Sec­ond Prize

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South African Country Life - - Image Club -

I al­ways en­cour­age pho­tog­ra­phers to take the pic­ture they first see and then step back, look at the scene again and think about how to im­prove on the stan­dard shot. Elaine has done ex­actly that. She has moved be­yond the nor­mal petal pic­ture and turned it into some­thing cre­ative. The colours are whacky and fun, pur­ple and or­ange are al­most op­po­site on the colour chart. The stem winds into the pic­ture, and the cir­cle holds not only the droplet with the flower’s re­flec­tion, but full vis­ual at­ten­tion.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Elaine de Bruin CAM­ERA Nikon D7000, 90mm lens SET­TINGS f6 at 1/500 sec, ISO 200

This month’s judge isShaen Adey, a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher and free­lance jour­nal­ist based in Cape Town. Shaen re­cently added a drone to her col­lec­tion, which has been an ex­cit­ing learn­ing curve. She says she will al­ways have a soft spot for wildlife and land­scape im­ages but that her life­style has pushed her to­wards ex­treme sports and aerial pho­tog­ra­phy. It is sim­i­lar to wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy in many ways, she says, where pre­cise tim­ing, com­po­si­tion and ex­cel­lent light all come to­gether with a click of the but­ton.

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