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Color A On Topic

Dew Covered Web - Leroy D Simon
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 275
Technique: 32 Impact: 27 Composition: 33
Very nice macro shot. Good eye on seeing the image before shooting it. clean background adds to the focal point.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 275
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
A great capture with wonderful detail. The depth of field and soft green background allows the subject to pop.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 275
Technique: 31 Impact: 29 Composition: 30
This is a high impact image! It's a perfect spider web inside of a fence, which is unusual! The shallow depth of field makes the web really stand out. Love the green, even the fence is green. I like the crop you chose, with the link off center but not symmetrical to the other link.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color A On Topic

Hidden Figures - Adam L Berry
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 271
Technique: 33 Impact: 31 Composition: 29
Nice shot. slow shutter speed helped this image, and having the people in there helped it a lot.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 271
Technique: 29 Impact: 29 Composition: 30
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 271
Technique: 31 Impact: 33 Composition: 26
This is a high impact image! Love the silky, but not too silky water! It's just the right amount of blur in my opinion. LOVE that you have the people in there! It might be a better composition to have a bit more room on top to get the boys on a power point.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color A On Topic

Swept - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 262
Technique: 25 Impact: 26 Composition: 31
Good use of lines in the rock formation and lines in the clouds to form the v shape. Move horizon line up or down more.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 262
Technique: 29 Impact: 28 Composition: 29
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 262
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
This still image has a motion feel to it! I love how the lines draw us up into the picture and the cloud draws us back out. The converging lines are cool. The colors are great. The horizon (green) seems a little off. Other than that, fabulous!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color A On Topic

Cranes - Leroy D Simon
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 259
Technique: 28 Impact: 18 Composition: 31
Composed correctly, but it lacks emotion to the image.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 259
Technique: 30 Impact: 31 Composition: 30
The composition allows plenty of room for flight. Beautiful sky color allowing for strong silhouettes.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 259
Technique: 33 Impact: 28 Composition: 30
High impact image! You captured the those birds in perfect form for a great silhouette! You've got them flying into the picture with room to move. I really like the taller tree on the bottom left to help balance the picture. Colors are great.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color A On Topic

National Cathedral - Renzo R Seravalle
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 251
Technique: 30 Impact: 27 Composition: 19
Nice color filtering in. Crop right side more to even out both sides with the pillars.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 251
Technique: 29 Impact: 28 Composition: 28
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 251
Technique: 33 Impact: 24 Composition: 33
Composition seems as perfect as you could get. The lines are all straight where they should be. The converging and repeating lines pull us into the picture. It's a beautiful church. Very well done! Impact is moderate since beautiful churches are a common theme among photographers.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color B On Topic

Fort Knox - Tom Murray
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 263
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 29
Nice structure in the image. Could change angle more and get lower
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 263
Technique: 29 Impact: 32 Composition: 30
Wonderful image with processing appropriate for the subject. I like that it is off-center and there is a bit of a tilt, adding to the feeling of walking down this uncertain tunnel. The bright bit of light at the end is a plus. (I might have found a way to deal with the blown out triangle upper left ... a lightened patch of the texture below perhaps?)
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 263
Technique: 28 Impact: 26 Composition: 23
The colors, texture and converging lines make this an interesting image. It could be a bit more symmetrical. Love the light coming in.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color B On Topic

. - Howard Winkler
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 262
Technique: 30 Impact: 24 Composition: 28
Good pan shot. Try cropping out bottom and concentrating on the dragster with a strong long horizontal shot.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 262
Technique: 28 Impact: 27 Composition: 28
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 262
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
Panning is tough but you nailed it! Love the people in the front to. Great job!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color B On Topic

Dinner is coming - Bill H Down
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 257
Technique: 27 Impact: 20 Composition: 29
Nice controlled lighting. A lot of photoshop manipulation, but it works.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 257
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
Nice professional looking lighting and fun 'shrimp scampi' idea that took a lot of work. (makes me hungry for some!)
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 257
Technique: 25 Impact: 32 Composition: 28
Very fun and creative. To make a composite look real, it's tough since everything has to have the same lighting.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color B On Topic

Yellow Wall - G Daniels
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 254
Technique: 33 Impact: 31 Composition: 29
Very strong shadow image. Good patterns with clean yellow background.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 254
Technique: 30 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
This made a very strong first impression. I love the silhouette, shadow, composition and yellow textured wall. Kudos to the maker for finding this image.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 254
Technique: 28 Impact: 8 Composition: 31
Love the shadows. Nice custom crop. Not really an interesting subject for competition.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Color B On Topic

Tenuous grip - Bill H Down
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 255
Technique: 30 Impact: 27 Composition: 27
Good to be in the right place at the right time with the birds lunch. Nice even lighting on the bird.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 255
Technique: 30 Impact: 29 Composition: 30
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 255
Technique: 31 Impact: 30 Composition: 21
What a capture! The live snake makes this a much higher impact photo. I'd like to see a little more room around the bird on top and bottom. It almost feels like his feet are cut off since it's so close to the bottom. Room in front is great.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono A On Topic

