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Color On Topic A

Boys Playing - Cheryl Lake
Total Score (all judges): 268
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 98
Technique:32
Impact:33
Composition:33

Great shot of what at least seams to be a natural unposed moment. The faces are nice and sharp while still having some motion blur in the wheels and hands. Congrats on 1st place!

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 86
Technique:29
Impact:29
Composition:28

Great job capturing the action here. The expressions on the boy's faces are great.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 84
Technique:27
Impact:29
Composition:28

I love the fun and spontaneous feel to the image. It tells a great story of boys having fun. I like the strong diagonal of the road edge and the movement of the boys from the upper left to lower right. I like how the boys are not looking the photographer, but are engrossed in their activity. Exposure is good, and focus is sharp. Good use of shutter speed. The boys are in focus, but the tires are slightly blurred, showing motion. A subtle vignette around the edges would help to draw attention to the boys. Also, the green foliage seems a bit oversaturated. I would tone down the saturation on the green a bit.

End of Year 2015 - Best of the Best - 12/1/2015

Color On Topic A

Painted - Beryl Peters
Total Score (all judges): 264
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 96
Technique:31
Impact:33
Composition:32

Very interesting and compelling image. I'm not sure what's going on with the paint but the image does make me want to know more. The lighting across his face is also a really nice touch. The only thing that bothers me is the bright background to the upper left. Depending on the shooting situation that may have been something that could have been resolved with a slightly different shooting angle.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 89
Technique:28
Impact:31
Composition:30

Intriguing portrait. The off-center composition and blurred background works well although I felt I needed to take off for the blown out top left.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 79
Technique:27
Impact:26
Composition:26

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Color On Topic A

Impala - Beryl Peters
Total Score (all judges): 262
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 94
Technique:33
Impact:31
Composition:30

I love the effective use of the hood and roof within the composition to eliminate what might have been a distracting background. I can see from some of the reflections that this was probably at a car show and I know what a mess it can be to get good clean simple compositions at events like that.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 84
Technique:27
Impact:29
Composition:28

I like the diagonals and composition here and the image is nice and sharp. The loss of all detail on the top is a bit bothersome for me.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 84
Technique:28
Impact:30
Composition:26

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Color On Topic A

Bubbles - Kenneth Hall
Total Score (all judges): 256
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 90
Technique:30
Impact:30
Composition:30

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 86
Technique:30
Impact:28
Composition:28

Nice bright colors and good job panning.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 80
Technique:27
Impact:26
Composition:27

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Color On Topic A

Finale - Anthony Jefferson
Total Score (all judges): 257
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 85
Technique:27
Impact:29
Composition:29

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 85
Technique:30
Impact:28
Composition:27

I like that we can gather a sense of place with this image. (Often fireworks photos focus only on the display.) Good job!

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 87
Technique:31
Impact:28
Composition:28

This is a great capture of a fireworks display. The focus is sharp, the bursts work well together, and there is good layering in the bursts. By that I mean that there are some low to the ground, some mid way up the image, and some high in the sky. I felt that the thing that made this rise above just another fireworks shot is the presence of a strong foreground, with the people and the torii gate structure. This creates a sense of depth to the image, since there are foreground and background subject elements. The only minor issue that I had with the image are the lights amongst the spectators and the greenish starburst light in the far right. They are small, but the viewer's eyes will tend to migrate to bright lights in dark portions of the image. These would be easy to clone out and would strengthen the image.

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Color On Topic B

Horse Power - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 271
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 96
Technique:33
Impact:32
Composition:31

This is a beautifully lit image and it's obvious that you spent some real time putting it together and gave the scene a lot of consideration. A little human element or something added to the scene to make it seem just *tad* less staged and it would have been a home run for me.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 93
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:31

Very nice image and good thinking to turn the light on! A thin rule would help distinguish the edges. (The judging background is black.)

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 82
Technique:28
Impact:28
Composition:26

The lighting is beautiful, image is sharp, composition is good, and exposure is good. I like the thematic connection of horsepower between the horse barn and of the bike.

