October 2013: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Eyes”


Joy Loberg_Eyes r

Photo by Joy Loberg

Canon EOS 50D, F11, 1/100, ISO 100, 110mm

Judge’s Feedback:

Not only do we focus on the eyes straight away, but the eyes are supported by the bold, bright colour around the eyes themselves. In fact the colours help draw us in to the eyes.

You can’t beat studio lighting. The top lighting with close to daylight temperature (even though a little on the cool side) proves to be a winning component of this photo. With a lighting ratio of 1:1 (same on each side) the light is spread evenly across this photo, flattening out the face and providing nice beauty lighting. The catch lights in her eyes work well and help us keep attention on her eyes, which are the focal point of this photo.

The perspective is nice and there is no barrel distortion in the image. The viewpoint is close which works well for portraits. If I have any suggestions at all it would be perhaps to try a silver umbrella rather than a softbox, it spreads the light more evenly and reduces light fall-off around the edges of the face.

Great work Joy and we look forward to seeing further work from you in the future.

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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The closing date is the 25th of October 2013

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. Tim Roberts says:

    Eyes are often described as “the windows to the soul”. The subject is one that I have battled with over the years. Photos submitted are very good – congratulations to all submitters.

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