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

I am a bit behind with the posting of the results of my salon entries because we are already in Aug 2016 but no need to worry – eventually we’ll get there. So let’s go directly to the outcomes of my salon entries for April 2016

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered: 11

9 international salons & 2 national salons.

Overall outcome:

International: 60 acceptances from 120 photos entered = 50% acceptance rate

National: 21 acceptances from 48 photos entered = 44% acceptance rate

Medals: 3

COMs: 6

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 2nd Tower circuit 2016 (Serbia)

This was a 5-salon circuit

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered in Nature section (20 entries) = 10 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: All 4 images received two ore more acceptances with Weaver sparrow dance receiving 4 out of a possible 5 acceptances. Once again and a continuation of my previous post – no need to travel to exotic places because this image was taken in my back yard.

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Weaver sparrow dance

My own back yard, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. Scottish salon 2016 (Scotland)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 2 medals (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Staying with the average of 50% acceptance rate with my international salon entries this time with two medals. Ostrich in dust was a very interesting medal winner if you like backlight shots. For those who are visiting the Kgalagadi park – be on the lookout for the ostriches on your late afternoon drive back from Rooiputs to Twee Rivieren (on the western side of the road). They are usually around taking dust baths providing your with some interesting backlight shots.

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Ostrich in dust

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. Natura naturans salon 2016 (Serbia)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered = 2 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: An interesting salon with two nature section namely Birds/Insects as well as Landscape. Lupha rocks is the only one of my four images entered and received an acceptance.

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Lupha rocks

Luphathana, Wild coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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  1. 4th Cheltenham salon 2016 (UK)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 1 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Eisch, I am going downhill with my salon results at this stage with once again only a 25% acceptance rate. However, Francolin reflection received its required third acceptances (working towards my EPSA honours – three acceptances per image required) after its 9th salon entry.

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Francolin reflection

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. 2nd Digitalna foto arhiva crcuit 2016 (Serbia)

This was a 4-salon circuit with three Nature section – my favourite type of circuit. Four countries were involved as well.

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered in the three sections (48 entries) = 23 acceptances (48 % acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again, each of the 12 images received at least one acceptances meaning the images are up to standard but maybe the images were just not the “taste”/choice of the judges. However, Goshawk shadow received acceptances in all 4 salons. Initially I thought to crop out the shadow but after I’ve developed the image, I liked the shadow. And for those of you who are familiar with the Kgalagadi will know this images was taken at my favourite waterhole in the park.

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Goshawk shadow

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. 1st IUP SALON 2016 (Hong Kong)

Photos entered & results: 20 photos entered in 5 section = 9 acceptances (45% acceptance rate)

Comments: I received a 100% acceptance rate in the Nature section with all four images receiving acceptances. Cloudy elephants also received its required 3rd acceptance after seven entries so I can put the image away.

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Cloudy elephants

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. Indian Photofest salon 2016 (India)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: A, at last a successful salon with a 100% acceptance rate. Leopard bite also received its required 3rd acceptance after 5 entries. Sorry for posting so many leopard images but these animals are so elusive and they are one of my favourite animals – many more to come. Also anything can happen around them – like these two that are in a mating mood. So always be prepared!

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Leopard bite

Greater Kruger national park, South Africa

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  1. Sydney harbour salon 2016 (Australia)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered in two Nature sections = 2 ribbons & 4 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Three acceptances each in both sections with 2 ribbons (COMs). Leopard one eye reflection received its required 3rd acceptance after its 9th entry and received one of the ribbons – a struggle to get the required 3 acceptances for this image, Not sure why (many because of the one eye not being there anymore or is it the quality of the light – I sound like a camera club judge now – the technical aspects of the image is more important than the story telling element) but at last I can put the image away.

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Leopard one eye reflection

Greater Kruger national park, South Africa

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  1. 5th Hoylake salon 2016 (UK)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered in Nature section = 3 ribbons & 4 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: And I should conclude this international salon section with yet another image taken from my back yard and it received its required 3rd acceptance in its 5th entry. I just love the interaction between the birds in my back yard during the breeding season. I also choose a very nice sport to photograph them – just under a dark bush with the sun shining for almost an hour in the afternoons on them. The black background is not manipulated in Photoshop.

