2017/18 Natural Light Portraits

2017/18 Natural Light Portraits

Last week we held the 1st internal competition which was a themed print round for Natural Light Portraits. Last night we had the review evening.

The image that finished in 1st place was

1 (32) Old Man On Train – Steve Bexon Scores 12.29 6 15

I 4.08 1 5 C 4 1 5 T 4.21 2 5

Followed by

2 (43) Summer Haze – Phil Mallin Scores 10.96 8 14

I 3.38 1 4 C 3.75 3 5 T 3.83 3 5

Then in joint 3rd

3 (4) At A Glance – Jules Holbeche-Maund Scores 10.92 6 14

I 3.63 1 4 C 3.54 1 5 T 3.75 2 5

3 (25) Young Hot Lips – Mike Dawe Scores 10.92 6 15

I 3.5 1 5 C 3.63 2 5 T 3.79 2 5

 

What makes a good portrait well there are several things to consider

Eyes – If you can see the eyes they give you a connection with the model so these (at least the closest one) need to be in focus and often they seem better if at a slight angle.

Background – Needs to be non distracting

Colour – Look for natural skin tones

Light – avoid bright sun light as this can lead to harsh shadows on face and the eyes being dark

5 (41) From The Depths – Jules Holbeche-Maund Scores 10.83 5 15

I 3.75 1 5 C 3.54 2 5 T 3.54 1 5

6 (1) Alex – Phil Mallin Scores 10.71 5 14

I 3.54 1 5 C 3.63 1 5 T 3.54 1 5

6 (20) Thats Not The Shoes – David B Crowson Scores 10.71 5 15

I 3.5 1 5 C 3.67 2 5 T 3.54 2 5

You may wonder about the title of this image well the young lady was doing a photoshoot in a park in Leicester when spotted by the Author who asked if he could take some snaps. When finished he showed his results to the photographer whos comment was “Bit That’s Not the Shoes” turned out he as a student doing shoe design and had been photographing her feet.

8 (29) Alpine Guide – Peter Lawrance Scores 10.52 5 15

I 3.72 1 5 C 3.44 2 5 T 3.36 2 5

9 (5) Beth Of The Belles – Steve Bexon Scores 10.38 5 15

I 3.5 1 5 C 3.29 1 5 T 3.58 2 5

The microphone gives context but by being placed slightly to one side isn’t obscuring the mouth.

10 (36) Red Deer – Chantal Cooper Scores 10.33 7 15

I 3.5 1 5 C 3.29 1 5 T 3.58 2 5

Nice non descript background but the print was slight darker on the doe.

11 (39) Can T Have My Ball Please – David B Crowson Scores 10.13 5 14

I 3.29 1 4 C 3.42 2 5 T 3.42 1 5

The red collar adds a bit of impact

12 (18) Seal Pup – Chantal Cooper Scores 10.08 5 15

I 3.25 1 5 C 3.5 1 5 T 3.33 1 5

The background in this image has an added texture but its well balanced in colour and works well with the pup

13 (40) Headmaster – Ian Waite Scores 10.04 6 13

I 3.21 1 4 C 3.5 2 5 T 3.33 2 4

By blurring the background using a small f number / larger hole has lead to a shallow depth of field which has resulted in the background being less distaracting

14 (9) Devon Farmer – Peter Lawrance Scores 9.92 5 15

I 3.36 1 5 C 3.32 2 5 T 3.24 2 5

The print was a little dark and the white balance slightly off but the face had character.

15 (27) The Posturer – Margaret Waterson Scores 9.68 4 15

I 3.08 1 5 C 3.24 1 5 T 3.36 1 5

Nice autumn colours.

16 (31) Harley Man – Martin Allen Scores 9.67 4 14

I 3.38 1 5 C 3.21 1 5 T 3.08 1 4

It was felt that this image over performed probably due to the character of the rider but the print has technical post production issues including a halo around the rider showing poor selection  showing the author has darkened that background. The tight crop has lead to the brightest part of the image the headlight being cropped at the bottom and the bright sunlight has left the face in harsh shadow.

17 (16) Ripley – Alan Wardropper Scores 9.42 4 13

I 2.96 1 4 C 3.33 1 5 T 3.13 1 5

Taken outside the curve theatre the horizontal lines force you to focus on the face. Possibly the uniform and hair could be darkened a little more using curves as their competing with the face.

