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Garry River At Killiecrankie By Tim Pearson
CREDIT: Tim Pearson

RPS Landscape Group Monthly Competition September 2021

An online monthly Photography competition for RPS Landscape Group Members.

Winners Announcement

Members submitted another stunning collection of images to the Landscape Group competition during September


1st Place

Garry River at Killiecrankie by Tim Pearson


I’d like to claim that the photograph was the result of great planning and hours of research, but in truth it was a last throw of the dice after a frustrating afternoon spent looking for interesting views around Pitlochry while on a brief stopover en route to the north coast of Scotland. It’s not that there aren’t great views to be had, far from it, but I had managed to miss them all and was running out of time before needing to head back to the hotel for dinner.

Stopping by a bridge over the Garry River, I spotted a group of tourists clambering up from the river after a canyoning experience, and realised that their exit point was the best place to go for a clear view up stream. I set my tripod up on the rocks and managed to take just a few long exposures before time and the weather beat me, realising that this would give me the best possible image of an otherwise straight stretch of river. 

I posted the picture on social media and had an amazing response, so realised it was probably worth entering into the monthly competition. I’m pleased that people seem to like it and it’s currently the featured image on my website.

Technical details: Nikon D850 with 70-200mm lens at 185mm; 100 seconds at f/16 and ISO64. Tripod and Lee Little Stopper filter.


Instagram tim_pearson_wolds_photo

Comments made by RPS Landscape Members when voting for Tim's image

  • My eye is drawn to the river and it's flow through the frame. The tones are well handled and there is a good contrast range from white to blacks.
  • I love the treatment of the river's flow.
  • Light and balance
  • I'm drawn through the image by the swirling water and the whole thing had such beautiful complimentary colours.
  • Beautiful colours (fantastic use of limited colour palette), excellent leading lines in river bends. Stunner.
  • Great "lazy river " capture with long exposure
  • I love the depth of colour and the swirl of the water leading into the picture giving it depth
  • Just love the greens in this image
  • A good sense of movement, lovely colours and reflections and sympathetic processing



2nd Place

Decline by David Travis APRS


Take a look at more of David's photography on his website and on Instagram: @dtravis

Comments made by RPS Landscape Members when voting for David's image

  • Composition, leading lines, clarity, reflections, stillness of the water and the attention to detail of the editing.
  • A stunning tack sharp black and white image.  Beautifully exposed.



3rd Place

Windy Day by Lindsay Southgate


See more of Lindsay's photography on her website and Instagram lindsay.southgate

Comments made by RPS Landscape Members when voting for Lindsay's image

  • A lovely, atmospheric picture with great movement in the grasses.
  • The soft light enfolding the strong trunks has been used to create a beautiful subtle image.
  • It's a different image that depicts the weather very clearly, showing nature and the wind, I want to keep looking at it.
  •  I love the muted colours and the textures created by the movement of the grass. It's good to see a beautiful photograph created from a scene that most people would just have walked past.
  • A lovely light image showing movement 
  • The use of slow shutter (?) helps to tell the story of the windy day with the blurred grass and the sense of movement in the sea. The leading line of the fence creates some depth and draws the eye out to sea. There's a nice contrast between the textures and earthier tones of the grass compared to the sea.
  • I loved the soft tones but the sense of movement and understated beauty.



How the competition works

  • Landscape Members email their image.
  • Images are displayed on RPS Landscape group’s website.
  • In the last week of the month, Members are sent a link to a voting form and invited to vote for their favourite 3 images.
  • The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are announced on the 1st of the month and can be seen on the Landscape Group competition web page.
  • The Prize - the 1st place winner will get to choose one of fotoVUE's photo-location guidebooks.
  • At the end of year all 1st place images will be entered into a further round in the competition and Landscape photographer, Thomas Heaton will select an overall  winner for 2021!

Full instructions can be found on the RPS Landscape Group website.

Look out on the RPS Landscape Group Facebook page for updates.