Im­age Club

South African Country Life - - In This Issue -

First Prize

A R1 000 cash prize

What a won­der­fully colour­ful pho­to­graph this is, taken in a gar­den in Raw­sonville, Western Cape. The kalei­do­scope of gar­ish hues com­bined with a good off-cen­tre com­po­si­tion and an ex­cel­lent use of depth of field (which isn’t easy to achieve on a macro photo) make this pic­ture an out and out win­ner. It’s cheer­ful and sweet. We all love la­dy­birds, we all love flow­ers. And here, Amos has cap­tured the most eye-catch­ing and ap­peal­ing as­pects of both. Well done. This photo made me smile.

Sec­ond Prize

A R750 cash prize

It’s a cropped-down photo of a leop­ard in a tree. We have seen this a thou­sand times, but what makes this one par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing is the sub­dued light with no harsh con­trasts. This photo was taken in Kruger on an over­cast day, or just after the sun had gone down. It’s the sort of light that makes a leop­ard glow. And this leop­ard is in­deed glow­ing. The cropped com­po­si­tion is great (off-cen­tre sub­ject) and the some­what alert and alarmed look in this young an­i­mal’s eyes gives the photo a lit­tle ex­tra en­gage­ment.

Third Prize

A R500 cash prize

A flamingo at a bird park in Rem­brandt light­ing. I like the way the pho­tog­ra­pher has ex­posed for the flamingo and al­lowed the rest of the sur­round­ing de­tail to fall away into dark­ness so that the eye stays firmly on the sub­ject. Whether this was done in cam­era, or dark­ened later with soft­ware, is nei­ther here nor there. It’s an ar­rest­ing im­age and wor­thy of recog­ni­tion.

Fourth Prize

A R250 cash prize

This is an amaz­ing scene in Pater­nos­ter. The con­cept is great

a fly­ing gan­net that is sup­posed to stand out from the crowd be­hind. Un­for­tu­nately, the ex­e­cu­tion isn’t 100 per cent as the fo­cal an­i­mal is not as sharp as it could be, and the use of a lar­gish depth of field means that it gets lost some­what in the crowd. A higher shut­ter speed would have helped freeze the ac­tion a lit­tle bet­ter, and a shal­lower depth of field (or ac­cu­rate fo­cus­ing) would have made the bird in flight stand out even more. How­ever, it’s a very tricky shot, and points are awarded for good ef­fort.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Amos LambrechtsCAM­ERA Canon 1Dx, 100mm Canon macro lens SET­TINGS f13 at 1/1000 sec, ISO 6400

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Brett Stan­leyCAM­ERA Nikon D500, 200-500mm lens at 480mm SET­TINGS f6.3 at 1/10 sec, ISO 5000

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Alta Pre­to­riusCAM­ERA Nikon D5300, 70-300mm SET­TINGS f6.3 at 1/400 sec, ISO 400

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER David ThomasCAM­ERA Nikon D70, 70-200mm lens at 125mm SET­TINGS f7.1 at 1/800 sec, ISO 200

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