17 (13) Lewy – John Smith Scores 9.42 5 13

I 3.04 1 4 C 3.21 2 4 T 3.17 1 5

Nice monochrome image showing that’s helped to show the “attitude”

19 (35) Peek a Boo – Trish Rudin Scores 9.38 4 14

I 3.08 1 4 C 3 1 5 T 3.29 1 5/p>

Saturated purple background is slight distracting

20 (34) Looking To The Stars – Alan Wardropper Scores 9.21 5 14

I 2.96 1 5 C 3.21 2 5 T 3.04 1 4

21 (22) What A Gentle Smile – Mike Dawe Scores 9.17 5 14

I 3.13 1 5 C 2.92 1 5 T 3.13 1 4

The tight envelope crop doesn’t work and your pulled to the top left by t he bright parts of the brolly.

21 (17) Ruby – Rob Jones Scores 9.17 5 14

I 3.17 1 5 C 2.83 2 4 T 3.17 2 5

Could have done with just a tag more space on left to center the image and give space around the face. But its a face with character.

23 (23) Michael – Rob Jones Scores 9.08 5 13

I 2.79 1 4 C 3.13 2 5 T 3.17 2 5

Background being in focus is distracting and the two bright highlights top left needed to be cloned our. The author has however nicely controlled the exposure and avoided burning out the highlights on the forehead.

23 (3) Army Sergeant – Paul Steans Scores 9.08 6 13

I 2.92 1 4 C 3.04 1 4 T 3.13 2 5

Background provides context and by darkening it has made it less distaracting, Bright / harsh sun light though has given shadow issues on face.

25 (6) Caspar – Margaret Waterson Scores 9.08 6 14

I 3 1 5 C 3.12 2 5 T 2.96 1 5

 

This image goes to prove you don’t need an expensive camera as it was taken on a mobile phone just needs a little more contrast probably could achieve this by adjusting the levels sliders and the vignette that was used on the print could do with a larger feather

26 (26) Alpaca – Geoff Whitelocks Scores 9 6 12

I 3.08 1 4 C 2.8 1 4 T 3.12 2 4

Tight crop but you can see the character

27 (11) Engine Driver – Ian Waite Scores 8.92 6 12

I 2.88 1 4 C 3 1 4 T 3.04 2 4

harsh light

28 (28) A Swan Landing – Loz Waterson Scores 8.88 3 14

I 2.76 1 4 C 3.04 1 5 T 3.08 1 5

  

28 (15) Nicaraguan Girl – Geoff Whitelocks Scores 8.88 5 14

I 2.88 1 5 C 3.04 2 5 T 2.96 2 5

 

The eyes are a little soft and the hat being so bright distract a little from the face. The vignette however does help.

30 (8) Denise – Dave Carter Scores 8.88 6 12

I 2.96 1 5 C 3.04 2 4 T 2.88 2 4

Harsh bright light on background is distracting could possibly crop the top or darken it.

31 (24) In Reflection – Robin Astle Scores 8.84 4 14

I 2.84 1 4 C 2.8 1 5 T 3.2 1 5

Cropped too tight ? Probably OK at top as it looks intentional but should have avoided just trimming the chin.

32 (14) Mu – Dave Varnham Scores 8.83 5 12

I 3.13 1 4 C 2.71 1 4 T 3 1 4

The framing of the print just cropped the foot

32 (2) Archie – Trish Rudin Scores 8.83 5 12

I 2.79 1 4 C 3.08 2 4 T 2.96 2 4

  

Some felt  the background although blurred and giving context was still distracting. Horse though is fully of character and his full attention is on you.

34 (19) Spanish Dancer – Roger Leck Scores 8.42 5 13

I 2.83 1 5 C 2.75 1 4 T 2.83 2 5

 

Background Distracting

35 (12) Helen – Robin Astle Scores 8.32 4 14

I 2.64 1 5 C 2.88 1 4 T 2.8 1 5

 

harsh lighting has led to the eyes being in shadow and caused the model to squint

36 (37) Mr Balloon Man – John Smith Scores 8.13 5 12

I 2.88 1 4 C 2.58 1 4 T 2.67 1 4

Distracting background and needs the balloon hat not to be cropped

37 (10) Down But Not Out – Md Trigg Scores 8.08 6 12

I 2.54 1 3 C 2.88 1 4 T 2.67 1 5

 

38 (42) Miss Piggy – Paul Steans Scores 7.88 4 12

I 2.54 1 4 C 2.58 1 4 T 2.75 2 4

39 (33) Ava – Roger Leck Scores 7.83 4 14

I 2.63 1 4 C 2.75 1 5 T 2.46 1 5

Focus soft especially around the eyes and a slopping horizon

40 (38) Contemplation – Dave Carter Scores 7.79 3 13

I 2.46 1 5 C 2.75 1 4 T 2.58 1 4

Distracting background due to large depth of field, lack of eye contact means you don’t connect as well with person

 

