Focus Photography Awards

Focus award results.

It's just a tad over a year since I joined the Sydney Flickr group called Focus and my second year of entering the awards. (Don't forget to join if you're in Australia.)

This year I entered in 5 images to qualify for the Photographer of the Year in the Amateur section based on these categories

  • Panorama
  • Cityscape
  • Seascape
  • Landscape
  • Black & White 

Scoring: Gold 88-100, Silver 81-87, Bronze 75-80.

I received a Silver (84)  for the Cityscape (my first Silver), Three Bronzes' Black and White (80), Landscape (78), Seascape (78) and a air swing (71) for the Pano category.

I believe I haven't scored a high enough average to win it, which is total score 391 / 5 = 78.2

I entered all black and white images as that's where I feel i'm at with my journey as a photographer and wanted to present them as a package (even though i'm not being judged on that) and wanted to show consistency.

This group is not a black & white group, It's just what I like and staying true to that. I could of entered coloured images like last year but maybe a little of me would of been doing it for the judges.

Thank you to the committee and judges for their time and efforts for the group and awards to happen.

I look forward to the Award night on November 1st to meet & greet the other photographers in the group and to see the winning images. Can't wait!


What's needed for a Long Exposure photo

What's needed for a Long Exposure photo and How to Calculate.

My Setup for really Long Exposures (minutes).


Tripod (sturdy)

Cable release

Mirror Lockup or Live View to prevent Mirror slap which causes slight vibrations

Shoot in RAW (to correct any colour cast from filter in post + other corrections)

Camera with Bulb setting (Digital or Film)

With Film, watch out for Reciprocity failure  Wiki

Setup camera to measure in 1/2 stop increments instead of 1/3 stop (easier to calculate)

10 stop ND filter. Plus others if needed.

Composition (can't stress this enough)

If using Auto Focus don't forget to turn it off otherwise the lens will seek if using a 10 stop ND filter and you'll have to take it off and focus again.

Measure Shutter Speed with Aperture Value set at f/16 first before ND is positioned.

What ever the shutter speed count back 10 stops of light hoping for 1/15 or lower but no longer than 1 second (too long for me) 

eg 1/15 - 10 stops would be 1 minute

       1/8 -  10 stops would be 2 minutes

       1/4 -  10 stops would be 4 minutes

       1/2 -  10 stops would be 8 minutes

        1s -  10 stops would be 15 minutes

Then switch to Bulb mode on the Dial and set the Aperture to f/16 and ISO 100

Take a photo with cable release and lock for the time measured.

I learnt all this via  by Joel Tjintjelaar and read the guides for Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures part 1 - 3

Another resource is by Marc Koegel

Any questions let me know.


*edit now that i have upgraded to a Canon EOS 6D i use ISO 50 so i get less Hot Pixels & Noise during the Long Exposure.



Osborne Park Jetty

Osborne Park Jetty