January 2012: Focus Photo Comp Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Local Wildlife”

Photo taken by Chris Kiely

 Photo By Chris Kiely

Sony A200, F5.6, 1/320 sec, 300mm focal length, ISO 400

Why Chris won:

It’s hard to capture frogs because they mainly come out at night and hide in small spaces. Chris has managed to capture the  frog in pretty decent light, in a way whereby the frog is well exposed.

At 300mm small subjects can have a magnificent short depth of field that really suits the environment around it. This photo emphasizes that perfectly. We have full focus on the eyes and face and we see blurriness on the back of the body and environment. This gives us a great opportunity to really see into the world that Chris is creating for us.

We loved the smile on the frog. It made him much more interesting and easy to gaze upon. A truly wonderful photo.

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 to any of these great photo efforts at the bottom of the page.


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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 (5)

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  1. Chris Kiely says:

    Amy and Paul, thank you so much for selecting my little frog as the winner for this month’s competition. I was thrilled, and shocked, when I received my email. I am absolutely loving your photography site – it is such a user friendly place to be. Look forward to reading through all the Magazines and tips when I get a chance. All the best to you for continued success and a wonderful, safe, happy 2012.


  2. Jim Sage says:

    I have 2 questions – 1. I’m looking for lenses for my Nikon 5100. I have 2 now but would like a wide angle and maybe a long range zoom, what do you suggest? 2. Many times it is necessary to reduce the file size after you take a photo what apps do you suggest to reduce photo size?

    Hi Jim,

    AS far as lenses just look at what you need. Have a look at the 70-200mm Nikon lens, a beauty that’s for sure. I’vce used it a few times and loved it.

    For programs to reduce rile size I find Photoshop and Lightroom pretty good. Lightroom is very user friendly.

    Good luck and thanks for your comments,


  3. Love all this information. So glad I purchased this.

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