We welcomed back judge Mike Clatworthy from Swansea for this 2nd round internal print competition. 50 images were submitted, so once again a good number for Mike to judge. He said that they were all of a high quality, with most of the mounting being very good, with one or 2 exceptions (John & Jeff’s tutorial paying off). However, he did not mark images down for poor mounting. He did feel that some of the paper choices did not do justice to some of the images, he felt that the choice of textured paper didn’t always help the image.
Overall Mike gave a positive and helpful critique on every image, stating how it could be improved, which was mostly only by changing the choice of paper or cropping slightly and with one or two suggestions on using post processing techniques. His choice of top scores from 18 - 20 were of a variety of subjects and genres.
The top scoring images with the judge’s critique are given below:
Images scoring 18 were:
Turning Circles - Maria Pearce - Lovely piece of mono work, simple, the addition of part of the second handle gave the image an extra dimension.
A view from Kew - Mavis Evans - The use of patterns leads you in nicely to the central spot with the plane bang on where it should be. Good choice of mount. Lovely abstract shot.
Rhapsody in Blue - Alan Harris - works well as a triptych as the 3 images flow nicely together. Love seeing something different. Perhaps try on a white mount.
Tawny Eagle in Flight - Alan Evans - stunning image, sharp plenty of room for the eagle in flight.
Hunny Pot by Jo Debenham-Ansty for her composite image - incredibly creative, love the teddy and hat and the startled look on the baby’s face. Perhaps add a bit more shadow around the head.
And 3 images scored 20:
Flight of the Falcon - Alan Evans - Very competent, very envious, extremely well handled, like the black line around the edge of the frame, the falcon well placed within the shot.
The Pride of Africa - Alan Evans - incredibly strong with the dark background. Perfect mane and strong colours, really captured the majesty of the lion.
Flakstad - Jeff Fugler - Love the composition the front section works like an arrow leading you into the sea, land and mountains beyond. Love the late afternoon colour in the sky. The white frame makes the image jump out.
Out of these 3 images the judge’s favourite was Flakstad - well done to Jeff. Also really well done to Alan for his 2 images scoring 20 and an 18!
Thank you to everyone for submitting images.
Next week, 20th, is our Christmas party at Excel Bowling. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to all who can’t make it.
The first session in the New Year is on the 10 January when we have Graham Harries “A Light in the Dark” This presentation gives on insight into shooting in the dark and will be for the first half of the night. Following this we will be moving on to the car park at Charlies, Pensarn, for a practical session putting into practice some of what Graham is going to show us. Bring cameras, tripods and warm clothing!
Also remember to bring 3 PDIs for round 3 of this competition, plus 3 Christmas PDIs for the Chairman’s night.