Odd Things in my Garden- October 11 competition

With a large number of impressive but odd things from members gardens to consider our judge for the evening, Keith Siedel, had a busy task but as expected he once again did it very well.

Keith is well known to club members as a photographer with a significant portfolio of internationally exhibited and awarded work. His work has been exhibited in 35 countries and published widely. He as been a member of the Edwardstown club since 1986 and is the longest active member. Keith is also the Judging Co-Ordinator for the SAPF. With that sort of background he had plenty of wisdom to pass along.

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Ladybird Elle – Judy Sara

Some of the key points Keith raised were:

  • Be conscious of the background and tone it down where necessary so that it does not distract.
  • Any sharp, strong colours should be cropped as they are too noticeable.
  • Quite a number of shots had a shallow depth of field, to their detriment. He definitely did not like soft edges.
  • Fill the frame with detail, make it a tight composition.
  • Some images just needed something added to tell a story and make it more powerful.
  • Be careful of over-sharpening.
  • Try and draw the viewer into the photograph.
  • If using macro, think about what needs to be sharp and what is ok to leave soft.
  • The time of day of course can have a major impact on the quality of the image.

There were once again a good number of entries in the Open category and they added to the wide variety on display.

Another great night with a larger number of entries from a broader membership mix and this was also reflected in the results.

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