July 2012: Focus Comp Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “My Life”


Photo By Shirley Hansen

Nikon  D7000, Lens 70-300 f4.5-5.6, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 100, 70mm

“This photos was taken on my favourite stretch of the Swan River in Perth.  I drive past here every day on my way to work and depending on the conditions usually take a photo as the river and the light change from day to day.  This was a particularly calm morning – just waiting to be photographed.  Living close to the river is delightful and I try and walk around here (with my camera) whenever I can.  It is a very important contributor to my well being…”


Why Shirley won:

What a beautiful photo!

We loved the way Shirley was able to capture such a gentle and serene scene. The gentle light combined with the composition worked so well. The ripples of the water complimented the boats in the subdued light. Shirley had created a very sharp photo. Sharpness like this always looks great with partially silhouetted images. In fact if this photo was blurry or out of focus the semi silhouette effect just would not work. We can really see why this scene is a big part of Shirley’s life.

Congratulations Shirley, you have done a wonderful job.


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.


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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 (3)

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  1. Kim says:

    I’m impressed, I must say. Actually hardly ever do I encounter a site that’s more educative.
    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for helping everyone with their photography.

  2. Laurie says:

    Congratulations, all the contestents have done a great job.

  3. Chris Kiely says:

    Congratulations Shirley on winning the Photo Competition with this amazing entry. It is a stunning capture, and one that I really love. There is something very special about boats and water – Swan River is a place I would dearly love to see. I have a friend who lives nearby, and have heard so much about it. Well done. Chris :)

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