February Online Results

John Gardner has had a good look at all the images of “Toys”  in the February Online Competition and has awarded his top picks. In an imaginative and competitive round his comments are:-

Ok, here goes

 1st place – Lunch atop a skyscraper

Well thought out, well executed and good compositing. Exposure handled well with good contrast and tonal quality, focus and DOF spot on. A worthy winner.

 2nd place – Toy Money

Good composition that includes all the elements of a Monopoly set. Lighting handled well and depth of field is spot on with everything in focus from front to back.

 3rd place – Those damned seagulls

Although at first glance it appears cluttered, the use of shallow DOF to focus on the figure in the foreground is just right. The tight composition works well and there is enough DOF to give the feel of the model without being too shallow or blurry. Lighting is very well handled with a soft quality throughout and no harsh shadows.

 Highly commended and only just missing out was ‘Boy’s toys’ – great concept well thought out and great execution let down very slightly by uneven lighting. A difficult subject to light due to reflective surfaces so a great effort


Well done to Steve A Wood, Peter Bindon, Jack Bunn  and Nigel Hazell in that order. You can see the full entry in the competitions galleries here.

So there you have it. You can put away all those toys that you borrowed from the kids or the grandchildren (or, by the looks of it rescued from the attic) for a bit and concentrate on March’s topic – RUST. I think I’ll submit a shot of my camera as that’s all it seems to be gathering at the moment! Get thinking, get shooting and submit your entries by the 20th as usual.

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