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Shadows of Love – 1st Brian Murphy

A striking image that is fantastically set up. The grainy mono texture along with the angle of the bible makes it look like a photo taken in the last century. Keeping the fuzzy edges and not cropping them out also gives it the historic look. With the bottom edges of the bible being black the light edge at bottom right corner looks out of place and could be removed. I’m not concerned that the ring is not fully sharp, as this fits in with the rest of the image. Very well done.


Mouse – 2nd Gus Stuart

Well thought out set up to give a strong and clear shadow. The angle of the lighting is excellent as the bottom of the shadow is in line with the backdrop. With the distance between the subject and the background it makes the shadow much larger making it the main focal point of the image. The only criticism I have is that the vertical line is lower at the left.


Topical Shadow - 3rd= Pamela Learmont

The NHS is very topical at the moment and rightly so. Lighting and focus have been controlled very well with no burn out and the image is in focus. The lighting has been cleverly set up to give shadow plus light up part of the cheek and hair on the model’s right side to complete her face/head. I feel that if the three white spots on both eyes are removed this would improve a good portrait.   


Where’s Hank! - 3rd= Paul Cresswell

A different and excellent approach to the theme of “shadows”. I love the set up as looks like every item has been placed down with no thought to being tidy. With the glasses open this leads you to the shaded area with the song title. Maybe the exposure could be set down a couple of stops as the main song sheet has a large area of white which can keep your eye away from the shaded area the sunglasses make.


Fossil – Highly Commended Keith Walker

The uneven textured background along with the crooked main branch blend in well together for this image. The ground has good focus and I like how with the shadow angles towards the right and the  space at top left is filled in with a more concentration of the growth on the stone/rock which balances out the image.


Bob’s Hideaway – Highly Commended Colin Thomson

This is a strong colourful image with lots of items in it creating many small shadows. The light is strongest on the white containers, if possible, I would have liked to have seen this light on the area where the yellow level and red tool-box is which would made that area stand out. In keeping with the age of the items if the fluorescent light at the top was to be cropped out but leave the connection between the upright post and horizontal beam in it would make this a more balanced and powerful image.


Cycling Though the Shadows – Highly Commended Bob Brown

I like the idea of what the photography is doing as there is good strong shadows to get at this location during a short time of the day. It has probably been a sudden moment in time to have the cyclist in that position and it has been captured well. I find the small pole at the bottom and the one from the top angled to the right distracting, therefore if possible, a move to the left and down a couple of steps to get a slightly different camera angle would remove them from view.


Leaves on Stone – Highly Commended David Young

The colours of the background and the leaves gives this image a beautiful warm feel to it with the centre of the image sharp and the leaves being softer. This image for me can be changed by turning it one hundred and eighty degrees then flipped resulting in a good image with a different perspective after both moves.


Martha the Dog-Ebra – Highly Commended Jim Glynn

Love the way the shadow strips are going down the dogs back and curve around it’s hips and with the background being a dark brown against the white it keeps you focused on the dog. The brightness on the back foot could be turned down as this takes your eye away from the main feature of the shadows on the dogs back.


Shadow Eggs – Commended Alison Cresswell

A well thought out plan to get the shadows onto the eggs which are different on each one, it works well in mono however the eggs appear overexposed. I do like that the nearest egg is sharp with the focus being softer for the further away ones. It’s a very tight crop in, maybe a view from further back to include all the three eggs and the main part of the whisk would have given a better story to the image with none of the main items breaching the outside edges. Maybe a plain light background could have been used as this would have made the items and the shadows stand out throughout the image.


Forking Shadows – Commended William Niven

Nice idea and I can see what the photographer was doing and it has worked pretty well with only three items used. The forks are equal distanced so that where the vertical and horizontal shadows meet the point is not being covered by the next fork. There is quite a large white area at the bottom, with a bit of cropping this can be reduced significantly and still leave plenty of space around the forks.


Shadow on Shadow – Commended Willie Hiddleston

Another imaginative outlook to the theme this week, I do like that the page has been left curved with the camera angle not square on. If the camera had been moved slightly to the right this would have put the main focal point onto the left third and brought more of the right page into the image which would have also softened the descriptions to the left.


Shadow Boxing – Commended Dave Vickers

This image has good strong shadows against a lighter background which with the ribs running along it gives some texture and interest. There is quite a lot of space at the top above the ball and with a bit of cropping to below the bar at the top right-hand side would condense the image.


Me and My Shadow – Commended Eunice Laidlaw

From personal experience I know how difficult it is not to burn out the white on a dog when it is in the direct sun, in this image that has been controlled well with detail throughout. Maybe if the camera angle had been lower and to the left making the dog look in that direction the head with both it’s ears being in the shadow would look better, however it’s still a good image of the dog.


You Taking a Picture of Me – Jim Harkness

The shadow is strong against the lighter ground although there appears to be a large number of small blue spots which may have occurred during download or it’s on the original as well. I feel that if the subject had been wearing a wide brimmed hat that would have increased the outline of the shadow. If the bottom area is cropped to the waist area I think it gives a more balanced image.


Natures Shadow – Kathryn Harkness

Good idea with the branches and shadows in the same image, with there being foliage around the outside the shadows on the wall are not restricted by them.  The sharpest part appears to be the post on the right with the shadows being soft, I would like to have seen it the other way round to possible give a better image.

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