Outcome of my photography salon (competition) entries – Month of February 2016

February 2016 – a month with mix results when it comes to my salon results.

 

Total number of salons entered:

11 (9 international salons & for 2 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 46 acceptances from108 photos entered = 43% acceptance rate (decreased from 50% last month)

National: 30 acceptances from 48 photos entered = 63% acceptance rate.

Medals: 0

COMs: 6

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. KOTOR CIRCUIT 2016 (Montenegro, Ireland, Serbia. Croatia)

This was a 4-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature, Birds & Wildlife sections = 48 entries

Acceptance: 16 acceptance (33% acceptance rate)

Comments: Dragon take off entered in the Nature section is the only image that received a full house of 4 acceptances in this circuit.

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Dragon take off

Botanical Gardens, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. Everest international SALON 2016 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature & Open colour section = 8 entries.

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Not a very successful start to 2016 and salon entries. Only one acceptance each in both the Nature and Open Colour section is not the way to go. Drop on beak was the only image to receive an acceptance in my favourite section namely the Nature section.

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Drop on beak

Flatanger, Norway

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  1. 4TH GREEK SALON 2015 (Greece)

This was a 4-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section = 16 entries

Acceptance: 12 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comment: A much better results for me with an acceptance rate of 75%. Eagle eye level was one of two images to receive a full house of acceptances (accepted in all 4 salons) in all 4 salons. I was not sure about the image – taken during my last trip to the Kgalagadi in 2015. It is not the best bird in flight (BIF) image but I just love the angle of the image as well the look of the eagle in my direction.

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Eagle eye level

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. SOUTHAMPTON SALON 2016 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptance (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: I am still busy developing the series of the meerkat images from our trip in 2014. This time around Meerkat down boy was one of the two images to receive an acceptance. I just love the interaction between the meerkats – so human-like.

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Meerkat down boy

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. MAN AND WORK SALON 2016 (Serbia)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in Open Colour & Nature, sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – a very disappointing salon result. Not even one acceptance in the Nature section as both acceptances were in the Open Colour section. An image with a very South African name namely Dwarsvlei land received an acceptance in the Open section. We were driving to Mossel Bay on New Years Eve for the long weekend when we saw the clouds were started building up. When we arrived at this unused but well-known railway line and station, the clouds were perfect. And we did not waste any time and the shutter was firing.

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Dwarsvlei land

Near Middleburg, Northern Cape, South Africa

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  1. 59TH SAGUARO NATURE SALON 2016 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature 7 Wildlife sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Not very often that there is a pure nature salon/exhibition and this is one of them. Only two sections and both are nature related section. An image I did struggle to get three acceptances received its third acceptance in this salon namely Two leopards. The image was taken a few years ago with the assistance of a spotlight and it portrayed two leopards – brother and sister) drinking water at a waterhole. The ranger knew about the adult leopard in the area with the two sub-adults but it was not easy to locate the young ones. The image was taken during the same trip as the meerkat image posted earlier in this post.

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Two leopards

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. COACHELLO SALON 2016 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature & Wildlife sections = 8 entries,

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – no acceptances in the Wildlife section but luckily Tree at sunrise received its third acceptance. The lack of clouds surely was a drawback in the image, as it did not receive acceptances in 4 other salons. But then, Nature and specifically wildlife safaris does not come with a guarantee or a contract. One has to accept what is on offer.

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Tree at sunrise

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. 43RD WESTCHESTER SALON 2015 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

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

Comments: At last a 100% acceptance rate. Weaver head clamp was the image to receive the COM. Very difficult to capture the action of these weavers as pre-focusing does not work and they are VERY quick! But it provides me with some much needed practice.

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Weaver head clamp

My own backyard, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL SALON 2015 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature sections

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Another image I’ve struggled to get the required 3 accpetances is Sociable weaver building nest. I know it is once again not the best bird in flight image because the wings are blurry and not sharp. And the background is not the best I’ve seen. It was very difficult to get a high enough shutter speed in low light condition to get the wings sharp, and positioning one’s vehicle is just as difficult. so I can live with the result. Image was taken next to that very famous tree between Samevloei and Leeudril waterholes,

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Sociable weaver building nest

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 10TH KRUGERSDORP SALON 2015 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife, PJ, Scapes, Human portraits, Open monochrome and Open colour sections= 24 entries

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 13 acceptances (63%)

Comments: 1 COM in the Wildlife section and 1 COM for a PJ image (sport) namely Hockey challenge. Just to show you the importance of taken pictures in good light. Form the diection of the shadows one can see it was late in the afternoon even though the direction of the sun was not ideal.

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Hockey challenge

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 3RD PSSA NATIONAL SALON 2015 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature colour, Nature monochrome, Our country, Spring, Open monochrome and Open colour sections= 24 entries

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 13 acceptances (63%)

Comments: Full house acceptances (4 acceptances) in the Nature section but interesting to received the 2 COMs in the Our Country and Spring sections. Juice was the image with the COM award in the Spring section but is was not my first choice in that section – interesting to see the opinions of the judges.

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Juice

Botanical Gardens, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Message to take home:

 

I’ve mentioned the benefit of taking pictures in good light and the sun is still one of best sources of good light. It is fact that a photographer can definitely get amazing pictures by using the best source of light anywhere – the sun. However, patience and skills are required if you really want to use sunlight to its full potential. First you need evaluate and identify your needs of light for your photograph. Bright daylight especially in the middle of the day is often not the best time to be outside and shooting nature or wildlife images. Secondly you need to wait for the right type of sunlight for your image. And then both needs to get together for to capture that wow image. The golden hours (1-2 hours after sunrise and before sunset) are by far the best sunlight for nature and wildlife photography.

Until next month, keep on shooting

 

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