Third Prize

A R500 cash prize

South African Country Life - - Image Club -

They say three is the magic num­ber and, in pho­tog­ra­phy, it most cer­tainly is. This is an ex­am­ple of a pho­tog­ra­pher get­ting his ducks in a row. Although the image – taken from the Maloutswa Pan hide in Ma­pun­gubwe Na­tional Park, Lim­popo – is quite clut­tered, the vi­brant colours, the off-cen­tre com­po­si­tion and the the use of a shal­low depth of field (hence the blurred back­ground) make this a rather pleas­ing shot. It would have been even bet­ter if the ducks were not over­lap­ping the flow­ers be­hind them (a few steps or pad­dle strokes to their left), and I might have gone so far as to crop out that bit of dis­tract­ing log at the bot­tom of the frame. But it’s still a lovely shot.

Barry du Plessis

Canon EOS 7D, 300mm EF lens with 2x con­verter at 600mm

f/13 at 1/640 sec, ISO 400

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