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Color A On Topic

Wave - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 90
Technique: 26 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
Definitely meets the topic. The photographer obviously worked for this one. Great energy and impact in the composition of the image with the lines formed by the wave. Great job! As far as improvement might have been stronger if the center of the action of the wave were the point of focus (vs the foreground water). Also the "cherry on the top" final touch would have been a subject such as a surfer inside the curl of the water.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color A On Topic

Levitation - Bill Down
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 86
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 24
Definitely answers topic. High impact with the drop caught in midair and vibrant colors and patterns reflecting in the water. Nice shot

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color A On Topic

Best Buds - Adam L Berry
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 83
Technique: 25 Impact: 33 Composition: 25
Answers topic. Who would not love this? The manatee is sharp and in the perfect position as though posing for the photo. Great image.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color A On Topic

Keukenhof Gardens - Albert J Sanowskis
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 50
Technique: 16 Impact: 13 Composition: 21
Meets the criteria for topic. Nice scene of a garden with a pleasing painterly effect. The color of the water (although probably realistic) detracts from the image. Try changing the color to improve the visual harmony.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color B On Topic

Water Over the Dam - G Daniels
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 94
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Dramatic image that meets the criteria. The curved section of disturbed water flowing through the frame on a diagonal creates energy and leads the eye through the scene The dark area in the top left is not understood without the title. This photographer took a section of what was probably a very busy scene and created a very compelling image with lines and textures.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color B On Topic

BREAKING POINT - Steven Burgess
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 81
Technique: 29 Impact: 30 Composition: 22
Meets topic. Limited color pallet works well here. The diagonal line of wave crest adds energy interest. Even the material being carried by water in left side of the frame adds detail and interest.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color B On Topic

Sunset on Deal Island - Joan V Smith
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 79
Technique: 30 Impact: 20 Composition: 29
Answers topic. A serene calming scene with all the elements of a good landscape photo: foreground, middle ground and background interest. Good depth of field. The eye wants to climb the rocks leading through the scene and back onto the pier to watch the sunset. Nicely done.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Color B On Topic

Placid Water - Jerry Wieland
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 76
Technique: 29 Impact: 20 Composition: 27
Meet topic criteria. Nice quiet "placid" scene. The horizon is on the thirds and the subject is well placed on the intersection of the thirds. Nice strong contrast and definition on the masts of the ship. Might have been a little stronger if the subject was sailing into the frame rather than out.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono A On Topic

Oops - Bill Down
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 80
Technique: 27 Impact: 27 Composition: 26
Meets topic. Well titled. Sharp throughout. Looks slightly overexposed It appears a filter has been added in post; no problem however this probably would have been a strong image in its own right.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono A On Topic

WATER FOUNTAIN SPRAY - Kathy Buckard
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 69
Technique: 24 Impact: 21 Composition: 24
Meets the criteria with a flair. Symmetry works very well with this image which is well exposed with no background distractions.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono A On Topic

When an If Crossing - Tom Buckard
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 64
Technique: 20 Impact: 22 Composition: 22
Meets topic. Nice subject matter with all of the sails filled by the wind. Post processing treatment apparently were used; however this image likely would have been quite strong as a regular photograph. In a perfect world the a full view of the American flag on left of frame would be preferable to only the stripes revealed. Well cropped, the subject is placed well in the frame.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono A On Topic

Dome, Dome, Dome, Dome - Adam L Berry
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 63
Technique: 20 Impact: 27 Composition: 16
Meets topic. Sharp well exposed image. Interesting point of view -- shoot the shooter. The swim fin that appears as though growning for the subjects arm is distracting and would not be missed if edited out. The distortion caused by the closeness of the subject and the water itself makes it interesting. Would have preferred that the top top of the lens hood not have been cropped out.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono B On Topic

