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The October Digital Competition

Up close and personal at NRPS!
We welcomed Pete McClosky to the meeting on Thursday to judge our October Digital Image Competition “Close Up”. A member of the Bristol Photographic Society, Pete provided valuable feedback on the range of subjects entered, and appreciated the fact that the brief was clear that we were not limited to macro images alone.

Pete was not a fan of the fancy nor the bright, but made helpful comments over technical aspects that illustrated his knowledge of darkrooms and the modern equivalents in processing. His advice on depth of field, sharp focus and the use of the diagonal in composing this type of image were well received, and will hopefully make a difference to any future entries that we consider for the similar category in our Tri Battle next year.

There were more entries in the colour competition than in the monochrome, and Pete felt that these entries were stronger overall. Images from the natural world caught his eye, and Commended were Diana Walker’s “Hawker in Flight”, Jill Toman’s “Autumn Find”, David Chown’s “Eye to Eye with a Dragonfly” and Jenny Short’s “Shed a tear or a Feather”. David Chown was awarded Highly Commended for his “Horned Rhinoceros Flying Beetle” together with Ivy Goatcher’s “Going Fishing” and Janice Cuer’s “Red Car”. Jenny Short took 3rd place with a long range close up at the cricket entitled “In the Bowler’s Hand”, and Suzanne Ladd’s “Seaweed” took second place. The winner on the night was a third entry from David Chown the accomplished “Batocera Victoriana” a rather gruesome looking creature at very close quarters!

In the monochrome section, nature pictures dominated Commended with images entered by Jill Toman and Diana Walker; “An Owl’s Stare” and “Snarling Leopard “respectively up close and personal. Jenny Short was awarded Highly Commended for “Say it with Flowers” and Jill Toman took 3rd place with her image of locked antlers in “Head to Head”. Jenny Short’s summer visits to the County Ground at Taunton paid off again, as her “Determined to Shine”, zoomed in cricketing portrait took 2nd place to Janice Cuer’s strongly diagonal composition featuring “Accordion”
Pete provided us with well-considered, reflective judgements that gave us food for thought as we move towards our annual Exhibition on Saturday 26th in The Methodist Hall from 10am. No doubt some of these images may well be on display as prints, but you can be sure of a wide variety to suit a range of tastes. Come along and cast your vote for your favourites. All prints on display are in contention for the Witcombe Millenium Cup and the winner is chosen by the visiting public.
Jenny Short 18.10.19