2021-08 Results

 
CREATIVE - NERISSA NAIDOO
Creative       Heide Smallwood               Honours(Platinum)   Brent                              Gold
Good attempt at creative image. Nice subdued colours. Strong focal point
MONOCHROME - NERISSA NAIDOO
Monochrome     Jacqueline Baz                1 Star              Durban Riots Aftermath             Gold
Good story telling and well handled conversion.
Monochrome     Sandy van Heerden             4 Star              City Under Siege                   Gold
Great composite image. Well handled conversion. Strong story.
NATURE - NERISSA NAIDOO
Nature         Merle Prinsloo                2 Star              Bees and flowers                   Silver
Good  details on flower bees not sufficiently in focus image slightly overexposed.
Nature         Peter Lambert                 4 Star              Sunbird                            Bronze
Nice capture. `Main subject not sharp. Background busy and distracting.
Nature         Mark Zunckel                  4 Star              I wonder                           Gold
.Exposure well handled. Nicely diffused background.
Nature         Shan Charter                  4 Star              Im Listening                       Silver
Subject eye is sharp. Image appears slightly over exposed (
Nature         Brian Williams                4 Star              Eagle in the rain                  Gold
Good attempt at a high key image. Main subject sharp and well exposed.
Nature         Peter Lambert                 4 Star              Rietvlei Bird 2                    Bronze
Main subject appears grainy and unsharp. Background distracting.
Nature         Mark Zunckel                  4 Star              Young goshawk                      Gold
Well composed image. Subject sharp. 
Nature         Shan Charter                  4 Star              My Best Side                       Silver
Sharp well exposed image. A glint in the eye would have enhanced the image
Nature         Brian Williams                4 Star              Ground Hornbill                    Silver
Interesting capture. Nice detail in feathers. No separation between subject and background.
Nature         Mark Zunckel                  4 Star              Malachite sunbird                  Bronze
Well spotted. Subject is unsharp.
Nature         Shan Charter                  4 Star              Mothers Patience                   Silver
Interesting image. Subject sharp. Different compostion would have improved the image.
Nature         Mark Zunckel                  4 Star              Kirstenbosch showoff               Silver
Beautiful colours. Nicely diffuseed background. Main subject not sharp.
Nature         Keith Marallich               5 Star              The Chase                          Silver
Great story telling. A tighter crop and a shallower depth of field could have improved this image
Nature         Janice Gass                   5 Star              Big Boy                            Silver
Image appears bright and flat. Work on pulling down highlights and increasing contrasts
Nature         Keith Marallich               5 Star              Red Bishop                         Gold
Colours well handled. Beautiful textures in feathers. Nicely diffused background. Over exposed branch distracting
Nature         Janice Gass                   5 Star              Pup at Den                         Gold
Good composition. Nicely diffused background. `image appears flat.
Nature         Keith Marallich               5 Star              Curious Cub                        Bronze
Beautiful subject. Distracting background. Image appears over processed. Border distracting.
Nature         Keith Marallich               5 Star              Darter Catch                       Silver
Great action. Distracting reflections in water. Blownout highlights
Nature         Wendy Freer                   Honours(Platinum)   Waterbuck                          Silver
Sharp image. Well exposed. Lacks impact.
Nature         Heide Smallwood               Honours(Platinum)   busy Bee                           Silver
Good macro attempt. Too many distracting elements. Blownout highlights on main subject
Nature         Wendy Freer                   Honours(Platinum)   Giant egret                        Gold
Nice clean image. Whites well handled. Good composition
OPEN - IAN DAMERELL
Open           Jacqueline Baz                1 Star              Black And White                    Gold
An interesting story and a lovely juxtaposition captured between the black and white outfits. A little more inclusion of at least one face to give the viewer more connection with the subjects would improve composition. Image lacks quite a bit of tonal depth. Push your levels and contrast sliders to make the image pop and create more definition of the foreground subjects. 
