5 Way Battle

This evening we had the annual battle between ourselves and 4 other camera clubs - Towy Valley, Kidwelly, Pontyberem and Trostre & Velindre.

Prior to the start of the judging Sue announced that Towy Camera Club will be holding their annual photographic exhibition at Aberglasney Gardens and that we had been invited to the Open Evening to be held on the 10th November, with free entry and refreshments. The exhibition runs until the 28th November, the usual Aberglasney entry fees will apply. Mavis had already had a sneak preview and advised it was well worth a visit.

Kidwelly Camera Club are holding their annual exhibition at the Princess Gwenllian Centre in Kidwelly on the Saturday 18th & 19th November from 10 - 6 on Saturday and 10 - 5 pm Sunday. Entry £1.50 to include tea and biscuits. All photographs for sale and studio facilities available for family photographs.

We had also had an invitation from Carmarthenshire Theatres to attend and take photographs at the rehearsal for the performance that evening by the National Dance Company Wales at the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli - an excellent opportunity to take photographs at a live dance event.

Now to the competition - we welcomed back the ever popular judge - Rob Mitchell, who regaled us with his customary jokes but also gave his usual extremely valuable critique. Each of the 5 clubs had submitted 8 of their finest images for Rob to judge.

It was a closely fought competition, with scores ranging from 16 and 7 images scoring 20. The final scores were:

1st Towy Valley 148

2nd Trostre/Velindre 146

3rd Carmarthen 145

4th Kidwelly 142

5th Pontyberem 141

Those scoring 20 with a synopsis of Rob’s comments were:

Hand, from Carmarthen - the open hand was inviting, full of character and the highlight on the fingers really brought out the contours.

Broken Entry, from Kidwelly - the lighting on the gate and fence holds our attention, the sky adds drama and mystique, and the gate leads us into the picture and holds us there.

Rush Hour, also Kidwelly - a really busy image, that certainly corresponds to the title and holds your attention as there is so much to concentrate on. The people wearing red in the middle really draw you in.

Odd one out, Towy Valley - there is very good texture & detail on the tulips, the exposure is spot on. Rob liked the tulip just going outside of the image as it draws the eye up and out of the image.

Twins, Towy Valley - this was a simple image, but with loads of detail, particularly the tears and the detail in the ruffles, exposure and focus spot on and the muted colours charming.

Serenity, Trostre/Velindre - good use of negative space which is enhanced by the tone and colour. The subtle ripple adds to the feeling of serenity.

Vertigo, Trostre/Velindre - excellent portrayal of texture, shape & lighting, which brings out the detail in the shadows, Rob liked that the building continued on outside the frame and the image was telling the story by portraying just a section of the building. An interesting image to look at.

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