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Weaver on backside

My back yard, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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 B. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 3rd Southern suburbs SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered & results: 24 photos entered = 1 medal, 6 acceptances (29% acceptance rate)

Comments: A struggle lately with the national salons even with my entries in the nature section. For example in this salon I only received 1 acceptance in the Wildlife section. So how about posting an image that did not receive an acceptance and you be the judge. Standing hug already received 2 national salon and 3 international salon acceptances including a COM award. Maybe the judges are of the opinion that I am blurring the background of this image during my post-processing (which is a total no-no in nature photography) but it is not the case. It is just the 600mm lens that can create such blurry backgrounds if one is close to your subject and the background is some distance away.

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Standing hug

Tswalu private national park, South Africa

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  1. Photo challenge SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered & results: 24 photos entered = 4 COM & 10 acceptances (58% acceptance rate)

Comments: A much better salon result for me with 3 COMs and another acceptance in the nature section – 100% acceptance rate. Lioness water please is one of those images with a COM award.

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Lioness water please

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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Message to take home:

Thinking about photographic salon and other competitions, one needs to be careful not to get too upset with the outcome of these competitions. It is just because the judging process is so subjective. The same principle applies to camera club judging. Therefore, this year I decide to review the outcome of my salon and camera club results and I realised the following:

My results are disappointing because nowadays I am trying to do things “Out of the box”. I am moving away from the typical salon and camera style of images. Camera club evenings and salon competitions are now becoming just a measuring tool and not the ultimate. I am now prepared to step outside the comfort zone of those typical (technical correct and rules complaint images) camera club images. With such an approach it’ll probably all go wrong and one’s hit rate will be very low during a trip. However, trying to capture something different is where you will find the WOW photos. We all the rules in photography such as the rule of thirds, golden triangle, etc. and we hear it time and time again in the critique of the camera club judges. Why not try and break it? Such an approach will set you apart from the endless bird on a stick shots we see every day on social media (not that there is anything wrong with such images). Lets see where such an approach is taking my level and style of photography.

What (and where) is your style of photography? If it is within the camera club milieu, so be it but just make sure you do not get too upset with the judges and most of all – keep on enjoying it. Otherwise, try and do something different – not matter what other people (especially the judges) think.

Until next month, keep on shooting

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

Yes, in this post I’ll show you that you do not need to go to exotic places to get salon-winning photos. You can capture those images in your back garden as some of the images posted in this blog post were captured in my back garden So, without any further unnecessary delays, lets look at the results:

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered: 9

7 international salons & 2 national salons entered

Overall outcome:

International: 60 acceptances from 130 photos entered = 46% acceptance rate (corrected version)

National: 21 acceptances from 48 photos entered = 44% acceptance rate

Medals: 2

COMs: 4

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. RIDGEWOOD 2016 (USA)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered = 4 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: There were two Nature section for this salon – Nature General and Wildlife. I’ve entered a few macro and landscape (without human elements) photos in the Nature general section and to my surprise Juice was the only image to have received an acceptance.

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Juice

Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens, South Africa

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  1. BOHEMIA 2016 (India)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: Not an everyday phenomenon – a 100% acceptance rate in the Nature section of an international salon but I am satisfied with this kind of outcome (obviously!). Interesting to note that my series of images of the interaction between the weavers in my garden is not doing as good as expected. Possible the background is too dark – one would never know the reason for it but I do shoot into a dark bush. Luckily Weaver grap received an acceptance in this salon

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Weaver grap

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. SJV EXHIBITION 2016 (USA)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered = 3 acceptances (38% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – a salon in the USA with separate Nature General and Wildlife sections. All three acceptances were in the Wildlife section with a lioness image (Lioness watchful walk) taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park receiving one of the three acceptances. An image not filled with action but I just like the attitude of the lioness up and about hunting for food as the sun was setting behind the dunes near Kji Kji water hole.

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Lioness watchful walk

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. DVF PHOTOCUP 2016 (Germany)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered (12 entries) = 3 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Not a very successful circuit taking into account at it was with this circuit that I received my first ever medal in photography back in 2012 – my second year of entering photo salon competitions nationally and internationally. Nevertheless, Mongoose look taken in my backyard received an acceptance in one of the three salons. These Cape grey mongoose is a very skittish little animal not giving a photographer much time to capture it in the wild.

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Mongoose look

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. CONTRAST BOSNIA 2016 (Bosnia Herzegovina)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered = 2 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – an acceptance rate around the acceptable norm for a salon. Only 1 acceptance in the Nature section namely Elephant baby light – a image taken in amazing sunlight as the sun was setting over the Chobe River. The image almost looks oversaturated but that was the actual colour – the golden hour!