Star Trails - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 284
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 30
Great image. Nice to able to stay out there for that long of period. Good composure.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 284
Technique: 31 Impact: 30 Composition: 30
Nice subject, and well thought out vantage point and composition.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 284
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Wow! Great job!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono A On Topic

Rough Terrain - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 279
Technique: 33 Impact: 25 Composition: 33
Nice long exposure, Make the whites in the image whiter and it will be better.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 279
Technique: 30 Impact: 30 Composition: 30
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 279
Technique: 32 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Beautiful! Love the silky water effect! The composition is great - my eye went right to the waterfall and then was led around by all the leading lines. Beautiful! MAYBE darken the bottom a tad.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono A On Topic

Snowy egret in tree - Phillip D Breske
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 275
Technique: 28 Impact: 30 Composition: 33
Nice light on the bird. Added a little too much vignetting on left side, but it makes the bird the focal point.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 275
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
I love the contrast here ... the egret really pops and the highlight detail is excellent.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 275
Technique: 31 Impact: 26 Composition: 33
Nice detail in the feathers. Room in front. Nice subtle diagonal line with the tree. I would darken the bottom leaves a tiny bit but not too much since they add depth to the image.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono A On Topic

Water Jewels - Leroy D Simon
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 275
Technique: 33 Impact: 27 Composition: 33
Nice image. Good use of composition and pattern,
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 275
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Beautiful close-up with great contrast and design.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 275
Technique: 33 Impact: 23 Composition: 33
Very unique! Composition is good with none of the larger bubbles cut off. I like the lines as well.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono A On Topic

Orange Grove Sink - Gene Powell
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 273
Technique: 33 Impact: 31 Composition: 32
Very nice. Good composition, crop and framing of the subject.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 273
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
Excellent capture, composition amd processing. To get the depth of field just right on land is difficult but to do it in water utilizing wonderful framing is quite an accomplishment. Kudos to the maker.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 273
Technique: 29 Impact: 28 Composition: 24
Very cool framing! Crop out a bit on the left so your subject appears to have more room in front. Very nice image!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono A On Topic

Track Day at Homestead Speedway - Phillip D Breske
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 273
Technique: 30 Impact: 26 Composition: 33
More contrast. The black lines at the top are distracting so try cropping out.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 273
Technique: 29 Impact: 28 Composition: 29
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 273
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
Panning is tough and you nailed it! The motorcycle and rider are sharp! Fabulous! Great compostion with room for the rider to move into the image. The bright background brings our eye to the darkest part of the image (the motorcycle) in this case.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono B On Topic

Dali Museum - G Daniels
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 277
Technique: 31 Impact: 30 Composition: 33
Nice composition. Could be better with more contrast.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 277
Technique: 30 Impact: 29 Composition: 30
Really nice shapes, shadows and framing to create an abstract artwork. Good tones and with something like this it's OK to take license with dark shadows.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 277
Technique: 33 Impact: 28 Composition: 33
Shapes and shadows are cool! This is very well done. No suggestions.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono B On Topic

3 Forks - Bill H Down
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 277
Technique: 30 Impact: 31 Composition: 29
Nice patterns, nice lighting and clean lines.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 277
Technique: 29 Impact: 30 Composition: 29
Clever photo ... kudos to the maker assuming it was their own concept.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 277
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
High score for high impact! Fabulous!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono B On Topic

Wooden Fence - NORBERT A SACHS
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 272
Technique: 32 Impact: 26 Composition: 33
Good use of infrared technique. Nice lines.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 272
Technique: 28 Impact: 27 Composition: 28
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 272
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
Great job overall. Leading curved lines, great contrast. The sky is perfect in my opinion.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono B On Topic

Falls - Bill H Down
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 263
Technique: 33 Impact: 31 Composition: 28
good long exposure image. Get lower in showing the water more.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 263
Technique: 29 Impact: 28 Composition: 28
A lovely location and good B&W processing! I like the slow shutter speed and blurred water.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 263
Technique: 33 Impact: 30 Composition: 23
Love the silky water! The contrast is perfect. I would crop to the bottom of the rocks for a better composition.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono B On Topic

Heading Down River - G Daniels
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 253
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 25
Nice use of the wave patterns and the reflection of the boat. Needs a kicker to make it better. Maybe showing more of the wake.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 253
Technique: 27 Impact: 28 Composition: 26
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 253
Technique: 26 Impact: 29 Composition: 29
Cool pattern on the water! The boater was not the first thing I noticed. I would darken him to make him stand out a bit more. Even though this breaks the composition rule of room in front, it really works because the back is more interesting.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Mono B On Topic

Cloud Majesty - Bill H Down
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 256
Technique: 27 Impact: 28 Composition: 31
Nice shot with the clouds and tree. This shot might be good to try tonal range or HDR style filters.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 256
Technique: 27 Impact: 27 Composition: 28
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 256
Technique: 32 Impact: 23 Composition: 33
Love the placement of the tree. The photographer got down low to get most of that tree with a great background. Contrast is great for this black and white image. Subject matter is pretty, but not high impact.

