|1st Place: Evening Glow by Janet Cox
Superb colours and light. Exposure handled very well. For me, removal of the chair on the left
would have enhanced it beautifully. Pure Still Life. Soft subtle lighting and as the title suggests
|2nd Place: Slow Time by Jackie Poulter
Love it. It's not something you normally see. Thinking outside the box, but within the brief. I would
have just cropped on the left slightly. A great idea. I must give it a try!
|3rd Place: Feeling Wobbly by Jackie Poulter
Very wobbly, Part of a bike, trolley or maybe a disability vehicle. Love the colour red yellow green.
Nothing is over processed and the ‘wobble’ is a great idea to make you think. Just one thing, I
would have removed the black ‘knob’ in the bottom right corner. Great shot, Love it.
|Highly Commended: Just Bits by Mike Roberts
I think I know where you took this. Its a great place to go. Well exposed and plenty of detail in the
drills. I can just about read all the writing which is very important as everyone wants to see what
words are written in an image. Great composition. I really like this one, probably because its my
type of photography
|Commended: Spring in Isolation by Pat Hopkins
The snowdrops are very delicate and you have handled the exposure very well. It doesn’t matter to
me that there are only two as the two that are there are lovely. I like the way you have used the
raindrops on the glass behind to help with the backgound. Well done.
|An Odd Pebble
Colours are lovely, I like the glass in the front, but the highlights could have been handled better in
both the glass and the top left stone. Perhaps a tighter crop would help as the corners of the
image are a bit distracting.
|A Spare Link
I like the colours of this, but the rust colour could have been brought out a little more. Not over
processed at all, great light in places. Maybe put on a more diagonal for greater effect and the
dark stone removed at the top.
Classic shot of Hawthorn flower. Nice blurred background going into black, although removal of
the petal at the bottom of the shot and the orange of the leaf on the right would improve things.
Almost sharp, very difficult with breeze just moving the flower. Good colour.
A great idea, but Im not sure about the colour of the poppy, never seen a purple one, maybe
wrong. It certainly hits you when you first see it. A crop on the right to a square format would
help.. Really like the orange centre, a difficult shot to get whatever colour the flower is!
A classic gritty mono shot of wheels. It looks a bit ‘ghosty’ to me probably over processed. Think I
would pull back the clarity a little, Good contrast, but a little more black would be useful. Good
composition. Well thought out.
A nice idea. Colours are muted possibly a little too much.Nice and sharp but I would have
removed the stalk 1/3 from the right just above the scicssors to balance the image better. The
string and scissors add a nice touch. Well done.
|On the Rocks
Someone likes their whiskey. Colours are great, but there are a lot of marks on the glass which
could have quite easily been taken out. Colours are good too. Maybe a piece of black card
behind the glass would have helped. It would be interesting to have the whiskey in the glass and
go in close for the reflection in the bottom of the glass. That would be a great abstract. Hope you
enjoyed the whiskey!
|Love in the Mist
Lovely shot of this classic flower. Very sharp where it needs to be. Not sure about the leaf at the
top, it could have been darkened a little. Nice vignette . Maybe take a few of the spots off the
flower would help.
|A Perfect End to a Perfect Day
Yes, definitely, although lunch springs to mind half way on the walk. Lovely colours, no over
exposure and it tells a story of a day out. Well done
I really like this, colours are good, (a little lifting of the shadows just a tad) . image is well
presented but you have sensor spots. A shame, take these out and it will improve things no end.
Different type of image. The skull is sharp and well put together. For me, I would have tried it in
colour as I think it would show up better as unfortunately, this image is lacking contrast and the
skull blends into the background. Try using a different F stop to blur the background more.
Yes very still life. You have handled the subject well. Background is blurred, but maybe a little
work on the light spots on the background would help a lot.
Another ‘art shot’. Certainly a big range of colours, but I think a lifting of the shadows and the
blacks might help this. Its a difficult one as the paint is quite smooth but I still want to see detail in
it. There is no burnt out and that’s good. I hope my suggestions help. If you have Lightroom its
very easy to use a range mask to achieve this.
