September 2014: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo

Theme : “Expressions”

Luis Bonilla

Photo by Luis Bonilla

Canon EOS 600D, F4.5, 1/40, ISO 800, 37mm, Manual Focus, WB -Fluoroscent, tripod and remote switch.

Judge’s Feedback:

Luis has captured a terrific candid moment and full of expression. The man’s facial expression has a comical element to it which creates interest and appeal. Luis has left some space between the man’s face and the edge of the frame which gives the impression of an audience present.

There are a few technical aspects of the image that could improve the image. The photo may have been shot on auto yet the moment has been captured beautifully. Sometimes in order to capture a decisive moment we may make the choice to forgo attention to the technical aspects of the photo.

Well done Luis. A wonderful expression.


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 (October) Theme:



The closing date for entries is the:

25th of September 2014

Competition drawn and open for viewing on:

3rd October 2014

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 (16)

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  1. Andrew says:

    Congrats Luis! A great facial shot. Andy D.

  2. Julie says:

    I love the surprise on his face.

  3. Felix says:

    That’s pretty good for 40th of a second. Luis, you have a steady hand! Thank you for a marvellous photograph.

  4. Don says:

    Hi Amy,

    Thank you for running this wonderful competition every month. My daughter and I are entering next months competition and whoever wins gets dinner bought for them. (I am sure she will win, she’s a much better photographer than me!) Best wishes, Donald.

  5. Richard says:

    Cool pic.

  6. Alycia Grimswald says:

    Hello Luis! This is a wonderful photo, a big congratulations from us here in Kentucky.

  7. Gary O'Reilly says:

    Why did you use such a slow shutter speed?

    • Luis says:

      Hi Gary,
      Well, before I took this picture I shoot a few photos to made sure that the set up of the camera was ok for the quantity of light in the room.
      Camera in Manual mode, shutter speed 1/40, exp. f/4.5, ISO 800, White balance in White fluorescent light.

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  9. Allan Potter says:

    Good on you Luis!

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