Category: Open This category is open to any subject that doesn't violate club rules or the law. There are no restrictions on digital manipulation. Learn more about categories Gallery is available Entries due: Judging: Showing: Mar 13 12:00pm This competition has been judged and shown at the meeting. You can see the results in the gallery below stuck in a link Maker: Mike Hanson -- 40 points 1st PlaceJudge's comments: Great lines; contrast of harsh wire and soft bird; great depth of field; sharpMaker's comments: Roadside Find Maker: Debbie Abraham -- 37 points 2nd PlaceJudge's comments: Great color; effect suits the scene; nice perspective; good compositionMaker's comments: Blue Martini Splash Maker: Kristi Olson -- 37 points 3rd PlaceJudge's comments: Eye follows the blue line; beautiful stop action; simple; vignette keeps eye in the frameMaker's comments: Bright-eyed beggar Maker: Paul Abraham -- 36 points Hon. MentionJudge's comments: Great pet portrait; nicely muted background; face is sharp; nice cropMaker's comments: Badlands National Park Maker: Brian Narveson -- 36 points Hon. MentionJudge's comments: Great color and depth; beautiful sky; just a touch bright in the foregroundMaker's comments: Shot on a partly overcast day in Badlands National Park. My 7D Mark II was set in Aperture Priority with an aperture of 1/16, ISO 800. Resulting Shutter speed was 1/320 sec.. Circular polarized filter was used and adjusted for max blue in the sky. Handheld. Hazy Sunday Maker: Phil S Addis -- 34 points Hon. MentionJudge's comments: Nice colors; cropped a bit tight on the top; photographer could move to keep branches from overlapping the steepleMaker's comments: Hazy Sunday drive through Winona, MN church spires looked beautiful against the hazy backdrop. Door County Watercolor Maker: Debbie Abraham -- 34 points Hon. MentionJudge's comments: Very nice painterly effect; beautiful muted foreground; center of interest pops; orchard makes a subtle leading lineMaker's comments: Open Water Maker: Katie Weisbecker -- 34 points Hon. MentionJudge's comments: Nice colors; like the cloud reflections; C-shaped shoreline very pleasing; could use a more definite center of interestMaker's comments: Black-tailed Prairie Dog Maker: Al Sheldon -- 33 points Judge's comments: Very comical; great pose; sharp; well-separated from backgroundMaker's comments: The Puddles of Spring Maker: Phyllis Feiock -- 33 points Judge's comments: Lovely reflection; great exposure; may need a more defined center of interestMaker's comments: Strange Visitor Maker: Brian Narveson -- 32 points Judge's comments: Very sharp; well-placed; background well-done; highlights may be a bit brightMaker's comments: Shot on a sunny day in Perot State Park. Handheld with my Canon 7D Mark II. Set in Aperture Priority mode. Aperture set at f/16, ISO 800 resulted in shutter speed of 1/250/second. Used High ISO to get higher shudder speed due to being handheld. Rustic Reflection Maker: Katie Weisbecker -- 32 points Judge's comments: The house is nicely framed by the trees; red color grabs the eye; white objects in the reflection are distractingMaker's comments: Frost in Space Maker: Rachel Teske -- 32 points Judge's comments: Nice patterns in the frost; pretty shades of blue; light source adds interestMaker's comments: I took a picture of frost on my car window. The dirt on the window looked liked stars in space, so I added a "flare" in post (Photoscape X) to make it look like outer space. Opossum Maker: Al Sheldon -- 31 points Judge's comments: Framed very well; good color; nothing in front of the face; good exposure; eyes in focus with catch lightMaker's comments: Abandoned Church Maker: David Skoog -- 31 points Judge's comments: Like the composition and the road as a leading line; good as black & white; nice setting; building appears to be leaning backMaker's comments: lunchtime Maker: Mike Hanson -- 31 points Judge's comments: Like the diagonal line; great bokeh background; all of the damselfly needs to be sharpMaker's comments: Beach Log Shadows Maker: Bob Mueller -- 30 points Voted Acc.Judge's comments: Very interesting stump with trunk as leading line; like the texture; image is a bit bright; a polarizer might helpMaker's comments: The 4th Maker: David Skoog -- 29 points Judge's comments: Very sharp; good technique; grill and stripes on flag mimic each other; may be cropped a little tightMaker's comments: Yellow Rose Maker: Doyle Gates -- 29 points Judge's comments: Very simple; the flower stands out as a center of interest; snow and bird lack detail; image appears a bit softMaker's comments: Frozen In Maker: Mike Earley -- 27 points Judge's comments: Great textures; sharp; good exposure; could focus more on the patterns in the iceMaker's comments: Sunburst Sunflower Maker: Phil S Addis -- 26 points Judge's comments: Very cheerful picture; good job with the yellows; main flower placed well; the other flowers do not seem to add to the imageMaker's comments: Lovely contrasts. Caught my eye fro a county road off Hwy 14 near La Crosse.