40 (21) The Entertainer – Martin Allen Scores 7.79 4 12

I 2.67 1 4 C 2.88 2 5 T 2.25 1 4

Harsh light has lead to dark shadows and colour / white balance issues

42 (30) Young Mother And Child – Md Trigg Scores 7.54 3 12

I 2.5 1 4 C 2.58 1 4 T 2.46 1 4

Distracting background, flat colour and slight distorted feel / perspective due to looking up

43 (7) Dancing In The Street – Loz Waterson Scores 7.48 3 12

I 2.4 1 4 C 2.48 1 4 T 2.6 1 4

Is this a portrait ? Well it is a group portrait but owing to the composition you haven’t really got a single point on which to focus also bright red bus although providing impact is competing with the dancers for your attention

Internal Competitions 2016/2017

Internal Competitions 2016/2017

Internal Competitions 2016/2017

 

Competition

Type

Submission

Date

Secretary’s Challenge

Open Print

14/9/2016

28/9/2016

POTY R1 – Environmental Portrait

Themed Print

28/9/2016

12/10/2016

POTY R2 – OPEN

Themed PDI

26/10/2016

9/11/2016

Trevor Wain UK Landscapes

Print

4/1/2017

11/1/2017

POTY R3 – Something Old

Mono Print

11/1/2017

25/1/2017

POTY R4 – Chairman’s Panel Trophy

Themed Panel

(Authors choice)

8/2/2017

(Electronic copy only)

22/2/2017

POTY R5 – Dusk to Dawn

Themed PDI

22/2/2017

8/3/2017

POTY R6 – Speed – “By Eck that’s Fast”

Themed PDI

22/3/2017

5/4/2017

POTY R7 – Still Life – Food and/or Drink

Themed Print

12/4/2017

3/5/2017

Image of the Year

Open Print

26/4/2017

10/5/2017

Internal Competitions 2015/2016

Internal Competitions 2015/2016

 

 

Competition

Type

Submission

Date

Secretary’s Challenge

Open Print

9/9/2015

23/9/2015

POTY R1 – Around Leicestershire

Themed Print

7/10/2015

21/10/2015

POTY R2 – Sea and WaterScapes

Themed PDI

14/11/2015

18/11/2015

POTY R3 – Seen Better Days

Mono Print

25/11/2015

9/12/2015

Trevor Wain UK Landscape Trophy

Themed Print

13/1/2016

20/1/2016

POTY R4 – Chairman’s Panel Trophy

Themed Panel

(Authors choice)

20/1/2016

(Electronic copy only)

3/2/2016

POTY R5 – Insects, Spiders and Other Terrestrial Arthropods

Themed PDI

20/1/2016

(Electronic copy only)

3/2/2016

POTY R6 – Portrait

Themed Print

17/2/2016

2/3/2016

POTY R7 – Sport

Themed Print

16/3/2016

6/4/2016

POTY R8 – Springtime

Themed PDI

13/4/2016

27/4/2016

Image of the Year

Open Print

27/4/2016

11/5/2016

 

POTY 2013/14 Final Standings

Here are the final standings for Earl Shilton Camera Club’s Photographer of the Year 2013/14 competition.

RANK MEMBER TOTAL AVGE SCORE
1 Jules Holbeche-Maund 237.60
2 Mike Dawe 233.50
3 Phillip Mallin 231.40
4 Steve Bexon 225.60
5 Martin Godfrey 225.00
6 Dave Carter 220.30
7 Gary Wood 219.20
8 Ian Waite 216.20
9 Geoff Whitelocks 215.70
10 Kevin Poynor 214.20
11 Susan Goadby 209.10
12 John Smith 207.40
13 Richard Carter 200.70
14 Derek Lloyd 199.60
15 Brett Lawrence 198.80
16 Martin Allen 184.90
17 Patricia Rudin 183.40
18 Michael Trigg 180.20
19 Bevan Lovedee 172.20
20 Clive Jarvis 155.90
21 Hayley Marlow 154.50
22 Richard Nicholls 149.60
23 Matt Langton 122.40
24 Keith Crofts 106.20
25 Susan Martin 90.50
26 Alan Wardropper 90.00
27 Guy Davis 28.80
POTY 2013-14 Round 6 Placings

POTY 2013-14 Round 6 Placings

Earl Shilton Camera Club’s Photographer of the Year 2013/14 – Round 6 “Open Monochrome Projected” Placings