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Novice On Topic

Take A Seat - Sarah Lankester
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 274
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Great pattern shot. Now make it better with a focal point.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 274
Technique: 28 Impact: 27 Composition: 28
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 274
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
What a great job! You made something very ordinary into a work of art! The color combination is great. The diagonal and crop add interest.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Novice On Topic

Stairs to the Balconies - Sarah Lankester
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 272
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 31
Very nice shot. Good use of light, shadows and composition.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 272
Technique: 30 Impact: 31 Composition: 29
Very nice subject for a B&W conversion. The texture of the building and shadows add a lot to this image!
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 272
Technique: 27 Impact: 30 Composition: 30
Great use of shadows. Nice composition that leads the viewer around the picture. Nitpicky - but for competition, clone out the top left dark piece.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Novice On Topic

Slalom Spray - Kathy E Powell
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 269
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 32
Nice stop action. Good composition and framing.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 269
Technique: 30 Impact: 30 Composition: 29
Nice action shot and great job capturing the wake. The figure is nice and sharp! I like the colorful balls on the tow rope too.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 269
Technique: 33 Impact: 23 Composition: 30
LOVE the water! Good technique to freeze the water. Nice composition with the colorful cord as a leading line. Good expression on the skiier's face. I like the crop. Good job.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Novice On Topic

Window Reflections - Thomas Finley
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 253
Technique: 27 Impact: 14 Composition: 22
Good reflection. Need to compose better by showing more of the ground and less of the sky.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 253
Technique: 31 Impact: 30 Composition: 30
Of course this is not a new concept ... shooting reflections in buildings, however this is one of the nicest I have seen! I love that there is a full landscape reflected. What's on the left counter balances the right. The maker did a good job of getting the lines straight whether in camera or post. Great job!
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 253
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Wow! Lines are straight. High impact since it's so unusual.

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Novice On Topic

The Swirly Gate - Sarah Lankester
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 249
Technique: 30 Impact: 30 Composition: 30
Good use of light, patterns and shadows.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 249
Technique: 28 Impact: 28 Composition: 27
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 249
Technique: 30 Impact: 22 Composition: 24
I love shadows. The extreme dark behind the fence makes it pop. The lines are straight. I would crop the right side to even it out with the left side. I know you'll cut off the shadow but it might work better. Subject is nice but not high impact.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Open Topic

Styles Creek, Flagler County Florida 2016 - Gene Powell
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 282
Technique: 30 Impact: 27 Composition: 33
Very nice B/W image.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 282
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 30
Beautifully crafted B&W image. Sharp from from to back.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 282
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Fabulous! The infrared, the lighting, composition and editing make an ordinary subject into a interesting and pretty picture.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Open Topic

Snowy Egret Walking - Leroy D Simon
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 280
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 25
Good timing. Nice lighting and exposure.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 280
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 30
Love the dance this snowy egret is doing. He's showing off his yellow foot too. Nice detail in the whites.
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 280
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
Perfect timing on this one! High impact due to the bird's pose. Room in front, lines are straight. A little more room on top might work better.

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Open Topic

Flying In The Shadows - Renzo R Seravalle
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 277
Technique: 30 Impact: 28 Composition: 33
Great timing on the plane going by the solar eclipse.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 277
Technique: 29 Impact: 30 Composition: 29
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 277
Technique: 32 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
I'd lighten up that plane a bit more and then you'll have an awesome image!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Open Topic

Foliage Reflecting On Guitar - Gene Powell
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 265
Technique: 30 Impact: 27 Composition: 33
Nice lighting. Good use of reflections and a clean background.
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 265
Technique: 29 Impact: 29 Composition: 27
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 265
Technique: 27 Impact: 30 Composition: 33
Composition and impact are great. The reflection is cool but I wouldn't have known it was a reflection if it wasn't in the title.

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017

Open Topic

Lake Eola Night - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Stephen Coleman Total Score: 275
Technique: 31 Impact: 32 Composition: 31
Nice tonal range image. Good framing and use of the lights to give it an impact
Judge: Denise Bush Total Score: 275
Technique: 29 Impact: 28 Composition: 29
Judge: Peggy Faren Total Score: 275
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 29
Love the tree frame. The reflections in the water are great. The clouds are cool. In an image like this, it's a tough decision on which lines to keep straight. Photoshop or Lightroom have tools so that everything can be straight. Very high impact image!

December 2017 - End of Year - Best of the Best - 12/5/2017