PSSA SALON IMAGE OF THE YEAR 2015: Best Nature Image

I’ve just read on the website of the Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA) that I’ve won the annual PSSA Salon image of the year in the Nature category.

How does it work? All the images that won a medal (won any of the various categories in the specific salon) in national salons (photography competitions) the past year are entered in this competition organised by the PSSA. Then a winner is selected in the different categories. And the Lioness and cubs image of mine was selected as the winner in the Nature category.

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Lioness and cubs

Images taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Leeudril waterhole) during a quick last drive early on Sunday morning before leaving the park to go back home (friend and family decided not to take this last drive and went straight home – too bad for them!).

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Bloemfontein Camera Club meeting: Outcome of my images submitted – August 2015

And so the windy month of August has arrived and the first Tuesday of the month was yet another local camera club meeting for the Bloemfontein Camera Club. And wow, what a night which surely must “belong” to the judges. A lot of bronze awards (total of 16) and even more silver awards. Not one COM – surely there was one or two images deserving a COM award. But that is the beauty of having 3 judges – 3 different opinions resulting in a more balance outcome (I presume).

Right, no more comments on the judging – the results of my images submitted to Bloemfontein Camera Club for the month of August 2015:

 

A. Nature category

Just a reminder – no manipulation using computer software is allowed in this category – so what you see was what I’ve captured (and I do not like the manipulation part of Photoshop/photography for that matter).

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Vulture approaching – scored 13/15 (Gold award and winner of the Nature category for Galaxy and Golden Honors)

The image was taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park , South Africa

Image taken during a windy morning at Bedinkt waterhole – one can see the dust in the wind. There were a few vultures around the waterhole to drink some water. Two lappet faced vultures also arrived for a drink of water. I waited patiently for them to take off against the strong breeze and I was not disappointed. They provided me with some photography opportunities.

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Cheetah stare – score 12/15 (Gold award)

Image taken in Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

Once again – an “old” image of mine with my newly adapted Photoshop workflow. Because the image was taken during the very last day light, the original image had a nasty yellow cast – so I had to remove some of the colour cast. It looks like a much better image with the colour cast removed and it looked like the judges agreed. The two cheetah brothers were feeding on a young gemsbok when one was distrubed by movements a mile away – the reason for the stern look on his face.

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Lapwing with butterfly 3 – score 10/15 (Silver award)

Image taken in Chobe nature reserve on Chobe river near Kasane, Botswana

The disappointment of the evening but hey, one cannot get everything right. If the judges do not like your image, so be it. Once again – lets look at the outcome of my salon entries with this image (and I know it is not right thing to do): 7 national and international acceptances out of 7 entries – 100% acceptance rate. Interesting! Just to show you – do not always have to rely on the outcome of the camera club judging. If you think you do have a good image, give the image a try in a national or even international salon

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  1. Set subject – “Altered perspective”

I did not enter any images in this month set subject category

 

Message to take home

 

Once again, the judges provided comments on some of the images. I did not always agree with the comments of the judges but just remember the following piece of advice (I’ve decided to use it myself after being to many camera club meetings in the last few years):

Listen to the advice and/or critique given by other people on your photos. Use some of the advice to your advantage and more important: Do not take it personally – it is just another person’s opinion. If you do not agree with some of the critique, just take note of it and ignore it. Only concentrate on those critiques that you can use to improve your photography.

 

Until next month camera club meeting – keep on shooting

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Bloemfontein Camera Club meeting: Outcome of my images submitted – July 2015

It is almost time for our next camera club meeting (first Tuesday of August 2015) and I haven’t post the outcome of my images submitted for our July 2015 camera club evening. This time around my wife was requested to be one of the three judges for the evening – so she was not allowed to score/judge my images. Interesting conflict of interest,. So, just like last month, it was up to the other two judges to do their thing.

Right, so lets see what the two other judges thought of my images – the results of my images submitted to Bloemfontein Camera Club for the month of July 2015:

 

  1. Nature category

 

Just a reminder – no manipulation using computer software is allowed in this category – so what you see was what I’ve captured.