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Color On Topic B

Capture & Release - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 263
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 92
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:30

Another inventive and creative shot. It goes to show you that you can still capture the imagination with even the simplest of things.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 87
Technique:31
Impact:28
Composition:28

A good variation of a known technique. I like the hand opening the jar and the reflections.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 84
Technique:28
Impact:29
Composition:27

Very creative. Exposure is good, although the hand might benefit with some dodging to brighten it a bit. Focus is sharp. I would recommend darkening the bottom of the image between the glass and the frame of the image. This will provide separation between the subject and the frame.

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Color On Topic B

Frozen in Time - Richard Harris
Total Score (all judges): 262
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 88
Technique:29
Impact:30
Composition:29

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 91
Technique:31
Impact:30
Composition:30

I love this and the sense of space it provides. That one bit of red coming thru the shade on the right window distracts me and it would be an easy fix.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 83
Technique:28
Impact:26
Composition:29

I really like the mood of this image. The soft window lighting is great, although the flare through the left window is a bit distracting. The diagonal lines of the walls and ceiling add a strong dynamic feel to the image. The placement of the table in the image works great. There is a lot of noise in the image, especially in the ceiling beams, but it doesn't seem to impact the image too much.

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Color On Topic B

Into the Night - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 259
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 93
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:31

I love the creativity in this shot. I presume this is by the same person that did the radial light image and I like that you've picked up on a theme. I hope you're running with that and trying out all kinds of different things with it. I'm not sold on the blue tint to the blackest shadows, but that may be just a personal taste issue. Well done image all the way around.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 88
Technique:30
Impact:28
Composition:30

Very dramatic and creative.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 78
Technique:27
Impact:24
Composition:27

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Color On Topic B

Night Shift - Alison Walker
Total Score (all judges): 260
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 97
Technique:32
Impact:33
Composition:32

Of the race pics in this competition this one stands out way ahead of the others and the irony there is that this car isn't even moving. What sets it apart for me is that I can really see the human element of what's going on. I get a sense of the action and frantic level of what goes on in a race car pit. THIS shot feels like racing.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 84
Technique:29
Impact:27
Composition:28

You get the sense of the action packed and tense moment here.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 79
Technique:27
Impact:27
Composition:25

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Mono On Topic A

Swinging - Sarah Major
Total Score (all judges): 261
Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 84
Technique:27
Impact:28
Composition:29

I really like the dynamic feel of this image. Good panning technique to create the sense of motion. The strong diagonals create also contribute strongly to the dynamic feel. Composition is really good. I like how the girl's feet are close to the lower right corner, and her body projects upward into the image. There is sufficient space in front of her to give her room to move into the image. Whenever there the subject is moving, or conveys the sense of movement, it is usually best to have more room in front of the subject than behind it. The image could have been helped with a bit of dodging of the girl.

Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 89
Technique:29
Impact:31
Composition:29

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 88
Technique:30
Impact:29
Composition:29

Great expression and panning job.

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Mono On Topic A

The Last Voyage - Beryl Peters
Total Score (all judges): 260
Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 77
Technique:26
Impact:25
Composition:26

Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 95
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:33

Great find and great framing. It's always a treasure as a photographer to come across something with so much potential. It can also sometimes be very challenging to get a good angle or a good "shot" on something like this without throwing in some "renegade landscaping." In any case, beautiful shot!

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 88
Technique:29
Impact:28
Composition:31

Nice find, tones and composition! I like the way the branches help your eyes travel around the frame.

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Mono On Topic A

Glass in Fluted Motiff - Cheryl Lake
Total Score (all judges): 259
Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 79
Technique:28
Impact:25
Composition:26

Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 89
Technique:30
Impact:29
Composition:30

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 91
Technique:30
Impact:30
Composition:31

I like the high contrast for this image. The diagonal stripes and highlights are quite striking.

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Mono On Topic A

Camping Under the Milky Way - Anthony Jefferson
Total Score (all judges): 259
Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 82
Technique:30
Impact:25
Composition:27

This is a very well executed image. It is very simple - just night sky and tents. I like how the tents are tucked tight into the lower left corner with the Milky Way streaking somewhat diagonally over top of the tents. The only minor issue is that there seems to be some lights near the horizon on the far right. As my eyes move around the image, the lights are somewhat distracting. I would recommend cloning the lights out.

Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 88
Technique:30
Impact:29
Composition:29

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 89
Technique:29
Impact:30
Composition:30

I have seen similar images in color and must say, I like this concept in B&W too. Not sure if I would like to see some detail in the dark foreground.

