Photo Competition: December entries

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Agatha Pretorius: Winning Picture - Well seen photo. Nice and moody atmosphere. To enhance this image, maybe you could have placed a person object of size in the midle between the steps and the sea edge to accentuate size. Also be very carefull to present an image with the horizon perfectly horizontal.

Agatha Pretorius: Winning Picture - Well seen photo. Nice and moody atmosphere. To enhance this image, maybe you could have placed a person object of size in the midle between the steps and the sea edge to accentuate size. Also be very carefull to present an image with the horizon perfectly horizontal.

Agatha Pretorius: 'n Baie mooi en skerp landskap toneel, maar effe besig met plante op die voorgrond. Die foto is goed belig en mooi in fokus.

Agatha Pretorius: 'n Baie mooi en skerp landskap toneel, maar effe besig met plante op die voorgrond. Die foto is goed belig en mooi in fokus.

Boitumelo Boweni: Focus on shoe is nice and sharp. Unfortunately the plant in front of shoe is very distracting. A better point would have beem obtained had more attention been paid to setup and composition.

Boitumelo Boweni: Focus on shoe is nice and sharp. Unfortunately the plant in front of shoe is very distracting. A better point would have beem obtained had more attention been paid to setup and composition.

Christine Smit: Lighting is used quite well here. The problem is that the eyes of the model are not totally sharp in this image and moves more to the left arm. Tip: Going in close on a subject like this requires you to switch to manual focus where you can manually focus where it matters most, which is normally the eyes.

Christine Smit: Lighting is used quite well here. The problem is that the eyes of the model are not totally sharp in this image and moves more to the left arm. Tip: Going in close on a subject like this requires you to switch to manual focus where you can manually focus where it matters most, which is normally the eyes.

Christine Smit: Die dogtertjie wat met haar rug rustig teen die muur sit en oog kontak maak lyk so asof sy kwaad gedoen het en half verleë is. Die foto is ongelukkig nie skerp op die oë nie en die hardheid van die son pla op die regterkant van haar gesiggie, hempie en arm. Mooi raakgesien.

Christine Smit: Die dogtertjie wat met haar rug rustig teen die muur sit en oog kontak maak lyk so asof sy kwaad gedoen het en half verleë is. Die foto is ongelukkig nie skerp op die oë nie en die hardheid van die son pla op die regterkant van haar gesiggie, hempie en arm. Mooi raakgesien.

Emma Struwig: Good photo idea. Use flash to illuminate inside of ears.

Emma Struwig: Good photo idea. Use flash to illuminate inside of ears.

Marie-Lynette Schmidt: Well seen shot. I like the idea of using the branches and other objects to create a natural frame for the rainbow. Always make sure to keep the camera steady, as I pick up some camera blur.

Marie-Lynette Schmidt: Well seen shot. I like the idea of using the branches and other objects to create a natural frame for the rainbow. Always make sure to keep the camera steady, as I pick up some camera blur.

Marie-Lynette Schmidt: Die foto is pragtig raakgesien, maar is ongelukkig te besig op die voorgrond en ook nie mooi in fokus nie. Die skewe lamppaal voor links asook die voorgrond in totaliteit trek jou aandag van die reënboog af. Probeer volgende keer wanneer 'n reënboog afgeneem word so min as moontlik iets op jou voorgrond te hou.

Marie-Lynette Schmidt: Die foto is pragtig raakgesien, maar is ongelukkig te besig op die voorgrond en ook nie mooi in fokus nie. Die skewe lamppaal voor links asook die voorgrond in totaliteit trek jou aandag van die reënboog af. Probeer volgende keer wanneer 'n reënboog afgeneem word so min as moontlik iets op jou voorgrond te hou.

Natasha Buys: Main topic of photo hidden behind the leaves.

Natasha Buys: Main topic of photo hidden behind the leaves.

Natasha Buys: The photo would have performed better if the focus was sharp. Tip; when doing these kind of photo`s, make sure you have also checked out the back ground and tried to isolate your subject from it. When you have a busy back ground like this, one`s eye is inclined to wander and not settle othe true subject.

Natasha Buys: The photo would have performed better if the focus was sharp. Tip; when doing these kind of photo`s, make sure you have also checked out the back ground and tried to isolate your subject from it. When you have a busy back ground like this, one`s eye is inclined to wander and not settle othe true subject.

