Category: Comps_17-18

2017 / 18 POTY 7 Floral Beauty Table of Results

No Title Author Rank
18 Floral Crown Julie Holbeche-Maund 1
8 Floral Beauty Phil Mallin 2
19 Fushia Margaret Waterson 3
26 Strelitzia Reginae Paul Steans 4
15 Pink Lillies Martin Allen 5
9 Floral Dancer Margaret Waterson 6
6 Dancing Lilies Peter Lawrance 7
5 Bouget of Cherry Blosson Flowers Julie Holbeche-Maund 8
20 Orchid Geoff Whitelocks 8
14 Orchid Beauty John Smith 10
11 Gladioli Micheal Trigg 11
1 Almost Out Roger Leck 12
16 Alstroemera Red Micheal Dawe 13
17 Blue Bell Phil Mallin 14
2 Alstroemera Blue Micheal Dawe 15
13 Hibiscus Geoff Whitelocks 15
10 Gerbera Daisies Paul Steans 17
25 Semi Cactus Dahlia Roger Leck 18
3 Aster Ian Waite 19
27 Sweet Peas Peter Lawrance 19
24 Schlumbergera Ian Waite 21
22 Purple Striped Crocus Rob Jones 22
12 Having A Rest Rob Jones 23
28 White & Red Martin Allen 23
4 Blue Bells Roger Deacon 25
7 Dicentra Alan Wardropper 26
21 Orchids Micheal Trigg 27
29 Yellow Tulip John Smith 28
23 Purplehaze Alan Wardropper 29

2018 Neville Jackson Trophy – Image of the Year Competition

Last night saw the  2018 Neville Jackson Trophy – Image of the Year Competition.

It was judged by Bob Moore, Hon.FRPS, MPAGB, Hon.PAGB, FIPF, FBIPP. Who gave some quite insightful comments on each image.

It was an open themed print completion although disappointingly only attracted 30 entries but there were still some cracking images

Phil Mallin won with Vestrahorn Iceland from Jules with Pingvellir Iceland

Author Image Score Position
Phil Mallin Vestrahorn Iceland 20 1st
Jules Holbeche-Maund Pingvellir Iceland 20 2nd
Phil Mallin Lulu 20
Steve Bexon Sunset Over Gull Rock 20
Alan Wardropper Thoughts 19
Roger Deacon Red Kite 19
Jules Holbeche-Maund Miss Red 18
Steve Bexon Padley Gorge Autumn 18
Roger Leck Atlantic Dawn 17
Peter Lawrance Autum Light 17
Ian Waite Food Fight 17
Paul Steans Kingston Lacy 17
John Smith Light And Shadows 17
Gary Wood Lingmell Gill 17
Steve Pears On Your Trike 17
Rob Jones Out On The Town 17
Rob Jones Removing The Slag 17
Geoff Whitelocks Bellagio Lake Como Italy 16
John Smith Conflict 16
Alan Wardropper Fresh Straw 16
Gary Wood Kirkstone Beck 16
Martin Allen Pink Lillies 16
Paul Steans Pink Rose 16
Peter Lawrance Staunton Harold Church 16
Steve Pears Blanket Bay Hotel 15
Geoff Whitelocks Hibiscus 15
Martin Allen Buzzard 14
Ian Waite Harvest Mouse 14
Roger Leck What Shall We Do 14
Roger Deacon Hustle & Bustle at the ponte Vecchio 14

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2017 / 18 POTY 6 Autumn Image review

37 (30) Ready To Rot – Rob Jones Scores 7 3 10
I 2.21 1 3 C 2.14 1 3 T 2.66 1 4

Composition: top half is blurred but not enough to removed distraction

Technical: Colour OK buts needs tweaking for projector

36 (14) Autumn Mist – Rob Jones Scores 7.1 3 11
I 2.03 1 3 C 2.38 1 4 T 2.69 1 4

Composition: Found leaves in lower foreground distracting distracting and more of a crop to emphasise

Technical: Colour OK buts needs tweaking for projector

35 (21) Golden Branches – Margaret Waterson Scores 7.11 4 10
I 2.29 1 4 C 2.32 1 3 T 2.5 1 4

Composition: Found lower third distracting as its so dark is it required ?

