No, not the TV Show (although I did consider taking a photo of my galah watching the show on the TV.) The Set Subject was quite well subscribed, providing more than half of the entries.
There was a variety of interpretations including a couple of obscure entries from James Allan and Helen Whitford. (When collating the images I googled Ascii 1 to check that it was what I thought it was!) Our judge, Robert Dettman, was impressed with both the creativity and technical skill in Splash of Lemon. I knew I was taking a risk with an image about numbers which actually showed no numbers!
Sheila Gatehouse impressed with Welcoming and Heart of the Festival State.
Although our numbers were down a little, both in terms of images and participants in the meeting, it was a great night. Robert gave thoughtful comments on every image and we thank him for his efforts!
Below are all of the entries and the Top images can be found here.
This was our second online competition, this time using Zoom which was well-accepted by all participants. Our judge, Peter Barrien from Adelaide Camera Club, was very comfortable with the format and gave serious consideration to, and thoughtful comments on, every image. There were 63 images, evenly divided between Set Subject – The Colour Black – and Open. While it was apparent that there was some variation in interpretation of the definition it was good to see the range of styles.
In Set Subject Peter was most impressed by James’ Bella and Suzie’s Reynisfjaara.
In Open the following images gained a 10. James Allan’s Sheep made a real impression on Facebook with several comments about the sheep appearing powerful or menacing – unusual attributes for sheep.
Meredith’s Drought -stricken took the judge by surprise but was very popular in post competition discussion. I’ve never seen sand look so much like trees!
And my Editor’s Choice is this beautiful Pink Robin (who knew they existed?) by Suzie Smith. The wispy moss complements the exquisite little bird and the knotty bough balances him perfectly.
Below is a gallery of all of the images entered.
It was great to see a good number of members entering this month’s competition and good to know that going online has not dampened our enthusiasm! Our next competition is Letters and Numbers so it’s time to start thinking outside the box and looking at things around us in an innovative way! Keep enjoying your photography whether you’re home or starting to venture out and about!
Well this is our first competition amid COVID 19 restrictions but I’m pleased to say that we had around the same number of entrants as in the previous two competitions!
Our competition structure has been completely revised as we obviously cannot hold a print section. Aggregates for the normal sections have been abandoned and tonight we begin special new aggregates for 2020 only. Members can now enter three colour images and three Monochrome images, spread across Set Subject and Open in the usual way.
The Set Subject is Social Documentary, defined for this competition as “A Social Documentary Image can be described as one that captures the brutal reality of life around us. Closely aligned to Street Photography, SD is more ‘edgy’ or ‘gritty’, generally showing pathos. See how you interpret this subject.”
Below are all entries in the order of judging.
Heartfelt thanks to David CG Smith who has kindly learned new technology and got out of his comfort zone to try live judging on Facebook for us! Your efforts are really appreciated David! Unfortunately technology got the better of us and David was unable to judge live but he was able to give scores and write comments which Helen was able to read out live so we were half way there!
There was a pretty good turn out to watch the live feed. For any members who are in the Facebook forum group you can still watch the video and see and comment on all of the images. It would be good to see more comments on images, just as you might have done after a live judging in the hall!
Congratulations to everyone who entered for being part of this brave new world! Well done to those who received top scores!
All of the Top Images can be found here.
Following our inspiring and educational workshop on Multiple Exposure (thank you James, Judy and Ray) it was great to see the number of members venturing into this creative genre and exciting to see the variety of applications and techniques employed. Although many of us had felt challenged by the idea of creating Multiple Exposure images, Set Subject entries significantly outnumbered Open category images and two thirds of entries were prints! This trend sets BPC apart from many other clubs where prints are giving way to PDI’s (Projected Digital Images).
Here are some of the different interpretations of the subject.
Our judge, Keith Seidel, shared many useful tips and suggestions, carefully explaining the reasons for the scores he gave. He appreciated storytelling, good composition and creativity when well executed. The most common flaws he noted were distracting elements such as bright patches or lines leading the eye away from the subject or out of the frame. It was encouraging to see the awards were spread among 10 of the 17 members who entered the competition.