Siyabonga Sambo: Die foto is baie

Siyabonga Sambo: Die foto is baie "blurry", oorbelig, nie in fokus en heeltemal te besig, probeer die kamera baie goed stilhou wanneer shutter gedruk word en probeer om nie pale en telefoonlyne deel te maak van 'n foto nie.

Siyabonga Sambo: Photo not clear. Maybe photo was taken with old model cell phone. By moving slightly to the right the pole obstructing the players would have been eliminated.

Siyabonga Sambo: Photo not clear. Maybe photo was taken with old model cell phone. By moving slightly to the right the pole obstructing the players would have been eliminated.

Photo Competition: November entries

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Aneldi Viljoen: Goeie foto, net jammer van die regterkant waar die ketting en gedeelte van motor die oog af trek .Sou dit net uitsny.

Aneldi Viljoen: Goeie foto, net jammer van die regterkant waar die ketting en gedeelte van motor die oog af trek .Sou dit net uitsny.

Aneldi Viljoen: This is a good view for the human eye, but cameras struggle to capture the extreme contrasts. The metal 'Lid

Aneldi Viljoen: This is a good view for the human eye, but cameras struggle to capture the extreme contrasts. The metal 'Lid" in the bottom of the image is distracting.

Angelina Pezzoli: well spotted, good focus and detail, lovely colour contrasts. To improve the photograph one could try not get the paving in, it is distracting.

Angelina Pezzoli: well spotted, good focus and detail, lovely colour contrasts. To improve the photograph one could try not get the paving in, it is distracting.

Angelina Pezzoli: Goeie foto, sou net meer wou in zoom om die detail op die rooivink vas te vang.

Angelina Pezzoli: Goeie foto, sou net meer wou in zoom om die detail op die rooivink vas te vang.

Denique Viljoen: Die kontak wat jy met die koedoe se oë he,t maak die geleentheid spesiaal. Probeer volgende keer op so 'n plek staan sodat die drade in die agtergrond nie in jou foto sigbaar is nie.

Denique Viljoen: Die kontak wat jy met die koedoe se oë he,t maak die geleentheid spesiaal. Probeer volgende keer op so 'n plek staan sodat die drade in die agtergrond nie in jou foto sigbaar is nie.

Denique Viljoen: good capture of the sunrays with road giving leading lines to the focal point. The sun is a bit over exposed and to improve the photo one should try get less of the vechile in as it is distracting.

Denique Viljoen: good capture of the sunrays with road giving leading lines to the focal point. The sun is a bit over exposed and to improve the photo one should try get less of the vechile in as it is distracting.

Hennie Knox: Baie goeie foto van aasvoël in vlug. Sal net meer fokus lê op die aasvoël.

Hennie Knox: Baie goeie foto van aasvoël in vlug. Sal net meer fokus lê op die aasvoël.

Maref Butler: This is a special event you captured. Try to capture your special persons on their own. Tell them you want a photo and try and avoid direct sunlight.

Maref Butler: This is a special event you captured. Try to capture your special persons on their own. Tell them you want a photo and try and avoid direct sunlight.

Maref Butler: Good story telling photograph, the colours are striking. To improve the photo, one should remove the elbow and shoe from the right of the photo, and maybe have moved so that the sun was completely behind the person to create a silhouette effect.

Maref Butler: Good story telling photograph, the colours are striking. To improve the photo, one should remove the elbow and shoe from the right of the photo, and maybe have moved so that the sun was completely behind the person to create a silhouette effect.

Melody Pieterse: Goeie foto van leeu in aksie net jammer dat sy voete onder geampiteer is en die dier in gevangenisskap is. Wil net meer van die leeu se voete en voorgrond sien.

Melody Pieterse: Goeie foto van leeu in aksie net jammer dat sy voete onder geampiteer is en die dier in gevangenisskap is. Wil net meer van die leeu se voete en voorgrond sien.

Molefi Sekhonyane: This is a special happening in nature. Your image can tell a lot more if you concentrate on just a part of this antheap so the viewer is not distracted by unnecessary items.

Molefi Sekhonyane: This is a special happening in nature. Your image can tell a lot more if you concentrate on just a part of this antheap so the viewer is not distracted by unnecessary items.

Molefi Sekhonyane: well spotted, good colours. To improve the photograph one could crop off a bit of the very bright foreground which distracts your eye away from the flower. One could try redo the shoot from a different angle to get the yellow flower against the sky.

Molefi Sekhonyane: well spotted, good colours. To improve the photograph one could crop off a bit of the very bright foreground which distracts your eye away from the flower. One could try redo the shoot from a different angle to get the yellow flower against the sky.

