This picture of The Dead Secrets comedy group shows lovely composition. The eye goes straight to the guys closest then leads off to the right, ending up at the Radcliffe Camera to give depth. I checked the time on the file information thinking that, seeing as there is not a single tourist in this shot, it must have been taken at about 7am. It was 1pm. Either a very well-timed shot or Jon Lewis must have had roadblocks set up nearby...
This picture cheered me up when I saw it on Monday. The lighting and focus on professional dancer James Robinson are good, but it’s the kids behind who make it. Out of all the children taking part in this dance exercise, not a single one of them is in time. Nice work from Mark Hemsworth
David Fleming shot a lovely spread of pictures for the annual pancake race in Wallingford, with loads of action and pancakes flying everywhere. This shot was my favourite though because of the big grin on the face of the winner, Christ-Ian Sinkinson. It must be the combination of grin, shades, onesie, trophy and wide-angle lens. I love the Mayor poking his head round in the background. A really happy shot
The Oxford Botanic Garden is one of those places you know you’ll be walking away from with a nice shot. Here we have our ‘start of spring’ picture by Jon Lewis of horticulturist Ness Newman. I really like the depth of field and the lovely back lighting Jon used his remote flash to create
I’m going to have to be honest here and admit I’m not a great lover of photographing model railways. The pictures tend to all look the same. This is because the venues are village halls or community centres. Get the models out in the lovely countryside and they’d look brilliant. That’s why I really like this shot here. Even in a leisure centre, Jon Lewis has managed to focus in on Dr Michael Watts and his Salz model railway station to make this bright, well-composed photograph, the background not being a problem
I had to call photographer Mark Hemsworth to ask about this photo. It stood out from the rest as it was the only shot to have bright off-camera flash. It turns out that the flash was not his. I’ve shot weddings and when the couple cut the cake I drop the shutter down to a 10th of a second, so I can use other people’s flashes. But Mark was shooting on 160th of a second. Perfect timing!