Tuesday January 24, 2023
Last night was a very well attended informal critique night where members get the chance to enter two images that they might like to enter for competition at a later date for some guidance on positive points of the image and areas that might need some improvement.
We are lucky to have three members who have become judges using their skills in photographic clubs across the Chiltern area, Kathy Chantler, Alan Taberer and Julia Cleaver. They offered advice on forty-one images that had been presented.
The evening began with an Image titled ‘The Lone Tree, which had beautiful colour tones of blue and orange from Christine.
Two portraits were put forward one featuring a Hollywood style glamourous model from Sam.
There were a number of misty landscape images creating atmosphere and Alan said “it is always good to evoke feeling in your images.”
A particular image that told a story was ‘The Cricket Umpire’ taken by David Gibbs. David had caught the man with a curious expression on his face holding the cricket ball.
Derek had captured a leaping Deer and all judges agreed this was superb timing.
Tami had entered an unusual image quite abstract of a wine bottle laying on its side in front of a log fire. This image was very striking and slightly surreal.
Barry had entered a lovely view of Cromer Pier, and there was a particularly strong image titled ‘Next to Harrods.
The judges suggested cropping some images to give more impact, to always look around the edges of your images for missed imperfections, to add keylines to some dark images to give definition, and not to add to thick a keyline. It was suggested that some areas of images were darkened down or lightened and Kathy asked that if any terminology was used that a member did not understand or know how to do , to please ask for some guidance. Part of the club’s strength is the guidance given from more experienced members to the less experienced. A couple of the images were identified as possible ‘Intimate Landscapes.’ There is a competition coming up soon for members to enter.
Chris thanked all the judges at the end of the evening saying it is good to have access to knowledge and worth using this opportunity to see your image on a large screen as this can show up errors and give a different sense of perspective.
The evening was lighthearted and very useful. Thank you to all who entered images and to Kathy, Julia and Alan. Also thank you to Brian who organised the images and projected them onto the screen for all to view.
Next Tuesday we are back on Zoom, not in the hall for a talk entitled:
Capturing Mood And Atmosphere In Landscape Photography