Photo Competition: October entries

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Schalk Pretorius: Winning photo: The composition makes for a colourful and peaceful rural scene. The veiwers eye is immidiately drawn to the focus point of the bird and the water discharge point. The cloudy sky has impact. The only critisism would be the colour of the sky and the blue hue in the clouds.

Schalk Pretorius: Winning photo: The composition makes for a colourful and peaceful rural scene. The veiwers eye is immidiately drawn to the focus point of the bird and the water discharge point. The cloudy sky has impact. The only critisism would be the colour of the sky and the blue hue in the clouds.

Schalk Pretorius: Mooi gebruik van kontrasterende kleure, Interresante lug en teksture in voorgrond, goeie gebruik van lyne om die oog na fokuspunt te lei.

Schalk Pretorius: Mooi gebruik van kontrasterende kleure, Interresante lug en teksture in voorgrond, goeie gebruik van lyne om die oog na fokuspunt te lei.

Angelina Pezzoli: Photo would have had more impact if the spider was closer without cropping. Photo seems abit grainy and too cropped, therefore has lost some of the quality. Spider isn't really in focus and there seems to be spots on the leaf that are quite distracting. Good effort though.

Angelina Pezzoli: Photo would have had more impact if the spider was closer without cropping. Photo seems abit grainy and too cropped, therefore has lost some of the quality. Spider isn't really in focus and there seems to be spots on the leaf that are quite distracting. Good effort though.

Angelina Pezzoli: Nice artistic colourful composition with the natural bee comlementing the man made background. The bee and backrpund is in sharp focus. The viewers eye tends to be drawn to the lighter part of the image which is the bright areas to the left and right. A tighter crop on both left and right would improve the impact of the image and have the viewer focus more on the subject.

Angelina Pezzoli: Nice artistic colourful composition with the natural bee comlementing the man made background. The bee and backrpund is in sharp focus. The viewers eye tends to be drawn to the lighter part of the image which is the bright areas to the left and right. A tighter crop on both left and right would improve the impact of the image and have the viewer focus more on the subject.

Nomvula Sekgetho: Not sure where the focus point of the photo is. The power lines, although I see the vision of the author it can be seen as a distraction rather than adding the photo, try a different angle next time. The bush on the bottom of the image is also not adding to the photos composition.

Nomvula Sekgetho: Not sure where the focus point of the photo is. The power lines, although I see the vision of the author it can be seen as a distraction rather than adding the photo, try a different angle next time. The bush on the bottom of the image is also not adding to the photos composition.

Mariette Jacobs: Model se rok laat haar mooi uitstaan van die agtergrond, die takke links in die foto trek onnodig aandag en kan uitgecrop word, foto kon verbeter deurdat beide model en perd hul koppe bietjie kon lig.

Mariette Jacobs: Model se rok laat haar mooi uitstaan van die agtergrond, die takke links in die foto trek onnodig aandag en kan uitgecrop word, foto kon verbeter deurdat beide model en perd hul koppe bietjie kon lig.

Mariette Jacobs: I like the composition of the photo, very fairytale like. The colour of the photo seems abit dull, I don’t know if that is a editing and setting mistake. The dress pops quite nicely against the dull background, but overall quality of the photo can be improved.

Mariette Jacobs: I like the composition of the photo, very fairytale like. The colour of the photo seems abit dull, I don’t know if that is a editing and setting mistake. The dress pops quite nicely against the dull background, but overall quality of the photo can be improved.

Nelia Jansen: Nice photo with the backlighting reflectign through the leaves. The focus on the centre is good. The bright backlight dominates the photo and draws the viewers eye away from the focus point of the wasp. The tip of the leaf on the left is just cropped off which can detract from the photo as it appears accidental. That said, I would consider a tighter crop on the whole image, which would reduce the background glare and make the wasp the focal point.

Nelia Jansen: Nice photo with the backlighting reflectign through the leaves. The focus on the centre is good. The bright backlight dominates the photo and draws the viewers eye away from the focus point of the wasp. The tip of the leaf on the left is just cropped off which can detract from the photo as it appears accidental. That said, I would consider a tighter crop on the whole image, which would reduce the background glare and make the wasp the focal point.

Nelia Jansen: Mooi kleure en teksture, foto is so bietjie besig, gelukkig help die beperkte velddiepte om die oog te fokus op die middel van die foto.

