June 2020 Virtual Photo Hike Judges

Thank you to the judges of the Virtual Photo Hike contest and to Bob Fanning for info on 7 Elements of Design. The judges are Simon Bell – Executive Director of Focus on Nature, Rosanne Morris – President of Focus on Nature and Evan Ferrari – Board member with Focus on Nature and Executive Director of Emerge.

Week 1 and OVERALL WINNER - Line and Shape Photo 1st Place Melisa Clark

  Judges' Comments

 I found the bleeding heart (#15) to be the most striking image in the 'shape' category.

 This fit more on the shape side of this week's theme. Definitely an evocative photo. I like how a small depth  of field has added dimension to it by making the flower as sharp as possible while having a consistent background that  adds value to the flower. The fact that the flower - pink (magenta) - and the background - green - are complimentary colours makes this pop even more. Adding more space around the cropping of the flower would be interesting to see.

 The bright colours of the flower enhance the shape and the line of the lovely image. The image “pops”: the flower rests in a blurred complementary colour background and as a result the shape of the image is provocative.


Week 1 - Line and Shape Photo 2nd Place Ron Cherry

 Judges' Comments

 This one caught my eye as it seemed like a petroglyph of sorts and I didn't need the descriptor "Mythical Animal" to see it. Abstract but realistic at the same time.

 The way the image is framed by the photographer invites the viewer to follow the natural lines embedded in the tree. Details are clear and shapes created by nature, recorded by the photographer, inspire the imagination.

Week 1 - Line and Shape Photo Honourable Mention Dave Jordan

  Judges' Comments

 I found the "Leader & Sweep" to be effective as an example of line in an image.


Week 2 - Form and Space Photo 2nd Place Melissa Clark

Judges' Comments

 The form of the chipmunk goes beyond the frame of the image and is poised carefully considering rule of thirds. Line and shape are enhanced by the macro nature of the closeup. 


Week 2 - Form and Space Photo Honourable Mention Melissa Clark

Judges' Comments

 
The colours are vivid and engaging, giving maximum effect to shape and form.

Week 3 - Texture and Tone Photo 1st Place Melissa Clark

Week 3 - Texture and Tone Photo 2nd Place Bob Fanning

Week 3 - Texture and Tone Photo Honorable Mention Gayle Jeffery

Week 3 Judges' Comments on other submissions

*Logs on a Fire by Melissa Clark*

The glowing embers in this image are highly charged with colour and light
(value/tone), creating luminosity. The viewer is invited to appreciate the

 texture and surface quality of the burning wood, creating depth in the

 Burrowing insects in wood is an interesting, highly abstracted image
 creating texture, shape and line. The contrast of the lighter cream tones
 set against the lighter brown tones, creates depth and luminosity in the
 image.

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 *Taking Refuge by Ronald Cherry*
 
 Tone is described as the variation between light and dark in an image and
refers to the effect of luminosity. Light on water cascades across the
 image in ripples delighting the eye of the viewer while respecting the rule
 of thirds. The dampened texture of the feathers of The Great Blue Heron is
 almost palpable.

*No Title" by Bob Fanning*

Burrowing insects in wood is an interesting, highly abstracted image
 creating texture, shape and line. The contrast of the lighter cream tones
 set against the lighter brown tones, creates depth and luminosity in the
 image.

Week 4 Colour and Rule of Thirds 2nd Place Ron Cherry

 Judges' Comments

The iridescent colours of the insect's body and wings contrast the blurred  background creating a pleasing and colourful depth of field. The position  of the insect in the frame respects the rule of thirds and the background gives context.

Week 4 Colour and Rule of Thirds Photo Honourable Mention Bob Fanning

  Judges' Comments

This photo of a garden pops with colour while respecting the rule of
 thirds. Sunlight creates shadow and illuminates the colourful petals of
 flowers and pleases the eye.


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