2020-05 Results

 
NAME SURNAME STAR TITLE AWARD COMMENT
Natalie Bowden 3STAR Jane B The lady has a sweet little smile. The eyes are at a pleasing angle. Your lighting is a bit harsh on her right cheek. The use of a reflector to the hair on our right would separate the head from the background. A crop off the left as far as the shoulder of the dress would get rid of the amputated hand & arm. The image needs a narrow border to keep the image within the frame
Natalie Bowden 3STAR Ants E Great colour & exposure, but focus has let you down
Natalie Bowden 3STAR Eggs S I like the placement in the frame. A nice pattern image. I would, however, like to see something more to add a bit of interest. As is the eye wanders around the picture as there is nothing for it to settle on.
Natalie Bowden 3STAR Fresh white Mealie S Vibrant greens, a simple image with no clutter. I just wish the author had pulled the leaves back a back a bit more & given us more of the cob
Natalie Bowden 3STAR Bagels E Although this fits set subject, there are far too many elements in the image, with nothing in focus. The bright hot spot is also a problem
Natalie Bowden 3STAR Easter Fruit Loaf G The bread fills the frame in a pleasing composition. The scattering of the dried fruit fills what would've been an empty space. 
Peter Charter 4STAR Kreepy Ripple Fractal G What a different idea. Good range to tones. Love the patterns in the image, especially all the faces in the bottom right
Peter Charter 4STAR Kreepy water spouts B The blue colouring is interesting as is the spout caused by the Kreepy Krawley. There is far too much that is out of focus in the image to warrant a higher award
Peter Charter 4STAR Pretty Poisonous False Parasol G You have come in nice & close to these mushrooms. The inclusion of the small mushroom in the background adds depth. I like the yellow lighting
Peter Charter 4STAR Land Snail M Beuatiful specimen which fills the frame nicely. A nice simple, clutter-free image
Peter Charter 4STAR Fern new life G I spent a lot of time looking at this image. A nice simple subject with beautiful shapes
Peter Charter 4STAR A very seedy picture M Seedy indeed. I am keeping my original naughty comment to myself. I love the humour in this image. The composition, focus & exposure are spot on. I will never be able to look at onions & sunflower seeds in the same light ever again
Shan Charter 4STAR This is Africa M What can I say? This is a STUNNING image. Excellent lighting & focus
Shan Charter 4STAR Blue Eyes G Insect is at the diagonal which is pleasing. Good colours. There is a lot of noise in the image
Shan Charter 4STAR Eye Contact M Lovely feather detail. Love the greenary in the beak. The focus is where it should be - on the head. Backgound has been handled well
Shan Charter 4STAR After a Days Work B Strong silhouette with an interesting subject & a nice sky. A crop off the top to just above the clouds as well as a bit off the bottom would give us a more plaseing panoramic image. This image has been over sharpened, giving a halo effect around the mast
Ishbel Cowan 2STAR bee eaters E Nice simple colours in this image, but nothing is sharp. Shooting with a 200mm lens requires a shutter speed of 1/250 or higher. If you were in a car, switch the engine off before taking a picture. That slight vibration can add  camera shake
Ishbel Cowan 2STAR buck stops here G Animal well placed. There is a dribble of water coming from the mouth. Use Levels to tweak the exposure. This will make the image pop
Ishbel Cowan 2STAR zebras G Lucky you to see so many zebra together. Focus is good although the image is over bright. Once again the use of Levels would help
Ishbel Cowan 2STAR clouds S A peaceful scene of sea & sky, but I would like to see more of the clouds. I have a vivid imagination & I see a lot of faces in those clouds from Homer Simpson on the left to a dragon's head on the right. (No, I have not been drinking. I ran out at the beginning of April).The lighting however is very flat, which is a great pity
Ishbel Cowan 2STAR orange delight B Your flowers fill the frame well. Well exposed & the background has been thrown nicely out of focus. The problem is that the image is not sharp
Ishbel Cowan 2STAR unicorn rainbow dreams G Nice colours, great focus & exposure. The card pulls the eye away from the subject & could've been removed before taking the shot. The flowers don't add to the story of the image
Eugene Dey-van Heerden 4STAR Solid wood G Not just a piece of wood. I see a bird in the shape.Well placed in the frame & I like to lighting used. Good tonal range
Eugene Dey-van Heerden 4STAR Once a Home S You want to ask yourself "Who lived there & when". Interesting sky, good exposure. The top of the building merges into the hill in the background. If it were possible a lower view to bring the house up into the sky would add more drama
Eugene Dey-van Heerden 4STAR Painted M Well exposed whites & greens. A vibrant image. Just enough of the brass jug the flowers are in to add a base. Your border is far too thick. We just need a much thinner one. It competes with your image
Eugene Dey-van Heerden 4STAR Hibuscus G Lovely colours with focus just where we need it - on the stamen. I hoverred between a silver & gold, but in a case like this I always go up. Lovely use of a mirror to give a slither of a reflection, thus adding a base
Eugene Dey-van Heerden 4STAR African Wanderer G Butterfly sits nicely in the frame & the contrast beteen the yellow & purple is great. Lovely detail on the insects wings
rob gasken 4STAR Lockdown Visitor S These birds are lovely. Such pretty plumage. Good movement in the feet, just takes the image up a notch. The neck feathers are lacking detail. A bit of work in Levels would rectify that
rob gasken 4STAR Mushroom E Interesting subjects. The front part of the gills are sharp and, sorry to say, that is all. The bright images in the background pull the eye away from the subject, especially as they are on the edge of the image.
