Year 9 Art student, Toby Pickard, 'stormed' through the opposition to gain second place in a recent prestigious national photographic competition run by Practical Photography Magazine. There were 265 entries from all around the UK and Toby entered his in the landscape round.

Toby explained how the photo opportunity came about” I took this whilst on an evening walk in the fields near my home in early May and timed it so that the sun lay low in the sky and on the horizon. This meant the colours were rich and created a dramatic texture on the blades of grass in the foreground. I used the path to lead your eyes into the image and to draw you into the picture, which in the end worked quite well. The technique I used to take this photograph was simply HDR. I took two photos - one of the dramatic foregrounds up to the horizon, and one of the detailed skies. Using Photoshop, I merged these two images together, sharpened and slightly vignetted the image and entered it into the competition. The winners were announced in early June and I won a £100 Jessops voucher which I am going to spend on more camera equipment”.

This is an outstanding photograph that draws upon the compositional techniques that were studied in his recent Art coursework. Toby has now started his Art GCSE and we anticipate further masterpieces as he progresses into year 10. Well done Toby!