Last week was the Master Photographers’ Association (MPA) Regional Fine Art Photography awards, held near Bristol. The competition, for creative and artistic images, was judged by Peter Ellis, an ex-chairman of the MPA, and a respected international photography judge.
Peter awarded two of my images prizes. The first of these was a view of a couple on the beach at Rhossili on Gower. I chose a very narrow crop for this image as it really lifted the composition, and helped to show the romantic isolation of the couple. The image is effectively in three sections; the breaking waves, the receding waves, and the sand with the couple. The small dark triangle in the top-right corner stops your eye from going right out of the frame. We cover this sort of composition in our photography training courses.
The other image was one of my “Bokeh” series. Taken with a long telephoto lens, it’s of a leafless weeping silver birch tree covered in water droplets after the frost that was on it had melted in the sun. The sunlight shining through the droplets caused a myriad of colours due to diffraction. The branches made a lovely pattern across these highlights, and gave the image some “compositional energy”.
These “Bokeh” images are really beautiful and I’m looking forward to doing even more.