Technical:

34 (5) Autumn Colours – Martin Hall Scores 7.18 4 9
I 2.14 1 3 C 2.5 1 4 T 2.54 2 3

Composition: The subject is the tree but then the path is a better lead in as you see this and look along that. Would have liked the path to be more in the frame

Technical: Sky is bland has no detail

33 (33) Rugby Road – Martin Allen Scores 7.5 3 10
I 2.5 1 4 C 2.36 1 3 T 2.64 1 4

Composition: Van car and sign distracting

Technical: Colours possibly a little over saturated

31 (24) Lake House In The Autumn – Geoff Whitelocks Scores 7.63 4 9
I 2.64 1 4 C 2.32 1 3 T 2.5 1 4

Composition: House is too central

Technical: Foliage is blurred

31 (17) Autumnal Lake District – Graham Townsend Scores 7.63 4 11
I 2.43 1 4 C 2.5 1 4 T 2.54 1 4

Composition: Blurred Hedge in foregound distracting

Technical: Too bland poor sky, colours under saturated for projector

30 (18) Autumns Carpet – Martin Hall Scores 7.67 3 12
I 2.32 1 4 C 2.61 1 4 T 2.57 1 5

Composition:

Technical: Too overworked / sharpened

29 (20) Flowers In The Leaves – Martin Allen Scores 7.93 3 12
I 2.61 1 4 C 2.57 1 4 T 2.75 1 5

Composition:

Technical: Out of focus / colour cast

28 (4) Autumn Avenue – Ian Waite Scores 8.14 5 11
I 2.39 1 3 C 3.04 2 4 T 2.71 1 4

Composition: Slight lean and would have liked to be on center of path needs a point of interest like a person

Technical:

27 (3) Autumn At The Cottage – Margaret Waterson Scores 8.19 5 11
I 2.18 1 3 C 2.96 1 4 T 2.86 1 4

Composition:

Technical: Levels need tweaking to bring out more colour

26 (34) Spent Sunflower Head – Paul Steans Scores 8.22 3 11
I 2.43 1 4 C 2.5 1 4 T 3.11 1 5

Composition:

Technical:

25 (9) Autumn Leaves – Ian Waite Scores 8.25 4 12
I 2.5 1 4 C 2.75 1 4 T 3 1 4

Composition: Like the idea

Technical: leaves on edge of frame seem to be closer than ring of leaves but their more in focus whilst backround tree is sharpe. Need more blur

24 (28) Nomad Princess – Graham Townsend Scores 8.52 5 12
I 2.39 1 3 C 2.71 1 4 T 3.21 1 5

Composition: Doesn’t need distraction of foreground stakes

Technical: colours under saturated needs levels adjustment and warm up filter

23 (37) Windermere – Steve Pears Scores 8.57 4 13
I 2.68 1 5 C 2.89 1 4 T 3 1 4

Composition: Slight lean to left

Technical: Colours under saturated for projector

22 (35) Three Leaves – Paul Steans Scores 8.61 4 14
I 2.64 1 5 C 2.93 1 5 T 3.04 2 5

Composition: Magic number of 3

Technical:

21 (23) Growing Out Of The Rock – Geoff Whitelocks Scores 8.71 3 13
I 3.04 1 5 C 2.93 1 5 T 2.75 1 5

Composition: Tree too central ? Comments were made about background being sort of in focue was distracting Author said he’d been trying to show it in context which on subsequent thought probably needed the tree slightly smaller in frame

Technical:

20 (2) As The Leaf Fell – Gary Wood Scores 8.86 5 13
I 2.75 1 4 C 2.82 1 5 T 3.29 1 5

Composition:

Technical:

