Bloemfontein Camera Club: Trophy evening November 2013

I was so busy lately that I almost forgot to post the latest outcome of my entries for the Bloemfontein Camera Club meetings.  As mentioned earlier, the club meeting in October is dedicated to AVs and no images will be judged – just a fun evening looking at AV/slide shows. And then In November we do have our annual trophy evening where members can submit 2-3 photos in pre-determined categories. This year the categories were (a) Human portraits, (b) Low Keys, (c) Monochrome, (d) Nature, and (e) Scapes. A judge from outside is asked to judge all the photos beforehand and the winners are announced during the trophy evening. Some of the images as well as the price winners are projected during the evening. Here is the link to all the winners:

The quality of the images submitted for judging was very high and I was lucky to have won the Nature section with Lion and cubs drinking 3. Also ‘n nice second place in the Scapes section with my Single tree in grass

Here are the two images:


Lioness and cubs drinking water 3 1024 500k 72d sRGB warm W

Lion and cubs drinking 3

Taken at Leeudril waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in February 2013



 Single tree in grass field 1024 500k 72d sRGB W

Single tree in grass

Taken on the farm Excelsior in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia with Hougaard Malan and Shem Chompion van C4Images & Safaris



Message to take home:

Looking back at my landscape photo, I remembered how I struggled to get the composition right for this shot. So, take a little more time with your shots – particularly in finding a more interesting point of view to shoot from. This might start with finding a different spot to shoot from and it could mean getting down onto the ground to shot from down low or finding a higher up vantage point to shoot from. I walked around this tree trying to get the best possible composition. Also – I positioned myself and he camera low down on the ground to get more clouds in the shot. It worked for me and it looks like it worked for the judge as well.

Until next time – keep on shooting!!!

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