A real piece of abstract photography. Makes you think. Maybe crop to a square as the right hand
side looks a bit strange.
|Ted to the Rescue
A very novel idea. Well done Ted. Colours and exposure are handled lovely. Maybe try again and
blow the background out. Everything is very sharp, just thinking by softening the background it
would focus your eye more on Ted and his mates.
Yes nice colours and a different type of thermometer. I think I would crop in really tight and it would
focus your eye even more. Well exposed image.
It's nice to see the two small ones being held by the big one. Not sure about the lighting, Shadow
too harsh. Maybe you could try it in natural light as the shadows are very distracting.
|1st place: Who Orderd This by Pat Hopkins
This is a superb image, which says everything we need to know its in a winter garden, so fits the bill perfectly, and as Christmas cards show this is the type of image that winter can give us. The bird is sharp and colourful and the out of focus snow in both the background and foreground again add to the impact of this image. The image is on the thirds and thus it make it a good quality image.
|2nd place: View from my Garden by Heather Elliot
Again, fits the bill of the theme of a winters garden with the undisturbed snow on the trees and hedgerow with the garden path leading us out through this image into the into the beautiful snowy landscape beyond. I would have liked the highlights in this image to be brought up a fraction and give the snow a bit more of a whiter and crisper feeling.
|3rd place: Frosted Web by Keith Sharples
Beautiful image, the author has seen this and clearly understood the theme. Showing the complete frosted web on the clothes pole which is in the garden, and the way the frost has collected all over it, makes it a very good image.
|Highly Commended: Snowdrops by Lyn Sharples
A beautiful image taken in the garden perhaps. I like the way the two snowdrops appear strong and sharp in the foreground while the others are more blurred keeping the viewers eye on the front two flowers. I find that the background is a little too busy and one of the back flowers intersects with one of the front flowers. I would have liked to see separation between the front and rear and by perhaps changing you position slightly this could have been achieved. The texture or treatment given to this image works well and enhances the image well.
|Highly Commended: Robin by John Crowland
This image fits the theme, the robin is sharp and colourful and its sitting on a fence which has snow or ice on it. This fits the bill and the background is not overpowering, but I do find the image a little grainy and I think dropping the ISO a little, would perhaps reduce this as the robin is fairly static.
|Commended: Frosty Seed Head by Anne Richards
Again, another which fits the theme of, in the winter garden. The seed head is very sharp, and I like the way the author has captured the whole of the flower head in this image with white frost on the tops of the seed heads. The only problem I have is the yellow flowers in the background in the bottom right hand corner which are distracting and keep dragging my eye to them, perhaps by stepping to one side or the other we could have eliminated these and the other light coloured items that are also in the background.
|Commended: The Wicker Seat by Heather Elliot
Certainly, fits the theme, a beautiful snowy scene with the wicker seat covered in snow and the fence behind which tells me it is indeed in a garden, and then as we look further, we can see the rolling snow covered hills in the background. My only criticism is that the snow is just not white enough and needs a small boost in photoshop to bring it up. Excellent well seen image.
This image is of a group of nettles and other stems. I like the way the author has gone out into their garden on a frosty morning to capture this image. The green nettles on the bottom right hand side attract my eye and with icy frost on them give me the sense of being cold. The brown stems covered in frost show that this plant has died down because its in winter. So, this covers the theme and I do like the way the nettle stems cross diagonally from top to bottom in the image.
Could the author have gone in closer to show the patterns of frost on the nettles?
Good sharp image of a grey squirrel, with the eye sharp and I can see discarded nut shells giving me the idea that the squirrel has been eating them.
For me, though I have seen many grey squirrels around most of the year, they normally hibernate in winter, although this winter has been mild, so maybe they are awake.
I feel that if this image had snow or frost in it would perhaps fit the theme more.
Beautiful well seen shot with the beautiful water droplets on the small branch and I like the way the author has letterboxed this image.
