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Color A On Topic

Alien Bodypaint Project - Chuck Sackman
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 91
Technique: 28 Impact: 32 Composition: 31
The use of directional lighting and otherworldly bold colors create a captivating fantasy image that requires the viewer to explore every part of the image. The leading lines of the arm match the Western culture's way of reading top left to bottom right.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color A On Topic

INTROSPECTIVE - Judy Boyd
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 88
Technique: 29 Impact: 32 Composition: 27
Beautiful capture of an exotic animal with interesting expression and pose. Consider cropping a bit of the dark area off the left of the image to improve the balance. The lighting composition is perfect.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color A On Topic

Social Distancing - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 85
Technique: 27 Impact: 31 Composition: 27
A very good rendering of a difficult image to create. You've also shown a light hand in your processing that gives enough information without distracting from the scene.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color A On Topic

Psychedelic Forks - Bill Down
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 84
Technique: 29 Impact: 29 Composition: 26
A new 2020 look at Kertesz's "The Fork". Beautiful capture. I would have liked to see just a bit more stem at the bottom to balance the composition. Just lovely.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color B On Topic

Soul Searching - Joan V Smith
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 81
Technique: 24 Impact: 29 Composition: 28
This is a beautiful emotional portrait of a personality. The viewer can almost tell its story by seeing this one image. The lighting and the use of depth of field is perfectly used to direct.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color B On Topic

Inner Strength - Joan V Smith
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 81
Technique: 27 Impact: 27 Composition: 27
Beautiful soft lighting, sharpness where it should be and perfect composition makes this a very successful image. Also the subtle background details are an added bonus.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color B On Topic

Overnight Showers - G Daniels
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 71
Technique: 24 Impact: 25 Composition: 22
Beautiful abstract capture. It causes the viewer to try to determine the scale of the scene. The lone concave hole in the middle adds a nice disturbance to the other drops. You might try aiming the camera up just a bit (or cropping). It seems to feel a bit top-heavy.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Color B On Topic

Fog lifter - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 60
Technique: 18 Impact: 20 Composition: 22
A good job of creating mood. However, it appears that the horses are a bit softer than other parts of the image. This is a good scene to set up and wait to shoot many different moments with the horses to get just the right action.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono A On Topic

Character - Bill Down
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 90
Technique: 28 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
A good portrait shares the personality of the subject, not just show what they look like. It requires correct posing, lighting, composition, wardrobe, etc. to create a masterpiece. This image does all that beautifully. The direction of the subject's gaze is a perfect touch. Well done.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono A On Topic

THE DOOR - Steven Burgess
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 82
Technique: 27 Impact: 28 Composition: 27
This image gives just enough information to pull the viewer into the shot and allows him to "walk" through the image and explore the place. Perspective is handled well and processing is done with a light hand.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono A On Topic

Strainers with Egg - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 82
Technique: 27 Impact: 27 Composition: 28
A beautiful example of a constructed still life calling to mind the work of Russian Constructivism. Very tasteful lighting giving us just enough information to let the viewer understand the subject without giving anything extra. Beautiful image.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono A On Topic

DAYBREAK - Judy Boyd
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 79
Technique: 27 Impact: 26 Composition: 26
Beautiful subtle image appearing to capture a passage into another dimension in a physical place or possibly state of mind or life stage. Moving from dark into light. You might try to keep the horizon level to see if that works better for you.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono A On Topic

Self Portrait - Bill Down
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 78
Technique: 27 Impact: 25 Composition: 26
This is a portrait made more successful by perfect positioning of the light source, which is the correct size and hard enough to flatter the male subject.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono B On Topic

A Noise In The Attic - Joan V Smith
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 80
Technique: 26 Impact: 27 Composition: 27
Harsh directional lighting, prop selection and coloration give this image the spooky quality that makes it a very powerful story-telling piece of art. It gives just enough information for the viewer to bring his own interpretation and life's experiences into the image.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono B On Topic

Garden Path - G Daniels
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 73
Technique: 22 Impact: 26 Composition: 25
Beautiful abstract image. The subject matter requires the viewer to spend a bit of time in study to understand, not only the subject matter, but also the scale of the scene.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Mono B On Topic

Greyhound - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 72
Technique: 25 Impact: 23 Composition: 24
Good example of low key lighting. Adding a white card to the front right side would have given a nice bit of subtle detail to the foreground.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Novice On Topic

Roses on Fire - Bernie Groome
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 78
Technique: 28 Impact: 27 Composition: 23
Good use of lighting to create mood. You were able to create a beautiful still life of an image that, with less skilled eyes, could have turned into a florist ad. You avoided that and have an image that has much more personality and story to it.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Novice On Topic

Unfurling Into The Light - Tracy Dreyfus
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 77
Technique: 26 Impact: 27 Composition: 24
A really good capture of one of nature's bits of unusual beauty. It gives the viewer that takes the time to study the image a sense of calm and peace. The detail in the top background is essential to the composition.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Novice On Topic

Quiet Speak - Dan Smith
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 74
Technique: 24 Impact: 24 Composition: 26
Very nice subtle use of low key light giving the right amount of information. Also, the detail in the background is necessary to keep the subject from looking into nothing.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

Gonzalez - Tom Buckard
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 84
Technique: 27 Impact: 28 Composition: 29
Good use of desaturated color and texture to tell the story of a man who apparently has many stories to tell. The smoke trail adds another layer of interest to a shot that has a lot of detail to take in.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

EYE ON THE MINNOW - Kathy Buckard
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 83
Technique: 28 Impact: 27 Composition: 28
Perfect timing to capture the two animals. You were also able to simplify a complex background by good use of shallow depth of field.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

Almost 12:15 - Dan Smith
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 83
Technique: 26 Impact: 28 Composition: 29
Good use of the three layers of composition and the use of the fence line to separate the bottom two with the circle separating the top two. It harkens back to the FSA dustbowl images.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

Other End of the Strip - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 82
Technique: 26 Impact: 27 Composition: 29
A good image of a very difficult lighting challenge. Consider leveling the horizon for a more dynamic composition.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

Blue Plumbago - Bill Down
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 79
Technique: 25 Impact: 27 Composition: 27
A successful image that shows a fairly common subject matter in a new way. The composition and depth of field allow the viewer to begin in the flowers, travel to the leaves and then back to the main subject again.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

Bald Eagle Shear Concentration - Tom Buckard
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 81
Technique: 27 Impact: 27 Composition: 27
A beautiful portrait with a majestic look. Nice capture. The image could feel a bit more balanced with just a bit more room at the back of the head. Nice detail in the background with just enough detail.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

FERN CREEK - Judy Boyd
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 79
Technique: 26 Impact: 25 Composition: 28
Good execution of slow shutter to show movement. Probably would have benefitted by tilting the camera up a bit to aid in composition.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114

Open Topic

Little Light One - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jerry Atnip Total Score: 81
Technique: 27 Impact: 27 Composition: 27
Interesting use of light painting at the correct time of day to allow the wand and the sky to compliment each other.

August 2020 - Low Key - 8/4/2020- CID:114