August 2014: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Rainbows”

Neil Womersley

Photo by Neil Womersley

NIKON D7000, F11, 1/125, ISO 800, 50mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Neil has created a very artistic, almost commercial, photograph. The colours are beautiful and the fanning out of the subject makes for a very pleasing composition. The composition works so well due to the simplicity in the photo. There are no distracting elements competing in the background. Everything is very straight forward.

The black background helps to create the simplicity. Black backgrounds can work so well with subjects that are very bold and bright, and of course, colourful. This is a lovely shot because of the colourful elements and black background working so nicely together.

It can be very challenging to capture pure black in the studio. Often, a control and understanding of light and light absorption is whats needed. A lot of the time the black is enhanced in the post processing stage.

Neil’s exposure is well done. There is nothing under or over exposed. When normal subjects are underexposed colour loss is inevitable. (You need light to reflect colour). When the colours are bold and vibrant like this we can see that the image has been properly exposed.

Exposure is one of the secrets to capturing vibrant colour. If your subject is vibrant in colour yet the final image is not, then check to see if your exposure is correct or not. There is always a strong relationship between the two.

So well done Neil!

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 (September) Theme:



The closing date for entries is the:

25th of August 2014

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd September 2014

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.

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  1. Ann Sorensen says:

    Lovely picture Neil, congratulations

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