April Competition: Results Landscapes

April Competition Results – Landscapes

Judge ~ Alan Hillman

Landscape photography shows spaces within the world sometimes vast and unending but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

Judging Criteria.
I will be looking for immediate impact,creativity,composition, depending on the category l will also be looking for: technical ability and competence.

I will assume in the main that in the experienced section there is intentionality. In the intermediate section i will assume that some advise would be useful. In the beginners I will assume that guidance and advise would be needed.

Judging is a personal view and I would encourage an open discussion on my views. Feel free to disagree.


Betancuria: Andy.
I like the composition. It has a good depth of field. There is a feeling of going back and up giving the picture depth added to by the foreground fern. The horse is nicely placed giving a focal point of interest. Suggestions: Darken the white wall by dodging. Crop the top of the picture to just above the stone wall as this would concentrate the eye more on the horse and textures. As it is leads the eye out of the picture and is a bit fiddly and distracting.

Garden At Portmerion: Steve Holdsworth.
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Landudno: Jim Cawkwell.
The building is nicely on the thirds in a nicely composed picture. The picture gives a feeling of a vibrant summer day. Suggestion: The picture could be improved by cropping the bottom to the top of the wall. It might be that you wanted to include the structure as an important thing to include but it does not help in this composition.

Tri Colour: Jim Cawkwell.
The title tells us what the photographer saw in this picture. The composition is good with foreground, middle ground and background.

Highly Commended.
View Over Mountains From Mirador: Jim Cawkwell.
This shows the nature of our wonderful island with the contours and folds of the mountains. You can imagine the hot magma solidifying into these wonderful vistas.

A Bit of Lush: Andy.
This has immediate impact. The composition is excellent. There is a traditional
foreground, middle ground and background. The mistiness as you go back in the picture gives a good feeling of depth. It is sharp with a good depth of field. Suggestions: Crop about a third from the sky because that would keep the eye more on the landscape and with about halve the picture filled with a relatively bland sky it gives the feeling that the picture is cut in two. The stone wall could have acted as a lead into the picture but because it is light rather leads the eye out of the picture. Darkening by dodging the end of the wall would help.

Highly Commended.
Betancuria: Andy.
This is sharp, bright, colourful and has immediate impact. It is very descriptive of the scene. You feel you could walk through the gate and actually be there. It has a good depth of field and there is lots of detail. The composition is good with the opening on the thirds with the post and tree on the left acting as a block to keep your eye in the picture. There is a triangular block with the plants in the foreground and the foliage above acting as a really good lead in to the picture.

Highly Commended.
Early Morning Rush Hour Flights over Brighton Marina: Richard Holmes.
Great impact. Lovely colour and good moody feeling. The trails really add to the picture and counterpose all the vertical masts with horizontals and diagonal lines. I particularly like the three trails at the top acting as strong leading lines. It is a well exposed low light picture with a good depth of field without any obvious noise. Suggestion: The ledge is distracting and could have been cropped without compromising the triangular flow into the picture from the left. Alternatively you could have moved or altered the angle of the camera.

3rd Place – Block of Flats Moored in Harbour: Richard Holmes.
This tells a story with great impact. The composition is good with the buildings at each end acting as a block to hold the eye in the picture. The woman is well placed on the thirds and stands out against the bright yellow wall. Its technically good with the buildings being perpendicular. I like the amount of sky and foreground in the picture, its well balanced. The fact that there is not a feeling of depth is right for this picture and shows the closeness of the ship. It could be a block of flats on the street. This is a clever picture well executed.

2nd Place – Welsh River Scene: Steve Holdsworth.
Beautifully composed picture. The church tower is nicely on the thirds. The triangular shape of the church and wall takes the eye into the picture. Because the building on the left is in shadow it acts as a block keeping your eye in the picture. The sunlit figures against a plain wall in shadow makes them stand out and be an important part of the picture.

