Shadows – Oct. 8th
Well our last regular competition for the year is done and again a ‘novice’ showed the rest of us how to do Set Subject, with Judy Sara presenting a couple of great ‘Shadows’ images – Attacama Sundeck and Stripes and Straps.
Judge, Craig Field, considered every image at length and looked at what he considered could improve them, but struggled to find the right words and to see what the author was trying to achieve in a number of instances. His bottom line was, ”Would I like to hang this on my wall?”, acknowledging the subjectivity of judging. (I needed to have a tight grip on my Tiger Tiger print as he left the building! 🙂 ) As with previous judges, some of us gave him a hard time deciding if an image was in category or not, with the Shadows not being significant in the image. Mystery Woman seemed to hit the mark for Craig.
In 2016 we plan to clarify and explain Set Subject definitions more clearly to hopefully avoid “out of category” images being entered.
It was great to see Robyn Due and Bruce Nankivell also dipping their toes in the water of competition and acquitting themselves well. 🙂 Competition can be daunting, even terrifying at times, but it is also a means of receiving feedback – not only from the judge, but also from fellow club members who may provide a different perspective, and remind us that appreciation of photography, as with all art, is very subjective.
The Annual Exhibition is next and we’d love to see everyone put in at least a couple of their best images. Our last Peer Review demonstrated that there are members who have not been entering competitions but have some fabulous images which we’d love you to share.
Just to finish off, who’s that lurking in the shadows? Great shot Jen!