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Mono On Topic A

MEMORIES OF HOME - Jason Harris
Total Score (all judges): 250
Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 77
Technique:28
Impact:26
Composition:23

Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 92
Technique:29
Impact:30
Composition:33

The vintage treatment here looks very convincing. Also, like I mentioned on the row boat image, good job with the subject and it's surroundings. A lot of the time you come across things like this and they're very overgrown and can be challenging to compose well.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 81
Technique:27
Impact:28
Composition:26

Has the feeling of an antique photo. A more aged looking border would add to the feeling. Some visible noise and outside edges seem to be a bit washed out.

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Mono On Topic A

Left Out in the Sun - Anthony Jefferson
Total Score (all judges): 258
Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 81
Technique:29
Impact:27
Composition:25

I really liked the feeling of this image. Good use of HDR to bring out the details in the shadows of the car. I like how the photographer got low to shoot on the level of the car - good perspective.

Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 84
Technique:26
Impact:28
Composition:30

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 93
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:31

Great subject, toning and composition!

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Mono On Topic B

Forest ride - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 268
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 94
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:32

A great photo deserving of an award. The upper end of the tonal range, the brightest areas, are possibly a little too bright. Amazing composition and a great capture.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 92
Technique:31
Impact:30
Composition:31

Very beautiful and professional looking. I love how the tree, hair, dress, mane and tail are all flowing.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 82
Technique:28
Impact:29
Composition:25

I like the mood of this image. With the Spanish moss hanging down and the white horse, the image has a strong fairy tale feeling to it. From a composition stand point, I felt that the image was hurt a bit by the perspective. The image would be stronger if the camera had been pointed a bit further to the right. There are 2 reasons why I say this. First, as it was taken the horse/rider are close to the center of the image (from a left-right perspective). In general, you should try to avoid having the subject in the center of the image. Shifting the camera to the right would bring the rider to about the 1/3 line. Second, the two trees make the image feel unbalanced. The tree on the left is fully captured, with space between it and the frame of the image. The tree on the right is just barely there. Shifting the camera to the right would bring both trees evenly into the image, and would serve as frames in the image, along with the strong branch along the top. This would help to draw attention to the rider. I do like how the moss arcs towards the rider, almost pointing the viewer's eyes to the subject.

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Mono On Topic B

Botanical Music - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 257
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 96
Technique:32
Impact:32
Composition:32

One of the things I love about B&W images is that we're forced to consider primarily the tonal range of an image. By taking away the dimension of color we simplify the elements to just the quality of light. Here we have a single source of light (the stage lights) shining brightly on what's important in the photo (the band) and while also giving just the slightest hint of the audience - enough to give us context. The way it all works together here the viewer gets a strong sense of being in the photo as a part of the audience. Very well made. Congrats!

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 78
Technique:27
Impact:25
Composition:26

Interesting moment. A little too much black in audience. Thin rule needed to define edge.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 83
Technique:29
Impact:28
Composition:26

Great composition, showing the context of the band. Had this image been cropped tightly onto the band, it would have lost a lot of its impact. I like that the image includes the bandstand and silhouettes of the audience. This creates the sense that the viewer of the image is in the crowd as well. The soft, hazy lighting adds to the mood of the image. It tells a good story.

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Mono On Topic B

What is waiting at the end of the hall? - Richard Harris
Total Score (all judges): 255
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 93
Technique:31
Impact:31
Composition:31

I love the framing of the hallway wth the border of the image and the repeating pattern of the doors along the way. Places like this can often times be too junky which can spoil a shot. Good job finding a composition that kept the scene simple enough to focus on what's really interesting there.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 83
Technique:27
Impact:28
Composition:28

Have been here many times! Focus is not sharp in foreground.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 79
Technique:27
Impact:26
Composition:26

The composition of this image is very strong. The repetition of the doors on the walls, and the strong leading lines of the ceiling, all draw the viewer's eyes into the image. This engages the viewer and increases the impact. They also add a strong sense of depth to the image. The lighting is very dynamic. Two things hurt this image though. First, and somewhat minor, is that the distant door is overexposed. I like that it is bright, to draw your attention, but it would have been better if it had some level of detail. If this image was shot in raw, there is a chance that you can recover some of the detail. Second, the image is soft.