Open           Merle Prinsloo                2 Star              Michael 1                          Bronze
A potentially interesting portrait. A portrait crop here would help the composition. Crop off the sides and increase the space under the mouth. Unfortunately the image is not sharp and is underexposed. Try the shot again with a different crop and a much lower ISO. The image was shot on a very high ISO which may have resulted in the reduced clarity. You can push your levels and contrast here to. In these types of image, the eyes are very important so aim to make them the main subject of your image.
Open           Brian Widdowson               3 Star              Wave Rider                         Silver
A lovely action shot and composition works well here. Lighting conditions here are difficult but reasonably well handled. Brights are a little over exposed but this can be corred in post processing. Image lacks sharpness though which has let it down. 
Open           Joan Widdowson                3 Star              Brugge                             Silver
A lovely scene spotted and captured. Great use of the trees to frame the main subject of the image. Weather conditions appear to have resulted in a featureless, washed out sky. Push your levels and curves in this image to improve the contrast and help create some separation of the building from the sky. This image could also make a fine monochrome conversion, just be mindful of the pale sky. 
Open           Natalie Bowden                3 Star              Mother and baby                    Silver
A great nature scene and the interaction between the monkeys is nicely captured here. A tighter crop around the monkeys to remove a lot of the distracting background would improve the image. Main subjects are well focused and sharp but exposure a little on the bright side with some loss of detail in the bright areas. All items easily fixed in post processing. 
Open           Brian Widdowson               3 Star              The Cowgirl                        Gold
A good portrait image, composition works nicely here. Exposure is well handled although a little tweaking of levels, especially midtones, will improve the tonal range and add some detail to the eyes and hair. Image is sharp but a little more detail could still be gained. 
Open           Joan Widdowson                3 Star              Full Speed                         Gold
A lovely panning shot with action and speed well presented. Lighting and exposure well handled and composition works very nicely. A great action shot. 
Open           Peter Lambert                 4 Star              Rietvlei Zebras                    Silver
Good animal interaction seen here with the zebras all taking a drink. Image is a little over exposed and quite a lot of detail has been lost, especially in the zebra's faces. The bottom left corner also does not contribute to the image and a slightly different point of view to exclude this dead space would improve the image. 
Open           Peter Charter                 4 Star              Go Fly with a Kite                 Silver
An interesting sport scene with some dynamic action captured of the kite surfer airborne. The kite appears nice and sharp. Play with your levels and curves in this image to reduce some fo the haze and bring out a lot more detail and life in the sea and kite. The ships appear to be mirrored and I find myself "ping ponging" between these two elements rather than focusing on the surfer. 
Open           Eugene Dey-van Heerden        4 Star              Mountain Stream                    Silver
A lovely berg scene captured here. Composition works nicely with a good leading line created by the stream and strong focal point created by the rock feature. Thre are some strong halos in the image and Image appears a little over processed which has affect the overall image quality.
Open           Shan Charter                  4 Star              Early Morning Walk                 Bronze
Some interesting patterns captured int eh foreground here. Unfortunately there is nothing sharp in this image. A smaller aperture to achieve greater depth of field or consider playing with hyperfocal distance to achieve great DOF. Lighting could be improved with a little more contrast and tonal range adjusted in post processing.
Open           Sandy van Heerden             4 Star              Pink Dawn                          Gold
A lovely harbour scene with some great colours and light captured here. Composition works nicely here too. The image can be imaprved quite easily with the use of levels, contrast and a tiny bit of saturation. Watch the perspective of your buildings, the perspective distortion can be easily rectified in post processing. 
Open           Brian Williams                4 Star              Living room voyeur                 Bronze
The use of the door frame and tree to frame the inside of the rooms is well spotted. Exposure is well handled.  Unfortunately there is nothing substantial within the frame to hold the viewers attention. Focus appears to be on the door frame as well and not on items in the room which would have benefitted the image. 
