By Karis Benn and Roisin Chambers
Members night “Camera Skills” – 29th October
A well attended evening and the first outing for the club’s studio lights which proved to be a really good investment. The evening was divided into two totally different sessions to give the widest appeal possible; creative photography with Michelle Sanderson who has an extremely imaginative frame of mind and and more traditional portraiture session with John Simpson.
Karis achieved phenomenal results with Michelle’s intriguing set up using beer glasses, back-lighting and droplets of water on clear glass to give the effect of condensation on a sweet jar. This image will undoubtedly be a winner. Some group members found this a challenging but entertaining activity. Thank you very much Michelle.
The introduction to portraiture photography to some members was an excellent opportunity to develop skills using back-lighting and studio lights to removed unwanted shadows. Beth was a most patient and good humoured model allowing club members endless time to focus their cameras and make several attempts at getting the best image, thank you Beth.
I’m sure Karis won’t mind sending you a picture of yourself which you might like to frame for your wall, it is a beautiful image.
John is always incredibly generous with his time and knowledge, sharing his skills with club members whether it be landscape, wildlife or portraiture.
Many thanks John for all your time and effort.
Members Night “Bring & Show” – 5th November
Another very creative session presented by Michelle, illustrating the fact that a lot of very different images, showing unusual effects can be done at home with no expensive equipment needed, just some of the things members will have in their own home. Michelle’s session used three decorated wine glasses, a piece of black mount board and some back-light. The challenge was to capture the intricate pattern on the glass while making sure the colour and the pattern were sharp and vivid against the black background.
John gave club members a second chance to hone their skills at portraiture using the studio lighting and neutral background.
The investment in the studio lights will be beneficial for club members in the future and a wise decision on the part of committee members.
Congratulations to Dave Hand & Ian Wilson for their great images – October’s joint winning images (‘Virgin train’ – Dave Hand and Ian Wilson – Just J aeroplane).
3rd – Poppy – Julie Brooks
Highly Commended – Its-a-dogs-life – Roisin Chambers
1st – Waiting-for-Mademoiselle – Julie Brooks
2nd – Under-the-canopy – Julie Brooks
Highly Commended – Vortex – Roisin Chambers
1st – Lyme Park – Julie Byrne
2nd – Media City – Jane Rowbottom
3rd – Beauty and the Beast – Sharron Hill
Highly commended – Slanting Tree – Jane Rowbottom
1st – Winter Morning Sun – Lynn Patterson
2nd – Tree Nymph – John Simpson
3rd – New Brighton Lighthouse – Alan Preston
Highly Commended – Then Lonely Tree – John Simpson
Commended – Balancing Act – Pam Bennett
2nd – Look Nonchalant Rodney — They’ll Never Notice You – Bob Thomas
3rd – Alley to the Sea – Pam Bennett
High Commended – Taking the Corner – Alan Preston
Commended – Out of a Dark Wood – Alan Preston
By Karis Benn and Roisin Chambers
Ken Hudson came to judge the second competition of the year, which was the first of the print competitions. Peter Wilkes, our competition secretary, continues to work extremely hard on our behalf to ensure that all of the digitally projected images are ordered according to category and projected for club members to see. Many thanks Peter.
Beginners colour had a wide variety of subject matter landscape, natural history to creative photography. According to the judge, “mono printing is not the easiest thing in the world” and this might be why there are usually fewer mono entries.
The 21 entries in the intermediate section again provided us with a wide range of subject matter, from jet ski action, natural history, studio shots and landscape images. The main messages from Ken Hudson were around achieving balance in an image, sharpness and creative composition.
Out of the intermediate section my favourite image was Tim Boardman’s “Still Life – Autumn Feast”, with the wasps having a final feast on the allotment fruit. “The Flick”, a studio shot of a long haired young woman flicking her hair back was Karis’ favourite.
The advanced group had 19 entries with some beautifully shot compositions and interesting subjects. Both of us liked the “Man in the middle” best which was in the advanced colour section, well done Alan. In the Mono section we both liked John Simpson’s “Still Lake – Mirror Image”. Well done John.
Ken Hudson’s comments were both helpful and fair. His criticisms, like all other judges were idiosyncratic, as Mr Husdon put it, “That’s just me”.
A full list of winners can be found on the website.