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Elephant baby light

Chobe national Park near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. PATHSHALA SALON 2016 (India)

Photos entered & results: 4 photos entered = 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: It seems like the judges like the images of the interaction between the different species in my backyard rather than the interaction between the weavers itself. Barbet chasing weaver received one of the two acceptances in this salon.

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Barbet chasing weaver

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 1st exhibition mystic 2016 (Serbia)

Photos entered & results: 8 photos entered = 1 COM & 3 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Only one photo accepted in the Nature section but interesting to see a full house of all four photos being accepted in the Open colour section. Room red light was the photo to have received a COM award. One of my favourite travel photos because of the contrast in the different colours.

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Room red light

Kolmanskop, Namibia

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 B. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 2ND LOWVELD NATIONAL SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered & results: 24 photos entered = 1 medal, 1 COM & 6 acceptances (33% acceptance rate)

Comments: The photo that received the medal was in the nature section namely Leopard smacked which was already posted and discussed in a previous post. Just to emphasise the degree difficulty to capture fast moving action in low light conditions with a struggle to get a fast enough shutter speed – noise, noise, noise – as this image was shot at ISO6400 (and f4) with Nikon D4 image in order to get a decent shot at 1/1000 of a second shutter speed.

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Leopard smacked

Londolozi reserve, Greater Kruger national park, South Africa

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  1. 3RD BOSVELD NATIONAL SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered & results: 24 photos entered = 1 medal, 2 COM & 6 acceptances (33% acceptance rate)

Comments: At least the judges in the Bosveld salon appreciated the interaction and the degree of difficulty to capture the interaction between the two weavers – this image was taken without using a pre-focus approach. It was all about following the quick moving weavers for a split of a second as the one male was trying to dominate the other male weaver and keeping the focus of the camera on the weavers. Weaver air fight received the medal in the Birds section.

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Weaver air fight

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Message to take home:

 

The question I am asking myself is: “Am I satisfied with the outcomes of national and intermational salon competitions?” And more that 95% the answer is YES. And one the secrets behind my self proclaimed success is: “To be prepared when it comes to Nature photography”. So how does a photographer become prepared?

Speak to any of famous/well-known wildlife photographers and you will get a similar type of answer as to reason why they are prepared and consistently producing stunning photographs. It is definitely not because they are just merely lucky, observant, or even more skilled than the average photographer. Now, with just more than 5 years experience in Wildlife photography, I came to the same conclusion. It is not just about being lucky or being observant. So why are they so successful?

You will find a very short answer to this question – THEY DO SO BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT BEING LAZY.

They do not get those WOW shots by staying at home or indoors. They do not get those WOW shots by reading book after book on photography. Yes, everybody should start somewhere and a book or a short course is a good idea/start. But no, they do go out and look for opportunities to practice their skills. So, my advise is simple: Don’t be lazy and go out – even if it is just to your own backyard like I did. And keep on practicing your skills! Eventually you’ll get it right.

Until next month, keep on shooting

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

And so another year is almost 1 month “old” and hopefully 2016 will be full of wonderful photographic experience. I just cannot belief 2016 is only my 5th year being involved in this very exiting hobby – thanks to my wife! In 2010 I did not even know how to switch on a camera let alone using words like shutter speed, ISO, aperture and the word I feared the most at that stage “Photoshop”. And in 2011 I’ve entered my first national salon – our local camera club (Bloemfontein Camera Club with 2 acceptances from 24 entires!) and here I am in in my 4th year of salon participation

 

Total number of salons entered:

7 (7 international salons & for a second month in a row – 0 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 22 acceptances from 44 photos entered = 50% acceptance rate (increased from 43% last month)

National: There were no national salons held in the month of Janaury 2016 – I do hope the PSSA will revisit their decision to limit the number of national salons in South Africa.

Medals: 1

COMs: 0

At least 1 medal on the table – better than last month!

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

  1. 2NDMIRACLE IMAGE SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (100% acceptance rate)

Comments: It has been a while since I had a 100% acceptance rate in an international salon. No a very successful image but Kalahari pillow received its second acceptance – so just one more acceptance to go before I can put the image away.

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Kalahari pillow

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. Light of Oman SALON 2016 (Oman)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section.

