We welcomed our old friends Roger and Angela Ford, from Beckenham PS, to the third competition of the year, on the theme, 'Movement'. Roger previously visited as a guest speaker to show us his work on the same theme which went towards his Fellowship of the RPS and we were looking forward to hearing how he would judge our own attempts. As always, members were encouraged to submit two prints and two Digital images and the evening was well-attended, with around 70 images submitted. Roger chose to judge the prints first, with an early break, as there were far more DPIs for the second half.
In fact, the theme, 'movement' is open to considerable interptretation and Roger felt that either the action should be frozen, pin-sharp with a fast shutter speed, or very obviously blurred to show motion through a slow shutter speed, panning or intentional camera movement, but not just somewhere inbetween. Terry showed great ingenuity with a pinsharp monochrome image of the movement of a timepiece - a fob watch, combining humour with great precision, as in his other print entry, a composite of train, plane and motorbike, complete with him on the bike!
Roger's critique was gently and positive, often suggesting a different crop or another way he thought the image would be improved. He pointed out unwanted artefacts too near the frame of the image and other distracting elements and also considered carefully how far the theme had been represented.
In the interval, the Tiger Trophy was presented ceremoniously to Cathryn Rees, as the winner of November's Flickr Pick of the Week competition, on the theme of Rubbish. Her winning image showed a cramped urban swan on a nest of rubbish. She has chosen 'giving' as a seasonally appropriate theme for December, so keep your camera neraby during the festivities. Thanks to Terry for both images above.
It was a good evening - we particularly enjoyed having the prints displayed during the break and the room buzzed - always a good sign. Please do write your comments below - maybe not just on this evening, but if you would like to help us plan our programme, go back through the reviews and pick out those where you have something to say which would help us. If you plan to come to the Christmas Covent Garden meet up, then don't forget to RSVP on the agenda form. Thanks!