Nelia Jansen: Mooi kleure en teksture, foto is so bietjie besig, gelukkig help die beperkte velddiepte om die oog te fokus op die middel van die foto.

Photo Competition: September entries

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Johan Hayward: Die outeur het die interessante wolke gesien en wou dit vaslê, maar die poging was nie baie suksesvol nie. Die foto kort kontras. Dis nie donker genoeg vir 'n silhoeët nie, en nie lig genoeg sodat detail in die plante sigbaar is nie. Deur dalk net 'n tree na links te gee, met die son direk agter die plant en die strale sou meer prominent gewees het en die plante sou in silhoeët wees.

Johan Hayward: Die outeur het die interessante wolke gesien en wou dit vaslê, maar die poging was nie baie suksesvol nie. Die foto kort kontras. Dis nie donker genoeg vir 'n silhoeët nie, en nie lig genoeg sodat detail in die plante sigbaar is nie. Deur dalk net 'n tree na links te gee, met die son direk agter die plant en die strale sou meer prominent gewees het en die plante sou in silhoeët wees.

Johan Hayward: The composition is good with the use of the crescent moon, but the photo lacks impact. Perhaps if taken sooner with the sun impacting on the clouds would have resulted in more colour. The diagonal lines of what appears to be a fence also detracts from the photo.

Johan Hayward: The composition is good with the use of the crescent moon, but the photo lacks impact. Perhaps if taken sooner with the sun impacting on the clouds would have resulted in more colour. The diagonal lines of what appears to be a fence also detracts from the photo.

Mariette van Niekerk: A nice composition with the blossom in the hand of a small child. Better focus on the blossom with a shallow depth of field would have improved the photo.

Mariette van Niekerk: A nice composition with the blossom in the hand of a small child. Better focus on the blossom with a shallow depth of field would have improved the photo.

Mariette van Niekerk: Die foto vertel 'n storie. Die eerste lentebloeisel is gevind deur 'n kind wat buite gespeel het en hy of sy het dit vir Mamma kom wys. Dit lyk soos 'n spontane oomblik wat vasgevang is.  Die vlak diepte van veld plaas die fokus op die bloeisel. Die foto kon 'n beter punt gekry het as die fokus op die bloeisel skerper was.

Mariette van Niekerk: Die foto vertel 'n storie. Die eerste lentebloeisel is gevind deur 'n kind wat buite gespeel het en hy of sy het dit vir Mamma kom wys. Dit lyk soos 'n spontane oomblik wat vasgevang is. Die vlak diepte van veld plaas die fokus op die bloeisel. Die foto kon 'n beter punt gekry het as die fokus op die bloeisel skerper was.

Nelia Jansen: Good composition with the aloe bloom forming a diagonal line across the photo with the bee also attracting the viewers eye. The centre portion of the bloom is in sharp focus. Having the bee in focus with the bloom lower in the image lock the viewers eye on the bee. A higher crop of the image would also reduce the distraction of the diagonal object in the background on the right.

Nelia Jansen: Good composition with the aloe bloom forming a diagonal line across the photo with the bee also attracting the viewers eye. The centre portion of the bloom is in sharp focus. Having the bee in focus with the bloom lower in the image lock the viewers eye on the bee. A higher crop of the image would also reduce the distraction of the diagonal object in the background on the right.

Winning photo: Nelia Jansen: Well captured image of the spider in the centre of its web adorned with mist droplets. The early morning hue also adds to the mood of the photo. Depending on the camera used, a shallow depth of field with the spider and web in focus against a blurred background would have improved the image. Photographers also need to be aware of eliminating man made objects from a scene, such as the car bumper, just visible on the left which draws the viewers eye away from the subject.

Winning photo: Nelia Jansen: Well captured image of the spider in the centre of its web adorned with mist droplets. The early morning hue also adds to the mood of the photo. Depending on the camera used, a shallow depth of field with the spider and web in focus against a blurred background would have improved the image. Photographers also need to be aware of eliminating man made objects from a scene, such as the car bumper, just visible on the left which draws the viewers eye away from the subject.

Pieter Jacobs: 'n Mooi sonsondergang, met mooi kleure in die lug. Deur die komposisie te verander, kan die foto verbeter word. As die foto so geneem is dat die boom meer op 'n derde geplaas is, sal die foto meer gebalanseer wees. Op die oomblik is daar dooie spasie aan die regterkant.