Acceptance: 1 medal & 2 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: My first successful participation in Oman and my 46th successful country. Almost was the image that won the FIAP Gold medal for me (already posted in an earlier post) while Lioness and cubs 4 was also accepted.

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Lioness and cubs 4

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. KUPA SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comment: Once again – birds in flight as one of my favourite topics in wildlife photography did it for me with Pygmy goose take off 1  – it was one of the two images receiving an acceptance. And it was the 3rd acceptance for this image meaning I can put it away. Very difficult to catch these little birds in flight because they are so quick!

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Pygmy goose take off 1

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. MAITLAND SALON 2016 (Australia)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptance (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Leopard mating dance was one of a series of images captured during a mating process between 2 leopards near Londolozi nature reserve. The image was taken in very low light conditions (single spotlight with fill-flash) and I had to increase my ISO to 6400 to get a decent shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second in order to avoid a blurry image.

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Leopard mating dance

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

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  1. 3RD PSSA INTERNATIONAL SALON 2016 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in Creative art, & Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Street & Scapes sections = 20 entries

Acceptance: 7 acceptances (35% acceptance rate)

Comments: I was one of the three judges for the Nature section – therefore I was not allowed to enter any images in my favourite section. But it was an experience to be a judge in an International salon – another first for me! We started around 10H00 with judging and finished by 14H00 – 1200 images later. I’ve tried my hand at doing some monochrome images and was awarded with two acceptances with Church BW being one of them. Believe me – it is not an easy job to convert an image into a monochrome image.

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Church BW

Near Elliot – Eastern Cape, South Africa

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  1. Metropolitan SALON 2016 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Weavers fighting as the only image to have received an acceptance in this salon! And its third acceptance and now I can put the image away. Not one of my favourite images because I had to crop the image very tight (too many other birds around) – almost too tight Well, one acceptance closer to my goal of obtaining an EPSA award (700 acceptances) from the Photography Society of America (PSA).


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Weavers fighting

My own backyard, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. Apricot PHOTO SALON 2016 (Armenia)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature,

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Yet another first successful participation in my 47th country worldwide. Meerkat close hug was one of the two images receiving an acceptance.

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Meerkat close hug

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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Message to take home:

Some interesting advice I read last week: “Nothing happens when you sit at home.” This is so true when photography is your hobby. It is important to go out and look for some photo opportunities – even if it is just around town or an outing to your local Botanical garden (or even your own garden for that matter – see the second last photo in this post above). Always be ready with your camera – have it with you all times if you do go out. And do not be particular with what you want to shoot – just try and capture anything what look interesting to you. More often you will be surprised with the outcome!

Until next month, keep on shooting

 

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

The last month of 2015! A very busy month when it comes to photography salons. Therefore, no further unnecessary comments but lets right to the results for December 2015. What I am going to do in this post is to once again focus on a few images that did not receive acceptances. Now, the details of the salon outcomes are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered:

12 (12 international salons & 0 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 63 acceptances from 146 photos entered = 43% acceptance rate (decreased from 51% last month)

National: There were no national salons held in December 2015

Medals: 0

COMs: 0

Wow, along time since there are no COMs or medals on the table!

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 3RD CORK SALON 2015 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in the Nature section

Acceptance: 1 acceptance (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Another interesting image struggling to get accepted in salons. Old lion portrait received only 2 acceptances in 7 salon entries. Not sure why – maybe this portrait image of an old lion the Kgalagadi does not have enough action. One will never know.

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Old lion portrait

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. WPAI SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section.

Acceptance: 3 acceptance (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: The only image not to have received an acceptance was Leopard watch out. I know it is different type of image – not all judges do like spotlight to be used in photography and the image was very difficult to process.

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Leopard watch out

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

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  1. 17TH CHHAYAPATH SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 acceptance (25% acceptance rate)

Birds in flight is one of my favourite topics in wildlife photography and that is why I just love this image of a European Roller taking off in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Roller take off. My “love” was not shared by the judges because it was one of the three images that did not receive an acceptance.

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Roller take off

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. YORKSHIRE SALON 2015 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 acceptance (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Francolin reflection was one the images that did not receive an acceptance in this salon. Probably the composition of the bird in the image is not up to standard – ?too tight at the bottom.

