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Color A On Topic

Using nature's mirror - Bill Down
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Easily the best shot in this group. Great moment, perfect capture and you lucked into an amazing grouping and positioning.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color A On Topic

In the window - Bill Down
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 95
Technique: 33 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Really inventive interpretation of the theme and satisfyingly different from the other entries. Kudos for keeping yourself out of the shot. Or for cloning yourself out. Great work on the geometry of the scene, too.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color A On Topic

Safe in the Harbor at Twilight - Thomas E Hughes
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 88
Technique: 30 Impact: 28 Composition: 30
Well done shot. Great lighting, good angle and symmetry. It is a little bit of a "postcard" shot. I might have done a little bit of renegade landscaping and yanked out the taller branches from the bush on the right.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color A On Topic

White Pelican - Tom Buckard
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 87
Technique: 30 Impact: 30 Composition: 27
One of the better bird-on-water reflection shots this month. Good detail in the feathers (which is hard on white birds) and good contrast between the bright bid and the dark background. I wish the composition was a little looser on the left to allow the bird more room to move into.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color A On Topic

State Fair Time - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 87
Technique: 29 Impact: 29 Composition: 29
Carnival shots are always fun to do and this is a good one. I like the starburst effect from the tight aperture. My only suggestion would be to get some motion blur out of the ferris wheel and other rides. You might also try to get this shot when there's still a little blue in the sky.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color B On Topic

JASPER NIGHT - Steven Burgess
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Very classic and well done scene. There's a rowboat in the A group that I dinged for not having enough "environment" shown and this image shows what I meant by that. Beautiful color and great narrative. Very well done!

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color B On Topic

AT REST - Steven Burgess
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 98
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
Compelling composition and I love the cool color pallet. Judging by the calmness of the water I'm guessing you got up early or just got real lucky. The texture in the sky really helps make this image.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color B On Topic

Balloon Reflections-2 - Tom Murray
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 92
Technique: 30 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Love the juxtaposition between the three balloons and the one being so close to the water is pretty cool. The only thing I'd do is boost the vibrancy and luminosity of the balloons themselves. Maybe it's because I see so many shots from the New Mexico balloon fests but these shots always seem to look better when the balloons are practically glowing.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Color B On Topic

Strasbourg City Wall - Jerry Wieland
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 89
Technique: 30 Impact: 30 Composition: 29
A great example of how getting that late afternoon or early morning light to shine on the face of a building can make a dramatic difference. Love the repetition of shape and form. I might have squared myself up with the face of the building so it was perfectly horizontal across the frame OR moved a little off axis to get more of a 45-degree angle on the building. In-between those two options building can look like the have foundation issues.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Mono A On Topic

REFLECTIONS, REFLECTIONS, REFLECTIONS! - Kathy Buckard
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 98
Technique: 32 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Stunning capture. I don't know how I'm not seeing you and the camera all over the place but well done for sure! The only reason I didn't give this a 99 is because I'd rather the grid lines be perfectly square. Easy to do these days in Lightroom and Photoshop. Give it that minute or two of tweaking and then get this into a frame for the wall!

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Mono A On Topic

Little Blue Heron - Tom Buckard
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 96
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
Very gothic and moody. The only thing I would add to this image is more mood! Give it some vignette and maybe run it through an Instagram filter to make it hip for all the kids. Mostly kidding there but I do think you've got an image with some potential here. Is it possible to add a little to the top of the image so the reflection line isn't in the exact middle?

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Mono A On Topic

Great Egret - Bill Down
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 93
Technique: 30 Impact: 31 Composition: 32
Classic shot of an Egret standing in the water. White birds are tough to shoot and this one is well handled.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Mono B On Topic

MORNING FOG - Steven Burgess
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Beautiful scene and placid water - both make for an amazing capture. Worthy of a frame.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Mono B On Topic

Reflections on Life - Joan V Smith
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 96
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
I was wondering if anyone was going to go for the alternate definition of "reflection" and part of me wants to give this one 1st place just for thinking outside the box. It does happen to be a really well made portrait. Kudos for that.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Mono B On Topic

SIMPLICITY - Steven Burgess
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 94
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 32
I've seen a shot much like this one win a big contest here in Dallas a few years ago. Love the simplicity and zen like quality. Not sure I would change anything at all.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Novice On Topic

Baited Gator - Dan Smith
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 97
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
I really really like this shot a lot. I'm not sold on the composition... Maybe crop tighter, go landscape or both. Robert Capa said that if your photos aren't good enough, you're not close enough. He was also killed by stepping on a land mine. So sometimes maybe a longer lens is the better idea.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Novice On Topic

Silver River - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 92
Technique: 30 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
There's something oddly serene and beautiful about this shot. Scenes like this can be hard and it has to do with capturing them in light that works well. Late or early morning light can be a problem due to the trees casting shadows and in the middle of the day it can be too contrasty. Its almost as if you need a drab overcast day to really get good details and contrast out of a scene like this. I don't think that's what's going on here so bravo for finding really good light in a tough spot. The curved trunk of the fallen(?) tree seals the deal. Great image.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Novice On Topic

Dry 'n' Fly - Dan Smith
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 87
Technique: 27 Impact: 32 Composition: 28
Interesting composition. Looks kind of like a totem pole. Good creative eye and lucky capture.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Novice On Topic

Bridge - judy Wallace
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 87
Technique: 28 Impact: 30 Composition: 29
Good eye for finding a cool reflection and nailing the composition. Beautifully symmetrical and placid glass-like water. The only hiccup here is the blown out highlights on the bridge posts.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Novice On Topic

Juniper Springs - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 86
Technique: 30 Impact: 28 Composition: 28
There's a monochrome version of this scene in a different group and where I felt that version was too contrasty and "crispy" this version comes off better. The lower contrast here helps to set apart the various elements of the scene and make for an over-all more pleasing image. Well done.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

A Good Life - Joan V Smith
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Everything about this shot is great. Well done! Perfect lighting, perfect pose, perfect facial expression. Is there a frame that includes the horses face?

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

Salt Pond - Jerry Wieland
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
I really dig this shot a lot. It has great color, texture, lighting, angle on the scene... If I could give a best-in-show it would be this image. Get this into a frame and onto the wall!

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

Sweet Dreams - Joan V Smith
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 98
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 32
Awwwww! So cute and how did you ever sneak up on a fox? Except for that pesky piece of fern this is an otherwise perfect image.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

Big Rock and Little Glass Ball - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 98
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
Amazing light - Goes to show you what waiting until the perfect time of day can do for you. The orb is a nice touch and helps makes a common scene unique.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

Lovers' quarrel - Bill Down
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 97
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
Quite the WOW shot! Awesome sharpness and clarity and that "perfect" moment. The background is a little hot but what can you do? Well done!

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

LAST STORM - Steven Burgess
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 97
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
Beautiful black & white - great tone and composition. Not much more to add here. Very well made image.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

MOMMA & BABY DOVE - Kathy Buckard
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 96
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 32
Between this shot and the one with the fox, some of you folks are getting extremely lucky with your animal shots! I'm not sold on the composition here. Might be cool to see the rest of mama on the right. I think we can easily lose some wall above her head.

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101

Open Topic

Where's the Competition - Joan C Dias
Judge: Steve Reeves Total Score: 94
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 32
Most horse racing shots I see are from the stands and perpendicular to the finish line. This looks like the shot you get when you have access most of us don't get. Very professional looking shot!

July 2019 - Reflections - 7/2/2019- CID:101