19 (22) Grasmere – Steve Pears Scores 9.04 4 12
I 2.82 1 4 C 3.18 2 4 T 3.04 1 5

Composition: Aka Tarn Hows

Technical: Tweaked levels and curves

17 (29) Norfolk Cranes – Dave Varnham Scores 9.18 4 12
I 2.82 1 4 C 3.18 1 4 T 3.18 2 5

Composition: Nice arrangement

Technical:

17 (19) Conkers – Gary Wood Scores 9.18 5 12
I 3.07 1 4 C 2.79 1 4 T 3.32 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

16 (27) Millstone Under The Beech Tree – Steve Bexon Scores 9.36 6 11
I 2.82 2 4 C 3.21 2 4 T 3.32 2 5

Composition:

Technical: More saturation for projector

15 (16) Autumn Water – Roger Leck Scores 9.43 5 15
I 2.96 1 5 C 3.25 2 5 T 3.21 1 5

Composition:

Technical: Over saturated tweaked levels

14 (15) Autumn Walk – Dave Varnham Scores 9.61 5 14
I 2.93 1 5 C 3.32 2 5 T 3.36 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

13 (36) Tree Avenue At Coombe – Roger Leck Scores 9.68 6 12
I 2.86 1 4 C 3.43 2 5 T 3.39 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

12 (13) Autumn Light And Shadows – John Smith Scores 9.75 5 12


I 3.36 2 4 C 3.32 2 4 T 3.07 1 4

Composition:

Technical: Over saturated on projector tweaked levels/ vibrance

10 (32) Rugby Rd – Micheal Dawe Scores 9.89 5 15
I 3.39 1 5 C 3.29 2 5 T 3.21 2 5

Impact:

Composition:

Technical:

10 (25) Los Altos Park Iow – John Smith Scores 9.89 6 15
I 3.07 1 5 C 3.61 2 5 T 3.21 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

09 (1) Acorns – Phil Mallin Scores 10.14 6 15
I 3.14 2 5 C 3.57 2 5 T 3.43 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

08 (31) Red Carpet – Peter Lawrance Scores 10.21 6 13
I 3.29 2 4 C 3.5 2 5 T 3.43 2 5

Composition:

Technical: Over saturated on projector tweaked levels/ vibrance

07 (6) Autumn Evening Sunshine – Phil Mallin Scores 10.44 7 15
I 3 1 5 C 3.21 1 5 T 3.96 1 5

Composition: Leaf over nose distracting

Technical:

06 (8) Autumn Glory – Chantal Cooper Scores 10.61 7 13
I 3.54 2 5 C 3.57 2 5 T 3.5 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

05 (10) Autumn Leaves – Julie Holbeche-Maund Scores 11.21 3 15


I 3.29 1 5 C 3.79 1 5 T 4.14 1 5

Composition:

Technical:

03 (12) Autumn Light – Peter Lawrance Scores 11.29 7 14
I 3.64 2 5 C 3.93 3 5 T 3.71 2 5

Composition:

Technical:

03 (11) Autumn Leaves – Micheal Dawe Scores 11.29 7 15
I 3.57 2 5 C 3.86 2 5 T 3.86 3 5

Composition:

Technical: White border too large for projections

02 (26) Lower Padley – Steve Bexon Scores 11.54 8 15
I 3.39 2 5 C 3.82 3 5 T 4.32 3 5

Composition:

Technical: Increased saturation for projection

01 (7) Autumn Fashion – Julie Holbeche-Maund Scores 11.81 6 15
I 3.61 1 5 C 3.68 1 5 T 4.21 1 5

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2017/18 POTY 6 Autumn Table Result

