Kontrei-kiekies: Photography competition of local newspaper – Volksblad: published August 28, 2013

I read the local newspaper headlines this morning stating that the finalists for the Kontrei-kiekie competition were published. So I looked at the paper and one of my images was selected one of the 10 finalists. This photography competition was organised by by the local newspaper in Bloemfontein with co-sponsors being Exporama, Kloppers en Fotoskool. Here is link to the website: http://www.volksblad.com/bylae/2013-08-27-hier-is-tien-finaliste-se-fotos

Photographers were allowed to enter five images – here is the finalist published today:

Wildebeest panning 2Blue wildebeest panning 1 – taken in Mokala National Park near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa (see my detailed trip report elsewhere on this blog).

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My other 4 images entered in the competition are the following:

Church in the clouds 1 1920 300k 72d sRGB K WChurch in the clouds 1 – taken near Elliot in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Baster voetpad 1 1400 300k 72d sRGB WBaster voetslaanpad – taken near Elliot in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Munnik pass sunrise 22 1024 300k 72d sRGB lighter WMunnik pass sunrise – taken near Elliot in the Eastern Cape, South Africa (see my detailed trip report elsewhere on this blog).

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Steenbok early morningSteenbok early morning – taken in Mokala National Park near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa (see my detailed trip report elsewhere on this blog).

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Message to taken home:

In this message I want to reminder you to keep a watchful eye on the background of a photo which can make or break a photo. After reading the few sentences to follow, please go back to my images above be the judge. When you see and interesting scene, ask yourself if you need to have anything in the background at all. If you have a very strong subject – like my steenbok in the early morning sun, chances are the answer to that question will be “no.” So you can keep the image as simple as possible. As you see on the steenbok, it was not possible to get a clear background. So I maneuvered my vehicle in such a way that I could get the cleanest shot possible. Luckily the steenbok allowed my to do so – which they do not always do. Just remember – sometimes there just isn’t anything you can do about those background – especially in wildlife photography. With landscape photography, most of the time you can take you feet and move yourself to get a better angle and cleaner background. Sometimes you may not be willing to change your location – for whatever reason. In these cases you can change your aperture (go to a f2.8 of f4) to blur the background. Or you can try something different like I did with the wildebeest – panning. Always have a quick look at the background before pulling the trigger/pushing the button.

Until next time – keep a watchful eye on the background while keep on shooting!!!

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