Blackwood Photography Club News

The 7 Deadly Sins – Sloth wins!

Ron Hassan - Sunset in Turkey_ Open

Ron Hassan – Sunset in Turkey – Open

Last month I mentioned that I hoped we’d do better with our Set Subject this time around but it seems that while there was a little envy over other people’s scores and pride in achievement, we mostly displayed sloth (or am I being mean saying we were too lazy to get out there and find some sins to photograph?)  Perhaps we’re all too angelic or maybe  we need to stick to more conventional Set Subjects?  Committee members will be looking for suggestions for 2016!

Out of a total of 68 images presented on the night just 8 were in the Set Subject.  At least we didn’t give the judge, Susie Lipert, too much difficulty in deciding what was ‘in category’.  Susie gave a lot of thoughtful feedback, showing a preference for sharpness throughout the image and often urging us to get in tighter.  She made the poignant comment that maybe what the author intended was not what she was seeing.  Subjectivity in judging is unavoidable, and I’m sure we all want the judge to ‘get’ our image, but this is never guaranteed!

We were all very pleased to see Ron Hassan’s “Sunset in Turkey” get the recognition it deserves with a 10.  Gloria Brumfield is also shining this year with some brilliant wildlife and nature images.


Gloria Brumfield – Is it Edible? – Open

Ursula Prucha impressed the judge with her night light scenes, taking out all the Projected Image tops.

c16_Ursula Prucha_West Terrace light show_open

Ursula Prucha – West Terrace Light Show – Open

It was great to see an excellent turnout on such a cold night and brilliant to again see a number of new members and visitors.  It would be great to see entries from our new members in the next competition – “Nature in the City”!

As always, click the links for Top Prints and Top Projected Images.


Helen :)

Picassa and Gimp Workshop – Free Image Software – Chris Schultz & James Allan

Angel 1dFor those who would like to follow the instructions of the GIMP exercise, (The painted angel) there is an article posted in Camera clips that will take you through the steps.

Create a Grunge Angel In Gimp. James Allan

And for those interested in some basic Picasa use – have a look at Chris’ slides from last Thursday on YouTube


Minilimist, Milinimist……Minimalist…got it!

Jennifer Williams_On Reflection_Set

Jennifer Williams_On Reflection_Set

Minimalist Landscape ….tricky to say, even harder to define and apparently almost impossible to actually select pictures for which truly fit the category!

Perhaps we needed to go back to school and have a lesson on what a Minimalist Landscape is! We created a bit of a headache for judge, Suzanne Opitz, in trying to decide which images were “in category” and which were not, as only around half of the images submitted for the set subject truly qualified as both “minimalist” and “landscape”!  Jennifer Williams nailed it with “On Reflection”, and Huw Rosser dabbling in the waters of the Novice section with “On the Edge”, taught us a lesson in Minimalism.

Huw Rosser_On the Edge_Set

Huw Rosser_On the Edge_Set

Suzanne seemed relieved each time a section switched from Minimalist Landscape to the Open category (and not just because “minimalist” is a bit of a tongue twister). Then her self-confessed penchant for vignetting and cropping came out as she urged us to get in tighter and darken our edges.

It was great to see some newer members venturing into competition and other members demonstrating their developing processing skills.

Click on the links to see the rest of the Top Prints and Top Projected Images.

We might have struggled with Minimalist Landscape, but I predict we’ll all be experts on the next set subject – “The 7 Deadly Sins” :)




Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens

Another brick

We had a great excursion on Sunday to the Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens.  Head on over to Camera Clips and you can check out the gallery of images that has been submitted by those attending. Click here


Music in our souls – 12-Mar-2015

Ashley Hoff - Precision Bass - Set The competition – Music.

The images – 116 incredibly varied photographs.

The judge – David Smith.

The Outcome – BPC members with music in their souls!


About 45 BPC members and visitors attended on a night with colourful and intriguing images of music being performed, danced to, instruments close ups, musicians in action and lots more. Some images obviously came from the archives (a very young Cliff Richard was observed). And some images were so fresh they had titles like Music 1 and Music 2. Mad March in Adelaide supplied a lot of the images from the Clipsal 500, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Adelaide Fringe and WOMAD. There was something for everyone! Even beer (well – a picture of beer).

Judge David Smith worked through the images with care despite the large number, giving constructive critique and a fairly large number of 10s in the process. Not that the recipients complained!

Ron Hassan - Sunset - OpenTwo things stood out tonight:

  • The high quality and creativeness in the novice competition – well done!
  • Ron Hassan’s Sunset image



I’ve delayed publishing this whilst I chased images – but not all have turned up. Check out the ones we did get as usual at our Top Prints and Top Digital pages.

Keep on dancing to the music!

Chris :)



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