First of all, Susi thanked everyone who had sent in images and she showed us the complete pool, across the four categories: abstract, dereliction, landscapes and family. There were between 50 and 70 images in three categories and over 100 images in landscape. We needed five entries for each category and as many different photographers as possible, with no more than one image from any photographer in each category.
Susi and Hilary went through their choices and explained the qualities they were looking for. It was helpful that Will Cheung has written an article about ‘Scenics’, in Photography News, which set out his criteria and preferences! It cannot have been an easy job for Susi and Hilary and we thanked them for their time and efforts. This is the first time we have had such a competition and we know that Greg Lambert will be urging Hendersonville on, on his side of the Atlantic.
After the break, Hilary led a discussion about using specific apps available for iPhones to experiment with double exposures and slow shutter speed. Although not everyone could access the apps successfully - we needed the very latest updates, but we could all see the potential (see below) and were encouraged to be more creative.
The non-iphone users met in their own corner and talked about life in general, so everyone was happy.