Rank No Title Author Avge
1 38 The Warrior Jules Holbeche-Maund 16.79
2 33 St Benets At Sunset Gary Wood 16.62
3 16 Model Frame Martin Godfrey 16.60
4 18 Morning Lake Jules Holbeche-Maund 16.59
5 21 The Cairn Phillip Mallin 16.55
6 7 Black Five Double Header Gary Wood 16.52
7 43 Winter On Rannoch Moor Martin Allen 16.48
8 34 Stag in the morning sun Patricia Rudin 16.34
9 35 Stormy Isolation Martin Godfrey 16.23
10 37 The Field Barn Phillip Mallin 16.03
11 11 Dawn Riders Mike Dawe 15.97
12 25 Chantelle John Smith 15.93
13 28 I Hate War Mike Dawe 15.87
14 23 Botallack Mine Steve Bexon 15.83
14 27 Hurricane Ian Waite 15.83
16 19 Rock On Hayley Marlow 15.76
17 32 Running From The Storm Geoff Whitelocks 15.69
18 4 Ashness Pier Steve Bexon 15.66
18 15 Micromys Minutus On Dipsacus Fullonum Richard Carter 15.66
20 9 Cliffside view Patricia Rudin 15.62
21 29 Mount Rushmore Dave Carter 15.45
22 1 8F On Mixed freight Kevin Poynor 15.31
23 30 N2 And B12 Kevin Poynor 15.07
24 26 Heron Watermead Park Michael Trigg 15.00
24 41 Who hissed Alan Wardropper 15.00
26 22 Train Wheel Martin Allen 14.83
26 42 Windows Hayley Marlow 14.83
28 12 Desolation Michael Trigg 14.79
29 36 Swan Susan Goadby 14.76
30 10 Covent Garden Guy Davis 14.59
31 17 Monument Valley Dave Carter 14.55
32 2 After The Battle Ian Waite 14.45
33 5 Asylum Seeker John Smith 14.41
34 24 Carabinieri Brett Lawrence 14.24
34 40 Victory Show Guy Davis 14.24
36 20 Stepping Out Alan Wardropper 14.17
37 14 Home In The Rain Geoff Whitelocks 14.10
38 31 Nigel Richard Carter 13.97
39 39 Triumph Derek Lloyd 13.79
40 44 Wisteria At Charlecote Bevan Lovedee 13.76
41 3 All Aboard Derek Lloyd 13.72
42 13 Gates At Charlecote Bevan Lovedee 13.69
43 6 Austrian Lake Susan Goadby 13.62
43 8 Bring On The Christians Brett Lawrence 13.62
POTY 2013-14 Round 5 Placings

POTY 2013-14 Round 5 Placings

Earl Shilton Camera Club’s Photographer of the Year 2013/14 – Round 5 “Nature Print” Placings

Rank No Title Author Avge
1 33 Red Kites Sky Jules Holbeche-Maund 17.48
2 17 Lunch Mike Dawe 17.37
2 37 Squirrel Mike Dawe 17.37
4 29 Kite Flying Phillip Mallin 17.15
5 14 Harvest Mouse Susan Goadby 17.00
6 20 Otter Having Breakfast Jules Holbeche-Maund 16.85
7 3 Barn Owl On Post Steve Bexon 16.68
8 25 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) Courtship Kevin Poynor 16.67
9 31 Mandrill Martin Allen 16.59
10 26 Harvest Mouse Richard Carter 16.37
11 1 Adonis Blue Ian Waite 16.19
12 38 Stag Dave Carter 16.15
13 15 Heron Reflections Michael Trigg 16.04
14 8 Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Gary Wood 15.96
15 18 Lynx Kitten Patricia Rudin 15.93
16 16 Hidden King Phillip Mallin 15.89
17 28 Hippo Shower Steve Bexon 15.86
18 23 Chaffinch Richard Nicholls 15.85
19 32 Prince of Bradgate Patricia Rudin 15.81
20 9 Daurian Jackdaw Martin Allen 15.56
20 40 Swan in Flight Martin Godfrey 15.56
22 22 Bee On Buddleia Ian Waite 15.37
22 34 Robin Susan Goadby 15.37
22 42 That’s Mine Geoff Whitelocks 15.37
25 4 Bee Hayley Marlow 15.25
26 2 As Autumn Ends Geoff Whitelocks 15.19
27 39 Sulphur Tuft Michael Trigg 15.15
28 12 Flower And Bee Dave Carter 15.04
29 41 Syrphid Fly Hayley Marlow 14.86
30 13 Flying Duck Richard Carter 14.78
31 5 Breakfast Time At Donna Nook Kevin Poynor 14.70
32 11 Five A Day John Smith 14.67
33 6 Britain’s Best View (Note: With Genuine Boats) Richard Nicholls 14.59
33 21 Rainbows End Derek Lloyd 14.59
35 30 Looking For A Meal John Smith 14.44
36 19 New Born and Mother Martin Godfrey 14.37
37 36 Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) Gary Wood 14.00
38 35 Scenic Park Derek Lloyd 13.96
39 10 Do Not Disturb Brett Lawrence 13.93
40 7 Cobweb Keith Crofts 13.33
41 27 Hi Kid’s Mummy’s back Brett Lawrence 13.15
42 24 Fungi Keith Crofts 12.33