LIGHT FOG - Steven Burgess
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 94
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Meets criteria. Pleasing image that is obviously shot during misty/foggy conditions giving it a nice atmospheric appeal. The rocks in the foreground anchor the image and provide the needed contrast and sharpness to carry the image.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono B On Topic

Still Waters - Abel L Shara
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 91
Technique: 32 Impact: 28 Composition: 31
Meets criteria. The reflection of the dock makes it appear to be floating in space. The plants anchor the bottom of the frame. Excellent sharpness and contrast. The bird on the wing and one perched on a piling add a nice accent. Helps keep the viewer exploring the image and give us a sense of place.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono B On Topic

NIGHT FALL - Steven Burgess
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 67
Technique: 19 Impact: 24 Composition: 24
Meets topic. Waterfall across the scene on a nice diagonal adding energy and sense of motion. The shutter is sufficiently slow to give a the water a soft silky feel. The image would be stronger with a little more detail in the darkest shadows or at least more of a transition into the negative space.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Mono B On Topic

Canoes in Starshine - Abel L Shara
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 65
Technique: 22 Impact: 21 Composition: 22
Meets topic. Shot in good light. Well exposed and has good sharpness and contrast. The diagonal line created by the three boats lead the viewer across the frame the sun flare is dominant element in the scene pulling the eye away from the rest of the image. Reducing its intensity would improve the image.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Novice On Topic

Kefalonia - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 60
Technique: 19 Impact: 21 Composition: 20
Meets the criteria. Nice color pallet dominated by blues. Good sharpness and depth of field. Good leading line created by the shoreline. This image has the needed point of interest with the people on the shore. I would crop in some from the right to place more emphasis on the people and land mass without the extra expanse of ocean.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Novice On Topic

Pony Splash - Dan Smith
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 58
Technique: 18 Impact: 22 Composition: 18
Meets criteria. Nice action shot showing the the water splashing up from below the horses. Good sharpness and contrast. It would be nice if the judge or observer were not in the background pulling the eye away from the subjects. Good effort!

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Novice On Topic

Wet Retrieve - Dan Smith
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 57
Technique: 18 Impact: 19 Composition: 20
Meets criteria. Good action capture with sharpness throughout the subject area. The water droplets suspended in midair convey action and motion. Nice diagonal line between composition elements. The background has detail but does not compete with the sharp crisp detail of subject. Image might have been stronger if the dogs eyes/head position showed the interaction with the lure.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Open Topic

DAY BREAK - Steven Burgess
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 85
Technique: 28 Impact: 29 Composition: 28
Beautiful long exposure. Great light which defines the features in the foreground. Well exposed and sharpness where it is needed. The mass of the large rock on the left side of frame balances well against the brightness of the sun. Nicely done, this one is a wall hanger.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Open Topic

Drippy - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 82
Technique: 29 Impact: 27 Composition: 26
Beautiful colorful capture. Subject area is tack sharp. Colors are vibrant.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Open Topic

Monarch butterfly - Bill Down
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 76
Technique: 21 Impact: 28 Composition: 27
Subject is sharp as well as the flower he is on. The background is pleasingly out of focus and it's nature works well with the subject matter. The only suggested improvements come under the heading of "border patrol": The large leaf that extends just beyond the frame creates a visual tension. The stem that merges with it from the bottom of the frame could be removed to simplify the image along with the partial bloom on the lower left edge.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Open Topic

Ghost Train - Abel L Shara
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 68
Technique: 22 Impact: 24 Composition: 22
Interesting composite -- that evokes the imagination of the viewer. The composition works well with the train and tracks is placed on a diagonal travelling through the frame.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102

Open Topic

Passion Flower - Jerry Wieland
Judge: Nancy Lester Total Score: 72
Technique: 24 Impact: 24 Composition: 24
Colorful sharp image is well placed within the frame. Nice color pallet. The background supports but does not compete for attention. Darkening the green leaves may enhance the image slightly.

August 2019 - Water - 8/6/2019- CID:102