 

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Fear 1 – scored 12/15 (Gold award)

The image was taken at in the Serengeti , Kenya

Once again, I decided to re-visit some of my “older” images with a new Photoshop development workflow approach. So I submitted this image just to see how it will be presented via the data projector. Much better that the previous version but the image projected a bit bright. So I decreased the exposure a bit. Very unique experience for me while capturing this shot. Our camp was next to the river with a major crossing point about 30o meters away. So, as the crossing started, we walked down to the river. I laid flat on my stomach on the rocks next to the river using a 6oo mm lens to capture the fear in the wildebeest eye as it crosses the river,

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Lions mating 4 – score 12/15 (Gold award)

Image taken in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Once again – and “old” image of mine with my newly adapted Photoshop workflow. The original image had a yellow cast – so I removed the cast. Hopefully the image will get a few more salon acceptances.

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Chameleon moon – score 10/15 (Silver award)

Image taken in Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

A new image captured recently during a photography safari with Albie Venter in Mashatu nature reserve – one of my favourite photography safari destination. The image was captured by making use of the in-camera multiple exposure function. Therefore, no Photoshop manipulation was used. Very interesting outcome but it is not easy getting every right while shooting in the dark at night. Once again – an emotional image for me because of the degree of difficulty to capture such a shot. Not sure if the judges realised it but like I said before – some judges do not look/see/evaluate the degree of difficulty in capturing an image. So, I am not disappointed with the outcome – I’ve already received a salon acceptance with the image. So the image cannot be that “bad”.

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B. Set subject – “Digital Art”

The Photo must display the artistic side of photography. This must be done in camera e.g. Zoom Effects , Multiple light trails , movement with the camera, Star Trails. No manipulation is allowed

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Red dot – score 12/15 (Gold award)

Image taken during a photography trip in Bloemfontein with Prof Hennie Cronje

Not a personal favourite image of mine. I was very surprise with the score.

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Tree abstract – score 10/15 (Silver award)

Image taken during in 2013 on our way to the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Another multiple exposure type of image (10 images in compiled into 1 image in camera) while moving the camera after each shot. I do like this image more that my previous one but the judges did not. Well, this is what digital art is all about.

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Message to take home

 

Looking at my first three images submitted in the Nature category, I couldn’t stop thinking about this message applicable to Nature and Wildlife photography:

 

“ Be ready – don’t wait until the action starts to mess around with your camera settings.”

 

Therefore, when on safari, I try to change my camera setting to an acceptable default setting after each sighting/shoot. My current default setting on my camera with my 600mm lens attached is Aperture mode, f8, ISO 1000, exposure compensation = -0.7 (2 stops), WB – sunny. For my 70-20mm lens my default settings are Aperture mode, f4, ISO 800 exposure compensation = -0.7 (2 stops) WB – sunny.

 

Until next month camera club meeting – keep on shooting

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Outcome of my photography salon (competition) entries – Month of June 2015

Over the weekend I’ve received the last result of the salon for the month of June 2015. June 2015 is also the end of yet another cycle of national salons in South Africa and this year’s cycle is quiet significant. In the past few years clubs were allowed to use a Remote judging system meaning the three judges asked to judge a specific section of a salon were from all over South Africa. All they had to do were to sit in front of their computers at home and judge the images they received from the salon administrator at their own pace. As from July 2015, this type of judging will no longer be allowed. Live judging is now the new required system meaning all three judges must sit together in a room and judge the images simultaneously. The new live judging system has it pros and cons but I think it is a good system as long as they do make use of experienced judges. I just hope the smaller camera clubs in the country will be able to host salons using this Live judging system. Only time will tell. Now, lets get back to the month of June and the salon results.

 

 

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered:

9 (6 international salons & 3 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 47 acceptances from 92 photos entered = respectable 59% acceptance rate (increased from 38% last month)

National: 47 acceptances from 76 photos entered = 62% acceptance rate (increased from 46% last month)

Medals: 9 (one of my best months since I’ve started entering salons with 4 medals won in international salons)

COMs: 13

 

Now for the individual salons:

 

  1. International salons

 

  1. 1st Vibgyor Circuit 2015 (India)

 

This was a 3-salon circuit.

