Our first competition for the year was held on February 1 and was titled Landscape/Seascape and defined as: ‘An image featuring the natural scenery or terrain.’ In our programme for the year we were reminded that ‘Many people mistakenly believe taking a landscape is easy, but there are so many variables that getting that excellent landscape image can be quite challenging!’ So true.
Our judge for the evening was the affable and always welcome, David CG Smith from the Eastern Suburbs Camera Club. One of the most highly awarded amateur photographers in Australia, David’s comments are highly valued.
In the mix of feedback provided by David included:
- The importance of capturing a mood
- Considering the merits of landscape vs portrait when composing a shot
- The value of leading lines
- How shooting water with a slow shutter speed creates a soothing effect
- The need to be careful not to oversharpen images thereby creating a halo effect
- When cropping an image be careful not to make it too tight
There were many other valuable comments but this will give you a feel for where he was coming from.
We certainly had our share of high quality images in both the set subject of Landscape/Seascape as well as in the Open Section so we hope we enjoy some of the great work shown here.
A few dedicated club members undertook the 31 Day Challenge on Flickr for December 2017. We have done this each year since 2010 (wow – that long?). The idea if you haven’t seen it before is to take a photo a day and post it on the club Flickr page. No prizes other than a satisfaction in completing a fairly daunting task and keeping it fresh.
For me, it was certainly a challenge and I approached it in two parts. Firstly all posted images had to be black and white. Secondly, I tried to maintain a theme for a week to create a little photo essay (for later use). The second part sort of worked and I think I can get some essays together on commuting, street life and some dark imagery. But more importantly, I’ve had some fun along the way and got some shots I’m very pleased with.
The participants that managed to post a photo a day were Judy Sara, Jennifer Williams, Bruce Nankivell and myself. One notable near daily posters was club life member David Douglas-Martin. James Allen threw a few into the mix as well.
Both Judy and Jennifer tried the black and white treatment too – and the results were very good. Hopefully that means a few more monos next year in competition.
I had a look through the images and selected my top 5 – with myself excluded from that mix (conflict of interest!) and chose the following (click the image to see it full size on Flickr) with comments as to why:
How about you? What about selecting your favourite shots and telling us why? Click on this link to see the full set for the 31 days and choose your own favourites. Let the photographer know what you think as well or post here and share your thoughts.
The final meeting for the year was over, but for a seven of us (plus a couple of very patient partners) the final excursion for the year was a chance to freely take shots with no competition in mind. Unsurprisingly much of the fun was simply in bouncing ideas off each other.
Our meeting point was the Adelaide Railway Station which is where we began taking shots, mindful of the restrictions placed on us by Adelaide Metro. It’s an interesting place if only to observe people as they pour off the trains heading for their Christmas celebration events among other activities on a Saturday night.
We progressed very slowly and some more than others up the side of the InterContinental Hotel to the Torrens River banks and for a few, over the new Adelaide Oval foot bridge.
A quick thanks to Ron Hasan for his as ever enthusiastic willingness to offer guidance/advice where required on all things photography.
We finished the night observing more of Saturday night life in the city as we sat outdoors drinking coffee, eating waffles and sharing our experiences.
As you will observe we were all looking at the same space but, no surprise, we all saw things differently. Such is the beauty of photography.
Blackwood Photographic Club celebrated the work of our members with our 2017 Annual Exhibition on Thursday November 23rd.
It was great to see a range of seasoned and new members enter the competition (although it would always be good to have more!). Awards were presented for Aggregate Scores for each section for the year as well as individual images in each section for the end of year Annual Exhibition.
There were many fantastic images both among the award winners and those which may not have caught the judges’ eyes. Some of the prints will be on display at the Coventry Library, Stirling, from December 31st 2017 to January 14th 2018, so please take advantage of the opportunity to check out our photography.
Annual Exhibition Awards
Hutt Street Photos Award
WEA Australiana Landscape Award
I’ve Been Framed Award
Edge Malpas Award
Click here for the complete Projected Images slideshow
Projected Images – Photographic Wholesalers Award
1st James Allan, 2nd Chris Schultz, 3rd Kerry Malec
Projected Images Novice
1st Liliana Prucha, 2nd Al Falah Dhanji, 3rd David Hancock
Monochrome Prints – Blackwood Times Award
1st Mark Pedlar, 2nd James Allan, 3rd David Hancock
Colour Prints – Blackwood Photographic Club Award
1st Jenny Pedlar, 2nd Mark Pedlar, 3rd Howard Seaman
Album Prints – JV Spick Award
1st James Allan, 2nd Howard Seaman, 3rd Helen Whitford
2017 Annual Exhibition Awards
Projected Images – Hutt Street Photos Award
1st Ron Hassan – Good Morning Mum
2nd James Allan – Purse Slipper Nest
3rd Helen Whitford – The Three Faces of Moyo
Merits – James Allan – Jewel Bug, Jennifer Williams – Kuitpo
WEA Landscape Trophy – Helen Whitford – Fall in the Forest
Monochrome Prints – I’ve Been Framed Award
1st James Allan – White Naped Raven
2nd James Allan – Zebra and Young
3rd James Allan – Stints
Merits – Helen Whitford – Blue and Gold Macaw, Mark Pedlar – Port Willunga Shower
Colour Prints – Fotoswift Award
1st James Allan – Variable Sunbird
2nd Chris Schultz – Antony and the Guitar
3rd Eric Budworth – Match Point
Merit – Eric Budworth – Lake Maligne
Album Prints – Edge Malpas Award
1st James Allan – Yellow Rumped Thornbill
2nd James Allan – Web
3rd Helen Whitford – Malabar Parakeet
In what has been a rare occurrence in recent years, entries in the Set Subject of Wildlife far outweighed the Open section in the October competition and a larger than usual number of individuals entered images.
It seems we are wild about Wildlife! Perhaps because several of our members have had wonderful safaris overseas, but there was no shortage of Aussie Wildlife in the mix.
James provided a cuteness overload with Purse Slipper Nest.
Judy wowed us all with her stunning Jaguar image.
Steve’s Shy Albatross was not so shy.
Howard’s Old Master made an impression.
and Helen’s MY Grevillea raised a smile.
Paula McManus of Port Adelaide CC made her debut as a judge and did a great job! As a first timer she was cautious and rather generous with scores but gave constructive criticism and positive feedback aimed at helping people see what they did right and what could be improved. It seems we helped her feel relaxed enough to share a joke and enjoy the experience. 🙂 Thanks Paula!
There were fewer Open entries but some stunning images – notably Anthony Kernich’s Singapore Blue Hour.
And Jenny’s Blue Horses provided an artistic touch.