We were transported to a new era with some relatively new members flashing past the old guard in our Transport competition. With 100 entries we made a great start to the year and I’m pleased to see that we are one club in which Prints are thriving, comprising 60% of entries in this competition.
Judy Sara was not outdone, with many stunning images among the tops including Air Warfare, Turning and Duke of Edinburgh. Paul Hughes, Wayne Carruthers and Vicki Kramer also impressed with Ready to Go, Tucker’s Schooner and Vibrant Vespa.
Di Gage made a cruise liner look small in Dwarfed, James Allan captured the splendour of a day on the water with Kayak, Eric Budworth made the mundane spectacular in Any Seat and Suzie Smith captured beautiful symmetry and detail in Moskova.
Our judge, David Rowlands, gave carefully considered comments on all images, providing many hints and tips along the way. Thanks David!
Bruce Nankivell demonstrated his talent for beautiful landscapes in the Open section of PDIs with Out There and Open Spaces.
The BPC Annual Exhibition and awards night was opened by Hon. Sam Duluk, our local MP.
The Annual Exhibition entries were judged by Peter Maystrenko AFIAP FAPS, Tim Newbery AFIAP AAPS Hon EFIAP Hon FAPS and Brenda Rocklyn ESFIAP.
The Bill Templer Award for service to the club was awarded to Judy Sara who has given her time as Secretary – always a demanding role – and in collating the 2020 Calendar along with Di Gage and Bruce Nankivell.
Other Awards were as follows.
1st – Hutt Street Photos Award – Helen Whitford Oyster Catcher Treasure Hunt
2nd – Helen Whitford Preening Tern
3rd – James Allan Breakaways
– Kerry Malec Angle of the Sun
– Suzie Smith Insignificant
WEA Australiana Landscape Award – James Allan Breakaways
Monochrome Print Division
1st – I’ve Been Framed Award – Helen Whitford Red Throat
2nd – Helen Whitford Curious Macaque
3rd – Duart McLean Iceberg Swirls
– James Allan Redbanks
– Paul Hughes Snowstorm at Snowshill, Gloucestershire
– Judy Sara Gelada
Colour Print Division
1st – Fotoswift Award – Helen Whitford Wipe your Beak
2nd – Helen Whitford Got any more Mum?
3rd – Judy Sara Caught You!
– James Allan Reed Warbler
– Glenn Langley Scoop
– Helen Whitford Que?
Album Print Division
1st – Edge Malpas Award – Helen Whitford Greet the Morning
2nd – Di Gage Picking Flowers
3rd – Helen Whitford Hey Baby!
A sample of 2019 work from each place winner is shown.
1st – Photographic Wholesalers Award – James Allan
2nd – Judy Sara
3rd – Helen Whitford
Projected Images – Novice
1st – Glenn Langley
2nd – Trent Riddle
Monochrome Print Division
1st – Blackwood Times Award – James Allan
2nd – Mark Pedlar
3rd – Judy Sara
Colour Print Division
1st – Blackwood Photographic Club Award – Helen Whitford
2nd – James Allan
3rd – Jenny Pedlar and Judy Sara
Album Print Division
1st – JV Spick Award – James Allan
2nd – Bev Langley
3rd – Gordon Lindqvist
Thank you to all club members who entered regular competitions and the Annual Exhibition. By entering you challenge and inspire one another and everyone wins by gaining experience and insight into how others see our work. Congratulations to all award winners!
A video slideshow of all of the Projected Digital Image entries in the Annual Exhibition 2019 can be found here.
Our competition on Thursday was all about Connections and the Set Subject was embraced by entrants, accounting for 60% of entries.
Several new members entered successfully with images among the top scores – well done Paul Hughes and Vicki Kramer!
Our judge, Robert Dettman, deliberated over every image, making a genuine effort to see the image from the photographer’s perspective and trying to understand the story they were attempting to convey. He seemed to like our work, leaning toward high end scores, but also carefully explaining how he felt images could be improved, particularly in technical aspects and composition.
The type of connections ranged from strong emotional images involving people and/or animals to physical/mechanical connections such as chains, links, locks, machinery and Huw Rosser’s clever image Connection, Old and New which combined the physical, invisible and metaphorical and clearly took a lot of thought to create.
