It's been all about cranking up the shutter speed this fortnight at the Photoh groups. We set the challenge of 'Freezing the Action' and the results have been incredible!
This fortnight's theme really tested everyone's focusing and shutter speed skills, as participants had to capture a fast-moving scene or object with sharp focus. This is a lot trickier than it sounds! Especially when you introduce techniques such as panning: panning is the process of moving and shooting with the action so that the subject is sharp, but the background blurs past.
We were looking for photos that froze a moment of action in time, whilst still clearly setting the scene of what was happening in front of the camera. Images were also judged by the sharpness of the subject, and how well the photo was exposed.
We received such a range of photos capturing a whole variety of subjects, from sports to nature, and it was a very tough gig narrowing down to the finalists.
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:
Deborah Forbes, Adelaide
Liam O'Reilly, Brisbane
Andrew Jackson, Melbourne
Eveline Seeney-Lensvelt, Perth
Jane Gillett, Perth
Ann Hodgson, Sydney
Bala Krishnan, Sydney
The winner this fortnight is...Ann Hodgson from Sydney! Congratulations Ann, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!
This shot has so much action going on that it feels like the rowers are about to haul themselves out of the frame! The movement of the water has been captured really effectively so that you can see the individual droplets rising and crashing back into the water. Ann has also managed to show the (slightly pained!) expression on the rowers' faces, as well as the definition of the muscles they are all using. This all builds up to a really interesting insight into a fraction of a second's worth of action.
And in second place we have...Deborah Forbes from Adelaide, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher.
Sometimes the hardest part of capturing action is deciding when to press the shutter, but Deborah has timed it perfectly, capturing this sportswoman at a moment that clearly demonstrates what is going on. The tennis player's expression gives us an insight into what may be going through her head at that split-second, and clearly shows the power going into that swing of the racket.
The challenge for next fortnight is Leading Lines Leading lines are lines that are deliberately used to lead the viewer’s eye to the subject and they can come from any direction in the frame. When framing your subject, try to look for elements in the scene that you can use as leading lines to emphasising your subject or focal point.
We'll be looking for creative ways of using leading lines, and how well you have incorporated them into your photo.
Entries opened on Friday the 9th March and will close on Thursday the 22nd 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.