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Container Contest

1st Place - Linda Turnbull

Container Contest

1st Place - Linda Turnbull

Container Contest

2nd Place - Diane Escalante

Container Contest

3rd Place - Audrey Barnes

View of a Garden

1st Place - Diane Escalante
This view of a picket fence and a riot of blooms feels timeless. The viewer can appreciate the contrast between the strictly regular pickets and the chaotic splashes of colour. The fence-line makes a very pleasing diagonal trek across the frame and takes the viewer nicely into the scene. An iconic garden scene!

View of a Garden

2nd Place - Linda Turnbull
This image is such a pleasing mixture of purples and greens, and the swooping arch of the subject is well placed and interesting. I also like that the purple stalks start in the lower corner and make dynamic lines diagonally across the frame. The green strand that crosses the bottom left corner feels just a little distracting, and I may have been tempted to move it out of the frame and take the shot again to see how it felt, but it remains a very engaging and colourful view of the garden.

View of a Garden

3rd Place - Brend Fairfax
This image is all soft pinks and soft focus, and has a very romantic sense to it. The shallow depth of field was well chosen to have a pleasing blur to the back blooms and the wooden stiles. The main blossom on the right is perhaps a little close to the edge of the frame, and I would have liked to see the result of shifting the aim just a little to the right: this would reduce the empty white space along the left edge and bring the subject blossom into the frame just a bit more. Nonetheless a very beautiful image.

Macro Photography

1st Place - Gillian Escalante
A very nice macro image of a bee doing what bees do…. excellent focus and clarity on the subject, and a nice blur to the background to isolate and emphasize the main attraction. There is some empty space on the right side of the frame, and the subject is perhaps a little too centred so that I would be interested to see how a little cropping would change the image, but this remains a very strong macro image.

Macro Photography

2nd Place - Gillian Escalante
Colourful and creepy…. But perhaps that’s just me. This is a highly impactful image of a spider against a wild sea of colour. Tack sharp details on the subject, nicely placed (rule of thirds!) and a real sense of depth as we follow the web. A splendid macro shot!

Macro Photography

3rd Place - Trudy Findlay
A very colourful and interesting image of an ocean of tulips. I appreciate the way the photographer composed this to allow subtle separation of the subject blossom from the surrounding ones: both the focal plane and the actual placement of the subject work very well here. Water droplets add so much to this as well. A very strong image!

Visitors in the Garden

1st Place - Brenda Fairfax
This image is very well done! The striking yellow contrasts so well with the almost monochromatic surroundings, the focus falls off perfectly through the frame, and the bird’s placement is spot-on to achieve a balanced and dynamic composition. Splendid image.

Visitors in the Garden

2nd Place - Paul Larose
A powerful portrait of a woodpecker: he’s sharply focused where he should be (particularly his eye) and the line of the body makes a nice diagonal across the frame. His colouration is so striking, and the background’s softly muted tones help everything about him stand out nicely. Well captured!

Visitors in the Garden

3rd Place - Linda Turnbull
A very nice image of a Jay who’s just out of the bath and may be having a bad hair day… Focus is excellent, and the subject is giving us a nice pose. His colouration stands out beautifully against the pink Adirondack chair. The dark triangle on the right edge of the frame competes for the viewer’s attention somewhat: you may want to try cropping a little off the right and top to see how that looks, but as it is it remains a great image of a garden visitor.

Garden Colour - Chartreuse

1st Place - Gillian Escalante
Such a radiant image! Appropriate for a sunflower, of course. This has a wonderful summertime feel of warmth and light. There is a nice diagonal flow to the elements in the frame, and the golden light through the petals makes an excellent backdrop to the finely detailed subject. Well taken!

Garden Colour - Chartreuse

2nd Place - Linda Turnball
This image captures the colour perfectly… this kind of image can be difficult because there is no distinct subject. However in this case there’s a darker space mid-frame that has the leaves radiating outwards from it, and the viewer’s eye is drawn there. The water droplets serve to add little jewels of interest as well. A well taken image of a tricky subject!

Garden Colour - Chartreuse

3rd Place - Brenda Fairfax
This image of a pea pod is simple and elegant. There’s a good diagonal flow to the composition, and the light shining through the pod lets us see the shadows of peas within. Kudos for using the light in such an effective way. The subject is perhaps a little too softly focussed, but details are still distinguishable. The blur of the background is very pleasing.