  Competition: Autumn    
  Date: 11 April 2017    
No Title Author Rank Score
7 Autumn Fashion Julie Holbeche-Maund 1 11.81
26 Lower Padley Steve Bexon 2 11.54
11 Autumn Leaves Micheal Dawe 3 11.29
12 Autumn Light Peter Lawrance 3 11.29
10 Autumn Leaves Julie Holbeche-Maund 5 11.21
8 Autumn Glory Chantal Cooper 6 10.61
6 Autumn Evening Sunshine Phil Mallin 7 10.44
31 Red Carpet Peter Lawrance 8 10.21
1 Acorns Phil Mallin 9 10.14
25 Los Altos Park Iow John Smith 10 9.89
32 Rugby Rd Micheal Dawe 10 9.89
13 Autumn Light And Shadows John Smith 12 9.75
36 Tree Avenue At Coombe Roger Leck 13 9.68
15 Autumn Walk Dave Varnham 14 9.61
16 Autumn Water Roger Leck 15 9.43
27 Millstone Under The Beech Tree Steve Bexon 16 9.36
19 Conkers Gary Wood 17 9.18
29 Norfolk Cranes Dave Varnham 17 9.18
22 Grasmere Steve Pears 19 9.04
2 As The Leaf Fell Gary Wood 20 8.86
23 Growing Out Of The Rock Geoff Whitelocks 21 8.71
35 Three Leaves Paul Steans 22 8.61
37 Windermere Steve Pears 23 8.57
28 Nomad Princess Graham Townsend 24 8.52
9 Autumn Leaves Ian Waite 25 8.25
34 Spent Sunflower Head Paul Steans 26 8.22
3 Autumn At The Cottage Margaret Waterson 27 8.19
4 Autumn Avenue Ian Waite 28 8.14
20 Flowers In The Leaves Martin Allen 29 7.93
18 Autumns Carpet Martin Hall 30 7.67
17 Autumnal Lake District Graham Townsend 31 7.63
24 Lake House In The Autumn Geoff Whitelocks 31 7.63
33 Rugby Road Martin Allen 33 7.50
5 Autumn Colours Martin Hall 34 7.18
21 Golden Branches Margaret Waterson 35 7.11
14 Autumn Mist Rob Jones 36 7.10
30 Ready To Rot Rob Jones 37 7.00

2017/18 POTY 5 Leicestershire & Warwickshire Churches Results

  Competition: Leicestershire & Warwickshire Churches    
  Date: 07 March 2018    
No Title Author Rank Avge
28 Staunton Harold Church Peter Lawrance 1 12.00
5 Autumn Colour All Saints Peatling Parva Gary Wood 2 11.72
20 St Marys De Castro David Crowson 3 11.16
18 St Marys At Night Ian Waite 4 10.96
29 Sun Rise St Peters Witherly Gary Wood 5 10.52
6 Church Of St Mary Elmesthorpe Steve Bexon 6 10.40
27 St Peters Market Bosworth John Smith 7 9.76
30 The Church Of St Leonards Charlecote Loz Waterson 8 9.72
11 Frost On A Late Afternoon Stapleton Geoff Whitelocks 9 9.68
10 St Marys Elmesthorpe David Crowson 10 9.64
9 Desford Church Rob Jones 11 9.32
2 All Saints Church Keyham Peter Lawrance 12 9.08
23 St Nicholas Frolesworth Roger Leck 13 9.00
15 Ice Cold In Pecky Dave Varnham 14 8.96
19 St Marys Church Bitteswell Loz Waterson 15 8.94
33 St Wistans Church Wistow Steve Bexon 16 8.92
16 St James Dadlington Margaret Waterson 17 8.80
32 Wibtoft Ian Waite 18 8.64
4 All Saints Nailstone Martin Hall 19 8.60
14 Holy Trinity Stratford Paul Steans 20 8.56
24 Peckleton Church Rob Jones 21 8.52
12 Gateway To St James Church Margaret Waterson 22 8.32
8 St Denys Ibstock Martin Hall 23 8.00
21 St Marys Hinckley Martin Allen 24 7.96
25 St Peters Aston Flanvill Micheal Trigg 25 7.76
22 Newbold Verdon John Smith 26 7.40
17 St Mary Magdalene Peckleton Graham Townsend 27 7.36
13 St Helens Gumley Alan Wardropper 28 7.12
26 St Peters Claybrooke Parva Roger Leck 29 7.12
1 A Bit Neglected Round The Back Stapleton Church Geoff Whitelocks 30 7.08
3 All Saints Kirkby Mallory Graham Townsend 31 6.92
7 St Catherines Burbage Martin Allen 32 6.88
31 Tin Hat C Of E Dave Varnham 33 5.56

