- So it might be warmer now, but it wasn't long ago that it was Baltic, as this #Fujifilm #S9600 owner's blog proves! http://t.co/sNVjkZe48E
- Sending one of these (mic, not camera) to @geekanoids to have a play with and let us know what they think http://t.co/oMdKC1XbZX
- Not quite sure how this #Fujifilm #HS10 managed to stop this fast-moving subject in its tracks - that's some skill! http://t.co/I2Vz8rGj80
- Perfect for British weather... http://t.co/CcYvg6Zr3b #rain #waterproofcamera http://t.co/K7E42nz2LZ
- @Lensflaredave the best kind ;-)
Quite a well-subscribed comp. We had just over 20 entries.
One was disqualified because it wasn't taken this week - try again Wally.
Three then went because of bits of sky being blown out. This included Margaret's lovely willow which reminded me of J R R Tolkein's Old Man Willow.
Neil and Anne went because of the straightening.
I know that I invited you, when I set the subject, to think outside the box, and four of you did. Digitaljohn's was the best of these. Mention must be made to pastaflora - well done for your entry, especially as you used an F31fd - let's have more of these on IHC.
Next to go was a bunch of you who had taken their pictures with a non-Fuji camera. There is nothing wrong with this - it is allowed. However, Mr Fuji doesn't publish any exif of 'other' cameras, which made looking at their entries difficult. I must mention Barry, who was wandering around (in your dressing gown?) at 4am moving rubbish to take his night picture. However, not all non-Fuji pictures were rejected at this stage.
I don't know if I am enjoying this. I'm having to reject pics from my IHC friends.
We are now left with eight excellent shots, and the judging gets harder .... Any of them could have been in the top three.
Mazzy's Poplar was popular.
Bevra's Mighty Oak was up to her usual high standard.
Derek's Standing the Shade of Time showed good contrast against the light.
Julie's Apple Tree was well-nigh perfect, there was something jolly and happy about her picture that contrasted with Russ's Dead Tree, cold and severe against a grey sky - but that sky is also very good. Russ has also got iso down at 64 which shows something ...
Fuji cameras rarely choose iso 64 on auto setting. This means that Russ was in some sort of manual mode and choosing what he wanted his camera to do. Nice one, Russ.
Angie's photograph fascinated me. I wanted to know more. Her tabs told us it was taken with her Sony Alpha - but what lens, what ISO? Angie has got the rule of three with that lollipop tree in horizontal and vertical dimensions - everything is nicely in balance. Lots of people wanted it cropped but I found an interesting discordance in the picture. It is a very good composition. Angie gets third.
Christine's IHC6 Single Tree is similar to Bevra's but better proportioned. Have a look at it BIG and you will see that she has set her camera up to do a very good focus job on the tree only. It stands out very well. I don't think it should be cropped, and the sky is very good. Christine gets second.
Stuart Roebuck's IHC Tree is superb. It's perfect. I could imagine a Building Society wanting this for its' logo. The sky isn't blown and the foreground dark shadow balances it perfectly. I was pleased to see that you took it with a 5600 - a reliable chunky camera that does as it's told (albeit with a tiny screen). Down at ISO 64 as well... this means something, Stuart. It means you are an award-winning photographer - your award is next week because you are the winner. Congratulations to you, Christine and Angie.
Over to you, Stuart.