FEBRUARY 2021 - This month's judge: Robert Chaplin
The subject is "ANIMAL KINGDOM"
In this month’s Online Photo we will “Explore the Animal Kingdom”. This includes photographs of the more than a million species that share our planet, including but not limited to all forms of wildlife, mammals, birds, reptiles, ants, and butterflies. With all the gorgeous animals on our planet, exclude your household pets. Show us your CREATIVITY!!!!
SUBMIT UP TO 3 IMAGES BY FEBRUARY THE 28TH.
VOTING FROM MARCH 1 TO MARCH 8
Each KCC member will have a total of 5 votes.
Members can use one or 2 votes per photo of their choice.
In the case of a membership awards tie, the Judge's vote will be used to decide the winner.
Let's talk about the scoring. Read the following for clarification on how I approach scoring.
The KCC Scoring Chart states the following (my interpretation is in parentheses)
60-69 = Acceptable (an image that may meet the challenge but is not technically sound and lacks an artistic statement, and includes blown-out highlights including or not lost detail in the shadows. An exception is high-key or low-key.)
70-79 = Average (an image that looks like it was shot on auto without any thought to composition, depth of field, or viewing angle)
80-87 = Good "above average image, but could be improved" (technically sound with acceptable composition and exposure)
88-94 = Excellent "a well-done image" (an image that equals "Good" and includes an artistic expression. May or may not be subject to a visual critique.)
95-100 = Superior "a near-perfect image" (an innovative photograph that is well exposed, composed, with clear artistic intent. This photograph may have a composition that effectively breaks the rules and has a clear artistic statement. This image will be strong enough that I will not be able to provide a visual critique)
Keeping with the critical approach as the previous Digital Challenge, I include comments on the fundamentals of photography and ways I see to improve the image. Keep in mind the idea of enhancing the picture to my aesthetic may be different than what the artist intended. If it misses the mark, disregard the comment.