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature and Open sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 1 COM & 14 acceptances (63% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: Standing hug was the image that received a COM in one of the salons and the image was also accepted in the other two salons. Seems like the judges are enjoying my meerkat images

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Standing hug

Tswalu nature reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa

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  1. 2nd Queensland Circuit 2015 (Australia)

 

This was a 4-salon circuit.

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Nature and Water section = 32 entries

Acceptance: 2 medals, 2 COMs and 18 acceptance (69% acceptance rate)

Comments: Lucky for me, I won two of my four international medals this month in this circuit. Lioness and cubs 4 has won one of the medals in one of the salons and received three acceptances with this image in the other three salons. It is an “old” image I’ve captured way back in 2013 in the Kgalagadi. I’ve decided to revisit the image with my newly adapted workflow (processing the image in Photoshop) and it seems to work.

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Lioness and cubs 4

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. Raptors at risk salon 2015 (USA)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50%)

 

A very unusual salon with the focus on raptors. Some very interesting images in the final results of this salon. At last I received my third salon acceptance for Pygmy falcon with kill 2. I’ve struggled to get salon acceptances with this image. Maybe because this is not really salon material but rather showing the readers what Mother Nature is all about. This Pygmy falcon has just raided the nest of a flock of sociable weavers and came out with a chick from the family nest for breakfast. I had to sit and wait for about 1 hour at the nest for the falcon to come and collect its breakfast. This is what patience in wildlife photography is all about. I am not sure many photographers do have images like this in their archives but I may be wrong.

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Pygmy falcon with kill 2

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. 4th Danube Salon 2015 (Serbia)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature and Water sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (38% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: Very interesting history for me regarding this salon. Each year since 2012 (1st Danube salon) I’ve entered this salon and every year I’ve received a low acceptance rate except for the first year. So, this is really a challenging salon and acceptances do not come easy. That is why I would like to post an image that was not accepted in this salon and you’ll be the judge. The image is Vulture dust and the image has already received two other acceptances.

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Vulture dust

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. Corsica salon 2015 (USA)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Open colour, Open monochrome, Nature & Photo Travel sections = 20 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 7 acceptances (40% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: My third international medal for the month with yet another meerkat image namely Family of three. I think these type of images tell a great story and that is what wildlife photography is all about. I did not do well in the other sections of the salon – just to show you how difficult it is do get acceptances and do well in international salons.

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Family of three

Tswalu nature reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa

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6 .     43rd PSNY salon 2015 (USA)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature = 20 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 3 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: My fourth international medal for the month – this time around with a hippo image on the Chobe River namely Aggression 1. Not very often that I do achieve a 100% acceptance rate in an international salon – so I am very satisfied with the outcome of this salon.

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Aggression 1

Chobe nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. National Salons

 

  1. Tafelberg fotografie klub salon 2015 (South Africa)

 

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife, Birds, Portrait Scapes, Open colour & Open monochrome section s= 24 entries

 

Acceptance: 1 medal, 5 COMs & 9 acceptances (63%)

 

Comments: I’ve achieved a 100% acceptance rate in both the Wildlife and Birds sections but I’ve struggle to get acceptances in the other sections. Something for me to work on! Sea eagle lunch received the medal for the winning image in the Birds section. Yet another “emotional” image for me – just because of the degree of difficulty of capture an image like this. But the judges will not know it and you as a photographer must take note of it.

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Sea eagle lunch

Flatanger, Norway

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  1. 1st Camera Club of Johannesburg salon 2015 (South Africa)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature landscape, Architecture, Macro, Visual Art, Open colour and Nature Print sections = 28 entries

 

Acceptance: 2 medal, 2 COM & 11 acceptances (53%)

 

Comments: Another first for me – entering a print salon in South Africa. I’ve entered international salons with prints previous with great success. Print salons are much more time consuming and troublesome than digital salons. But it paid off as Sea eagle lunch (image posted above) received another medal as the winning image in the Nature print salon. The other medal I’ve received was in the Landscapes section with an image from Namibia (Grass on dune 1) travelling with Hougaard Malan in 2012.