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Mono On Topic B

Sunday Drivers - Alison Walker
Total Score (all judges): 254
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 95
Technique:32
Impact:31
Composition:32

I would normally suggest that a photo like this would need more space in front of the horse to give it some room to move into. However, I think you nailed the perfect amount there. The result is keeping the subject of the image as large and centralized as possible for maximum effect. You also have just the right amount of blur in the background and in the wheels to give adequate representation of movement and depth. Your contrast range is also very nicely handled. It was difficult to pick a winner between this one that the other. Both are excellent photos!

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 78
Technique:26
Impact:25
Composition:27

A moment taking us back in time. Blacks seem heavy.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 81
Technique:29
Impact:27
Composition:25

What struck me first in this image is the sharpness of the image, followed by the great tones. I like that the horses hoof is off the ground and somewhat blurry. This creates the sense that the carriage is moving and is not just static. I like how the whip frames the rider. The fact that the rider is wearing lighter clothes in front of a darker background draws the viewer's eyes to him, strengthening the image with a strong focal point.

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Mono On Topic B

Tumbling in the park at Discovery Fest - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 252
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 91
Technique:29
Impact:31
Composition:31

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 81
Technique:29
Impact:26
Composition:26

Lots of fun. I'd crop out the guy's limbs on the left. He is not adding anything for me.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 80
Technique:28
Impact:26
Composition:26

The image has great feeling and sense of spontaneity. I like how the tubes form a strong diagonal. The visual line connecting the faces of the 2 children also form a strong diagonal. Strong diagonals in the image, whether present physically or just visually, create a very dynamic feel to the image. Focus is good, exposure is good. There are a lot of midtones in this image, making the image feel a little flat. A curves adjustment might help the image to have higher impact. The partial person on the left side is a bit distracting. The image would be better if the person was fully in the image, or completely cropped out. Since the subject is the 2 children playing in the tubes, I would recommend cropping the third person out. In addition to removing the distracting partial person, this would help the image to be more balanced, in the sense that the tube on the right intersects the frame of the image, and cropping out the third person would produce the same effect for the left tube.

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Novice On Topic B

He is late again! - Sarah Garcia
Total Score (all judges): 246
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 86
Technique:30
Impact:29
Composition:27

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 89
Technique:30
Impact:30
Composition:29

Nice set-up.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 71
Technique:24
Impact:24
Composition:23

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Novice On Topic B

Golf cart in motion, I see you. - Simon Davies
Total Score (all judges): 242
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 93
Technique:29
Impact:32
Composition:32

I think this image, or more specifically, the concept here needs a little tweaking, But with that being said I love the inventive nature and the minimization going on here. Very playful and unique. Well done.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 86
Technique:29
Impact:28
Composition:29

Fun panning subject. Cart and man are a little dark.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 63
Technique:24
Impact:17
Composition:22

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Novice On Topic B

follow me - Sarah Garcia
Total Score (all judges): 241
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 76
Technique:25
Impact:26
Composition:25

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 90
Technique:29
Impact:30
Composition:31

Super framing device and on-location portrait! Darks seem void of detail.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 75
Technique:25
Impact:25
Composition:25

Exposure is good on the young lady and the door, although the background has some blown out areas. Viewer's eyes are naturally drawn to the brightest parts of the image, so in this case, it is natural for the viewer to move right passed the young lady to the background. The edge of the door just clips part of the subject's face. It would have been better if the young lady stepped back an inch or two to provide some visual separation between her face and the edge of the door. Also, a subtle vignette around the edges of the image would help focus the viewer's attention onto the subject. This is especially true for the large expanse of the door on the right.

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Open Topic

Enchanted Forest - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 269
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 96
Technique:32
Impact:32
Composition:32

I commented on this photo a few months ago and still feel that it is an amazing shot that you should be proud of.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 91
Technique:31
Impact:30
Composition:30

Beautiful flowing image. The red dress really draws attention.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 82
Technique:30
Impact:26
Composition:26

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Open Topic

Her Heart - Anthony Jefferson
Total Score (all judges): 268
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 88
Technique:30
Impact:29
Composition:29

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 92
Technique:31
Impact:30
Composition:31

Beautiful back-light and professional looking. Needs thin rule to define frame on black background.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 88
Technique:30
Impact:29
Composition:29

Very dramatic image. I love the rim lighting that defines the form of the man and woman. Great composition with strong diagonals - the direction of the eyes of the two people, the angle of the necks, the lady's arm are all strong diagonals. Focus is sharp, exposure is great.

