On Wednesday 30th November, local and international photographer and judge David Silvester assessed our entries for the ‘Vintage’ themed competition.
He began by saying “I’m going to tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear” and proceeded to give his usual thorough critique of each image.
He reminded us of some key factors that he takes into account when looking at our images, summarised as follows:
- Viewpoint – don’t be ‘lazy’ by always shooting from eye-level. Try looking at your subject from a higher/lower angle.
- Presentation – he was pleased that the presentation of prints had improved since his last visit.
- Claustrophobia – let your subject breathe; don’t always crop/compose tightly at the edges.
- Backgrounds – check for untidy background or distractions, and move or edit if possible.
David was generous with advice about how images could be improved and we had a few laughs along the way as he assessed almost 70 images.
The results of the Print section are as follows:
1st: Vintage Racing Car by John Keelan – 18 points
2nd: Floating on Air by Dave Salter – 17 points
3rd: Vintage Still Working by John Keelan – 16 points
The results of the Digital section are as follows:
1st: A Polished Performance by Andrea Thrussell – 18 points
2nd: Matched Pair by Andrea Thrussell – 17 points
3rd: Engine Driver by Jason Quayle – 16 points
All scores and the first league tables of the season will be added to the website soon, once the new layout is finalised.
Many of you have already paid for your food or admission tickets for the 3-Way Battle on Friday 22nd November, but we need final numbers and payment by the date of our next meeting on Wednesday 13th November. Admission only is £3 including tea/coffee and biscuits at the break, while admission plus hot meal by Niarbyl Catering is £10 and the food options are:
Hotpot with crusty bread and butter and red cabbage
Chicken curry with rice, poppadoms and mango chutney
Vegetable lasagne with baked potato.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 13th November when event and wedding photographer Andrew Barton will be explaining and demonstrating the use of flash.