Sadly, the right-hand side of this image has a lot of bright distractions which constantly take my eye away from the left-hand side. This image has 2 images in it, the left a superb image with the water droplets in and on the right a bright blurred image which I feel is not needed, and it could have been made much stronger if the right hand side was cropped out just leaving the one branch and the droplets on the left.
|Starting to Freeze
Although this image indicates that its cold and ice has started to form, I am not clear what this image is about, it does not have a clear focal point and no message and is very confusing. The bottom right is empty, and I find there is just too much in this image with no clear focal point. Could the author have gone in closer and focused on just a few of the items.
|Stump and Heather
Well seen by the author with the tree stump on the right and the purple heather behind. There is a smattering of snow on the tree stump to give me the idea that this is indeed winter and therefore fits the theme, but I do feel the overall image is just a little too colourful.
I like the way the author has placed this leaf diagonally across the image on top of the moss adding a little more dynamism to this image. I find though there is too much contrast on the leaf, the highlights have burnt out and the same goes for the moss. This should have been taken on a cloudier day to reduce this, and really this does not fit the theme in the winters garden as with the lack of snow or frost it could have been taken at any time through the year or at least in autumn.
Beautiful snowy scene, a winter delight I like the way the viewer can travel down the road and wonder perhaps what is at the bottom. Unfortunately, I can see nothing else and the theme is in the winters garden and this is not in a garden but is in the road and therefore does not fit the theme.
|Cold and Rain
Certainly with the amount of rain we have had just lately along with the flooding this is a poignant image, the summer garden is now flooded and inaccessible so we can say this is in winter and in line with the theme. But for me there is just too much of the branch of the tree blocking the view and the author should if possible have moved to the right to give me a clearer view.
Beautiful image, clearly following the theme of winter, although if it's in the garden who knows or cares. I like the way the frost is covering all the leaves thus suggesting it's winter. My only criticism is that there are perhaps just too many leaves and possibly could the author have found a single leaf or maybe three to photograph.
|Wet, Wet, Wet
A scene of tragic devastation showing flood waters approaching a couple of homes that perhaps look like they are alongside a river and may be soon flooded. With the floods just recently, we can see why the author has selected this image. A good image title of wet wet wet sums up this photo but it seems to be a little soft and on the flat side where a bit more contrast could have helped.
|1st place: WHR Garrett at Pont Croesor by Terry Rees Pedlar
Super, nothing to criticize fantastic image.
|2nd place: Usk Cyclist by Terry Rees Pedlar
Lovely image very well seen and the slow shutter speed has rendered the cyclist blurred but distinguishable. The dark foliage background is a good foil, especially important is the old building to hold the image in. The red post box is a bonus.
|3rd place: MOT Failure by Chris Morris
A very interesting very sharp image, good going in close and just showing the steering wheel and the dials and the torn upholstery. I don’t think this car has passed an MOT for many a year. I love the almost monochromatic colours there is nothing to distract and plenty to look at.
|Highly Commended: Off to School by Elisa Best
A nicely constructed image, I don’t think we need to see the child’s face we can read all the information from the sash and the school bag on the back of the bike. The child is in a good position with plenty of road to go down. The dappled shade creates shadows on the road and muted greens in the foliage. The only thing that I would do is to tone down the bright track on the left-hand side.
|Highly Commended: No Bikes by Chris Morris
Lovely, simple and fits the subject very well, there is nothing to distract us, good that you have darkened the corners it put all the light on the bike, it is set off centre to give space at the front. I wonder why it is chained up I don’t think anyone would want to steal it. Why was the title not NO CYCLES?
|Commended: 44806 by Catherine Jones
Depicts the subject beautifully, the train driver adds extra interest in what would otherwise be a good picture of the steam train. Perhaps a little more room for the engine to move into, I love the puff of steam filling the space at the front of the engine. The one thing that moves this down the placings is the bald sky.
|Transport for London.
Well seen, I like the person and the platform being sharp against the moving train. I do find the two very white panels in the centre of the image distracting, especially the large white shape on the top of the second panel, perhaps if the train had been going a bit slower we would have been able to see some of the passengers.
|Boat for Hire.
