"It was an honor to be invited as the judge for the competition," our October judge, Steve Chong, wrote to me over the weekend as he finished his judging of your entries in last month's "Purple Power" contest. "I find the images were of very high standard. As far as the theme is concerned, some photographers have been really pushing the envelope."
I asked Steve, as I do all the judges, to offer a critique of the images overall so that we can learn how to get better. Here's what he said:
"I find there is room for improvement on some of the images.
1 - Do pay attention to the corners or sides of the frame. Having some unwanted or unintended subject appearing at these places only creates unnecessary competition with the main subject.
2 - Move / zoom closer and put more emphasis on the main subject. In other words, create a tighter composition. As the saying goes, keep it simple.
3 - Technically, brush up on the techniques of exposure and focusing.
4 - On some, the composition could be more creative. Do not always put the subject at the dead center. Try the Rule of Thirds, albeit old, but it always works.
"Learn the rules before attempting to break them!"
Here, then, are Steve's Final 50. We'll post the Top 10, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, on Thursday. Congratulations to these finalists:
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