Last night was the third ‘winner on the night’ competition where entries could only be in print. The Judge for the evening was Micki Aston from Windsor PS. As there were no digital entries allowed members entered a total of 34 prints and this was the highest number of print entries in the club competitions for four years.
Micki said, she was here to encourage photography and not put people off from taking pictures and her marks would not be lower than 13 out of 20.
The first to be held back by Micki was print number two which was titled
WOW a fabulous image, said Micki with beautiful detail in the feathers and just caught at the right moment by the author. The eyes are sharp and the print is set in a double mount. Well done to the author. I’ll hold that back, said Micki.
The next to be held back was print number six which was titled
Travellers caught in an image swirl with one static person looking on. Taken with a slow shutter speed, Micki said, she did not mind the grid in the middle as it did not interfere with the static person.
The next to be held back was print number nine which was titled
I can’t get enough of these pictures, said Micki and this one blows me away. The red and the blue work so well together and this one sits better than any others I have seen. Micki said, she was enjoying this and wanted it held back.
The next image to be held back was print number twelve which was titled
a nicely taken building with the curves at the right angles. This works well in monochrome with the author’s interpretation and the contrast is also very good
The next image to be held back was print number fifteen which was titled
There are many ethnic groups in various parts of the world that dress beautifully for tourist photographs. The landscape behind is lovely and the print has great colours. The hands on the lady are so graceful and a lovely shot.
The next to be held back was print number nineteen which was titled
Birds for Sale
How well photographed and the lovely coloured wall with the shadows of the bird cages on it and the orange hat and green wall works so well. Micki wanted it to be held back.
There was a coffee break and a chance to look at all the prints displayed on the table.
In the second half
Print number twenty was held back which was titled
Skateboarder and Graffiti
Judges are always looking for something different, something that engages the eye. Micki said, she was enjoying the effects of colours fanning out from the skateboards giving movement and speed.
Print number twenty one was also held back which was titled
A Pink Kind of Day
A 1940’s feel to this print with a lovely lady dressed in a pink skirt with a belt. The lady’s legs are crossed gracefully and she has good skin tones. Micki loved the blossom in the tree in the background and indeed as the title says a pink day.
The next to be held back was print twenty six which was titled
Burrowing Owl in flight
It is really difficult to get everything sharp when a bird is in flight but the author has achieved this. The eyes are sharp, the feathers have great detail and the beak is also sharp. The background is seamless but Micki said she was just being picky suggesting to crop a small part off the bottom.
The next to be held back was print number thirty two which was titled
delicious lighting and the open hand of the person makes this picture for Micki. There are various elements in the scene but all come together well.
The next to be held back was print number thirty three which was titled
Luang Prabang market
A perfectly sharp picture of a lady in front with others in the line going out of focus which draws your eye to the lady. The lady in looking strangely at the author and Micki said, she is guessing that the author just took the picture and the woman was wondering what was going on. It would have been better to have made some interaction with the lady first or perhaps buy some wares to make the woman more at ease. The lady is pin sharp
The last to be held back was print number thirty four which was titled
Row boats on Windermere
The angles of the boats are good with the lovely jetty in the distance. A nice sky and a pleasing landscape with gorgeous colours but there are two signs in the distance that need to be cloned out which should not be in a landscape picture.
So with twelve held back Micki had to give the scores and after a great deliberation she awarded first, second and third places from eight prints that had all been awarded twenty points.
1 Birds for Sale by Kathy Chantler, 20 points (and Judge’s choice)
2 Window seat by Kathy Chantler, 20 points
3 Pink Pelican by Chenxi Ni, 20 points
Rushing Travellers by John Timbrell, 20 points
Water drop Collision by Chenxi Ni, 20 points
Curves by Tami Nunley, 20 points
Burrowing Owl by Chenxi Ni, 20 points
Luang Prabang Market by Nick Bennett, 20 points
Row Boats on Windermere by David Gibbs, 19 points
Hmong Girl by Nick Bennett, 19 points
A Pink Kind of Day by Nick Bennett, 19 points
Skateboarder and Graffiti by John Timbrell, 19 points
Next week is
Guest Speaker – 3D Photography – Colin Bright
Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 20:15 to 22:15
Guest speaker Colin Bright will talk to us about 3D photography.
3D Photography is seeing the world from a different dimension. How to see, take and view amazing 3D photographs.