A beautiful calm scene, I love the top half of the left hand side with the super reflections in the water, the bottom half could have been darkened a little to match the top. The boat is in a good position and filling the frame. I think the hills in the background are lacking in contrast and quite dark, perhaps you could work on these, also the horizon is almost in the middle of the picture, perhaps you could have cropped the very dark sky at the top to move the horizon up.
Very interesting viewpoint showing the complex ability of the road network. I like the fact that there are three lorries coming down the incline. I find the image very busy with no real focal point, your eyes keep going around with nowhere to settle. I think I would have taken a bit off the top, perhaps down to the matrix sign across the motorway this would remove the red object at the top and remove the distraction in the right top.
A very English scene I love the reflection of the boat in the water filling the bottom space. To give the image more impact I think a bold crop would make the boat more prominent and remove quite a lot of the green vegetation. I suggest crop the top down to below where the light is shining through the trees and on the left hand side leaving just enough of the river bank to show an edge to the canal.
|Converted Canal Transport.
Are these canal boats able to be moved or are they moored homes? This image needs cropping on the left hand side to remove the large expanse of dark tarmac, I suggest up to the light coloured building, this leaves a dark base and all the lovely reflections in the water, also I think a crop at the top, just above the taller lamp post, doing both of these crops would concentrate the viewers eyes to the main part of the scene .. the boats.
This image has great potential but I think it is spoilt by the fact that nothing is sharp. I don’t mind the out of focus vegetation and the rusty building, but I do think the boat should have been sharper.
A good idea catching the evening traffic. To my mind the picture is the two cars on the right hand side with just one lamp post catching the light, I am sure there is more detail in the very dark hedge that could be brought out.
We have all looked out of the large airport windows and seen these monster planes getting ready for take-off. I think because this picture was taken through glass, (I hope this is so), it lacks sharpness and is very blurred especially on the left-hand side. I like the man standing beside the plane on the tarmac this give scale to the plane.
This is another image that needs cropping, the orange and pink blinds are a distraction and do nothing for the picture. Also all the workings behind the white barriers are a messy and don’t help the image. Crop the top to below the blinds and on the left hand side up to the straight line of the barricades, this will give a bit of mystery to the image as it looks as though the lorry has nowhere to go, where is the driver?
|On Yer Bike
Well thought out image, fits the brief very well. It is pin sharp all over. I think the mixture of red and black bikes helps the composition. There is nothing I would change.
|One Careful Owner.
An old and rusty truck taken on a super day, lovely white fluffy clouds make an interesting sky. There are two things that worry me, the water tank seems to leaning and the white object behind the car which takes your eye, I also think the dark underside of the car could be lightened a bit.
A very different form of transport. I would have liked to see some action perhaps if the person paddling could have moved the paddle to make some movement in the water. I also think it is unfortunate that the girls head crosses the horizon, I think it would have been better if she had been framed against the sea and you could then do away with the large expanse of sky.
This picture puzzles me I really cannot see what it is in relation to transport. Maybe it might be a lorry cab or part of a bus…..sorry author
This image really shows the chaotic nature of the street which I suspect is in India. I think it needs a bit more contrast, it all seems a bit grey, the only true white is in the man’s shirt on the left, this is a distraction because it is almost the first thing you look at. I think it would improve the image visually if the bottom of the rickshaw was level.
This could have been a very interesting image but the title is not the main part of the image, and the rotor motor could have been more detailed. Be brave crop off all the white bottom half up to the oval of the rotor housing and try and get more detail in the motor itself.
|Salford Quays Tram.
A pleasing image, the tram is in just the right position and the rain on the tracks adds interest. I am sorry to say it again but I would have cropped the dark building on the left and re-moved the small white sign, also clone out the red stop light on the car.
This seems a very posed image, the boy looks as though he is doing all the work. It would have looked good if the paddle had broken the water and disturbed the perfect reflection, making it all wavy. I think the green foliage behind the girl is a bit bright.