Blackwood Photography Club News

October Camera Clips

Spot of colour - BPC

This edition features banners based on excellent spot colour photographs by Suzie Smith and Mark Pedlar.  We have articles of travel to Borneo (Helen Whitford), Iceland (Duart McLean) and Scotland (Di Gage). Lastly we have a book review of a bird photographer, David Tipling.  I trust that you will enjoy this months Camera Clips.

Here is the link.  October Camera Clips

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Adding a Touch of Colour to Life! – Competition September 26th 2019

The notion of Spot Colour was embraced by members, with more than half of entries falling in this category, excluding mono of course which was excluded from the Set Subject.  (That didn’t stop James from entering an all-red image and a suggestion of yellow in mono.)

There was a great variety of interpretations and applications of Spot Colour, ranging from a minor single element to quite a large amount of selected colour in some scenes.  It was clear that a lot of thought went into all of the images which were selected for this subject and the results were impressive.

Meredith used architectural detail to create interest, complemented by a bright but worn-looking sign.  Mark drew attention to the beautiful light falling through the window on apples with his touch of colour and Helen brought attention to a lion’s very effective grooming tool.

Suzie kept quite a bit of colour to draw attention to the river in an otherwise blue image of Paris, Di made us really look at the bumblebee and Kerry used pattern effectively to show  a rainbow bow tie in a pile of CDs.

Judge, Susie Lipert, made thoughtful comments, giving time to each image, and gave lots of useful suggestions although she may be more fond of a tight crop than many of our members.  Thank you Susie!

We had a very strong contingent of nature and animal images again and in the Open category it was great to see Kim Brumfield’s Luv U Mum and Gordon Lindqvist’s Open Wide and Just Resting among the top scorers.

Want more?  Go to Top Prints.  The Top Projected Digital Images can be found here.

Our next competition is “Connections.”  Tune in again after October 24th.

 


August Camera Clips is released

Misty sunrise in McLaren vale colour

BPC Art Deco Logo BranchI have been fortunate to score articles from Di Gage, Judy Sara, Mark Pedlar, Howard Seaman and Chris Schultz this month.  I have all of the information presented at the recent Spot colour workshopHoward and I swap RAW files to demonstrate how we would manipulate each others images.  Chris talks about Accidental Renaissance.  The Banner above is by Suzie Smith from the “lit from Behind” competition.  All you could want and more from this months Camera Clips.

I trust you will enjoy this months edition.  This is the link

James


Lit from Behind – Competition August 1st 2019

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.

For fuller coverage of the night come back in a few days to check out more of the images and visit the Top Prints and Top Projected Images pages.


A Sense of Movement – Competition June 20th 2019

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.

For more images from the night visit our Top Prints and Top Projected images pages!