Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher wins re­gional com­pe­ti­tion

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - JON HOUZET

AFTER first win­ning the Talk of the Town ES Young photo com­pe­ti­tion, Tony Mitchell’s photo, Dawn Fish­er­men, has been cho­sen as the ul­ti­mate win­ner of the re­gional pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Talk of the Town’s sis­ter news­pa­pers, The Rep in Ko­mani and Go! & Ex­press in East Lon­don.

Phillip Prinsloo of PDP Pho­tog­ra­phy and Phillip Prinsloo Wildlife and Fine Art Pho­tog­ra­phy picked the win­ner. He chose Mitchell’s photo for its com­po­si­tion, which he called “fan­tas­tic – all the ele­ments work to­gether; great use of lead­ing lines (the pier leads the view­ers’ eyes straight into the im­age, the fish­ing rod straight up to the point of the light, and the size of the fish­er­men and light com­pared to the break­ing wave gives you the size and power of the wave; the

ex­po­sure is one of the first things that stood out and this im­age would not have worked if the sub­jects weren't un­der­ex­posed, cre­at­ing the sil­hou­ette; great use of rule of thirds, sub­jects are not cen­tred, once again com­ing back to the com­po­si­tion plac­ing the sub­jects in the right po­si­tions; sharp­ness – great use of your f-stop – the im­age is nice and sharp, though the im­age will have a bit of blur in the back­ground, cre­at­ing nice depth of field.”

Mitchell, who said he has been do­ing pho­tog­ra­phy for 35 years, is orig­i­nally from Rood­e­poort and re­tired to Port Al­fred about a year ago.

To take his win­ning photo, he used a Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II, which is about 10 years old, and a 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever won any­thing for my pho­tos,” an elated Mitchell said.

JUDGED THE BEST: Our win­ning en­try, ‘Dawn Fish­er­men’, by Tony Mitchell of Port Al­fred, was also cho­sen as the ul­ti­mate win­ner in the re­gional pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Talk of the Town’s sis­ter news­pa­pers, The Rep in Ko­mani and Go! & Ex­press in East Lon­don

Pic­ture: JON HOUZET

GREAT PRIZE: Tiso Black­star Community News­pa­pers busi­ness man­ager Mauneen Char­ter handed Tony Mitchell his prize, a Go-Pro Hero 5 Ses­sion spon­sored by Orms

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