October 2016: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : Outdoor Activity



Photo by Lurline Slater

Canon EOS 70D, F8, 1/1000, ISO 400, 600mm, Aperture Priority

Judge’s Feedback:

What a great action shot! Lurline has managed to capture a great moment that we are completely drawn into. The way the surfer has his body positioned and the way the image has been framed work in harmony like a perfectly timed musical score.

The interesting thing about the image is the colour of the water. In the foreground we see a lovely aqua green and in the background we have the advantage of enjoying a lovely crisp blue. Ironically the brown of the surfers top matches these colours really well. This is an example of how tonal range can work very well in your images, and, just how important colour is.

The surfers extended arm assists in leading our eye into the frame. It’s complimentary lines like this that can work effectively to bring the viewers eyes to where we want them to go. This can work with just about any subject as long as it
correlates to the subject in someway. If this technique is not applied correctly, it can hinder the visual enjoyment and become a distraction.

This image is a perfect example of how less is more. When a photo has less elements in it there is less distraction and confusion. Bringing the elements to a point where they support the subject is a clever way to create a moving image, and one you can get emotionally involved in. It’s always best to have less subjects in your photos.

Well done Lurline!



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:

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles…”

Good luck shooting.


The closing date for entries is the:

25th of October 2016

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd November 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:

    Well Lurline a great shot! How did you balance on the board alonside without getting the camera wet ?

    Good shots Ann, peaceful smelling the flowers opposite to energitics kids.

    I see Julie someone else has my profile.

    All great outdoor shots – I am looking forward to Summer.

    Cheers Derek from Very wet Sth Aust.

    • Ann Sorensen says:

      Hi Derek,
      Thankyou for your nice comment. I have just passed through SA from WA – weather was crazy. Nearly took flight several times from high & not so high places, whilst gripping my cameras – of course!!

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