April 2015: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Black

Ann Sorensen

Black Dominoes


Photo by Ann Sorensen

Canon EOS 60D, F3.9, 1/90, ISO 1600, 60mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Ann has done it again! This time with her clever use of lighting she has captured a successful photo for this month’s theme “Black”.

We loved her use of composition with the dominoes leading our eye into the front domino. The way she has placed the dominoes create a simple and effective composition where things are busy yet somehow remain quite simple.

The short depth of field has been used to enhance this leading line affect. This is a common technique used by professional industry photographers and skilled enthusiasts to help draw attention to a specific area.

Black subjects on a black background is a very difficult technique to attain at the best of times. When mastered successfully we find that there is a clear distinction between the black background and black subject. It’s hard to photograph but when done right the result is fantastic.

Ann, we’re so proud of your great work. We love seeing your work and happy to award you as this month’s winner. Well done and thank you for not only a technically competent and skilled image but an artistic one too. A big gold star to you :)


Amy & Paul

P.S If you didn’t win, it’s not because we didn’t like your photo. Every photo on this page is a beauty. We love all of them. We want to extend a big “thank you” to everyone whose work is contributed each month. We are very proud of you.


Special Mention Entries:

(Simply click on a photo to enlarge and see camera data.)

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your photos. You have done a great job. We have a limitation of one Winner and 8 finalists photos. This is due to the wonderful success and popularity of Focus Ezine and that we are now getting a large number of entries each month. If you don’t see yours here it’s not because we didn’t like it, it’s simply because of space limitations.



Please add your comments about any of these great photo efforts at the bottom of the page.


Next Month’s (April) Theme:

“A Touch Of Orange In Your Life”


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of April 2015

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd May 2015

About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

Comments (3)

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  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Morning all.
    Certainly was surprised to see my photo.
    It was definitely a challnge to do “Black”.

    I do think the other photos were great and Ann is most worthy of the first place.

    Not only were the other photos well done photographically, but the “thinking out of the square” did show some good thoughts to file in my brain box (when I find it).

    Cheers Derek.

    • Ann Sorensen says:

      Thankyou for your kind comment Derek. Were you out train spotting in the middle of the night!!? :)

  2. Derek Stubbs says:

    Morning sorry for the delay, I have several interests, radio, trains, photography & 4 grandkids.
    I try to combined my interests e.g. take photos of trains & stations etc, and when doing radio take photo of field work.
    In that photo I set a model on the layout coming out of a tunnel and lined the back drop with black tissue paper, set up the tripod – easy bit – then to get a good shot in the dark, not so easy!

    I am following Amy in a hope to get better shots of my other “Hobbies”

    Cheers Derek.

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