On Wednesday 8th January, Dennis Wood judged our “Shadows & Silhouettes” competition.
Dennis is a long-term member and former Chairman of the Western Photographic Society and his experience showed as he assessed 29 prints and 40 digital images, offering in-depth critique and advice throughout.
A wide range of subjects and styles were on show – covering everything from still life to landscapes, seascapes, architecture and people – with scores ranging from 14 to the maximum 20 for three images.
The results were as follows:
Print section: 1st: Reach for the Sky by Andrea Thrussell – 20 points 2nd: Silhouettes, Shadows & Lines by John Keelan – 19 points 3rd: Sunset Silhouette by Lesley Cullen – 19 points
Digital section: 1st: Fork Shadows by Sue Clegg – 20 points 2nd: Serenity by Jim Gibson – 20 points 3rd: In The Shadows by Andrea Thrussell – 19 points
Chair Andrea Thrussell gave the vote of thanks to Dennis and congratulated everyone on their ideas and imagination for this theme.
The next meeting on Wednesday 22nd January is a club night with a presentation about sports and action photography. Four members will be sharing their images and advice for capturing sports and action images, including team sports, water sports and motorsport. Guests are very welcome and we start at 7.45pm.
Our first meeting of 2020 is tomorrow, Wednesday, 8th January, when we will see the entries and results for the “Shadows and Silhouettes” competition. The judge is Dennis Wood, and if he is anything like his Western Photographic Society colleague Eddie Fryer we are in for an interesting evening of expert critique. As ever, guests are welcome and we start at 7.45pm.
On Wednesday 27th November, the final competition of 2019 was judged by Eddie Fryer of the Western Photographic Society. As a Life Member, past President and current Vice-President of the WPS, Eddie has a wealth of experience and his comments were knowledgeable, thorough and positive.
As usual for an Open competition we enjoyed a wide range of styles and subjects in the 72 images; from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife, action and close-ups.
On Friday evening we hosted the annual Inter-Club Digital Competition (“3-Way Battle”), which attracted almost 70 members and guests of the Southern, Isle of Man and Western Photographic Societies to our venue at Colby Football Club.
Each club enters 30 digital images, with no more than five by any individual, and we were treated to a great selection of images of all styles and genres, which were expertly and concisely summarised by judge Mike Radcliffe.
At our Club Night on Wednesday we were joined by well-known local commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Andrew Barton, his colleague Sue Jones and Imy Wild, who kindly volunteered to model for us.
Our next club night is this Wednesday, 13th November, when well-known local commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Andrew Barton will be explaining and demonstrating the use of flash with the help of volunteer model Imy.
Although this is mainly a instructional evening aimed at beginners and intermediate users, and not a workshop, depending on numbers there may be time so bring your camera and a flashgun if you have one.
On Wednesday 16th October we welcomed Graham Harvey who kindly shared some photographs and tales from his annual trips to volunteer at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa.
Graham modestly undersold his skills as a photographer, although the evidence on the screen said otherwise. Indeed many of the wildlife images would not look out of place in an exhibition or top competition and you can see a few examples on this page.
The first competition of the season was judged on Wednesday 2nd October and it was an interesting evening with more than a few laughs along the way. Patricia Tutt gave a thorough and expert appraisal of each image and offered generous and detailed advice where she could.
Before she started, Patricia explained that she always tries to understand why a particular image was taken and why the photographer arrived at the final composition, exposure and processing. She also praised the quality of many of the images and said it was a challenge to decide on the final placings.
Our Club Night on Wednesday 18th September was a great success, starting with the view of a wonderful red sunset as we arrived!
Georgina Shaw set up the tables with a selection of props and arrangements to try various techniques including close focus, depth of field, reflections, the effect of lighting, out of focus points of light (bokeh) and a variety of subjects ranging from frozen flowers and oil on water to Russian dolls.