We welcomed Roy Essery as judge of our third competition of the year and his even-handed and fair approach helped make this an enjoyable and interesting evening. Roy managed to always talk about the positives he saw in our images before making suggestions for how the image might have been improved, in his opinion. He gave just a few sixes and many more mid-range marks as well as a handful of nines and tens. (All the entries will be posted soon under the Galleries - Internal Competitions tab.) He kept his personal anecdotes short and pertinent, so that the photographer whose image was before us wasn’t left hanging on for too long before hearing the mark. He had humour and a light touch and surprised us all with a first: he gave a token box of shortbread to the image he had personally liked the most!
We were pleased that some of our newer members had entered prints and/or DPIs - it has been some time since our last competition and the lively interest in looking at each other’s work and hearing the comments from the judge, made for a great evening. It was particularly gratifying to see one image obviously directly influenced by Fran Walding’s presentation last time, on light and glassware - and it only just missed a ten.The open competition is sometimes thought to be more difficult than one with a theme as we all trawl through our files looking for entries, but the process is also a good discipline in making us look critically at our own images, as we make our choice. Then the next decision is which two as prints and which for DPIs and if prints, what mounts and paper to use?
Now we need to send our submissions to Natalie for the Barbican exhibition, then shoot and choose our entries for the last competition of the year, on the theme of ‘Weather’. I do wish it would snow in London before then. In the meantime, keep posting your five images a week on Flickr’s ‘Pick go the Week’ and this month’s theme is RED. Even if you don’t post any images, you can participate by making helpful and constructive comments for the rest of us and ‘faving’ those you like.
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