Pieter Jacobs: 'n Mooi sonsondergang, met mooi kleure in die lug. Deur die komposisie te verander, kan die foto verbeter word. As die foto so geneem is dat die boom meer op 'n derde geplaas is, sal die foto meer gebalanseer wees. Op die oomblik is daar dooie spasie aan die regterkant.

Photo Competition: August entries

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Agatha Pretorius: I like the senery. Pity about the over exposure on some parts of the photo. Tip: be carefull not to put a subject in  the centre of the photo. Thirds.

Agatha Pretorius: I like the senery. Pity about the over exposure on some parts of the photo. Tip: be carefull not to put a subject in the centre of the photo. Thirds.

Agatha Pretorius: Baie mooi gedoen asook die lig van voor wat uitstekend beheer is. Lê klem op derdes en die horison wat effe skuins is.

Agatha Pretorius: Baie mooi gedoen asook die lig van voor wat uitstekend beheer is. Lê klem op derdes en die horison wat effe skuins is.

Carol van Aswegen: This is a good idea but for a better point the elimination of the larger black foreground and a little more light on the subject would have assisted.

Carol van Aswegen: This is a good idea but for a better point the elimination of the larger black foreground and a little more light on the subject would have assisted.

Winning picture: Carol van Aswegen: I like the colours of this photo. A bit busy for one`s eye to settle on a specific subject. Tip: The author is in control of this scene, so, take some time to move or isolate a subject from the others.

Winning picture: Carol van Aswegen: I like the colours of this photo. A bit busy for one`s eye to settle on a specific subject. Tip: The author is in control of this scene, so, take some time to move or isolate a subject from the others.

Elize Kok: Die mooi blom is raakgesien om afgeneem te word maar ongelukkig pla die besige agtergrond wat nie die blom beklemtoon nie.

Elize Kok: Die mooi blom is raakgesien om afgeneem te word maar ongelukkig pla die besige agtergrond wat nie die blom beklemtoon nie.

Johan Hayward: The colors are good and the lighting is well controlled. For a better point concentrate more on one tree only and avoid cutting both trees out of the frame.

Johan Hayward: The colors are good and the lighting is well controlled. For a better point concentrate more on one tree only and avoid cutting both trees out of the frame.

Johan Hayward: A very interesting subject. Pity the author was not close enough to isolate certain textures contained in this scene. Tip: Move in closer or zoom in on certain areas to get some crisp images.

Johan Hayward: A very interesting subject. Pity the author was not close enough to isolate certain textures contained in this scene. Tip: Move in closer or zoom in on certain areas to get some crisp images.

Liz-Marie Almeida: Die hangende vinknessies is mooi en die moeite werd om met die vink daarby af te neem. Probeer om nie die een wat die fokuspunt behoort te wees, in hierdie geval die een waarop die vink sit, in die middel van die foto te plaas nie. Die lang takkie aan die linkerkant is steurend en kon maklik uitgekrop word.

Liz-Marie Almeida: Die hangende vinknessies is mooi en die moeite werd om met die vink daarby af te neem. Probeer om nie die een wat die fokuspunt behoort te wees, in hierdie geval die een waarop die vink sit, in die middel van die foto te plaas nie. Die lang takkie aan die linkerkant is steurend en kon maklik uitgekrop word.

Liz-Marie Almeida: A different but enjoyable composition. The atmosphere created by this photo surely compliment a mural print. For a better mark avoid cutting the animals on the right and rather attemp to cut in a area where a part of a body will not be amputated.

Liz-Marie Almeida: A different but enjoyable composition. The atmosphere created by this photo surely compliment a mural print. For a better mark avoid cutting the animals on the right and rather attemp to cut in a area where a part of a body will not be amputated.

Schalk Pretorius: Good example of a silouette. Beware of focus when doing these shots. Mabe if you lose about half of the clouds above the head, would make this image stand out more.

Schalk Pretorius: Good example of a silouette. Beware of focus when doing these shots. Mabe if you lose about half of the clouds above the head, would make this image stand out more.

'Schalk Pretorius: 'n Baie spesiale wolkvorm wat afgeneem is en goed hanteer is veral met die beligting. Probeer om altyd te let op die horison wat effe skuins is asook om die telefoonpaal, wat jou oog weglei, nie deel van die foto te maak nie.

'Schalk Pretorius: 'n Baie spesiale wolkvorm wat afgeneem is en goed hanteer is veral met die beligting. Probeer om altyd te let op die horison wat effe skuins is asook om die telefoonpaal, wat jou oog weglei, nie deel van die foto te maak nie.

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