November 2015: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Gardening


Derek Stubbs

Young Starter

Photo by Derek Stubbs

Canon EOS 20D, F3.5, 1/125, ISO 100, 18mm

Judge’s Feedback:

I love the candid aspect of this image. The young girl invites us into her lush, green world by the simple act of being absorbed in nature. We can’t see her face, but it doesn’t seem to matter. What matters is the action.

Derek has framed the action very well. He has placed the subject right in the middle, which normally does not work from a composition stand point, however, he has made this work well. The garden frames the subject very well and leads our eyes into the action.

The lighting is soft and cool. I would love to see the white balance warmed just a fraction, but it’s not a huge problem if it stays as is. The cooler white balance works okay with subdued lighting. To create more realistic lighting conditions you could simply shoot a grey card and set the white balance to the data given off from the grey card.

A really good shot.

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 (December) Theme:


Some examples…

The closing date for entries is the:

25th of November 2015

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd December 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 (2)

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  1. Derek Stubbs says:

    Quite a surprise. I thought with all the clever thinking most of you do, I wouldn’t get near winning.

    I must say that the examples shown above prove my point on all your great imaginations, not to mention great photography.
    I liked them all, so congratulations to all.

    Cheers Derek.

  2. Ann Sorensen says:

    Good on you Derek, you did it!! :) Congrats

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