JANICE  GASS 5STAR Portraits S You have a very confident model. Good lighting. However I find that the out of focus bright background distracting
JANICE  GASS 5STAR The Lion King G Great lighting on the lion's face, although a bit bright on the right side of the mane. Background thrown nicely out of focus. With the body being in the shade, the sunlit head just jumps out at you
JANICE  GASS 5STAR Wild Dog Pup G A delightful picture of this pup. Lucky you to see one. The weeds add to the story as to where these little guys live. The exposure & focus are good. 
JANICE  GASS 5STAR Dreamer G Lovely image of a beautiful lady. Pleasing pose. There is just enough of a backlight to lift the back of her head from the background. I just find that the light is a bit harsh on her right cheek. Everyone please take note of the border. Nice & thin
JANICE  GASS 5STAR Red Headed Finch  E Sorry, this image does not fall into the subject of food. As a 5 Star worker you should know to put the image into the correct category
Michael Gill 2STAR The Thinker G The monkey is in a good position in the frame. Nice lighting on the front of the animal. Crop off the right hand side up to the point on the twig. This will still keep a good space for the monkey to look into 
Michael Gill 2STAR Past Images G B;ack is not an easy subject to photograph, but you have handled this well. I like the reflection in the chromework. To improve the image crop out the right hand side to the handlebar of your bike
Michael Gill 2STAR Natures Evening Fire G A lovely silhouette with a dramatic sky. Just enough base. Crop out the trees on the left. The main tree & those stunning clouds are the subject here.
Michael Gill 2STAR Gateway to Flowers S The use of the open gates welcomes the viewer into the picture. There is a lovely meandering road running trough the picture just screaming out for something or someone on it, 
Dianne HALL 3STAR View to ash towers E A very sad picture which tells an equally sad story. There is far too much in the image, which is not in focus & is overexposed.
Dianne HALL 3STAR Just starting B Although the image is well focused, the lighting is flat. The image is very static as well & looks posed
Dianne HALL 3STAR Remembrance posey S Another sad image. The flowers are well. I feel you could've moved further back & included all of the plaque. Even a figure kneeling or standing besie the grave would assist with the story
Dianne HALL 3STAR Brookie lace place B The brookie lace looks interesting but the inclusion of what looks like the sill of a car windwo is distracting. Rather get out of the vehicle & walk to your subject. There is just too much in the image
Dianne HALL 3STAR Where is the pollen E As with the previous insect image, there is nothing in focus
Gerald Hall 3STAR 153 almost home B The figure hanging out of the cab of the engine adds human interest. The smoke & the steam show movement. The train is in a pleasing position with the carriages visable coming into the bend. The lighting is flat due to the sun being directly overhead, which is a pity
Gerald Hall 3STAR Floor beam replacement E Lovely angles & shapes in this image but there is nothing sharp in the image. The image is also overexposed
Gerald Hall 3STAR Scale models B The ripples along the side of the frigate imply movement. The inclusion of the boat on the upper left leads the eye to the warship, but the image is lacking something to form composition. 
