Image Club Winners September 2017

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

First Prize
A R1 000 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals. Visit www.burblepix.co.za for more information.

This is a very good example of a well-executed and powerful, silhouetted image. The low angle adopted by Chelee has made these two kudu literally pop out of the frame. The animals are crisp and sharp, the sunset colours are subdued and bring warmth to the picture, and the shallow depth of field has eliminated any potential clutter that may have come from the foreground vegetation and the cloudy background sky. The picture, taken at Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, tells the story, perhaps, of a proud and lustful kudu bull following his love interest, who has adopted a submissive and respectful pose. Well done, Chelee.

PHOTOGRAPHER Chelee Brown
Camera Nikon D7200, 200-500mm lens at 137mm
Settings f7.1 at 1/500 sec, ISO 100

Second Prize
A R750 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals. Visit www.burblepix.co.za for more information.

Although this image of a Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), taken close to the Magalies River in Magaliesburg, is not pin sharp  and appears to have undergone quite a bit of editing, it’s still a rare capture and a very pleasing image. Photographing birds in flight always is a challenging endeavour, and to do so with a bird as fast-moving as a guineafowl, especially in low light conditions, is to be commended.
The warm, late-afternoon back lighting on the feathers is what really makes this image a winner.

Photographer Eddie Reinecke
Camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 100-400mm lens at 400mm
Settings f7.1 at 1/500 sec, ISO 1600

Third Prize
A R500 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals. Visit www.burblepix.co.za for more information.

Okay, so it’s a vulture landing at a feeding station, and we’ve all often seen similar images. But David really has captured this moment well, showing a Bearded Vulture landing at a vulture hide in the Drakensberg. The bird is at eye level (which almost always works well with animal portraits), the background hills are nicely out of focus, thanks to the use of a very shallow depth of field, and the bird itself  is more or less sharply in focus.

Photographer David Owen
Camera Nikon D4, 600mm lens
Settings f5.6 at 1/2000, ISO 1000

Fourth Prize
A R250 voucher from Burblepix, which can be spent on photobooks, canvases and journals. Visit www.burblepix.co.za for more information.

Well done Akhil for attempting something out of the ordinary. I like the way he has found and photographed something
often overlooked (a little spider) and framed it in a very artistic manner, using the setting sun as a backlighting feature. The
picture could definitely be a bit sharper, and the composition isn’t 100 per cent, but nonetheless, it’s an eye-catching shot,
and really quite unique.

Photographer Akhil Rampersadh
Camera Nikon D3200, 18-55mm lens at 55mm
Settings f5.6 at 1/640, ISO 200

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