1st Place – The Estuary: Steve Holdsworth.
This is very nicely composed. The focal point of the picture,the cove with the buildings is on the thirds. The triangle of branches on the bottom left keeps your eye within the picture. The sea at low tide is beautiful

General Comments:
What a good selection of pictures. They show an eye for a good picture and most are mostly well composed.


A Drive To The Beach: Gwynn Price.

An interesting picture with lots of texture. The most interesting part of the picture is the car. Suggestions Move to create a better composition. Isolating the car by excluding or separating the building would give a cleaner composition.
The elements in a picture can always be rearranged by moving.

Dirt Track: Keith Dawson.

Nicely composed with the road giving a good lead in to the picture.
A good sense of depth with foreground,middle ground and background. Suggestion
Move to exclude the tower.it might tell the story of electrical production with wind but distracts from the composition.

Don’t Park On the Mountain: Gwynn Price.

This picture shows a beautiful rock formation. The colour and texture of this rock is the main feature of this picture. I don’t know if the parking sign is a deliberate part
of your composition,the title suggests it is, if it is then it doesn’t work and distracts from the beauty of the rock. Suggestion, Move to recompose and exclude the parking sign. Zoom in or get closer to concentrate on the beautiful texture of the rock.

Dry River Bed: Keith Dawson.

The title describes the picture. It gives a feeling of lush green plants in contradiction to the dryness of the river. Its a good record of the scene but it does not work compositionally. To much of the picture is the blandness of the riverbed. Suggestion
Go back there and move around. Think about the rules of composition. Use it as an exercise and develop an eye for composition.

Looking Down: Keith Dawson.

This picture shows the ruggedness of the Island.

Green Island: Markus Aschke.  Highly Commended 

This picture shows the wild beauty of the Island. The composition is good with a sense of depth and space. The lead in from the road is good. The enhancement of colour works well.

3rd Place – Survivor: Markus Aschke.
This is a good example of minimalist photography. The third sand and two thirds sky is good. The placement of the wind bent tree is just right. Suggestion: The cloud is a distraction and takes the eye out of the picture. It could have easily be removed by moving a little to the right. You could also clone out the cloud with editing. Alternatively if the cloud was wholly in the picture it would also work compositionally.

2nd Place – Cofete: Markus Aschke.
I like the creativity of this picture. The composition is good. The framed picture in the mirror is nicely placed and in itself is nicely composed. The depth of field giving sharpness in the mirror with an out of focus background works well. Suggestion: Move yourself or the camera to exclude the reflection of the photographer in the mirror.

1st Place – Hidden Mountain: Gwynn Price.
A good atmospheric picture. The building is well placed on the thirds.


General Comments:
There were some very creative work in this section. In some of the pictures more thought is needed with composition. See the picture as the camera sees it. Think about exactly what is in the viewfinder including the corners. What is the main subject. Move to compose. Keep taking pictures and you will develop an eye for a picture.


As this is the section for experienced photographers I will assume that the pictures are as the photographer wanted them to be. I will also assume that you would be aware of technical issues. My comments will be therefore about the impact the pictures have on me and perhaps personal opinions about how I think they would be improved. I would welcome feedback and criticisms of my Judging and comments.

Above The Roof: Tony Jones.

The buildings are interesting and photographed with an interesting angle. The mountains in the
back gives context.

After The Rain: John Verlander.

The fence has a nice angle and leads into the picture but it leads to nothing particular. The
path is a nice triangular shape but lacking in interest. The building acts as another lead in
but to what. The background gives some context and the clouds are interesting and
gives some atmosphere. This picture lacks a focal point and the eye is taken to nothing.

Breathtaking: Andrea Bennett.

A good landscape showing the rugged beauty of the Island. Good clouds and shadows.

Chapel With A View: Keith Vincent.

A nicely composed picture showing a beautiful little church which is typical of Fuerteventura.

Chinon Et Loire: Ken Johnson.

A good reflection picture.

Clouds & Sand: Wendy Kerr.

A good desert sand picture with an interesting cloudy sky. The different bands of colour in the sand is good.
The bush and the mountain are on the thirds but somehow are not strong enough and compete with each other.