Gerald Hall 3STAR Lowrys corner B I like the angles in this picture with the central part of the building acting as a hub. There are a lot of distracting features in the image - the figure lying on the ground behind the box-like structure, the signs & posters. You have handled a bad situation to the best of your ability
Gerald Hall 3STAR Wasp wants breakfast E Although the subject fills the frame & the colours are good, there is nothing in the image that is in focus
Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Easter Sunday E Although you have a blue patch of sky and a rainbow on the left of the image, this is where the picture lies. The right hand side is not required. There is far too much uninteresting base
Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR A few Drops M Although the subject is of delicate flowers this image offers punch. It just says WOW when it hits the screen. Simple colours against a soft background. I could actually have this on my wall
Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Beautiful Alone E Oh dear, sorry, but there is nothing sharp in the image. The image lacks composition as well.
Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Watching M Cute. The panoramic adds to the impact. Great simple, soft colours in the background. The eyes & nose are well captured
Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR I hear something G Nice soft lighting. Love the expression on the little guys face. Lucky you to capture him
Brigitte Jordaan 5STAR Garlic and Herbs G I like the central composition.Well lit. Focus is spot on. The inclusion of the herbs add a little bit of colour
Peter Lambert 4STAR Butterfly Landing S Good action shot with action in the wings. The head is sharp. The problem is lighting. By using Levels you could correct the exposure.
Peter Lambert 4STAR Dragonfly Resting G Excellent image with lots of power. All the boxes are ticked. WELL DONE
Peter Lambert 4STAR Resident Haadedaa S These are beautiful birds. Lovely colours in the wings & that is where your focus has fallen. The image is a tad noisy as if taken from a larger image
Peter Lambert 4STAR Garden Mouse Bird B Although your bird fills the frame nicely, it is not 100% sharp. There is al a lot of noise n the image
Peter Lambert 4STAR Garden Sunset S Lovely sky & a strong silhouette. The lamp at the bottom adds interest. Crop off the tree on the right. It is just extra "baggage"
Mary Landsberg 3STAR Freshly Ground M Well thought out image. The spoons of the 3 spices with the grinder and what looks like curry leaves & pepper corns make a good story telling picture. The section of the grinder going out at the top does not bother me at all.
Mary Landsberg 3STAR Dark turns to Light S Nice tranquil picture. The white sun tends to pull the eye & the viewer does not see the rest of the image. These rising sun images are not easy to capture. There are only a few seconds to capture the sunrise at its best
Mary Landsberg 3STAR Chicken Wildflower Salad M Lovely vibrant colours. Love the composition. The viewer just wants to tuck into this yummy salad. Nice, simple image with no clutter
Mary Landsberg 3STAR Just Delicious M A vibrant well put together subject.As they say, "You eat with your eyes" & this is a great example. Although the left hand side has been amputated, this is balanced out by the spoon on the right
Maxime Lenferna de la Motte 1STAR Mating Lions G Well captured nature image. I like the soft lighting. The lioness is a bit soft. Crop the tree out on the right. 
Maxime Lenferna de la Motte 1STAR Tiger Drinking M Excellent image with lots of power. All the boxes are ticked. WELL DONE
Maxime Lenferna de la Motte 1STAR Tiger Cub G Another stunning image. The cub is well placed in the frame. Background in simple. Although the back of the cub is soft, the head is nicely sharp.
Maxime Lenferna de la Motte 1STAR Lapping Leopard M Beautiful night shot. Once again all the boxes are ticked. I would like to see a thin border, as this would hold the leopard in the the picture
Keith Marallich 5STAR Hosing Down M Great action picture. Lovely detail in the hide. Focus & exposure excellent
Keith Marallich 5STAR Thick Billed Weaver in the Garden M Focus, exposure, composition - 100%. A stunning image
Keith Marallich 5STAR Butterfly in the Garden M Beautiful citrus swallowtail. Focus, exposure & composition spot
Keith Marallich 5STAR Monkey on the Roof M WOW!!!! I don't want those teeth near me. Caught at just the right time. Everything in this image is spot on
Keith Marallich 5STAR Red Eyed Dove in the Garden M A stunning image of this dove. Good composition. Once again all the boxes ticked
Keith Marallich 5STAR Glasses of Jelly G I find the composition & colours in this image pleasing. Background is good. My only problem is that the glass on the right is not 100% sharp
Merle Prinsloo 1STAR protea G Beautiful shapes, nice soft lighting & well focussed. The background has been handled well. The image, however, is slightly grainy
Merle Prinsloo 1STAR shipwreck G Unusual viewpoit. I like the way you have just given us the old wheelhouse as the subject. The ships & yacht in the backgound show us that we are inside a harbour
Merle Prinsloo 1STAR footbridge S Although there is focus throught the image with fair exposure, the footbridge is too far on the left. If you had placed a figure on the bridge there would've been something for the eye to settle on
Merle Prinsloo 1STAR Harbour ropes G Great use of colour. The blue & yellow go well together. The bollard on the left anchors the rope nicely. 
