Grand Tour of the UK
Its has been two weeks since the last blog. This is because last week I undertook a grand tour of the UK. However it was not a photographic tour bur a visit to my four daughters and my brother. I went to Edinburgh, Lincoln, Sheffield, Manchester and back to Edinburgh before returning home.
I did manage a couple of 'snaps'
I also managed a few bird images. Some I took at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Here someone was helpfully feeding birds some seed on a large log where a grey squirrel joined in.
Competition No 3
The results of the third monthly competition were revealed this week. For a details go to the Meetings Report page. I think I am getting to grips with what the judges in these competition are looking for.
First of all they want technical excellent That means having the right parts of the image in sharp focus and the exposure must be correct so no over or under exposed parts of the image. Easy to say not as easy to achieve.
Then they want to get the impression that the photographer has made an effort to get a good image or as he put it 'thought outside the box'. The judge this time specifically praised one image where the image maker has clearly got down on all fours or was lying on the ground to get a different perspective of their subject. Another was singled out because they had used a slow shutter speed to achieve the desired effect.
He, the judge that is, was also quite dismissive of those images that he called 'Record Shots' or 'Holiday Snaps'. These were technically decent images but they were just a picture of what the maker saw in front of them without, in the judges mind, them making the effort to fine a different view point or to pick out some detail that would make the image something out of the ordinary.
Finally the judge wanted a special factor that made the image stand out from the rest. The winning image by Norman Robertson ' Subway Train', did just that.
Here are my entries
The judge was critical of the colours in 'Maelstrom'. He thought the colour had been deliberately removed from the figures.
With 'Being Green....' he liked the composition
and he thought Twa Corbies could have had greater contrast and even been a black and white image.
I was pleased that all three of my images scored in the area of technically good and 'thought outside the box'.
All I have to do now is continue with that standard and add the special factor.
Here is 'Twa Corbies' one with extra contrast and one in Black and White.
which do you think has most impact?
Some other images from the last two weeks
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society