"DAWN BEACON" by VAL POHIO; Grade: Acceptance
Image of an iconic scene. Good leading lines let down by halos caused by over cooking
"AUSSIE CICADA" by PHIL BLAKELY; Grade: Merit
A good effort here, good colour and depth of field. Not in its natural environment but this is open not nature. Technically well handled.
"SEA DREAMS" by LARA MOSS; Grade: Merit
Nice to see an impressionistic effort & a squint at the seetings show that you've chosen a good f-stop & shuitter speed. This is harder to do than you'd think so brownie points for having a go. If you'd got the holy grail of a sharp horizon, I'd have given Honours but well done
"AUSTRALASIAN CRESTED GREBES AND CHICKS" by COLIN WALKINGTON; Grade: Honours
Another great nature shot & you've caught the grebes well with their chicks on their backs & the composition is great. I like the way they are facing each other.Its always a battle between the white around the eyes and the darker ruff but its been handled quite well. A derserved Honours at B level
"MICHELLE" by JO BOYD; Grade: Honours
Excellent portrait of Michelle on her wedding day. Great depth of field & nice & sharp around the all important bright eyes. You've coped with the hardest part..not burning out the white dress though this is at the expense of the dark hair losing some detail. No noise despite high ISO exposure could be tweaked a bit
"FISHING AT SUNSET" by SARAH SMITH; Grade: Good A
An interesting subject, quite sharp & well composed.The fisherman is obscured by being in shadow. Not sure why you used f18 & 1/2 second here & opening up the aperture a bit (say f8-f11) would have given you more options. A bit of fill flash would also be of benefit to illuminate the fisherman.
"MONSTER DRAGONFLY by COLIN KELLY; Grade: Good Merit
Another well-handled nature shot. Would have liked to have seen some effort put in to naming this..its Uropetala carovei. Great depth of field, well exposed and true colours
"WAITING FOR THE TIDE" by JOHN HARRISON; Grade: Acceptance
This is a busy image that could do some work on the composition as its very busy. Overall, however, the technical elements such as depth of field, and exposure have been handled well.
"SWISS MANSION" by PETER BARBER; Grade: Merit
A architypical Swiss scene. While some may regard this as a cliché, it is not the role of the judge to take that into account. Every image must be considered as if no-one else had ever photographed a Swiss Chalet & see the image on its merits. Very slightly over exposed (late morning sun) but I like the composition & it works for me.
"PAST MEMORIES" by SANDRA DANN; Grade: Acceptance
The author has thought about this image & has seen the potential in juxtoposing the bright green seats against the garnly tree limbs. Treatment works well & depoth of field reasonably well handled. Vegetation on bottom right is a bit distracting.
"WEST COAST DRIFTWOOD" by PHILIP GREEN; Grade: Honours
A stunning image with great depth of field, well illuminated & a great composition. You've over cooked the sky a bit as can be seen in the noise on the left but a great effort & deserving an honours at Novice level
"LISTENING TO GREAT-GRANDMA" by TAMSIN GORMAN;
A hard subject to do well & a good try that hasn't quite worked. Too many competing elements such as the blurred glass. Would be improved by a hard crop. Love the child with the nice & sharp eyes, Do a hard crop especially on the left & resubmit.