2017/18 POTY 4 Chairmans Panel Competition Table of Results

  Competition: Chairmans Panel    
  Date: 21 February 2018    
No Title Author Rank Avge
1 Brick Lane Surveillance Steve Bexon 1 13.26
13 Curves John Smith 2 12.52
15 Monochromatic Cumbrian Fencing Gary Wood 3 12.35
11 Leicester Street Art Alan Wardropper 4 11.30
9 Fast Fishing Ian Waite 5 11.26
3 Mushrooms Rob Jones 6 11.00
6 Flowers Micheal Dawe 7 10.96
7 Colours of Decay Peter Lawrance 8 10.91
2 Tewksbury Abbey Roger Leck 9 10.79
5 Arches National Park Martin Allen 10 10.42
10 CHURCH BY THE LAKE Margaret Waterson 11 10.04
12 Rustic Handles Paul Steans 12 9.91
4 London 2017 World Athletics Championships Loz Waterson 13 9.87
14 a winters tail Micheal trigg 14 8.04
8 Hollycroft Snow Scene Brett Lawrence 15 7.63

2017/18 POTY 3 Monochrome Print – Table of Results

  Competition: Monochrome Open    
  Date: 31 January 2018    
No Title Author Rank Avge
22 Light And Shadows John Smith 1 12.31
8 Claude Jeremiah Greengrass Mk2 Steve Bexon 2 12.24
40 Walking In Staunton Harold Cp Steve Bexon 3 11.86
28 Old Boat Gary Wood 4 11.76
30 On The Rails Ian Waite 5 11.34
41 Wild Rosebuds (IR) Julie Holbeche-Maund 6 11.28
44 Reminiscing Roger Leck 7 11.24
5 Buttermere Gary Wood 8 11.14
39 Tyne Cot Steve Pears 9 11.00
24 Millstone Edge Peter Lawrance 10 10.83
7 Cheetah Ian Waite 11 10.79
17 King Of The Jungle Chantal Cooper 11 10.79
19 The Lovers Loz Waterson 11 10.79
25 Morning Sunrays Martin Hall 11 10.79
33 Seeing Stripes Paul Steans 15 10.76
2 Anemone (IR) Julie Holbeche-Maund 16 10.72
29 Old Boy’s Toy Roger Leck 17 10.62
35 Simplicity Margaret Waterson 17 10.62
10 The Dandelion Robin Astle 19 10.59
43 Hanging Around Geoff Whitelocks 20 10.48
4 Butterfly Chantal Cooper 21 10.31
31 Reach for the sky Micheal Dawe 21 10.31
16 German Soldier Geoff Whitelocks 23 10.24
18 The Knoll (IR) Phil Mallin 24 10.21
38 To Cap It All Alan Wardropper 25 10.07
3 Bolehill Woods Peter Lawrance 26 9.93
15 The Gardener’s Bothy Rob Jones 27 9.86
13 Evacuee Paul Steans 28 9.45
37 Street Artist John Smith 29 9.40
12 East Mill Belper Micheal trigg 30 9.34
26 My 1st Camera Phil Mallin 31 9.24
34 Sexy Lingerie Rob Jones 32 9.17
23 Llechwedd Slate Mine Steve Pears 33 9.14
32 Safely Home Loz Waterson 34 8.93
9 Corner Of Rutland Street Alan Wardropper 35 8.90
11 Dawn on the River Micheal Dawe 36 8.76
36 Station Lamp Martin Allen 37 8.66
21 Lieutenant James Cook Rn Dave Carter 38 8.41
20 Leaping Jaguar Micheal trigg 39 8.38
14 Ferrous Fairy Robin Astle 40 8.31
27 The Old Barn Martin Allen 40 8.31
6 Canada Geese Dave Carter 42 7.79
42 Winter In The Park Brett Lawrence 43 7.07
1 Winter Wonderland Brett Lawrence 44 6.34

