This was a return visit to the club by Simon Caplan LRPS who recently gave a presentation but this time he came to judge the last Open Projected Competition of the season.
Simon began by saying that as a judge he had no particular likes or dislikes but looks for images that have a strong subject and impact. He looks for imaginative subjects that have a good composition, good lighting, are technically correct – but most of all they must make him go ‘wow’.
Simon commented that parts of the subject should not be cut off or be very close to the edge. He looked for strong diagonals that lead into the image and for lines that lead the viewer through the image.
There were 80 images entered altogether so the judge had his work cut out to give his helpful comments on all the entries during the evening.
Starting as usual with the Beginners section the judge said there were many interesting images and it was good to see the wide range of subjects among the 23 entries.
A simple close up image of a marbled white butterfly by Paul Wells was placed first with the judge liking the diffused background and the well-focussed insect.
In second place was a delightful monochrome image of a dog titled ‘Crash’ by Avril McCarthy and in third place was a close up of a wren in a brightly coloured flame tree by Hilary Tapley. The judge also awarded highly commended to three of the images.
Next the judge commented on the Intermediate section which had many superb landscapes and nature images.
The coastal image titled ‘Bedruthan Steps’ by Steve McCarthy was awarded first place. The judge liked the way a slow shutter speed had been used to soften the water as it flowed in and out of the bay, the well captured rocks and the stormy sky.
A well caught image of a red deer stag showing its breath as it bellowed in the frosty air was taken by David Wilkinson and was awarded second place.
A photograph of a fast moving racing motorbike and rider titled ‘Spray’ by Martin Stokes was in third place.
After the break there were 36 images entered in the Advanced section for the judge to comment on. Again mostly landscape and nature subjects but with a few other subjects including architecture, flowers and portraits.
In first place was a stunning image of a Yellowhammer set against a field of yellow oilseed rape by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP. Although the brown and yellow bird was surrounded by yellow flowers it was well placed and stood out well from the background.
‘Rainbow and Beech Clump’ was another image by Robert with the judge commenting on the way the rainbow was perfectly placed over the trees and it was awarded second place.
In third place was a creative image of an owl against a grungy background by Tim Pier.
Highly commended’s were given to six of the images entered in the Advanced section.
Chairman Steve Hardman thanked Simon for taking the trouble to look through all the images and for giving his comments and the awards. PM
Full results All the awarded images can be seen in the Galleries.