that first, also a bit tight to the right.
 OP Heide Smallwood G-HONORS love story G Great story in this image. Lighting is well handled the image is sharp and I like the diagonal from the male dancer to the female dancer and then down to the shoes
 OP Heide Smallwood G-HONORS Grandfathers old tools G Wonderful composition of yester years tools using the clock to indicate the passing of time. The one overlay used in the composition is a little overpowering and I feel this could have been toned down for a higher score
 OP Heide Smallwood G-HONORS gadsby G Fantastic image of the most gorgeous little creature. Pin sharp, fantastic detail in the face and fur. Background compliments the creature perfectly. To improve I would have angled the right hand with the bright white fingernail so it is not competing so much with this creature.
 SS Heide Smallwood G-HONORS screwed B The subject matter is interesting and different and has been well lit. The heavy vignette has however been a bit overdone. Rather than a heavy black in the background I would have liked to see more of the lovely great rust textured background which is only just remaining visible behind the bolts.  
 NA Frederick Turck 3STAR Desert Stadium S Lovely light, shadows, details, textures, lines and areas of interest for the viewers eye to explore. These are all elements which are important to a good photograph and the reason why this image is so pleasing. The composition does not follow the rule of thirds exactly and in this case the imagec could perhaps be improved slightly by including more sky into the frame as this would better balance the expanse of sand which almost completely fills the frame.
 NA Frederick Turck 3STAR Lilac Breasted Roller S Lovely use of depth of field to remove any distraction from the background whilst keeping the bird sharp and in focus. The colours are very pretty and pinks really pop nicely against the green background. I like the simple composition however don't feel the square format works as well as a more traditional portrait crop. 
 OP Frederick Turck 3STAR Rose After Rain S Wonderful bright red rose, love the plentiful drops which look like diamonds. Image is nice and sharp, and exposure well handled. This image cropped in tighter or photographed closer will bring us closer to the rose and its beauty
 OU Frederick Turck 3STAR Promenade Northward S A well composed shot of Durban which makes use of good leading lines. The stairs in the foreground  curve and lead the viewers eye into the shot. I would have loved to see some more life or people in the foreground area - perhaps sitting on the stairs - but I guess this shot simply represents the new normal.
 OU Frederick Turck 3STAR Covid Devastation J Black and White image in a Colour Section
 OP Sandy van Heerden 4STAR Passing Shadows G Love where the author placed the lighthouse and the shadows implying the morning action. Lovely colours and tones
 OP Sandy van Heerden 4STAR Bird of Paradise G Great image of the Strelitzia with its little ant inhabitants. Image good and clear/sharp, like the depth of field with good bokeh. The image is a little over exposed so watch for that
 OP Sandy van Heerden 4STAR Pink Mist G Ah what a lovely morning captured. Such a lovely peaceful morning with stunning pastel colours and muted sun. It does feel a bit like the image is leaning to the right and you can bring a bit more detail out in the rocks in the foreground
 OP Sandy van Heerden 4STAR Artist at Work S Another artist captured doing what they do well. The image is a bit over exposed and here I am feeling I wished I has a bit more eye contact with the artist.
 OU Sandy van Heerden 4STAR The Beaches are Open G The yellow shirt of this fisherman makes this shot such a happy one which immediately makes the viewer smile. (It reminds me of father christmas on holiday in Durban.) The photographer has captured so much more than a static shot of a fisherman on the beach. The yellow shirt stands out so nicely against the blue background and the viewer is instantly drawn to the jolly fisherman.
 SS Sandy van Heerden 4STAR Just Hatched B The pop of pink is really fun and I enjoy the bright bold colour.  The author has achieved good focus on the eyes of the prayingmantis but more of the body could have been kept sharp. Too much background has also been included in the shot and a tighter crop would have provided more impact. Perhaps a more natural green rather than white in the background would have blended the background more naturally and drawn less attention to this area. 
 MO Brian Widdowson 3STAR Thro the Arch G A real Downtown Abbey moment captured. The horse and cart nicely in the arch, it shows action with the horse being blurred due to movement. Your eye goes straight to the subject which is the lady on the cart.
 NA Brian Widdowson 3STAR Etosha B The colours in this shot are beautiful and I particularly like the soft painterly textures created in the windswept grass. The rule of odds has been applied and the 5 springbok are also nice and sharp. Unfortunately I don't feel that the composition of the springbok is working as they not well positioned. Most of the buck have their backs to the camera and the face of the buck which is facing the camera is obscured by one of the another. In this situation waiting and taking a few more shots as the buck move around and change positions might have been beneficial or perhaps selecting to focus on just one lone buck would have created a stronger image.
 OP Brian Widdowson 3STAR Cat Nap B Cats and the places you find them sleeping and here you certainly found him in an obscure place. Like how the cat looks caught out and your eyes go directly to the cat's eyes but in this image there is too much other information you could have been left off with you changing your position when you took the image. ie. taps, green in bottom corner and check where your focus point is.
 OP Brian Widdowson 3STAR Pretty Boy G What a cute pony and you captured this well with good depth of field. Just watch your focus point as it appears that the nose is more in focus than the eyes
 MO Joan Widdowson 3STAR Low Tide S In this image the author is capturing that moment the tide is out well there is details and sharpness in the image. Like the tones of the grey but the viewers eye is not finding a rest point and is constantly searching. Gate in front a bit dominant although it is drawing your eye into the image.
 OP Joan Widdowson 3STAR English Harbour G Beautiful bright day. My eye is immediately attracted to the red building in the centre and then you notice similar colour in the boat below it. It is almost the inversion of the building colours. You have the reds and the blues, and everything looks bright.
 OP Joan Widdowson 3STAR The Artist G The author has captured this moment of an artist doing what artist do nicely. You are engaged in the image and are looking at all he has and obviously what might be on the canvas. Wish we knew.
 NA Mark Zunckel 3STAR Tilapia for dinner S I really like the directness and the head on angle. The viewer knows exactly where to look and is instantly drawn to the fish. The texture of the scales also adds a nice patterned detail. I don't feel the crop is working perfectly for this shot as the legs have been amputated. A much tighter portrait crop on the head and chest area of the main subject and its dinner would have created far more visual impact.
 NA Mark Zunckel 3STAR Tasty berry S A strong composition and a nice clean background which really makes the subject stand out. The lighting on the subject is also lovely and the eyes have great catch lights. Unfortunately the large aperture has worked for and against the photographer. The background has been nicely blurred out using depth of field but the monkey is unfortunately not sharp especially in the key areas such as the nose, mouth and hand which are important in the telling of this story.
 OP Mark Zunckel 3STAR Umhlanga moonrise B Love the moon which is well placed above the whalebone pier but what let this image down is the image quality which is a bit soft and grainy
 SS Mark Zunckel 3STAR Mother of Pearl B The fine pattern on the wings is beautifully handled. The butterfly is well exposed and stands out against the dark background.  I would however suggest also lightening the background slightly so there is less contrast between the subject and the background and the butterfly will sit better within the shot. The brown leaf in the background unfortunately competes with the subjects wings and distracts from the butterfly.
 SS Mark Zunckel 3STAR Posing agama G Lovely use of colour and texture in this image. The lizzard is sharp and stands out well against the clean background. The composition is also nicely balanced and the rule of thirds has been well applied with the eye of the lizzard being placed neatly on the thirds .
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