In the Open category James cleaned up with a record average score of 9.58 across a full set of 12 entries! (Yes, all 10’s or 9’s!) His images demonstrate remarkable versatility and creativity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Set Subject for August 2nd was “Square Crop.” It didn’t matter what the subject of the image was, as long as it suited the square aspect ratio. A number of members came to the party with some creative use of the format. Ray Goulter’s “Alignment”, James Allan’s “Loch Luna”, Howard Seaman’s “Fine Dining”” and Helen Whitford’s “Soursobs” and “Cutie Pie” were all noted by judge, David Rowlands, as suiting the square crop particularly well.
David provided very fair, well rounded comments, elaborating on what he liked and where he could see opportunities to improve the image. I think we all appreciated the fact that he gave every image his full attention.
The Open category attracted some strong images too, with Anthony Kernich’s “Duomo” impressing, and Helen Whitford’s “Hello Sunshine” having impact. James Allan’s “Pigs” and Mark Pedlar’s “Grey Ghosts on Pulteney” both showed a different perspective.
Entry numbers were low again and we’d really like to encourage everyone to participate in the competition, challenge yourselves and your fellow club-mates and take the opportunity to access feedback on your images from both the judge and other members.
June’s competition saw us getting in close with Macro/Micro/Closeup as the set subject. We took a fairly loose approach to the definition as not everyone has macro equipment. The idea was simply to get in for close detail. However image numbers were down significantly although there was a great turnout of members for a cold winter’s night! We even welcomed a couple of new members!
Our judge, John Hodgson, provided thoughtful comments on each image, with lots of constructive tips. It was great to see new member, Meredith Retallack, among the top images with “Dew Drops”.
And Judy Sara cleaned up in the Projected images Set Subject with three very different images.
Kerry, Eric and Howard provided some other interesting entries in the set subject.
There were some great images displayed in the Open category as well!
Suzie Lipert from Eastern Suburbs Camera Club was our judge for an evening on the streets. Our competition was titled ‘Street Photography’ which is all about ‘storytelling images recording everyday life in public places’. Unsurprisingly she had some great images to critique and she did it in a mighty fine way, offering lots of positives on every image and mixed with suggestions for improvement. She reminded us that “photography is about coming up with something different.”
Suzie made the same comment for quite a number of images and that was that they could be “printed harder/stronger” to make a bolder impression. The colours or blacks and whites were sometimes just too soft and not jumping out of the image as much as they could she thought. Her strongest comments on this were for the black and whites.
In a similar way she saw opportunity for some images to be cropped tighter to give a greater focus on the real subject of the image. Another way of saying that might be to say ‘less is more’.
She enjoyed the story telling, the pushing of boundaries in some cases, the simplicity and detail, the filling of the frame for some images, the crispness and clean lines of well cropped photos.
In all she was highly impressed with the quality of images presented by members and that’s a credit to those putting their images out there. Congratulations everyone and thank you Suzie for a very positive evening.
Natural light portraiture, always a challenge and especially so in low light. For this competition we were fortunate to have plenty of images to admire for their ability to largely overcome the natural light challenges. These mixed with a yet again impressive array of open category photographs to admire including some members who stretched the creative boundaries with some experimentation.
The definition given to us for Natural Light Portraiture was: ‘No studio set-ups here, nor use of any form of man-made light source. It’s all about using natural light to produce portraits. Whether it’s outside during the day or using daylight coming through a window or even moonlight, you need to use the natural light available to illuminate your subject.’
Our judge for the evening was Peter Phillips from the Edwardstown Photography Club who once again provided us with much valued feedback and well considered advice. There was something to learn for everyone.
He spoke of such things as:
- Less is more, fill the lens.
- Flat lighting is a photographer’s challenge but use luminance in Lightroom to assist.
- Avoid front focussed direct light on subject.
- It is critical for the portrait to be sharp but be careful not to oversharpen.
- Black and white images require good tonal range.
- Numerous comments on the importance of space in the composition.
- He encouraged members to continue experimenting with such areas as abstract images.
Another enjoyable evening with plenty of good images to study.
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.