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Grass on dune 1

Excelsior farm, NamibRand nature reserve, Nambia

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  1. 4th Magalies Foto Fun Club salon 2015 (South Africa)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Open colour, Scapes, Pets monochrome and Open monochrome and Human monochrome sections = 24 entries

 

Acceptance: 2 medals, 3 COMs & 7 acceptances (50%)

 

Yet another salon in which I’ve achieved a 100% acceptance rate in the Nature division with Lioness and cubs 4 (image posted above) receiving 2 medals. And what a surprise as I’ve mentioned last month in my post: Sunburst in room. The image received a COM in the Open colour section and last month it was rejected in another salon. Just to show you – never give up on an image if you like it and if you think there are no serious technical problems with the image. Here is the image again – judge for yourself!

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Sunburst in room

Kolmanskop, Namibia

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Message to take home:

 

I started ding the thing called photography in 2011 and my biggest fear was dealing with the very complicated computer programme called “Photoshop”. I was amazed with what can be achieved with the programme. But do it yourself – boy-o-boy, it is not as easy as everybody is telling you. Yes, I do agree with the statement: “ It’s already easy as pie for anyone to capture a photo. Whether it’s a point-and-shoot, their iPhone, a DSLR, or an old Hasselblad, where the image originates isn’t the issue so much.” It is fact that nowadays almost everybody owns a cellphone or entry-level camera to capture the moment. However, as technology advances, the quality of photos will continue to improve. So, in order to progress as a photographer, you need to understand the principles that go into that so called “WOW” image. Not only that but also you need to understand that a photo’s best end result is via the optimal utilisation of developing/processing software. That is why is vital important for everybody to try and improve your photo developing skills (learn to use computer software effectively).

 

Until next month, keep on shooting

 

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Outcome of my photography salon (competition) entries – Month of May 2015

And yet another month of photography salons comes to an end and we are almost halfway through 2015. Not a very successful month when I look at the outcome of the 9 salons I’ve entered in May 2015. But like I’ve mentioned in last month post – each acceptance is one closer to my goal of achieving the EPSA and EPSSA mil honours awards.

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered:

9 (5 international salons & 4 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 21 acceptances from 56 photos entered = a low 38% acceptance rate (down from 71% last month)

National: 53 acceptances from 116 photos entered = 46% acceptance rate (down from 60% last month)

Medals: 2

COMs: 8

 

Now for the individual salons – because my low acceptance rates I’ve decided to show some of the images that did not receive an acceptance in a specific salon:

 

  1. International salons

 

  1. 50th Oklahoma exhibition 2015 (USA)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature and Open sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 5 acceptances (63% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: Goshawk shake was an interesting non-acceptance in this salon. This image has already received a COM award in a national salon in South Africa. Not sure the judges appreciated the sense of movement created when the goshawk was shaking is feathers to remove the raindrops from it.

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Goshawk shake

Squirrel hide, Flatlander, Norway

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  1. PFM Salon 2015 (India)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptance (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Yet another interesting non-acceptance image in this salon – Sea eagle 600. I do like this image just because of the degree of difficulty to capture this image. So, this is now a typical “emotional” image. Difficult – shooting with a 600mmf4 lens, standing & hand held the camera and lens, following and keeping focus on the bird while the birds is sweeping down from the sky, shooting from a moving boat, low light conditions, do I need to say more. I was just very glad when I look at my image on the back of my camera and I saw I did not clip the wings and everything is in focus. Maybe the tips of the wings are just too close for comfort to the edge of the image – nothing I can do about it because I did not really crop the image (especially around the tip of the wings).

