November 2016: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Planes, Trains and Automobiles…


Neil Womersley

Steamed wheels

Photo by Neil Womersley

NIKON D7000, F6.3, 1/160, ISO 2000, 75mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Neil has done it again! This image is beautiful. That might be an odd way to describe the wheel of a steam train but let’s examine this image.

Firstly the placement of the main subject runs in line with the rule of thirds. The ‘line’ of the steel makes its presence strong by the placement of the rule of thirds. Where the four bolts are placed fit nicely on the cross point of the bottom
line and first line of the grid. Being conscious about placement is a fast way to massively improve your photography.

Second, the low lighting conditions match perfectly with the subject’s tone. In fact the light brings out the detail of the steel. If it were shot on a bright day we would just see metallic highlights (possibly blown out) and deep shadows, denying us the chance of enjoying the finer detail of the image.

Third, the shapes are so interesting. The almost straight bar of steel against a base of a circular shape works incredibly well. Actually, this works because it’s simple and there is no visual conflict. Nothing detracts in fact.

The gentle puffs of grey steam work to soften the hard, metal element. This is a very clever way to tell the viewer about multiple aspects of the story. The steam (if you can actually capture it) arcs around the wheel which is a clever way to
soften the image without dominating the story of the image.

Neil, congratulations on a wonderful image. Please frame this and hang it on a wall for everyone to enjoy.

Spectacular work.


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.)

Fabulous entries this month, well done!!

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. 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 (November) Theme:


These can be, majestic, small or gnarly trees. Forest scenes, woods, flowering trees, seasonal tree scenes. Good luck


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of November 2016

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd December 2016

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:

    Oh to be in the right place at the right time, plus have the forethought to snap the shot.
    As a train modeller, I think you certainly got a great one Neil.
    They were all good shots, but slightly bias, did like the locos.
    Peter you are lucky to to have a head, looks pretty close.
    Must say you people do make me say why didn’t I think of that.

    Cheers Derek.

    • Peter Murphy says:

      Hi Derek,
      Sitting at the South end of Melbourne Airport under the Flight Path, on the roof of a 22tonne Refrigerated truck, between jobs, with a Sigma 150-500mm on 500mm helps lol.
      My son Zec, also a train modeller, took the shot of the R Class Loco (The last Pic). He was taking a 30sec time exposure shot & the train moved forward causing the light beam. He thought the shot was ruined until he looked at it afterward.

      Cheers Peter

      • Derek Stubbs says:

        G’day Peter,
        it would appear you always have your camera with you.
        I always have one but not always my SLR with the extra lense.However as they say, the worst photo is the one you didn’t get.
        Do like Zec’s shot. Goes to show sometimes things don’t do waht you want for a good reason.
        I would be very happy to say it was my shot. Well done.

        Cheers Derek.

        • Peter Murphy says:

          Hi Derek,
          Not always reading posts, forget which sites I have posted on lol.
          I never go out without my DSLR with at least my 100mm f2.8 on it (I prefer not to use zooms).
          He wants to know what modelling you are into. At present he is working on a Brass “O” gauge VR Steam Loco, just finished the chassis. Most of his is VR “HO/OO”.


          • Derek Stubbs says:

            Morning Peter and Zec.
            Not game to leave my DSLR in the car I need to park in public places.
            Good on building a brass loco, I wish you well and hope to see a photo once finished. What class ??
            Although in Adelaide I started with Echuca wharf area, then added Peterborough SA all HO.
            Top shelf is mostly Hornby OO.
            ALL works in progress !!
            Cheers Derek.

  2. Derek Stubbs says:

    G’day Peter. Did post a reply but it doesn’t seem to have gone through. We have had fun over here with NBN etc.
    I did like Zec’s shot, would be happy to have taken it myself.
    Sometimes things move for good reason. Got to be lucky.

    Cheers Derek.

    • Peter Murphy says:

      Hi Derek,
      What was the car, looks like a early Ford Model “T” Raceabout, 1915? Very Yellow isn’t it.
      Cheers Peter

      • Derek Stubbs says:

        G’day Peter.
        Yes a model “T”. Built up by a chap some years ago and a friend of my sister always wanted it.
        When the old chap died, the sons offered it to him on conditions if he ever wanted to sell it they had first offer.
        The shot was last Australia Day BBQ at sisters.
        The car is called “Yellow Peril”.

        Cheers Derek.

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