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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Open print competition – September 2013

With this being the first competition of the season there was much anticipation and some nervousness. Last year, Steve Geary, a newcomer to the club but not new to photography competitions, clearly announced his arrival going straight into the Advanced category and he had a very strong year. What might happen this year ?

Amongst the Intermediate entries there were first time entries from people who had just  joined the club and not previously entered a competition; some from people who joined last season but had not yet entered a competition and some from people who have more than a season of competition entry under their belt.

The judge for the competition was Tony Pioli who, whilst his main photography focus is wildlife / nature / landscapes he made it clear from the outset that he would not let this influence his decisions. After each image in the Intermediate category was critiqued and the final selection was being made one person at the back was paying very close attention, even getting up to take what a photograph that he had in the final selection was up against and trying to gauge the judge’s thoughts. After joining the club last year but not entering any competitions, this person was a little on tenterhooks and came away with a well deserved placing. The quality of the bird images in the category was very high, as reflected in Keith’s winner.

Intermediate results:

1st – Pied flycatcher by Keith Clowes
2nd – D Florence ( Canoeist ) by Adam Geary
3rd – Strix Aluso ( motorcyclist ) by Brian Pawson
Highly commended – Don’t come any closer by Brian Pawson and Head turner by Ray Platt
Commended – Up, up and away by Wendy Irwin and Ploughed field by Margaret Holmes

Wendy is in her second year with the club and her entry was the winner of the club’s Alton Towers competition back in July. I know from my own experience of winning that competition twice that when taken out of the Alton Towers context such images tend to not do as well in general club competitions. Adam joined last year but did not enter any competitions last year. Both of them are new to camera clubs and competitions. One of the images that I really liked was by another new member ‘Umbrellas’ – quite painterly without being overtly ‘digital’.

Advanced results:

1st – Dad’s Army by Steve Geary
2nd – Dirt bikes at Hawke Stone by Cliff Hughes
3rd – Autumn Cottage by Paul Way
Highly commended – Llandulas sunset by Paul Way and The Devil’s Kitchen by Cliff Hughes
Commended – Bright eyes by Stephen Simcox and Ramshaw Rocks by Cliff Hughes

Steve’s winner saw him carry on where he left off last season with strong new images.

As reflected in the images he selected, Tony was true to his word of not favouring images from his preferred genres and he concentrated on what he considered to be the best image irrespective of its genre.

Congratulations to all who took part and I look forward to seeing new images as the season progresses particularly since we might be in for some surprises. Thanks again to Christine for the organisation of the entries and to Alan and Ken for the flow of prints to the light box for judging.

Next month’s competition is on the 21st October. It is an Open PDI* and entries must be with the Competition’s Secretary, Christine, by 7th October. If you are not sure about how to go about this there are details on the entry form and advice on resizing the image file for a PDI available via the links here and on the ‘Help and Forms’ page.

Christine has a lot to do in preparing competitions, the least we can do is make sure everything is done correctly for her.

* Open – No set subject matter, any genre / style.
PDI – Projected Digital Image – you supply a suitably prepared digital image file and the images are projected.

PDI is not to be confused with:
DPI  – Dots Per Inch – printer and scanner resolutions
PPI – Pixels Per Inch – image file resolution and often mis-named in software as DPI ( Adobe, Nikon and some others are guilty of this )