ON MISTY POND by GILL KINGSTON
GRADE - MERIT
Congratulations on being out at such an hour of the morning , before the wind has disturbed the reflections and at a time when, the sun has risen sufficiently to bring warmth to the image, The cardinal sin has been committed, of a sloping water horizon, and this is a definite no, no. . I very well remember one learned judge back in the 1960s, asking for an empty bucket to be brought, to be placed by the projection screen, to catch the water, that was going to escape from the picture. A crop from the top reduces the area of over powering bright sky. Yet the height of the peaks is still told in the reflections. The diagonal line of the ridge in reflection adds drama and leads us to the toetoe (or pampas) heads lining the waters edge. and echos the ones on the island. The foreground textures add interest to the image. A flight of ducks appearing from the right in the light area of the sky, may have helped complete this idyllic setting.