We started the judging by looking at the print entries and were all encouraged by her approval of our overall standard of images and mounts. She said that she aimed to bring a fresh eye, to encourage rather than discourage and this was only the first of her quotable quotes. For example:
A good mount will make a good print look marvellous, but a good mount won’t make a bad print good.
and, The devil is in the detail!
and, Black and White will make a street image classier.
and, Seize the moment, as Cartier Bresson said.
And many more mots juste.
She emphasised the crucial importance of checking all four corners of the frame before you press the shutter, having uncluttered backgrounds, simplicity of images, ‘pin, pin, pin sharpness - especially for eyes on wildlife images, and effective use of differentiatal focus.
In praising a particular aspect of an image, we had ‘A big pat on the back for that’ and her high scores reflected how impressed she was by the work we were presenting, though she didn’t hold back on criticising ’Tony shots'. (Ask if you would like an explanation of this term, which I think may well be adopted now by CoL&CPS to describe what might otherwise be called ’snaps’). She said she is big on monks, but ‘all templed out’ and was always delighted when she recognised subjects or places. She held back a fair few images, prints and DPIs, and then rewarded us with many 19 and 20s, which made for a very positive, self-congratulatory atmosphere in the pub afterwards.
We were also delighted to present the Tiger Trophy to Paul Shelley, for his image of a seaside kiosk in May’s Pick of the Week competition on the theme, ‘FUN’. By common accord, we are having a break from the competition over the summer and Paul will start us off again with a theme for September.