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Francolin reflection

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. 1st CRNA GORA CIRCUIT 2015 (Montenegro, BiH, Serbia)

This was a 3-salon circuit in three countries

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature, & Open Colour, = 24 entries

Acceptance: 6 acceptances (25% acceptance rate)

Comments: Jacana sprinter was the image that did not receive an acceptance in any of the three salons.

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Jacana sprinter

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. SINGUR SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – Roller take off did not receive an acceptance. So, I need to post one image that did receive an acceptance namely Maraboe feeding – a bit unexpected!

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Maraboe feeding

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. INDIAN PHOTO SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature, Open Colour, Open monochrome and Photo Travel sections = 16 entries

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (13% acceptance rate)

Comments: Ouch – one of those salon where the judges are not impressed with your photos. I am sure some of you can relate to the feeling. It was one of those salons with just one entry fee and all the sections are included in the fee. Not one nature image of mine was accepted – not even the image of the Kori bustard taken in excellent late afternoon light – Kori after bath. But so be it.

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Kori after bath

Kgalagadi Transfrontier park, South Africa

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  1. CLICK AND SHOT SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: This time Maraboe feeding did not receive an acceptance – and so did Drongo bath. An emotional photo for me just because of the degree of difficulty to capture the drongo taking bath – very, very fast action!!!

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Drongo bath

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. 2ND IRELAND EXHIBITION SALON 2015 (Ireland)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature, Portrait, Open Colour, Open monochrome and Photo Travel sections = 20 entries

Acceptance: 7 acceptances (35% acceptance rate)

Comments: Another salon where the entry fee was inclusive for all the sections – no separate entry fee per section. All four images of mine submitted in the Nature section received acceptances including a very tightly crop Fish eagle in full. I am not complaining because it was its third acceptance so I am done with it.

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Fish eagle in full

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. 1ST BH CIRCUIT 2015 (Montenegro, BiH, Serbia)

This was a 3-salon circuit in three countries again

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature, & Open Colour, = 24 entries

Acceptance: 11 acceptances (46% acceptance rate)

Comments: Lioness late yawn is the image that did not receive any acceptances in the three salons. Better luck next time.

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Lioness late yawn

Kgalagadi Transfrontier park, South Africa

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  1. 1ST TOURISM CIRCUIT 2015 (Serbia, Cyprus & Turkey)

This was a 3-salon circuit in three countries

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in Nature & Open colour sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 12 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Yet another first for me – a successful salon participation in the Cyprus (now my total countries with successful salon entries stands at 46). Very interesting outcome with all images submitted in the Nature section receiving acceptances in the Turkey salon but no acceptances in the other two salons. Baby carry full was one of these images.

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Baby carry full

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. 1ST KULA WINTER CIRCUIT 2015 (Serbia & Montenegro)

This was a 3-salon circuit in two countries

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature & Open colour sections = 24 entries

Acceptance: 14 acceptances (58% acceptance rate)

Comments: One of this month’s better outcomes with an overall acceptance rate of 58%. Lapwing dipping butterfly did not receive an acceptance in any of the three salons.

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Lapwing dipping butterfly

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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B. NATIONAL SALONS

None

 

Message to take home:

Just a short message for those of us who do enter photography competition such as salons: Remember photography is considered to be an art. And more important to remember – art is subjective. No matter of you love it or hate it, you have to respect what others do to their images.

 

Until next month, keep on shooting

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

As mentioned in my previous post, I am still busy with my photography salon administration and I’ve probably received my last salon result for 2015. What a busy salon month this was with 13 salons entered in November 2015 all over the world. However, my main aim is Nature photography and therefore I mainly enter photos in the Nature category. The entry fee for some salons is for all the categories – then I’ll try and enter photos in each of the categories. Right, lets look at the results for November 2015:

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered:

13 (12 international salons & 1 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 73 acceptances from 142 photos entered = 51% acceptance rate (slight increased from 48% last month)

National: 14 acceptances from 25 photos entered = 58% acceptance rate (slight decreased from 60% last month)

Medals: 4

COMs: 3

Once again – unfortunately there was only one national salon in South Africa this month. A decision made by the PSSA to decrease the number of salons to be held in South Africa. Not the same trend we do see worldwide – very interesting!

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. DPW SER MNE BIH CIRCUIT 2015 (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

This was a 3-salon circuit in three countries.

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature section = 12 entries

Acceptance: 1 COM & 5 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: As always, a very interesting outcome – I am no longer surprised but just enjoying to see the various outcomes like this one. I’ve entered Weaver stands your ground for the first time in a salon. The very interesting outcome as it received the COM in this circuit in one salon but failed to receive an acceptance in the other two salons.

