Dr John Law UPI ZEUS UPI 4 CROWN FRPS MFIAP
was on fine form last night for our print competition. He describes himself as a “Counter Conformist” and he certainly lived up to his own handle. When faced with a themed competition, he looks for “Hard Bits”. That is the actual foreground, background and in between ground. Then he looks at the “Soft Bits”. Lighting and treatment. But, most of all, he looks for the “Wow Factor!”.
He is a very entertaining judge who has critiqued more than a million images in his time.
I found him to be fairly harsh with some images. Beautiful scenes were rewarded with a lowly 15 for no apparent reason. Anything that didn’t seem like a landscape to him ended up with a 12. Dr John seems very enthusiastic and passionate about photography. He touches and caresses the prints as he looks for their finer points to talk about.
He found his winners.
Andy’s volcanoes exploded with Wow Factor!
Andre scored an amazing 21/20 for his print which was deemed to be “Print of the Night”. Andre is also a genius who needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Dr John pointed out that there is a very thin line btween genius and madness, as if we needed telling. Andre’s picture was reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock masterpiece and the judge was actually speechless as he admired it. Remarkable. Some people thought that Andre had simple snapped a picture of someone else’s art, but what do they know?
The other 20 was won by Alan Brown who chose not to attend again. What could be more important than seeing your pictures win 20’s? Alan is becoming The Invisible Man.
Very well done to everyone who entered. A very good quantity of prints with excellent quality. Presentation was very, very good across the board, too. No one was marked down for poor mounting or scruffy entries. Sara and Andy worked well together. (How come I never thought of getting someone else to call out the titles? Doh!)
A great competitive night. Those scores will be getting exciting now.
At the committee meeting we decided to invade Old Knebworth this year on our photo walk. Please meet in the car park round the back of the Lytton Arms public house in Park Lane, Old Knebworth SG3 6QB at 7:30pm on Monday June 10th.
There are many points of interest around here within walking distance with a chance of a good sunset if the weather plays ball with us. We’ve made it 7:30 to give us a chance of some “Golden Hour” lighting. Bring your camera and a tripod if you have one. http://www.lyttonarms.co.uk/
Portrait Photographer of the Year & Photographer of the Year 2013
Will now be held on the same night. Monday May 13th. We will have Russell and Barbie Lindsay to assist in the task of choosing the winners. Let no one be under the illusion that this will be easy. There will be a lot of work to do on that night and we will need an army of volunteers. I need you all there at 7:30, please. We’ll get out tables, print stands, the 35mm projector for lighting and the large print stand. We have the portraits there so they can be put up straight away. We will start judging at 8pm on the dot. We may not be finished until 10:30.
The portraits will be put up first. Bring your POTY entries with you and keep them to one side ready for the switch over at the break. Make sure that your name is on each and every print. Russell will judge the portraits and award the slips and cup before the break. As soon as we break, you will need to grab your portraits and take them away. If you are entering Photographer of the Year, you will need to put up your six prints as you want to see them displayed. Do this before you get your coffee or tea so that the judge can check them out before we start part two. You can see that, if you are entering either of these comps, you will need to be there in person if possible.
Tea break will be no more than ten minutes, depending on the number of POTY entries. Like Russell, Barbie will not get much more than two or three minutes on each entry by my estimate. It should be enough. These guys are good and don’t waste words. They know what they are talking about and their constructive criticism is worth it’s weight in gold.
Some members have been asking about the entry conditions for the photographer of the year competition. I have attached a copy of the up to date rules for you to print out and keep for future reference. Your entry will consist of your six best prints. The judge is looking for technical excellence as well as variety and versatility from the author. Your entry does NOT have to be arranged as a panel, like the Arthur Ash Trophy Competition, but some entrants prefer to show their work like a panel anyway. That is their choice, but you will not lose points if you have different coloured mounts or different sized prints within the mounts. The mounts will have to measure 50cm x 40cm as this is the standard size for all of our club comps and the EAF. Barbie will also be asked to choose the best single image from the POTY for the Jim Lucas Trophy. This can be from any of the sets and does not have to be part of the winning set. Here are the entries from last year to give you an idea of what is required.
In July we have an exhibition at what used to be the Boxfield Gallery in the Gordon Craig Theatre. It is now called Pi Bistro. The exhibition will be on the restaurant walls, so it will get even more attantion than usual. We will require your best prints for this exhibition directly after the POTY Competition. We would like to have at least one from everyone in the club if possible. A maximum of three, please. You can add portraits as well. I will have Arthur at the back table by the window to collect them from you.
Today was the day of the Cambridge Inter-Club Competition. http://www.cambcc.org.uk/digital/
A digital battle between 36 camera clubs from all over the south east area. Our judge was Chris Palmer ARPS AFIAP DPAGB APAGB who was very harsh with his marking, but he justified his scoring with his critique. Our first slide up was one of Ronnie‘s called St Pauls City Scape. The judge commented on the sky and various artifacts that possibly remained after cloning or manipulation. He enjoyed the view from the old wobbly bridge, but marked it at 14. Jeff Owen‘s Caroline was next in the People catagory and did quite well. The judge liked the angle of her head and the framing of her face. The eyes were as sharp as it was possible to be. 17. Up next before the break was Elliot Hook‘s 60 Seconds of Sunrise. Chris loved the sky, but felt that the tree could have been better placed. Had the tree been silhouetted against that sky, then Elliot would have been celebrating a 20. As it was, he will have to be happy with a 15.
We had a break for tea and cakes which was spoilt by not having anywhere to set down your cup or plate so that you could enjoy it. We were herded back into the hall and expected to eat at our seats. Disgraceful. Lovely home made cakes. Several people went back for seconds. I was good. Just one slice of Victoria sponge. I also went for a walk round the block afterwards with my camera to see if there was anything in Whittlesford worth capturing. (There was!)
Back to the competition with Natural History and Stacey Purkiss predictably scored a 20 for Biggleswade with his gruesome Flesh Fly. Ugh. *shudders* We replied with Elliot’s Brown Hare and got 18 for our trouble. That should have been a 20 in my opinion. On to the next Open round and we steamed in with Gary Nicholls‘ Storm. The judge was very critical of the sky in Gary’s masterpiece and thought it was over worked and the lightning was unnecessary. I don’t think he even noticed the hands as trees. It ended up with a 17.
So all the scores were totted up and we got 81. The overall winner only got 87, so we weren’t far off the mark at all. Most important of all was the FACT that we got 4 points more than Ware & District PS! Interestingly, we also got the same score as Bigglewade & District CC who we face next month in the Melbourn Trophy.
Winners today Benfleet Camera Club. 2nd PeterboroughPS. Joint 3rd – Cambridge CC and Norfolk PG. Best Image was by Mark Edwards of Notley PC.
Well done to our External Comp Sec, Ron Pickford and all who entered their images for selection. It was good to see so many members from our club there today as well. I enjoy this event as it’s good to see so many old and new faces from the world of photography.
The day was sponsored by John Lewis today. Chris Thurston suggested that we get Poundland or Primark to sponsor us… Whatever does he mean?