This was our second print open competition of the season. In between the two was a PDI open. Whilst the Intermediate category had a full entry the Advanced category seemed to be a little lighter than is usual. I know that some members in this category were away on holiday during the time entries had to be submitted.
Our judge for the competition was John Royle ( CPAGB ) who had come over from Nantwich. He was presented with quite a variety of images. Landscapes / seascapes saw their usual presence along with some sports, portraiture, performance, travel, nature and pictorial. The comments made were both in appreciation of the content of the image, the technical side of things and the final presentation. He was sharp to identify positives and negatives about each entry. Superlatives about the technical quality of an image did not mean it made it to the final selection. If the content of the image was deemed to be bettered by others in the same genre then the trap door opened for that image.
There were a few digital processing technical issues with some images that were mentioned. These included:
– if you are doing a composite image, the detail and lighting quality must be consistent on each component
– when darkening skies or using certain software for monochrome conversions be very careful not to create a halo edge
– some images it is better to keep them smaller to avoid the pixel breakdown of over-enlarging
In determining the final choices John ensured that there was a variety of genres in the placings. He explained why particular images from the final selection were placed and why others were not.
1st To the top – Ken Eveson
2nd Red Grouse – Ray Platt
3rd Lauren Strickland (canoeist) – Adam Geary
HC Gemstone miner – Norman Heyes & Horseshoe falls – Adam Geary
C Great tit – David Bourne & Ethan Millard – Adam Geary
1st That certain smile – William Brown
2nd Llandulas sunset – Paul Way
3rd Focus – Steve Geary
HC Llandwyn Island – Paul Way & Letter from home – Steve Geary
C Life’s lines – Steve Simcox & Determination – Steve Geary