 

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Weaver stands your ground

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. WREKIN SALON 2015 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section.

Acceptance: 3 acceptance (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: At last, my third salon acceptance for Mudd restling in its 7th salon entry. For some or other reason, the judges did not like this image. However, now I can put this image away after I’ve achieved my goal (PSA Galaxy requirement) of 3 acceptances.

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Mudd restling

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. DEL PLATA FOTO CLUB SALON 2015 (Argentina)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (10% acceptance rate)

In many of this month’s salons, I’ve used images for which I only need one more acceptance in order to get the required 3 acceptances per image. Meerkat love three was such an image and I’ve received my third acceptance for this image in its third salon entry – full marks for this image

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Meerkat love three

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. 122ND TORONTO SALON 2015 (Canada)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: I’ve used the same strategy here in this salon – all four images entered require just one more acceptance each. Hippo yawn 3 is a very “old” image taken a few years back but now I can put it away.

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Hippo yawn 3

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. 2nd BAWS SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 medal & 2 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: The first medal for the month and Weavers on your back taken in my backyard – just to show you that you do not need to travel to great images. Just need some patience and a great deal of luck. 3 acceptances for this image in only three salon entries – done and dusted for the shelve!

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Weavers on your back

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 41st SMETHWICK SALON 2015 (UK)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again – the same strategy – entered four images and these four images only require one or two acceptances each to achieve the goal of three acceptances each. I was not that successful with Ostrich in dust as it only received its second acceptance in this salon after six attempts. Now just for the final hurdle with this image – its third acceptance.

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Ostrich in dust

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. 3RD THREE COUNTRY GRAND CIRCUIT 2015 (Ireland, Montenegro, Serbia)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature, Wildlife, Birds, Open Colour, Sport and PJ sections = 72 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 24 acceptances (35% acceptance rate)

Comments: This was one of those salons/circuit where there is a limited entry fee option – this time the minimum of sections to be entered was six. And to my surprise, the medal was awarded to an image of mine entered in the Photo Journalism (PJ) section – Two fire sill.

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Two fire sill

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. 23rd SINGAPORE SALON 2015 (Singapore)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 2 COMs & 1 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Leopard smacked was one of he images receiving a COM award. Another success story with a 100% acceptance rate in 7 national and international salons despite the low light conditions and some noise in the image

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Leopard smacked

Londolozi nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. DOUBLE HALF CIRCUIT 2015 (India)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section = 12 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 8 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: At last, a third acceptance for Young baboon in its 8th salon entry. Not really a success story using this image in salons maybe because the eyes of the young baboon is not visible. Maybe it would have been a stronger image if the baboon was looking at me but I just love the body language as well as the backlight effect (emotional image?).

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Young baboon

Mashatu nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SALON 2015 (USA)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 1 COM & 2 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Jacana with eggs is another image that received its third acceptance after I’ve struggled to get the required third acceptance. Very special image to me because it is not the privilege of every photographer to capture a Jacana climbing onto his nest filled with eggs. One of those images I call “an emotional image” – an image the photographer loves but it is not really a image that will do well in competition.

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Jacana with eggs

Chobe Nature reserve near Kasane, Botswana

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  1. 1ST BI-CONTINENTAL CIRCUIT 2015 (Greece & UAE)

This was a 4-salon circuit

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

Acceptance: 1 medal & 9 acceptances (63% acceptance rate)

Comments: Yet another first for me – a successful salon participation in the UAE (at this stage my total stands at 44 countries). And a medal award as a bonus as well. Meerkat sitting hug was the image that received its first medal from one of the salons in the UAE.

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Meerkat sitting hug

Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa

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  1. ISTANBUL PHOTO MEETING SALON 2015 (Turkey)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section

Acceptance: 3 acceptances (75% acceptance rate)

Comments: Also my first successful salon participation in Turkey. Playful young hyena is another image that was not well received by the salon judges in the past – received its third acceptance after seven salon entries. Maybe the background or the lack of good light – both very relevant reason for judges not awarding a salon acceptance to this image. Therefore, I am very satisfied with the required three acceptances.

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Playful young hyena

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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  1. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 10TH BEACHCOMBER SALON 2015 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife, Macro, PJ, Scapes, Human portraits monochrome and Open colour sections= 20 entries

Acceptance: 3 COMs & 11 acceptances (58%)

Comments: Two COMs in the Wildlife section and the third COM for a landscape image Church cloud opening.

