The time for reflection is over!

The subject of the July online competition  was “Reflections”and a few got out and about to to find something which gave them an effect they were happy with.  The judge this month was Michelle Howell and it was long-distance judging as Michelle was all at sea (well sailing Valencia to Gibraltar) but she managed to get internet access and peruse the images. She’s now given her verdict and here are her words of wisdom.

1st – Feeling Bubbly – This pic was so different to the rest and caught my eye straight away and made me smile ! It’s a simple and fun picture but is pin sharp with the smiley face reflected in the bubble. Someone had a great idea!
2nd – Ferry down the Fjord – A lovely reflection in still water. Love the symmetry and the geometric shapes it makes. This type of pic shows that the rules of thirds can be ignored! It is very effective having the horizon straight across the middle. A well seen picture.
3rd – Sunken Barge – I love the reflection and colours of the Hepworth and the barge in this long exposure pic, with the smooth water. However I do feel that it would benefit from cropping off the trees and lights at the left side, I found these distracting and unnecessary for the pic.
Commended – Gardeners World –  I thought this was very well seen by the author. It had been well composed, showing us a lovely scene in the reflection.
Of the other entries I thought there was a lot of variation on this theme so well done everyone! 

Well now you want to know who the authors were. Well with a Commended was yours truly Steve Wright with “Gardener’s World” and third place was  Angela Crutchley-Rhodes with “Sunken Barge”. Second place went to Dave Jones with “Ferry Down the Fjord” but pride of place went to Tim Jonas with “Feeling Bubbly”. Did you agree with Michelle? Well have a look and make your own selection.  Things are looking up next month as the subject for August is “Clouds” so train those lenses skywards and, for once, you may not be criticised for having too much sky!

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