Open           Peter Lambert                 4 Star              Sunset Wildebeest                  Bronze
These guys are not always the easiest to photograph as they like to run and don't always present opportunities to be photographed close up. I am not sure if this image has been heavily cropped or has lost detail from the high ISO or both but the image unfortunatley is not sharp and is very noisy. If the image is heavily cropped, a landscape approach showing the animal in it's environment may reduce the noise. Also, a larger aperture to increase shutter speed will mean you can shoot with a lower ISO and preserve more detail. 
Open           Peter Charter                 4 Star              Water Drop 12                      Gold
I personally love water drop shots and this one works nicely. Timing is spot on and image is noce and sharp. Lighting and colours work nicely here. There are some bright areas that could be toned down a bit to help improve the lighting. 
Open           Eugene Dey-van Heerden        4 Star              Impressions of Autumn              Silver
A lovely autumn scene captured here. Lighting works nicely with some rich colours captured. Image appears to have had a filter applied to create an effect. Unfortunatly, the post processing has created some loss of detail that detracts from the image, especially in the large, priminant tree on the RHS of the frame. The trees on the left create a good leading line, but the lack of a firm focal point lets this element down a bit. A person sitting on one of the benches for example, would help anchor the viewers eye. 
Open           Sandy van Heerden             4 Star              Masked Up                          Silver
Focus works well here and image is nice and sharp. Some lovely detail captured in the eye. Composion works well here too. Lighting unfortunately has let the image down a little. The RHS of the image is very bright and the LHS is under exposed, resulting in complete loss of detail in the eye and hair. These issues could be addressed in post processing to improve the lighting. 
Open           Brian Williams                4 Star              River sunset                       Silver
Some lovely colours captured in the sky here and a potentially pleasing landscape. Compositionally, a landscape crop here would possibly work better. Crop a lot of the water off the bottom to bring the horizon closer to a third in the image. If you can, reduce the crop on the left and right. The road creates a lovely leading line and a landscape crop would maximise that. Unfortunely the image is not particulary sharp which has let it down. 
Open           Eugene Dey-van Heerden        4 Star              Dawn Light                         Gold
A lovely landscape scene. The tree on the RHS helps to frame the image. Exposure is reasonably well handled. Some bright spots in the clouds can be toned down in post processing. There is some noticeable chromatic aberration in the image which is distraction and easily fixed in post processing.
Open           Peter Charter                 4 Star              Beach Dogs Playing                 Gold
Some lovely action captured here with the dogs playing on the beach. Both dogs are sharply in focus and well exposed. A little more space on the left hand side would create more space for the dogs to run into and help create a little more movement in the image. 
Open           Sandy van Heerden             4 Star              Framed                             Gold
A cleaver image and well spotted. The lady is very nicely framed in this image, creating an unequivocal subject. Lighting is very nicely handled and focus is beautifully sharp on the subject. A small crop off the RHS and straightening the door frames to vertical will add to the composition.
Open           Eugene Dey-van Heerden        4 Star              Babe in the Woods                  Merit
A lovely image of this young person clearly enjoying the outdoors. A beautiful connection created between the viewer and subject with the childs outstreched hand offering a leaf. Image is sharp and exposure very nicely handled. All round a lovely image, well done.  
Open           Brigitte Jordaan              5 Star              Just Chilling                      Silver
Composition works nicely here and image is sharp, especially around the eye. The thin yellow border helps define the image. Image is a little over exposed and this can be corrected in post processing. There is also quite a bit of noise in the image which could possible also be cleaned up in post processing. 
Open           Janice Gass                   5 Star              Bo Caap                            Silver
There are some lovely examples of architecture here with a lot of strong colour. This image captures some of the essence of the colour of this area. Exposure is well handled and image is nice and sharp. The oblique angle of the image though pulls the composition down a bit. A point of view perpendicular to the facade of the building would reflect the symetry of the building and showcase the contrasing colours to better effect.  