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Church cloud opening

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Message to take home:

I’ve posted a few bird photos in this post – currently my favourite subject to photograph, especially birds in flight/bird actions. The reason why it is currently my favourite subject? Maybe it is because bird photography is so challenging or maybe it is just the opportunity to show my readers what the human eye cannot see. Challenging? All I can say it might be easy to call yourself a bird photographer. However, it is definitely not that easy to be a good bird photographer. For those who have tried their hand at bird photography will know. First of all, your do need proper equipment. But if you think that an experienced photographer with proper equipment just goes on a photography safari trip or just go to a birding place to photograph birds, aim their camera and lens at the birds, and capture many, many amazing photographs, please think again! Because it is definitely not what bird photography is all about. Bird photographers (and I would like to see myself as a “bird photographer in the making”) are those photographers who go to the site before anyone. We stay around until there’s no light. We stay and learn about the environment and the birds’ behaviour and we go back to the same place again, and again, and again until we do get what the shots that we want. Looking the two images I took in my backyard of the weavers posted above – it took me about 2 months of planning with trail and error (30 minutes per afternoon because for just 30minuts the sun is perfect for this shot – sunlight permitted) to capture this image.

 

Until 2016, keep on shooting

 

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

I am catching up on my salon administration while other people are enjoying their holidays at the seaside. While capturing my salon outcomes and preparing the required documentation for Galaxy star rating of the Photography Society of America (PSA), I realized that I’ve received all my results for the month of October 2015. So, without any further unnecessary delays, lets look at the results:

The details of the salons are as follows:

 

Total number of salons entered:

9 (8 international salons & 1 national salons).

Overall outcome:

International: 60 acceptances from 124 photos entered = 48% acceptance rate (decreased from 55% last month)

National: 12 acceptances from 20 photos entered = 60% acceptance rate (increased from 42% last month)

Medals: 4

COMs: 2

Not very often that I received more medals that COMs. There was a problem in India and we received the results from two salons circuit very late. Therefore I’ve included the results from the two circuits from September in this post

Now for the individual salons:

 

A. INTERNATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. SAM CIRCUIT 2015 (India)

This was a 6-salon circuit.

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature section = 24 entries

Acceptance: 3 medals, 1 COM & 15 acceptances (79% acceptance rate)

 

Comments: I’ve entered four newly developed photos in this circuit – with what seems to be a successful salon results for me. Early morning drink received the 3 medals and 1 COM in this circuit. The same image also received acceptances in the other two salons – full marks for this image.

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Early morning drink

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. JCM CIRCUIT 2015 (India)

This was a 4-salon circuit

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

Acceptance: 1 COM & 8 acceptance (56% acceptance rate)

Comments: Once again, four newly developed images entered into this circuit. Not such a successful outcome for me (not the same as the previous circuit) but an acceptable acceptance rate (56%) for me, especially if taken into account that it is an international circuit. A very interesting outcome for Attack both side and just to show people how opinions from judges can differ. This image below received the COM in one salon, 1 acceptance in another and 2 non-acceptances in the other two salons.

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Attack both side

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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  1. BALKAN CIRCUIT 2015 (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina,)

This was a 5-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in in Nature section = 20 entries

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (10% acceptance rate)

Comments: Disastrous results for me – only a 10% acceptance rate. Nevertheless, 2 acceptances closer to my goal to receive an EPSA award for the PSA (788 acceptances needed in the Nature section). For all these bigger circuit, I’ve developed new photos just in case I receive three acceptances for an image. For this circuit, I would like to post an image that did not receive any acceptances in the 5 salons but an image I do like – Serval tail. I did enter this image in a subsequent circuit and the image did receive the required 3 acceptances. Just to show you – you should not give up easily on an image you like.

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Serval tail

Masai Mara, Kenya

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  1. 1ST VIBRANCE CIRCUIT 2015 (India)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Nature section = 12 entries

Acceptance: 2 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: If the previous circuit was a disaster, the result of this circuit was even worst. No acceptances = 0% acceptance rate. I cannot even remember when last did it happen to me. Hopefully the circuit organisers did receive my images (LOL), But hey, next month is another month. Lets look at yet another image I liked and I was expecting an acceptance of two. Cheetah lipstick already received two other acceptances and I am trying to get the required three acceptances for this image in order to use it to obtain the PSA Galaxy star rating. Maybe better luck next time!

