IOM January 2020 - Starting the year with Four Bronze Awards - Sandie Powner Photography
Feb 26

IOM January 2020: Starting the year with Four Bronze Awards

2020 is the fourth year of me entering the Guild of Photographers' Image of the Month competition, so it seems strangely appropriate that I've started the year with Four Bronze Awards! 

As usual, I plan to enter the Pets Category throughout 2020, and my first three entries were all awarded Bronze - nicely on track for the year! I also like to dabble in the Open Category, and started the year with three images that I particularly liked, all taken with the iPhone. 

PETS
My three entries from the Pet Category were all awarded Bronze, and featured Luna the cocker spaniel, Akeela the cane corso and Moses the lurcher. Luna's portrait was taken during her Pawfect Moments Experience which took place in her home back in September. Being in the client's home and a familiar location means Luna was relaxed and happy - and a natural model!

Luna the Cocker Spaniel

Akeela the Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff)

In contrast, Akeela and Moses both took part in Mini Shoot Days in November and December, which is a completely different environment - lots of smells and new things for the dog to process. As you can see they both did really well!

Moses the lurcher

OPEN
Entering the Open category is something I do for fun, and recently I've been experiementing with using my iPhone to take photos. It's always intriguing to enter iPhone shots in what is a very tough competition, so I'm thrilled that one of my images was also awarded Bronze, while the other two attained Classified (70 marks out of 100). 

This shot was taken in January and is the Birkenhead riverside taken from Liverpool. The light was fantastic for just a few minutes! I processed this image using the long exposure setting on the iPhone photos app to begin with to get some smoothness in the water, followed by a little editing in Snapseed app to bring out the gorgeous light. Although it is edited, it's all done on the phone so it just shows what you can accomplish with minimal tools!

The yacht image below is a personal favourite of mine and was taken from a moving boat in Poole harbour! I also used the long exposure setting to get the motion, and did the Black & White processing in Snapseed. The cathedral shot is of Lincoln Cathedral and was also processed in Snapseed. It's taken from my absolute favourite place to stand in a cathedral, where you can see the full scope of the architecture - absolutely amazing!

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