The largest assembly, and most prestigious collection of judges made their considered deliberations on all the finalists for this year’s ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO AWARDS. Here you can see the thought and responsibility that went into preparing their final opinions. This a selection of some of those, and hopefully it will give an insight into just some of the work in presenting the awards for 2015, a memorable year for those who submitted works to be included in the FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION. Thanks to each of the CHOICEMAKERS; Rob Klemm, Dr. Pete Marshall, Leanne Cole, Neil Bates, Jenny O’Driscoll, Tony Periakos, Greg Hooton, and Kat Rushford.
Let be said here the CHOICEMAKERS make these comments, and FOCUS FORCE publishes them not to disappoint or disappoint any of the finalists. Only to encourage, and help improve not only their own photography but also, all who read this.
CHOICEMAKER KAT RUSHFORD said; “Great composition focusing on the calm & serene statue in the foreground set amongst the hustle & bustle in the background. It evokes a sense of kindness & peace for me when I look at it. Careful planning has clearly gone into the angle & positioning of the lens which is evident through the beautiful lighting of the statue.
CHOICE MAKER Rob Klemm said;”Mention must be made of the inadvertent, but relevant, Land Rights symbol. Sometimes happenstance can convey a significant message”.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Alysha McD. Category; THE HERITAGE 1901 AWARD. Equal OVERALL BEST for the ROCKLEY AWARD 2015.
The CHOICEMAKER DAN was reluctant put his thoughts to paper, but in discussion was impressed with the positioning of this image. In what was considered a difficult category the placement and composition was a well balanced effort.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Neave L. Category; THE VIEWPOINT AWARD.
CHOICE MAKER NEIL BATES said that he was taken by the unusual angle of looking up into the flower, and the contrast of the branch network forming a background.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Benjamin C. Category; THE REKASU AWARD.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Madeleine P. Category; The TONY IMAGINE AWARD.
And of this Tony said; “This is a winner, shooting into the light is beautiful when photographing flowers”.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Madeleine Puli. Category; THE TONY IMAGINE finalist.
CHOICEMAKER ROB said of the above and the image below;The earlier comments about getting into the nano-world of flowers are again pertinent in this shot. But what else is also involved? There is so much going on with texture, colour, pattern, line and light, and yet, like a bee, the eye is drawn to the pollen at the centre of the flower – which is of course the purpose of the petals in the first place.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Stacey F.. Category; THE FLEUR. Equal.
THE CHOICEMAKER Rob again said this photograph ratchets the gaze right down to an almost microscopic level. It is sharply focussed on what makes a flower (angiosperm) a flower. Tightly composed, by eliminating extraneous background detail the colour becomes the greatest feature of the shot.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Madeleine P. Category; THE FLEUR. Equal.
CHOICEMAKER Leanne said of this; – I don’t know why, but colours like these are very hard to photograph and they over saturate very quickly, unfortunately, but that is the camera not the person taking it. The composition is good, though it might have helped to turn it more front on so the petals closest to the camera aren’t out of focus. I think the inclusion of the glass jar or vase at the bottom is great, and it being out of focus was fantastic. Great job.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Lauren P. Category; THE FLOWERONE AWARD.
CHOICEMAKER Jenny O’ DRISCOLL said;In the wattle photo firstly I love the depth of field. There is a uniquely beautiful openness as well, where the eye is first drawn to the central detail of golden blossom, and that tiny patch of negative space just centre left, then taking in the detail of the wattle colour and form, the eye is drawn out to both sides of the frame, and then back in and up to the crest of wattle, and then out again with the lovely rounding up of the dead branches. The green vegetation on each side balances the composition even further. To me the point of view taken suggests the wide openness of the countryside, while showing a variety of vegetation forms and colours in a balanced composition.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Benjamin C. Category; THE FLOWERVISTA AWARD.
This is a good attempt at a complex subject. The colour balance, though subtle, works well. I suspect due to the stray stem across the upper section, the camera has not quite focused on the central part of the rose, although it is very close. The somewhat darker background emphasises and enhances the lovely colours in the central rose. However the one compositional point I would make is that the main subject is too central in the composition
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Miquette Van Dam. Category; THE OITHONIA finalist.
The CHOICEMAKER of this said; An extremely dramatic concept in composition of this image. Ticking all the boxes, the image with the flowers placed strategically in the lower corner provides balance. Enough of the car and the number plate is seen to create awareness and appeal.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Samuel Tomlinson Category; THE DIRECTORS Finalist.
THE DIRECTOR CHOICEMAKER selected this as his favourite, but didn’t back up with a written review. But, when questioned was definite in his decision, saying he liked the low-down aspect of the image. Who are we to disagree?
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Misha R. Category; THE DIRECTORS AWARD
HOICEMAKER ROB said of this image; The shot of Ingrid using her camera almost says it all getting close to your subject. The flower looks like a furry piece of coral.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Ingrid Tipton. Category; THE FLEUR finalist.
CHOICEMAKER ROB made the comment. The flower is almost incidental to the landscape which is revealed by the leading lines. The unique Australian colours (dirt, trees) and textures (corrugated iron, wooden boards, rails) say so much about the location. The flower is out of context, but doesn’t appear to be out of place.
FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera Mia Biglin. Category; THE TONY IMAGINE finalist.
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