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Cheetah lipstick

Mashatu Nature reserve, Botswana

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  1. 10TH FRENCH DIGITAL 2015 (France)

This was a 4-salon circuit

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

Acceptance: 10 acceptances (63% acceptance rate)

Comments: A much better circuit result for me. Eagle with twig was also a newly developed image I’ve entered in this circuit (first time entry) and the iamge received the required 3 acceptances. Now I can put the image away. Interesting to note that in one of the four salons, not one of my images received an acceptance. Once again – evidence of the differences of opinions of judges and therefore one should not get upset with the outcomes of salons. Just accept the outcome/result and move on.

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Eagle with twig

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

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  1. 3RD OLYMPIC CIRCUIT 2015 (Greece)

This was 4-salon circuit

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

Acceptance: 9 acceptances (56% acceptance rate)

Comments: I’ve entering this circuit since the very first circuit was launched a year or two ago and I am enjoying it. Once again, a good result for me with a 56% acceptance rate. Leopard kill was a very difficult image to process/develop in Photoshop and I wasn’t sure about how the image will do on a circuit. Just because it is not really a pleasing image. But this is what nature is all about and one does not get the opportunity every day to capture such action in the wild. And this leopard just gave us a few seconds before disappearing into the bush with the steenbok. So, I’ve decided to give it a try. Surprisingly it received acceptances in all four salons. So, this image is also going to the shelve with the goal of three acceptances per image achieved (PSA requirements)

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Leopard kill

Londolozi nature reserve, Greater Kruger Park, South Africa

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  1. 3RD INDIAN GOLDEN DIGITAL CIRCUIT 2015 (India)

This was a 3-salon circuit

Photos entered: 4 photos entered in Nature section = 12 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal & 4 acceptances (42% acceptance rate)

Comments: A lot of circuits this month and another example of different opinions from judges, Three puppies playing received the judges choice medal in one salon, an acceptance in another salon and no acceptance in the third salon. However, mission accomplished with three acceptances for the PSA Galaxy rating purpose.

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Three puppies playing

Laikepia Nature reserve, Kenya

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  1. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY SALON 2015 (India)

Photos entered: 4 photos entered each in Nature General and Nature Wildlife sections = 8 entries

Acceptance: 4 acceptances (50% acceptance rate)

Comments: Two acceptances each in both sections with Wildebeest help me receiving it third acceptance in international salon. Also – the image to be put on the shelf after receiving its third acceptance. I though this image is just a bit different from the usual crossing images people posted all over the Internet.

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Wildebeest help me

Serengeti, Tanzania

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 B. NATIONAL SALONS

 

  1. 2ND MIDDELBURG SALON 2015 (South Africa)

Photos entered: 4 photos each entered in the Wildlife, Macro, PJ, and Open colour sections= 20 entries

Acceptance: 1 medal, 3 COMs & 8 acceptances (60%)

Comments: Only one national salon this month as the PSSA decided to reduce the number of national photography salons in South Africa. I do not agree with the decision but I am sure the management structure of the PSSA has their reasons for the decision (I heard it is to improve the quality of images entered into national salon – not sure this approach will solve the problem but it is just my opinion. Maybe using a lower acceptance rate will do it). At last – a first for in a long time – I received a COM for a photo entered in the Photo Journalism (PJ) section. I’ve entered Hockey challenge in two previous salons with one acceptance.

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Hockey challenge

Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Message to take home:

Looking back at my Wildebeest crossing image of mine and my comment posted earlier in this post, I was thinking of the following issue I am trying to master:

Trying to capture some unique images while developing one’s own style.

I am constantly telling myself when on a photography drive: If the photo I am trying to capture looks the same as the photo everyone else is taking, there can only be one reason: I am doing the same as everybody else and I really do not want to be a copy cat. I want to capture that unique photo meaning I need to think outside the box and do something that nobody else has done before. And this really not easy with all the photographers around today with so many photography opportunities. However, one can continuously ask the following questions: “Am I doing something wrong?”, “Can I change something I’ve been doing routinely on ever trip?”, “Can I change the way I am using my camera/lens/setting?”. Just to highlight a few questions. With such questions asked, I might change the way I’ve captured the image previously and I might get luckly with an unique image.

 

Until next month, keep on shooting

 

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