August 2015: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Morning Landscapes


Tim Roberts

Sunrise at Oxley Common

Photo by Tim Roberts

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 , F8, 1/1000, ISO 100, 13.2mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Congratulations to Tim Roberts

This photo is stunning. The morning light through the mist makes it feel like we’re really there, perhaps freezing cold, warming our hands on a mug of hog chocolate as we hold the shutter cable tentatively, waiting for the sun to rise and stay at the right position. Perhaps I’ve lived in a cold climate for too long!

No matter what you imagine, this image epitomizes the stillness, gentleness and serenity of a morning sunrise. The mist makes the landscape scene look beautiful.

Tim’s composition has been thought through carefully. The negative space (sky) occupies the first, top third of the frame. The middle section is filled up by the gentle, misty landscape and the bottom third is composed of loads of shadow and non distinct elements.

Tim has used his camera well too. He’s used F8 which is nice for a medium distance scene. He’s used 1000th of a second probably due to the brightness of the sun and 13mm to keep in line with landscape photography rules of a wide angle. He’s also spot metered which is fine too.

This is a beautiful photo and one we’re proud to call this months’ winner.

Well done Tim.


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.)

Wow there were some fabulous entries this month, making it very hard to choose!!

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:

“Book Worm”

Please be creative and inventive as you like for this theme, relating to books and reading…


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of August 2015

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd September 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.

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  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Well what can I say?
    Certainly all are great photos. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to spend too much time for the last comp and just as well, with that class of photography, I would not have stood a chance.

    Well done to all!

    Cheers Derek.

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