Open PDI competition – 21st October 2013

The first PDI ( Projected Digital Image ) competition of the season saw us welcome a judge who was new to the cub, Mark Wilbury.  From the start he made it clear that his comment style might come across a little differently from our normal judging experience. Part of this being due to it being an open competition round meaning the subject matter and style of the entered images would make it impossible to directly compare images. Emphasis would be made on the stadium and punctum ( * in footnotes. Also full discourse in Roland Barthe’s book, Camera Lucida ). The comments looked at the image as a whole first, then any technical matters  that were deemed appropriate were mentioned in a constructive and meaningful manner.

In the Intermediate category most of the entries were new to me. Some of them gave us an idea of people’s travels abroad and safaris. Some of the images gave a good reflection of the weather this week.

Photograph of furled table umberellas
Waiting for sunshine by Kathy Lord

Others gave us a reminder of the glorious summer that we had.

Osmaston by Adam Geary

There were quite a few nature entries as well:

Barn owl hunting by Richard Bryant
Barn owl hunting by Richard Bryant

And some that gave a reminder of continental colours:

Colourful flower pots by Wendy Irwin
Colourful flower pots by Wendy Irwin

And some local action:

Getting out of the way by William Brown
Getting out of the way by William Brown

The emphasis was firmly on images that communicated as opposed to images that relied on obeying rules and using digital ‘tricks’. This was possibly emphasised by the fact that none of the placed images were overtly digital art as opposed to a photograph. This even applied to the landscapes which were processed to a ‘hyper-real’ colour saturation and tonality. There were some enjoyable images of this type but none were placed. Comments made recognised the conditions in which photographs were likely to be taken and how the image spoke to him. Photography re-claimed the day.

Some people are still not resizing their images correctly or using the sRGB colourspace. Failing to resize them correctly either leaves Christine with needless extra work or your entry being disqualified. Using Adobe ( 1998 ), ProPhoto or any colourspace other than sRGB can lead to colour changes, changes in highlight and shadow density and saturation changes that you do not expect. Full details on ‘how to’ are here.




1st Dumba – Irene Stupples Elegance – Shelagh Tomkinson
2nd Goldfinch – David Bourne Josh Day – Cliff Hughes
3rd Sunday rider – Adam Geary Walker on skyline – David Slade
HC Damselfly – Ray Platt If you go down to the … – William
HC On guard – Irene Stupples A father’s love – Shelagh Tomkinson
C Blue shutters – Chris Lord Shocking – Steve Geary
C Three shires Head – Margaret Holmes Shelly – Cliff Hughes

* –  studium and punctum: studium denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph, punctum denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it.

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