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Sea eagle 600

Flatlander, Norway

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  1. Ecological truth 2015 circuit (Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria)

 

This was a 4-salon circuit in 4 different countries

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature and water sections = 32 entries

Acceptance: 7 acceptances (22%)

 

What a disaster of an outcome for me – 0nly an 22% acceptance rate! The Rock hasn’t received an acceptance in one of the salons. I like the image but maybe the rock is too strong an element in the foreground. Only two acceptances in 12 salon entries for this image. Now this is really an indication that it is not a good image – to the shelf with this image!

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The Rock

Magoebaskloof, South Africa

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  1. 1st Crown Salon 2015 (India)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature and Open sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 5 acceptances (63% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: Yet another “tested” image of mine was not accepted in this salon namely Fire fighters. Must say, it is not easy to get acceptance in the Open category with PJ type of images. So I am not really worried about the non-acceptance – not that I do get worried! Already 6 acceptances in 9 national and international salons with this image.

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Fire fighters

Bloemfontein fire brigade, South Africa

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  1. Pathshala salon 2015 (India)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 acceptance (25% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: Wow, what a disappointing outcome for me! But hey, one needs to expect more than these type of results. Not all the judges like one’s style of photography. Cheetah lipstick is an “old” image of mine that needs just another acceptance before I can submit it to the PSA for Galaxy rating. But not to be! Well, maybe next time? I am sure it is not that a bad image – so I’ll give it another try.

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Cheetah lipstick

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. National Salons

 

  1. Midrand and Centurion Camera Club circuit 2015 (South Africa)

 

This was a 2-salon circuit

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Open, Sport, Creative, PJ monochrome and Open monochrome section = 48 entries

 

Acceptance: 5 COMs & 14 acceptances (40%)

 

A new image I’ve decided to give a try – Howz that. Not a successful start with it with not an acceptance in either of the two salons. Maybe not enough action for a cricket image? The crop is too tight?

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Howz that

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 3rd Edenvale salon 2015 (South Africa)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Animal portrait, Open colour, Travel/sport, and Open monochrome section = 24 entries

 

Acceptance: 1 medal, 1 COM & 12 acceptances (58%)

 

Another image that is not really doing well in salons is Spider web. This one I am not sure what is wrong but nevertheless – 6 acceptance in 17 salon entries. Also maybe an image for the shelf?

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Spider web

Mala Mala nature reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

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  1. 2nd Paarl salon 2015 (South Africa)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the People, Scapes Story telling, Open colour, and Abstract sections = 24 entries

 

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 8 acceptances (42%)

 

Another “you like it or not” image that did not receive an acceptance in the Open section – Sunburst in room. Only 1 acceptance (and for that matter a COM) in 4 salon entries. Makes you wonder about the image.

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Sunburst in room

Kolmanskop, Namibia

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  1. West rand Photography club salon 2015 (South Africa)

 

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Open monochrome, Altered reality Portrait, Open colour, and Scapes sections = 20 entries

 

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 8 acceptances (42%)

 

Another interesting non-acceptance for Sunlight reflection hole. So far the image has achieved full marks (accepted in all salons) in 4 international and 3 national salon. Now all of a sudden a non-acceptance. Interesting!

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Sunlight reflection hole

Hole in the wall, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Message to take home:

 

It is not a habit of mine to publish such a negative post but I think it is necessary. Also to show the reader how subjective photography competition are and that one should not get discourage but rather learn from it. There is a saying: “Shoot for yourself. Don’t try to get approval of others.” Surely it is so true, unless you need to please a client, of course. One needs to remember this quote even if you do enter photography competitions or salons. However, for many of us, photography is just a hobby and hopefully not an obsessive type of hobby. If photography is a hobby, why should you care what other people think of your pictures? If you like you image, it is considered as a success. That said, having a critique of your work in order to improve on it is one thing, and I think it is necessary in order for you to learn and to develop in photography. But, the need for gratification such as the number of ‘likes’ on social media is something you should try to learn to live without. Just something to think about.

