Wiltshire photographer David Sage ARPS judged the club’s final open competition of the season. David has been taking photographs for about 40 years and gained his Associate Distinction with the RPS in 2014. He looks for originality and something a bit different when he is looking through the images entered. The winners he chose from the competition entries ‘jumped out’ for him. He likes to give all entrants feedback on their images as it is a good way to learn how to improve your photography. David had looked in detail at the EXIF and the settings used and had also checked the images using the histogram. Comments were made about cropping out unnecessary areas of the images to make better compositions and increasing the contrast to make some of the images stand out more.
In the Beginners section it was a delightful winter scene by Richard Blackbourne that caught the judges eye. Titled ‘Christmas on the Avon’ the image showed the Bradford on Avon Bridge with its lights and frosty trees. David remarked that it was a good use of available light and a good composition and gave it first place.
There were several good bird studies entered in the section and second place went to ‘Long-tailed Tit’ by Gerald Clarke.
In third place was an interesting image of a derelict barn reflected in the water by Hilary Tapley. The judge said that ‘Reflections’ had strong colours and a good composition.
Hilary were also awarded an HC for a monochrome image ‘House by The Ford’ and Richard had an HC for ‘Garden Greenfinch’.
Next came the Intermediate section and the image that stood out most for the judge was ‘Old Jetty’ by Martin Stokes. David said the long exposure and the well-positioned red buoy made it very pleasing on the eye.
In second place was a well taken image by Mark Sommerville of toadstools titled ‘3 in a Row’. The well-lit, sharp image had appealing autumn colours. Trees featured in the third placed image by David Eagle. ‘The Embrace’ depicted twisted trees with mossy trunks and some autumn leaves in a woodland setting.
The Advanced section was shown after the break with 30 entries for the judge to peruse. David said that there were many good local landscapes and awarded Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP first place for his image ‘Freezing Fog’ Woodborough Hill’. The judge said it stood out for him as it was a strong image showing good lead-in lines and an interesting composition. Robert was also awarded HC’s for his other 2 images.
Second place went to David Wilkinson with his bird image ‘Collecting Nesting Material’. It was well caught and showed the birds natural behaviour.
The judge said that Frank Collins image was taken at one of the best locations in the Lake District. ‘Sunrise over Buttermere’ showed a bare tree reflected in the still water of the lake and it was awarded 3rd place.
Two images by Susie Bigglestone ARPS were awarded HC’s as were images from Tim Tapley LRPS, Dave Gray and Pam Mullings.
Thanks to all those who sent in images and thanks to the Competition Secretary David Eagle for organising the competition.
The judge was thanked by club Chairman Steve Hardman and who said he hoped members had all learnt something from the excellent critiques. PM
See the full results See the awarded images in the Galleries