Open           Brigitte Jordaan              5 Star              Good Morning                       Silver
Soft, pastel colours captured here with some strong elements in the composition. Lighting is well handled but can be improved by some quick adjustment of levels. Focus on the pier is good and this element is sharp. Compositionally though there are two strong elements with the bright sun on the far left and the strong leading line on the far right. The large vacant centre of the image has the viewr looking at the sun and then moving accross to follow the pier with no defining item to rest focus on. A different point of view to get the pier to draw more attention to the sun and ship would help this. The horizon here is very sharply defined so be mindful of ensuring this element is dead level. 
Open           Janice Gass                   5 Star              Rain Drenches Daisy                Gold
Lovely bright colours captured here and the image is pin sharp. Great detail captured in the petals and water drops. Exposure is spot on and the background compliments the image very nicely. My only critique here is that if the flower was facing us, the composition would be stronger. A lovely image though, nicely done. 
Open           Brigitte Jordaan              5 Star              Enjoying the sunshine              Silver
A lovely sighting, one does not get the opportunity to photograph these guys too often. Composition works very nicely here with the portrait crop. Image appears sharp and depth of field works well. Exposure is a little on the bright side with some detail lost in the brights. I am not sure if this is a tightly cropped image, but there is quite a lot of noise in the background which detracts from the overall image quality. 
Open           Brigitte Jordaan              5 Star              Early bird catches the wurm        Bronze
An interesting scene with some lovely warm colours captured. Composition is a little busy with the two birds, ships, fishermen and sun all vying for attention. Unfortunately there does not apper to be anything sharp in the image and there is a lot of noise, resulting in the foreground losing a lot of detail.  
Open           Wendy Freer                   Honours(Platinum)   In the canolas                     Silver
A great concept at shooting from a low angle. Flowers are beautifully exposed and pin sharp. Some lovely detail captured in the water drops. Depth of field works nicely with the mountain in the background provideing a good, out of focus backdrop. Compostionally though there is no strong focal point, or point of interest to anchor the eye. A single bunch of flowers with a shallower depth of field to create a stronger focal point would elevate this image to the next level. 
Open           Heide Smallwood               Honours(Platinum)   Durban beach sunrise               Silver
A lovely, moody morning with some great colours and clouds, captured here. Good use of the rule of thirds applied as well. There are a few elements in the image that request attention, the building on the right, the tall light mast and the small building and structures on the left. All these fairly strong elements make it difficult to focus on a single point. There is also a lot of digital noise in the image, resulting in a loss of detail.
Open           Heide Smallwood               Honours(Platinum)   Skate park fun                     Merit
A super action image captured here. Image is pin sharp and exposure is spot on. Great detail and colours captured here too adding to the storey. Possibly a crop on the RHS and a little more space in front of the skater to create a little more movement but otherwise a superb image. Very nicely nicely done. 
OUTING - NERISSA NAIDOO
Outing         Mary Landsberg                3 Star              Kiwi fruit                         Gold
Nice colours, lighting and textures.
Outing         Natalie Bowden                3 Star              Fresh Shortbreads                  Gold
Good close up composition. Can be improved by pulling down highlights
Outing         Mary Landsberg                3 Star              Oriental tomatoes                  Gold
Nice complimentary colours. Interesting focal point.
Outing         Mark Zunckel                  4 Star              Turkish delight                    Gold
Effective simple compostion. Sharp and well exposed.
Outing         Peter Charter                 4 Star              Leafy Collage                      Gold
Striking colours. Sharp and creative.
Outing         Sandy van Heerden             4 Star              Speeding Ahead                     Gold
Not sure whether the image fits the category but gave the author the benefit of the doubt. Interesting image that creates the illusion of movement.
Outing         Eugene Dey-van Heerden        4 Star              This and that                      Gold
Sharp and well exposed image with a clean background.
Outing         Janice Gass                   5 Star              Trapped                            Gold
Vibrant colours. Teechnically well handled.
Outing         Brigitte Jordaan              5 Star              Sewing Maybe                       Gold
Clever macro composition. Good exposure and clean background.
Outing         Wendy Freer                   Honours(Platinum)   Candlelight                        Gold
Good compostion and story. Flame over exposed.
