Image Club – October 2014

The countryside through our readers’ eyes and lenses. Here are this month’s three top entries in our photographic competition.

Judge: Dale Morris

First Prize

R1 000 cash

This photograph of a heron coming in to land at a dam outside Kempton Park is a very simple shot but it perfectly captures the bird. And the simplicity of the image only enhances the beauty of the bird. It is mostly pin-sharp in all the right places and is framed perfectly, with the right wing leading the eye to the heron’s head. Well done. Great capture.

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Second Prize

R750 cash

Although the golden light of the golden hour can sometimes be a wee bit too orange (try adjusting the white balance a tiny bit), this image of a contented leopard bringing home his dinner in Chobe, Botswana, is more or less spot on. The framing is good (the leopard is positioned according to the rule of thirds) and the low angle puts the viewer directly in line with the cat’s piercing eyes. A touch of shadow boosting (with editing software) would have helped lift the darker areas a tad, but otherwise this is a powerful image.

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Third Prize

R500 cash

It’s a classic image, taken at Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, one that sums up a really bad day fora sandgrouse. An exciting moment is captured excellently, where depth of field and focus are concerned. If I have one gripe, I would have to say that the composition is off a bit. There is an accepted ‘rule’ in photography that a subject needs to have space in the frame to move into. If the camera were moved a tad to the left, then the image would work better. The grouse would have space into which we can imagine it escaping. However, a photographer doesn’t always have time to react and get an image with optimal composition, especially where predation is concerned.

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