We had a great turnout of both members and images on Thursday for our Lit from Behind competition, with roughly equal numbers of photos in our Set Subject and Open categories. It was great to see that Prints were strong, making up over 2/3 of entries.
Relatively new entrant Suzie Smith produced a beautiful study of light through trees with Misty Sunrise in McLaren Vale. Helen Whitford confused the judge, Geoff Smith, with Stuck Down but he liked it anyway. (Yes, it is a piece of down and it’s stuck.) Meredith Retallack’s Sailor’s Delight was the best received of the sunset images with lovely golden ripples in a panoramic format.
James Allan’s Cocky Alarm was a delightful study in light and birds, Di Gage’s Italian Chapel was a beautiful composition and Suzie Smith’s Umbrellas of Carcassonne was impressive.
In the Open section Meredith Retallack’s Leave Nothing but Footprints, Judy Sara’s Echidna, Helen Whitford’s Wipe Your Beak and James Allan’s Mateship were among the top scorers.
It was great to see entries from 17 of our members in this competition, with a wide range of subject matter and styles.
The challenge was to capture a sense of movement and members embraced the set subject with enthusiasm with around two thirds of entries in the set category.
James Allan selected slow movement with star trails, Helen Whitford selected rapid movement with a shaking otter and Bev Langley took the middle ground with a waterfall.
We had a flock of moving bird photos including Judy Sara’s Gull Bathing, Glenn Langley’s Scoop and James Allan’s Swallow
Some Open subject photos which caught judge John Hodgson’s eye included Gordon Linqvist’s Argyle Sunset, Don McLeod’s Bicycle in Italy and Judy Sara’s The Farmer and his Cheese.
Well we kinda sorta had a competition! As our scheduled judge had unfortunately fallen by the wayside our Vice President, Mark Pedlar, withdrew his images and stood in to give commentary and scores but, in fairness to all, the competition was voided and will not be included in Aggregate scores.
Members again supported the set subject well, with around half of entries each in Set and Open categories.
Judy Sara captured earth and fire in her excellent composition of Mining Sulphur. Meredith Retallack captured reflections in Still Water and Bev Langley caught the fire in the sky and the rage of the water in Tempest.
Heather Connolly captured earth and water in her simplistic Receding Sea, Helen Whitford caught a watery illusion with Running Man and Bev Langley’s Sunset caught the foamy waves on the sand nicely.
In the Open category wildlife images featured strongly, as is often the case in our animal-friendly club, with James Allan’s Hobby, Gordon Linqvist’s Australasian Gannett and Welcome Swallow and Helen Whitford’s Contentment all showing well.
But it wasn’t all animals, Di Gage’s Cairngomes Hut was also impressive.
Thank you to Mark for stepping in to judge and provide feedback on our images!
Members please note that as this competition is not being included in Aggregate scores, all images are deemed to have been withdrawn and are therefore still eligible to be entered twice in regular competitions.
There was a great standard of images presented in our “Shadows”competition on Thursday night. We were very appreciative of the constructive feedback from our judge, David Rowlands, who particularly encouraged creativity and “fine art” photography. James Allan’s Escher impressed, Jenny Pedlar’s Dog Shadow was simple but striking and Mark Pedlar’s Boots was another with a creative twist.
Judy Sara found Wildebeest on the city streets and Don McLeod found apples tempting but out of reach.
Di Gage found intriguing multi-toned shadows in the cloisters, Heather Connolly’s simple piece of seaweed threw up an interesting twisted shadow and Kerry Malec’s minimalist pylon image demonstrated how shadows can actually enhance detail.
There were some great images in the Open category with Bev Langley’s Tempest, Jenny Pedlar’s Looking for a Wave and Steve Wallace’s Stack of Yellow making an impression.
It wouldn’t be a BPC competition without a few animal images. New member Trent Riddle captured a great giraffe portrait (coming soon), Helen Whitford caught a gull catching a crab and Judy Sara got up close and personal with a beautiful kite.
What a fantastic start to our competition year with 22 people entering images, including several new members!
We embraced the set subject of Architecture with more than 60% of entries in this category and a total of 93 images for the night.
Our outing to the North Terrace medical and entertainment precinct yielded a number of images and it was great to see many different interpretations of the same buildings.
Of course there was some international flavour with James Allan capturing contemporary architecture in Seville beautifully and Judy Sara taking us to the amazing Singapore Garden.
Regular judge Peter Phillips gave useful feedback on each image, stressing the importance of good lighting to enhance composition and keeping us entertained with his bad jokes! He provided many helpful hints on technique both during capture and in post processing.
There was a wide variety of styles ranging from Jenny Pedlar’s abstract NGV to David Hope’s more traditional Inspiring and from Don McLeod’s high-key Tokyo Roof Skeleton to Judy Sara’s low-key Car Park at Night.