Follow The Trail: Tony Jones.

A good landscape with leading lines and shapes that take you into the picture.

Montana Blanca: Tony Jones

Interesting buildings in rugged surroundings. I think there is to much foreground.

Mountains: Andrea Bennett.

Nice curves and shapes.

Over The Hill: Keith Vincent.

An interesting picture with lots of texture and well composed. The photographer in the beginners section could
learn about choosing and composing the shot from this photographer. The car is isolated from
the clutter and the background is well chosen. As was done in this picture, look for alternative
angles and backgrounds when you find a good subject for a picture.

Roots: John Verlander.

The title tells us what the photographer wanted to convey. The roots are interesting and the scene as a
whole makes you want to be there. Just a thought. Might there be some interesting pictures of roots if you got low
and close to the roots?.

Somewhere In France: Ken Johnson.

This is a good idea but fails because of the lack of depth of field. Only the wood boards are sharp.


Spring Woodland: Helen Hillman.

There are good leading lines in this picture but it lacks any focal point.

The Mersey: Andrea Bennett.

The best wing and landscape view I have seen. The wing acts as a lead in. Great depth of field with everything sharp
Path To The Lime kiln: Helen Hillman.

The man made structure is on the thirds but does not hold enough interest to be a focal point.
The gorse in the foreground adds interest.

Tindaya: Wendy Kerr.

A good atmospheric shot which gives a feeling of mystery.

A Walk In The Park: Ken Johnson.

A good shot of a woodland walk. The figures take you into the picture and make you want to be walking with them.

Beach Huts At Barmston: Helen Hillman.  Commended

This picture has a lot of impact. Compositionally this should not work but it does. The photographer has an eye for a picture. The strong horizontal line of the beach huts works as a repeated pattern the light colour and shadows are beautiful. The bridge is positioned well on the thirds. The balance of one third sky is good. sky is good

Kirkstall Abby: Paul Armitage.  Ccommended

Great impact. The glory of the yellow tree and the texture of the buildings and wall are very impressive. The leading line to the tree works well.

Room With A View: John Verlander.  Commended

Pictures within a picture.This is really well composed with shapes and lines.
The only thing I would change is to crop the edge of the picture on the right.

Stars On Ice: Duncan Gray.  Highly Commended

This is a well seen picture. The lead in shape of darker snow works really well and because of the interesting repeated pattern that nature has created is
interesting in itself and leads the eye into the snow covered trees which repeats the curve of the lead in shape. Some of the lead ins lacked the above in the beginners section. These comments might help explain what I said about lead ins and focal points in that section.

Oasis: Keith Vincent.  Highly Commended

This is very atmospheric and beautifully composed. The subdued colour works very well and the different tones and shapes of the mountains add to the atmosphere.

High On The Volcano: Duncan Gray.  Highly Commended

Wow great impact and atmosphere. This is a quality picture with loads of interest.
Compositionally it really works. I love the curves. I see a face in the front hollow.

3rd Place – Lake Bled Reflections: Duncan Grey.
A beautiful picture with great impact. its beautifully composed and executed with great skill.

2nd Place – The Green Lake: Paul Armitage.
This photographer has a photographers eye. It is well seen and really well composed. There is a collection of shapes, textures and colours which made up the elements of this beautiful picture. The curve of the water is replicated by the curve of the foreground rock which also acts to frame and hold the eye in the picture.

1st Place – Bodega, Near Timanfaya: Wendy Kerr.
Wow Wow Wow. Immediate impact and holds your interest. Everything is right about this picture. Tones, texture, shapes, lines and composition. The light is handled beautifully especially on the buildings and the mountain peering from behind the bank. A perfect masterpiece.

Overall Winner – Bodega, Near Timanfaya – Wendy Kerr.
Wow Wow Wow. Immediate impact and holds your interest. Everything is right about this picture. Tones, texture, shapes, lines and composition. The light is handled beautifully especially on the buildings and the mountain peering from behind the bank. A perfect masterpiece.