2017/18 Open PDI Table of Results

  Competition: Open    
  Date: 08 November 2017    
No Title Author Rank Avge
28 Long Tail Tit Chantal Cooper 1 12.46
41 Sunset Over Gull Rock Steve Bexon 2 12.32
20 Food Fight Ian Waite 3 12.11
39 Seljalandsfoss Phil Mallin 4 12.00
26 Lacewing Butterfly Margaret Waterson 5 11.75
3 Anemone Julie Holbeche-Maund 6 11.61
10 Cold War Jet Rob Jones 7 11.54
15 Douglas Super Dc 3 Julie Holbeche-Maund 7 11.54
32 Oiling The Cogs Steve Bexon 9 11.50
24 Ice On Diamond Beach Phil Mallin 10 11.43
18 Fast Fishing Ian Waite 11 11.29
8 Bradgate Sunrays Chantal Cooper 12 11.04
27 Lady In Red Graham Townsend 13 11.00
5 Bee Feeding On Comfrey Martin Allen 14 10.93
16 Evil At Work David Crowson 15 10.86
21 Fox Cub Martin Allen 15 10.86
37 Resting In The Sunshine Loz Waterson 17 10.32
49 Wing Walkers Margaret Waterson 18 10.29
43 The Girl With Red Wheels John Smith 19 10.21
14 Dig ‘Em In Peter Lawrance 20 10.00
35 P51 & F35B At Riat Loz Waterson 21 9.89
12 Cornflower Landing Dave Varnham 22 9.57
42 Supporting The Infantry Alan Wardropper 22 9.57
11 Coniston Water Gary Wood 24 9.50
40 Sunset On East Coast Dave Varnham 25 9.39
38 Rose Dave Carter 26 9.25
45 Ullswater Gary Wood 27 9.14
25 It’S Big Dad Roger Leck 28 9.11
47 Well ! When I Was A Lad David Crowson 28 9.11
1 Airborne Forces Memorial Paul Steans 30 8.96
4 Approaching Bridge 33 Alan Wardropper 31 8.89
19 Fjordane John Smith 32 8.83
7 Boat Symmetry Rob Jones 33 8.75
48 Wheres My Mum Dave Carter 34 8.68
9 Chinese Girl Geoff Whitelocks 35 8.61
29 Looking Out Of The Window Geoff Whitelocks 36 8.54
33 Old John Martin Hall 36 8.54
2 Allium Seed Head Graham Townsend 38 8.50
44 The Saffron Robe Micheal Dawe 39 8.46
30 Medieval Drummer Roger Leck 40 8.38
17 Faces Paul Steans 41 7.93
6 Best In Class Peter Lawrance 42 7.82
31 Model Shoot Atkins Micheal Trigg 43 7.21
23 I’M Not Impressed Steve Pears 44 7.10
46 Waiting For The Photographer Steve Pears 45 7.03
34 One Man And His Dog Micheal Dawe 46 6.93
13 Croft Hill One Fine Day Micheal Trigg 47 6.64
36 Red Stag Head Rest Martin Hall 48 6.36
22 Hogworts Dining Hall Brett Lawrence 49 6.04

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

2017 Secretary’s Challenge

On October 4th we held our annual Secretary’s Challenge which was an Open Print Competition judged by David Grounds LRPS.
Winner was “Pingvellir Iceland”     by Jules Holbeche-Maund which scored 20 points

Highly commended with 19 points were: “Conflict” by John Smith and “Lu Lu” by Phil Mallin.


Commended with 18 points were: “Antique Restorer” by Peter Lawrance and “Dog Fight” by Gary Wood.


Commended with 17 points were: “Bluebell Wood” by Trish Rudin, “At One With Nature” by Jules Holbeche-Maund”, “Just Looking” by Rob Jones and “Harvest Mouse” by Ian Waite

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