Photography

Class entries graciously provided by Sharon Grose Photography.

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Judging Criteria

IMPACT & STYLE - 20 POINTS

  • Does it catch your attention
  • Is it real and natural
  • Insight and approach
  • Use of imaginative thought
  • Clarity/focus

COMPOSITION - 50 POINTS

  • Balance, placement of primary and secondary objects (Is it centred properly? Is the background overpowering?)
  • Good rhythm of colour and design
  • Creative use of colour
  • Does it tell a story?

LIGHTING - 30 POINTS

  • Consider colour, hue, and direction from which it is coming
  • Effective use of light as it relates to subject (i.e. used to separate the background from the image)
  • Does it provide shape and texture?
  • Does lighting create desired effect?

Official Placings & Reasons

Official Placing: 4 - 2 - 3 - 1

Cuts: 3 - 1 - 3

I place this class of digital photographs 4, 2, 3, 1.

I place photograph 4 at the top of the class because of its strong composition. The unique angle of the shot catches your attention and draws you into the photo. It is a good sample of photojournalism - capturing a unique moment in the dairy barn. The curious jersey cow is the star of the photo and that is where the photograph is focused. You wonder what the cow is thinking as she checks out the camera lens and her next move might be. The queens off to the side are not in focus but still in the photo - the perspective adds depth to the photograph and the girl’s facial expressions capture their emotions. The barn stall line draws your eye into the photo toward the jersey cow. It is helping to direct you where to look. The natural lighting is excellent. Notice light reflecting in the cow’s eyes. I took this photo by an open door which allowed the light to fall on the cow’s face. Finding the right light angle will make eyes pop. Getting some reflection of a light source in the subject’s eyes is important. If there was no reflecting light the eyes would be one solid colour and would look flat and be expressionless. Out of the 4 photos this one draws your attention and has you wondering what the story is behind the photograph.

I place photograph 2 second because it captured the look of determination that this little girl had while trying to show this cow in the ring. It captured a moment of time in the show ring. There was no opportunity to pose this photo to capture a better light angle. Notice there is no light reflecting in the subject’s eye-something that made the eyes pop in the top placed photograph. The cow occupies a lot of space- splitting the photograph almost in half but that shows size variation between the young girl and the cow – which is part of the story. The leaves and white shirt in the background can be a bit of a distraction but was not something that could be avoided in the photograph’s angle. It is important to be aware of background “noise” in a photograph as it can distract and take away from the focus.

I place photograph 3 third. The little girl is chasing the goats, trying to brush them. Capturing her face while everything else is a little blurry helps show the movement and tell the story. Unfortunately, the barn lighting did not allow any reflection in the little girl’s eye so the facial expression appears flat. Placing the girl off to the side of the photo allows a glimpse of the goats in the background. The little girl has her work cut out for her with multiple goats in the pen. The barn light bulbs are distracting in the photo – they could be cropped out because they draw your eye away from the girl and into the background.

I place photograph 1 at the bottom of the class. The person holding the strawberries is standing in the shadows and it is difficult to see her face or the box of strawberries she is holding-due to poor lighting. Making use of a camera flash would have avoided this situation. Your eye is drawn to the middle of the photo following the orange pylons. The orange colour is almost a distraction or maybe it is the focal point of the photo. The intent of this photograph is unclear. What is the story that is trying to be told by the photographer?

For these reasons I place this class of digital photographs 4, 2, 3, 1.