 

Until next month, keep on shooting

 

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Natures Best Photography Africa 2015 competition – results

The winners of the Natures Best Photography Africa 2015 competition were announced on Tuesday evening during a gala event but unfortunately I was unable to attend (middle of the week). However, I saw the winners and the winning images were posted on the website of the competition. Nice to see two of my images amongst the winners on the website – many of these winners are professional and experienced wildlife photographers. Another image of mine received a honoured award. Total of three awards for me – very chuffed with myself to have won and saw my images amongst these prestigious names in wildlife photography.

 

The link to the winners: http://www.naturesbestphotographyafrica.com/2015-winners/

 

My two winners are:

First runner up – Mammals of Africa:

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Almost – taken at Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Second runner up – Birds of Africa:

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Goshawk challenge – taken at about 2km north of Samevloei waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Honoured Award – Mammals of Africa

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Hippo aggression – taken on the Chobe River, near Kasane, Botswana

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Until next time – keep on shooting!!!

 

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Bloemfontein Camera Club meeting: Outcome of my images submitted – June 2015

It is almost time for our next camera club meeting and I haven’t post the outcome of my images submitted for our June 2015 camera club evening. Rather late than never! This month I was requested to be one of the three judges for the evening – so I was not allowed to score/judge my own images. It was up to the other two judges to do their thing.

Right, so lets see what the two other judges thought of my images – the results of my images submitted to Bloemfontein Camera Club for the month of June 2015:

 

  1. Nature category

 

Just a reminder – no manipulation using computer software is allowed in this category – so what you see was is what I’ve captured (and I do not like the manipulation part of Photoshop or photography for that matter).

 

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Lioness and cubs 4 – scored 13/15 (Gold award and winner of this section)

The image was taken at Leeudril waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

I decided to re-visit some of my “older” images and try a new Photoshop development workflow on it. So I submitted this image just to see how it will be presented via the data projector. Disappointingly the image looked a little bit flat on the screen. So I went back afterwards and added a bit of contrast and colour to it. I’ve submitted this image now in one or two salons – only time (judges’ opinions) will tell.

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The Hug b – score 12/15 (Gold award)

Image taken in Tswalu Nature reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa

Once again – an “old” image of mine with mine with my newly adapted Photoshop workflow. This image looked must better on the screen, so I decided to stay with it as it is. Now for the salons and judges.

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  1. Pictorial category

 

Any type of images other that nature images can be submitted in this section and manipulation using computer software is allowed. Like I said before – I do try and minimize this manipulation of photos thing.

 

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Fire and water – score 12/15 (Gold award)

Image taken during the fire brigade exercise in Bloemfontein

I just decided not to submit all three my images in the Nature category but also submit a few images in the Pictorial section. This time I’ve submitted a Photo Journalism (PJ) type of image. Also a reminder – no manipulation using computer software is allowed in the PJ category. So nothing was added/removed/changed in this image. I was really satisfied with the score for this image because it is not easy to capture images under these low light conditions (with the highlights in the flames that are very easily clipped/burn out)

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  1. Set subject – “Silhouette

This time I had an image of two that I can use in this set subject – so I’ve entered two images just for the fun of it.

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Quiver tree star – score 9/15 (Silver award)

Image taken during our recent Namibia trip at the Quiver tree forest at Keetmanshoop, Namibia

For those who know Hougaard Malan’s landscapes techniques – giving the setting sun the finger at Quiver tree forest. No further comments

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On the dune – score 9/15 (Silver award)

Image taken during our recent Namibia trip on a dune on Excelsior farm, NamibRand reserve, Namibia

My wife playing the model on the dune just after sunrise. During a landscape photography safari, a few minutes after sunrise the photography session is usually over (Pak op, pak op!!!), Then it is time to play around and so I did. And the result – what they called an arti-farty image

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Message to take home

 

Just a short message on the outcomes of camera club meetings/judging:

“No one enjoys being told what’s ‘wrong’ with something that they’ve created, but it’s going to happen, whether you ask for it or not. Even the best photographers have their critics; so it’s not a matter of skill, it’s simply the way the world works.”

 

My advice: The outcome of the camera club judging should not be taken too seriously. Rather keep on doing what you are enjoying despite the scores/crits of the judges.

 

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