Theme: Old and Open
13th October 20 Attending 30 Participants.
This evening began promptly at 8pm as the club had an outstanding total of images to view and critique. (76)
The evening was divided into two parts the images under the Theme “Old”, and then images which came under the Open category.
The judge Paul Burwood from Field End Photography club introduced himself and said that he was looking for images that featured story, impact and emotion, rather than technical expertise although an acceptable level of this was expected.
Paul examined each image giving a concise and knowledgeable feedback. He discussed tips such as the conversion to black and white to bring out detail especially in old walls or derelict buildings, lead in lines bringing the viewer into the image, when choosing a title convey the story, if taking a picture of an old building take the whole building or go in very closely to a small area for good detail. Use aperture to enable things in the foreground to stand out, or backgrounds to diffuse and use uneven numbers in still life images for example the use of three bottles in the image (Bottles)
The subject brought a variety of interpretations including gates, churches, buildings, jewellery, sewing machines, letters, photographs, boots, boats, bridges, and bikes.
Finally, eleven images were held back in this subject and the following scores went to:
18– St Anthony’s -Norman Doorway—–David Jones “Great deal of thought to the composition’
18—Derelict and Disintegrating—-Kathy Chantler “Good detail and weathering”
18—Old Boots—- John McMahon “:Very aged suits the theme”
18—Rusty on the Roof—- Jan Dell “Top left hand corner goes out of focus works very well on this image”
19—Starting up the Vincent —Steve Beckett “Good story telling”
19—-Ambrotype Photograph in Union Case -Circa 1855—David Gibbs “Composed well space all the way around.
19—Many have Passed—Alan Taberer “Gone in close to bring out the detail”
20—Time for a Tea break—Tami Nunley “Good thought going on here-strong story”
20— Garage –Circa1940’s —David Gibbs “In terms of story has impact”
20- (Judges Choice) Whiskers of Wisdom— Brian Worley. “Great lighting and detail in the beard”
After a 5-minute tea break the Open Category began
Again, the images differed greatly, and featured some natural history, landscapes, abstract and creative. Two images were very topical showing recent local floods and the other a story alluding to the Covid Crisis. Paul viewed the thirty-six images in this section, offering a fair and informative critique across a broad score range.
Eventually Paul held back twelve images, scoring from eighteen to twenty.
18—Nature’s Garden –by Sue Brown “Lovely Colours”
18—Woodland Maiden –by Steve Beckett. “Finger pointing upwards gives intrigue to image”
18—Forget the Drink, there is Hope on the Horizon –by Derek Green Very creative and topical”
18– Have a look Upstairs -by Alan Taberer “Really like the use of eye at the bottom of the stairs”
18–One fine Sunny Evening-by Brian Worley “Lovely feel of a warm summer evening”
19—Fields of Gold in Black and White by Tami Nunley “Wonderful sky “
19 –I Can Turn This World Around by Brian Worley “Good detail in the jeans and tattoos”
19—Walking the dog –by John Timbrell “Very creative“
20 – Harvest Mouse Hanging On by Kathy Chantler “Very sharp eyes and whiskers”
20—Allusion by Barry Coxon “Very Creative lovely use of red colour on edges “
20—Sunset at Pitstone Windmill by Chenxi Ni “Glorious sky in the background”
20-(Judges Choice )Future Unknown by Steve Beckett.
“Strong light coming through on loan figure, wonderful introduction of colour”
Congratulations to the winners.
Next week: The Photography of Vivian Maier and Rosebowl Selections.
Written by Carol Haines