Informal club competitions

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As a Camera Club we enjoyed many days out during 2012 including a weekend away to Lincoln. During these days out photographs taken as eligible to be entered into our Day Out competition, held annually in front of a judge from another camera club. Members can enter up to two prints and /or up to two PDI. This year the competition was held on Thursday 3 January for images taken during 2012 and presented to guest judge Bill Edwards CPAGB from Altrincham and Hale Camera Club.

There were thirteen prints, and these were shown first by way of a run through, then again to allow time for judge Bill to give his thoughts and comments. Five were held back for further consideration, and third place was awarded to “Lincoln Cathedral” by Mike Williamson. Judge Bill appreciated that this was not easy to take, but had “Very good detail of the tower and stones”. He felt “the author could bring the sky out a bit more” and added “this image worked well and was sharp.”

Second place went to “Owl Be In Lincoln All Weekend” by Paul Longden, which judge Bill said “the eyes were very sharp” but he thought the feathers were “a bit soft.” It was a good portrait of an owl with “good detail” on the top of its head. Bill commented that he felt it would work better on a dark mount.

The wining print was “1957 Mercury Monterey” by Mike Williamson, which judge Bill said was “very strong and powerful.” He liked the “dynamic shapes and it was very sharp.” He also liked the movement in the sky.

After a deserved refreshment break the twenty-six PDI were shown next to judge Bill, and again he gave constructive comments on all of them. A total of eight were held back during scoring, and third place eventually went to two images, “Barn Owl” by Peter Thomasson and “Battle of Britain” by Philip Durkin. Judge Bill described “Barn Owl” as “good and sharp, with a beautiful face and good detail in the feet.” About “Battle of Britain” Bill said showed “good formation, with some movement in the propeller blades” and was “nostalgic.” He said the sky was “fantastic” and felt the whole image worked well.

Second place was “Man on the Metro station” by Mike Hesp, which Bill said was “a very good candid portrait that works well.”

In first place in the PDI category was “Imperial War Museum North” by Ken Bradley. Bill admitted he liked this image from the first time he saw it and it was well caught. He particularly liked the small area of red on an otherwise mono image, and the position it had been taken was helped by the “great lighting.”

The top print “1957 Mercury Monterey” by Mike Williamson and the top PDI “Imperial War Museum North” by Ken Bradley were displayed simultaneously, and judge Bill declared that the PDI “Imperial War Museum North” by Ken Bradley was the overall winner.

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