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Open Topic

Light - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 262
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 97
Technique:33
Impact:32
Composition:32

This image is an excellent example of just how important the quality of light is to the success of a photo. There's real emotion, depth and a compelling story here. All of which are beautifully brought forth to us via that wonderful light beaming in from above.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 84
Technique:28
Impact:27
Composition:29

Nice soft light beams!

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 81
Technique:29
Impact:27
Composition:25

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Open Topic

Balance - Jessica Hall
Total Score (all judges): 259
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 91
Technique:31
Impact:30
Composition:30

I've seen shots like this a number of times and it can be a bit like the old saying, "Seen one, seen them all..." What I do like here that elevated it in my book isn't so much the perfect orb of a drop but instead the patterns in the water just at the base of the "pedestal" - I find them to be mesmerizing.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 87
Technique:30
Impact:28
Composition:29

Great capture and it works well in B&W.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 81
Technique:29
Impact:25
Composition:27

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Open Topic

Learning to Fish. Day1. - Herbert Martin
Total Score (all judges): 261
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 98
Technique:32
Impact:33
Composition:33

In a category with a lot of birds and other life forms this one (and the horse image) stands out far above the rest. Many of the animal shots are of a very high quality but you can see in images like this what is needed - that is sometimes hard to put into words - to really make a profoundly impactful image. Congrats on putting together an image worthy of publication - at least as far as I'm concerned!

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 84
Technique:29
Impact:27
Composition:28

Looks like this guy has been diving!

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 79
Technique:26
Impact:27
Composition:26

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Open Topic

Meadowlark - Cheryl Lake
Total Score (all judges): 259
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 84
Technique:28
Impact:28
Composition:28

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 90
Technique:31
Impact:30
Composition:29

Great pose and background!

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 85
Technique:29
Impact:27
Composition:29

Great capture of a bird. Focus is sharp, exposure is correct. and the composition is good. Great use of a shallow depth of field to yield a blurry background. The blur makes the bird stand out clearly as the subject. I like how the bird is singing/chirping. This adds a sense of life to the image. It isn't simply a static image of a bird just sitting.

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Novice On Topic Novice

POW WOW DANCER - Philip Lewis
Total Score (all judges): 239
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 89
Technique:30
Impact:30
Composition:29

There seems to be a weird light line across the top of the image. I'm not sure what's going on there but you might want to crop that out. I love the light on her skin and she's certainly photogenic. I wish her head was turned towards us just a little more to give us a 3/4 view and less of a profile. Giving a little more space in front of her face might help me enjoy this as a profile portrait more.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 76
Technique:27
Impact:24
Composition:25

Nice profile expression and good blurred background. Lighting conditions seem harsh. A little more room in front of her face would keep it from feeling so boxed in.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 74
Technique:27
Impact:24
Composition:23

This is a decent snap-shot portrait of the dancer. A side profile angle of the person creates a static, unexciting feeling the image. Lighting is somewhat harsh as well. I would also crop the image ever so slightly to get rid of the white edge along the top. Also, in the background, there are some vibrant colors right above the lady's eyes. This is distracting, but is easy to fix. Desaturate the area somewhat - not to fully black and white, but enough to tone the colors down to a drab level.

End of Year 2015 - Best of the Best - 12/1/2015

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Samba players - Helen Davies
Total Score (all judges): 236
Judge:Steve Reeves
Total Score: 88
Technique:29
Impact:30
Composition:29

This is an image I judged recently and I still like it very much. You picked a good moment that shows the action of what's going on here and did so with an inventive composition. I think I mentioned last time that I wish it were a little tighter on the right and I still think so.

Judge:Denise Bush
Total Score: 84
Technique:30
Impact:25
Composition:29

She needs a queen of hearts. Good even lighting and vantage point. Could be a successful stock photograph.

Judge:Steve Lohmueller
Total Score: 64
Technique:24
Impact:20
Composition:20

End of Year 2015 - Best of the Best - 12/1/2015