Merle Prinsloo 1STAR Waffles G Good composition kept simple. Lighting good. Crop off the top to the edge of the plate
Heide Smallwood G-HONORS so adorable G Nice lighting on the hair. I like to interaction between the model & the hedgehog. Very pleasing background. The triangle formed by the arms lead the viewer into the image
Heide Smallwood G-HONORS enjoyment M This little White Eye is enjoying every minute of his bath. It is just a stunning picture, full of impact.Great action.
Heide Smallwood G-HONORS He has risen G Nice triangular composition. The exposure & focus is good. Lovely detail in the girls' dresses. I like the way the two girls on the left & right are looking up, leading us to the face of the central figure. The subtle appearance of a figure in the top right adds to the story
Heide Smallwood G-HONORS spiced up G I like the central composition. The contrast between the placemat the plate is good. The spoons have been arranged at a pleasing angle. The simplicity of this image is good.
Heide Smallwood G-HONORS early morning bathing M A great action picture. Beautiful lighting. Although there are 2 birds in the image, the fact that they are facing each other keeps the picture together
Heide Smallwood G-HONORS Salmon with capers M A colourful well composed image. Once again the food is asking to be eaten. The use of a square within a circle adds to the image
Frederick Turck 2STAR Crystal Blocks G Good shapes & use of colour. Image well exposed & focus is good. I would like to see the bottom of the red reflection. 
Frederick Turck 2STAR Crystal Jug M Great colour.Well focussed. The lighting is magic
Frederick Turck 2STAR Kruger Rhino G The rhino fills the frame. The inclusion of the egret adds scale. Although the sun is behind the rhino, there is still detail in the shadow area. A slight tweak in Levels would make the image pop
Frederick Turck 2STAR West Coast Flowers G Very nice. I like the inclusion of the firgure who is leading the eye into a very pleasing scene of the lovely flowers. I like the inclusion of the trees in the background
Sandy van Heerden 3STAR Phaze Lockdown E I can see what you were trying to portray & it is a good idea to try something different. However there is just too much out of focus & overexposed in the background
Sandy van Heerden 3STAR Natural thoughts G Nice combination of 2 images. The trees however should be softer to give more of a dreamy feeling
Sandy van Heerden 3STAR Take Time G Beautiful model. Good triangular composition. The eyes are well placed & at a pleasing angle. The lighting is a bit harsh on her left cheek
Sandy van Heerden 3STAR Stare down E The mantid is at a pleasing angle in the frame & you have managed to get those long feelers into the picture. As with many of the images this evening, there are problems with focus & exposure. Usins a 80mm lenes at 1/1 sec is too slow a shutter speed unless the camera is on a tripod.
Sandy van Heerden 3STAR Morning Dew S Spider fills the frame, & the dew on the web is good. Not much of the spider is in focus
Sandy van Heerden 3STAR Bacon and Cheese M Another great image. I like the central placement of the subject. Simple with good colours Focus & exposure good
Mark Zunckel 3STAR Into the sky M Beautilful shot. Focus is good Like the different shapes and angels. Well done
Mark Zunckel 3STAR Painted Reed Frog E Great colours & frog in a pleasing position. Unfortunately the image is not sharp
Mark Zunckel 3STAR African Monarch G Nice lead in with the fern front. The insect is well placed, but focus is not altogether sharp. Your shutter speed was too slow to handle the length of your lens. A crop off the right would get rid of some of the over bright yellow
Mark Zunckel 3STAR Outer Anchorage sunrise B Although we have a very interesting sky with the sunrise handled well, the image is not sharp. Your picture is actualy in the area to the right of the big liner on the left
Mark Zunckel 3STAR Yellow weaver G Good exposure & focus. The birds sits nicely in the frame. The flower is a bonus. Maybe a slight crop off the right hand side
Mark Zunckel 3STAR Medium rare M MMMM!!!! Looks good. The viewer can actually smell this cooking. A slight move of the camera to the right would've included the side of the pan
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