AUTUMN SYMPHONY by VAL POHIO; Grade - Honours
Simple, well thought through, good composition, nice and sharp, well exposed. Well done. Not much more to say Honours.
AUTUMN GOLD by PHIL BLAKELY; Grade
A similar idea to Autumn Symphony. Good colour in the gold leaf and its nice and sharp but you’ve been let down by your composition and technique. You need to have good depth of field here which means stopping down your aperture. In this case the stems are out of focus as are the other leaves but still too obvious and thus distracting. If you’d moved around a bit the shadow left by the stem underneath would have been avoided giving you a simpler image and I suspect also have got rid of some of the distracting bright yellows in the background. Not Accepted.
ROSEHIP IN AUTUMN by LARA MOSS; Grade - Accepted
A nice idea with some thought put into it. You’ve shot into the light which is a tough call as there’s lots blown out but you’ve (just) managed to achieve a high key look. It’s a portrait setting so I would have had the bush more centred. Accepted but the image could have been worked a bit more.
AUTUMN BERRY by COLIN WALKINGTON; Grade
Lots and lots of bright colour and it almost worked for me but its rather too busy and all the elements compete with each other meaning that the one in focus red berry gets lost. Not accepted.
AUTUMN CALLING by JO BOYD; Grade - Accepted
Clever title and it took a few seconds for me to get it…bear with me I’m pretty slow sometimes. Pretty well handled for a difficult shot and the story works for me Accepted.
AUTUMNAL MEANDER by SARAH SMITH; Grade - Accepted
A typical autumnal scene. I’d liked to have seen the meandering path as being more core to the image to provide a leading line rather than just sitting in the background. All the leaves have probably gone now but go back and play with you composition using the curved pathway to add interest to the scene.
ARROWTOWN IN COLOUR by PHIL GREEN; Grade - Merit
A very well seen, well exposed view of Arrowtown. Minor quibble but if you’d moved a tad to the right that pesky tree would add to the framing of the old house. That would mean that the seat, rock and house wouldn’t have lined up as well but you could have snuck down and moved the seat! I liked this a lot. A very good Merit.
THE COLLECTOR by SHAREE McBETH; Grade - Honours
Lovely ethereal scene and I like the way the muted colours all work together. Nicely done. I was going to give it a merit but I decided that my penchant for bright reds was getting in the way of a good story and a great image so I’ve changed my mind and given it an honours. Would not look out of place in a glossy mag advert.
ENJOYING AUTUMN by JASMINE SOWERBY; Grade - Accepted.
Nicely executed portrait with real engagement with the subject. A real cutie. I would have cropped to a square format as the grey mass on the right detracts and adds nothing. A good effort. Accepted.
COMING ALIVE by MIKYLA SCHNEIDER; Grade
This is a shot with some potential. While I haven’t accepted this image I don’t want to see you get disheartened as you’ve got a good eye but it looks like the image has had a polariser or polariser effect added and the image looks over cooked with the blackened leaves at the top looking rather un natural, have another go as there’s a good image sneaking around here.
SUMMERS FINISHED by COLIN KELLY; Grade - Accepted.
I’m guessing here that you’ve seen the contrast between the bright red leaves on the right and the bare branches on the right. Be careful with your horizon as it looks tilted to the right. Slightly over exposed and a tweak in your photo editor could have fixed this. Accepted.
RIVER GLOW by JOHN HARRISON; Grade - Accepted.
Again be careful with the horizon as its tilted a bit too the left. Nicely exposed and it epitomises autumn. Let down a bit by being not that sharp. Accepted.
AUTUMN TRANQUILITY by LYNLEY FOOTE; Grade - Honours
Great technique on show here. Nice and sharp. Great use of a closed off aperture and slow shutter speed and obviously a tripod. Well done and a deserved honours at Novice level.
AUTUMN REFLECTION by ALISON METHERELL; Grade - Accepted
Be careful of your horizons as it seems to tilt to the left. Reflections look good and the colours pretty good but the image isn’t sharp. Accepted.
MOTHER NATURES MAGIC by SANDRA DANN; Grade - Merit
A nice shot of these autumn trees in what looks like mist or possible shot into the sun. Colours are a bit flat and could easily have been punched up a bit. Like the composition, really does look like autumn to me. Was going to be an acceptances but decided that was being tough so Merit.
AUTUMN BRANCHES by MISAO ANDERSON; Grade - Accepted.
Nicely seen. Quite well exposed and lots of potential for a study in complex shapes. A bit too much water at top and I wonder whether or not moving the frame around a bit to make the image a bit more of a composition would have pushed the image more. Accepted.
THE LEAF AN ARROWTOWN COLOUR by ALISTAIR SMITH' Grade - Accepted
Nicely seen image of a leaf in a monochromatic background. The leaf is a bit over exposed and there is a larger stone at top middle which is a bit distracting. Potential here hasn’t been maximised. Accepted
AUTUMN REFLECTIONS by VICKIE HILL; Grade - Accepted.
Lots of potential here but hasn’t been quite realised. The horizon isn’t quite straight and the colours look a bit flat and could be punched a bit and its not quite sharp. Accepted.
THISTLE MOUNTAIN by MATHEW HAWKE; Grade - Merit
I liked this. Nicely seen, well composed and nice and simple. Very well executed. Merit.
CANDLE IN THE WIND by MARTIN KOHN; Grade
Good title but you’ve been let down in the execution. The colours look unnatural especially the green sky. I’m guessing you’ve shot in the middle of the day and hidden the sun behind the tree. Unfortunately the lack of sharpness and the colours don’t work for me. Not accepted.
LOST IN REFLECTION by GUILLAUME CHARTON; Grade - Merit
Great image and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I suspect an even more panoramic image would have worked better as there seems to be a bit too much water in the tarn and it doesn’t add to the story. A good Merit.
AUTUMN REFLECTIONS by YVONNE ASSIE; Grade - Accepted.
Lots of autumn colours here and a busy that image that could have worked as a semi abstract but the reflection of the two tree trunks competes with the colour elements. Accepted.
ONE STOP BEFORE PARADISE by DANIELA SCHNEIDER; Grade - Accepted
Nice Shot, good colour especially in the red goods shed. You’ve cropped it a bit too much to the right perhaps but I liked this and it’s a good acceptance.
AUTUMNAL RED by BRENTLEIGH BOND; Grade - Accepted.
Lots and lots of red here. I suspect it’s a bit over exposed and could have been punched up a bit in your photo editor. Slightly soft but well seen. Think about what’s in the background as the out of focus branches on the bottom left are distracting. Accepted.