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Photography Challenge 77: Focusing on the Foreground

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Photography Challenge 77: Focusing on the Foreground Montage

This fortnight the Photoh groups have been out using their aperture settings to Focus on the Foreground.

This fortnight's theme challenged everyone to find a suitable subject to place their focus on, whilst still being considerate of the background, and the effect that using a wide aperture can have.

We were looking for entries that had sharp focus on an interesting subject, and a photo that showed creative thinking with good technical skills.

Congratulations to everyone who entered this fortnight. The standards were extremely high and the photos we received were outstanding.

Judging is now only done for first and second place winners only. Any feedback on images can be sought in our Facebook groups during Critique Me Tuesday, both before and after the competitions, just be sure to tag the instructor in each group, who is identified each Tuesday night.

To see all of the photography competition entries, head to the album on the Photoh Facebook page here.

The finalists this fortnight are:

Tam Schwerdt, Adelaide

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Caitlin Ann, Brisbane

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Cheryl Davis, Melbourne

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Chong Lee, Perth

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Jackie Donegan, Perth

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Margaret McLennan, Sydney

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Terry O'Hagan, Sydney

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The winner this fortnight is...Jackie Donegan from Perth Congratulations Jackie, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!
We loved Jackie's choice of subject to place in focus; the tiny ladybird! By getting down to the level of the little critter, Jackie has allowed the bug to take full focus of the frame, and has also been mindful of the soft colours in the background. The colours make the redness of the ladybird really pop and stand out, ensuring that the focus really does remain in the foreground.

And in second place we have...Cheryl Davis from Melbourne, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher.
Cheryl has used a low F-stop setting here to place all the viewer's focus on the detail of the guitar in this image, whilst the other instruments in the background are blurred enough to not distract your attention, but still show the scene. We love the moodiness of the lighting and the beautiful simplicity of the subject.

The challenge for next fortnight is 'Freezing the Action', and the task is to use your camera's shutter speed to effectively capture a millisecond of action! We'll be judging on how sharp the subject is, as well as your choice of subject and it's surroundings.

You could choose to photograph fast moving cars or bikes, or something more natural such as birds or insects. Perhaps there's a sports competition happening near you that you could photograph?

Entries opened on Thursday the 22nd February and will close on Thursday the 8th March at 23:59 AEST.

To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city. First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email victoria@photoh.com.au.

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