Outing         Heide Smallwood               Honours(Platinum)   Beetle flower power                Silver
Vibrant colours. A different  composition could have improved the image
SET SUBJECT - IAN DAMERELL
Set Subject    Jacqueline Baz                1 Star              In The News                        Gold
Image is nice and sharp and the framing of the main subject is handled well. Be careful of items like the newspaper as this becomes the focal point of the iamge with the writing. You can also push your curves and levels here a lot to create a lot more tonal range to help improve the impact. 
Set Subject    Merle Prinsloo                2 Star              Seen better days                   Silver
Image is sharp and tells a good storey. Compositionally, a slightly less tight crop on the RHS to include a bit more of the leading lines created by the rope and edge of the bank would help. The image is also a little flat. Use your levels, curves, contrast and brightness options in post processing to create greater contrast and tonal range.
Set Subject    Natalie Bowden                3 Star              Olympic Dreams                     Silver
A lovely story and composition works well here. Sharpness is generally good except for the eyes which I feel are a little soft. The mono conversion is a little too bright with very little tonal range and some loss of detail in the bright area. Be mindful of your background as it is a little busy and does not allow for strong separation of the subject from the background. 
Set Subject    Natalie Bowden                3 Star              Family Food parcel                 Silver
A well thought out image with a strong story. Image is nice and sharp. I feel the composition may benfit if the images were laid out in a traditional landscape, side by side tryptich format. For these types of image, edges of images should line up cleanly. Exposure generally well handled, just watch your highlights, they have blown out a bit.
Set Subject    Natalie Bowden                3 Star              Masked kisses                      Bronze
A lovely story captured with the interaction of the young rider and the horse. A less tight crop to include more of the horse, especially an eye woul dhelp reduce the ping pong effect created by the two elements of the riders head and horse nose. Image unfortunately is not sharp anywhere and a greater tonal range would add some drama to the image.
Set Subject    Peter Charter                 4 Star              Socially Distanced Fishermen       Bronze
A cleaver, well spoted scene and very relevant to our circumstances. Image quality has let this shot down somewhat with nothing appearing to be sharply in focus. A tighter crop to reduce at least a third of the sky and possible some space off the LHS would improve the composition here as well. 
Set Subject    Eugene Dey-van Heerden        4 Star              Empty Streets                      Silver
An interesting image certainly reflecting recent events. Image is sharp and lighting well handled. A wider crop showing more of the empty road, especially the main road on the RHS would improvethe composition and substantiate the story of the sign. As it is, the sign is the most dominant element in the image and without the supporting emptiness to corroborate the story, the image is all about the sign. Check your horizontal and vertical alignment as well, image could be straightened up a bit. 
Set Subject    Sandy van Heerden             4 Star              Beaches Are Closed                 Silver
A lovely image with a strong storey here and certainly carries the narritive of recent events. Exposure is well handled and the main subject is nice and sharp. At this level composition is very important. Cropping the image on the RHS to remove the building and loosing a bit off the top really pulls focus on the hazmat guys on the beach. Push you levels a little to really make the image pop. 
Set Subject    Brian Williams                4 Star              Smoke and Fire                     Gold
Another very relevant image for the times. Lighting handled very nicely here with some great detail caught in the flames. All round a very pleasing image.
Set Subject    Peter Charter                 4 Star              Coronavirus Nest                   Silver
Well spotted, a lovely subject representing the virus. Focus is good and image is sharp. Lighting is reasonably well handled with some over bright areas that could be toned down. Compositionally, a shallower depth of field and tighter crop to focus attention on a much smaller area would improve this image. There is currently no single dominant anchor point for the viewer to rest their eye on. 
Set Subject    Heide Smallwood               Honours(Platinum)   Birds eye view                     Gold
A lovely scene and very unusual point of view. A great rendition of the changing skyline of Umhlanga. Image is sharp and depth of field works nicely here. Lighting is very well handled here with some rich colours captured in the sky and good drama in the sea, foam and rocks along the shore. A very pleasing image. 
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