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.
It was great to see some new faces and names added to the awards in our Annual Exhibition where award recipients were announced on Thursday night, November 22nd. Huge congratulations to Bev Langley (you can’t call yourself a novice anymore!) for Honeyeater in Colour Prints, Judy Sara for Olive Grove in Mono Prints and Golden Morning in Projected Images and Di Gage for Sunset Lake in Album Prints.
We had two sets of ties for 2nd place, with Judy Sara – Huli Wigmen and Helen Whitford – Hello Sunshine! tying for 2nd in Colour Prints and Di Gage – Sydney Harbour and Anthony Kernich – Metro tying in Mono Prints. Glen Langley gained 2nd in Album Prints with Swallow and Di Gage – Madagascan Male Magpie Robin was 3rd. In Projected images Ray Goulter gained 2nd with Alignment V2 and 3rd with Peregrine along with Anthony Kernich who tied for 3rd with Up and Down.
Merits were awarded to Helen Whitford for Lighting up the Rain, One Loose Cannon, Sunset through the Rain, Those Ears! and What? and to Judy Sara for Jaguar, and Seed Pod.
Thank you to our Annual Exhibition 2018 judges David Rowlands, Paula McManus FAPS and John Seidel EFIAP, FAPS.
The following gallery contains all of the Projected Image Entries. Enjoy!
Results for the 2018 Aggregate Awards were as follows.
1st – Photographic Wholesalers Award – Ray Goulter
2nd – James Allan
3rd – Judy Sara
Projected Images – Novice – Bev Langley
1st – Blackwood Times Award – James Allan and Ray Goulter tied
3rd – Mark Pedlar
1st – Blackwood Photographic Club Award – Helen Whitford
2nd – Jenny Pedlar
3rd – James Allan
1st – JV Spick Award – Gloria Brumfield
2nd – David Hancock
3rd – David Hope
Images of other Award presentations of the night.
Julie Goulter was awarded the Bill Templar Award for service to BPC in 2018. Congratulations Julie on this recognition of your efforts throughout the year!
To see more of our work visit our exhibition over Christmas in the Coventry Library, Stirling from December 16th 2018 to January 6th 2019.
With a large number of impressive but odd things from members gardens to consider our judge for the evening, Keith Siedel, had a busy task but as expected he once again did it very well.
Keith is well known to club members as a photographer with a significant portfolio of internationally exhibited and awarded work. His work has been exhibited in 35 countries and published widely. He as been a member of the Edwardstown club since 1986 and is the longest active member. Keith is also the Judging Co-Ordinator for the SAPF. With that sort of background he had plenty of wisdom to pass along.
Some of the key points Keith raised were:
- Be conscious of the background and tone it down where necessary so that it does not distract.
- Any sharp, strong colours should be cropped as they are too noticeable.
- Quite a number of shots had a shallow depth of field, to their detriment. He definitely did not like soft edges.
- Fill the frame with detail, make it a tight composition.
- Some images just needed something added to tell a story and make it more powerful.
- Be careful of over-sharpening.
- Try and draw the viewer into the photograph.
- If using macro, think about what needs to be sharp and what is ok to leave soft.
- The time of day of course can have a major impact on the quality of the image.
There were once again a good number of entries in the Open category and they added to the wide variety on display.
Another great night with a larger number of entries from a broader membership mix and this was also reflected in the results.
The challenge for us this time was to ‘…produce images that “break the rules” and challenge your own comfort zone.’ While down on entries this time, there were some excellent examples for us to consider.
Our judge for the evening was Lindsay Poland, who is a professional photographer and works at Diamonds Camera Video and Digital. To pinch words from James Allan in the September Camera Clips article ( https://cameraclips05.wordpress.com/2018-camera-clips/september-camera-clips/ ):
‘Lindsay has quite a reputation, conducting workshops and has just returned from judging in Victoria. Coming from outside the camera club circuit he has a different approach. He favours strong simple compositions and rewards well printed and presented images. He penalizes post processing that is obvious to the viewer, in particular if it increases noise and sharpening artifact. His attention to detail is phenomenal, viewing the images from close up he is uncanny in his analysis of camera technique and post production. It is hard to pull the wool over his observant gaze.’ Thanks James, well summarised.
He was certainly hot on spotting images where he saw evidence of over sharpening and it was clearly a focus for him.
We hope you enjoy some of the images from the evening.