The first major competition of the club calendar took place on 7th October 2021. Neil McGoldrick, from Hatton, Aberdeenshire, joined us via Zoom to judge our Digital Projected Images competition. You can check out some of Neil’s work on his Flikr site: https://www.flickr.com/people/45770642@N04/
The competition almost didn’t take place as expected. We arrived at the Fisherrow Centre to discover the Wi-Fi was not working! This is not a good thing for a hybrid meeting connected through Zoom. After we had spent 20 minutes struggling to connect, George Todd eventually saved the day by turning his mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hot spot.
17 members had entered 54 images altogether. There were shots of wildlife, landscapes, urban architecture, portraits, men at work, flowers, and some interesting abstract and still life shots. One of these, John West’s “For Khandles”, was praised for it’s amusing and imaginative title. Neil commented on the composition of each shot and did not like shots with too much empty space or strong background colours. There were some beautiful compositions he really liked but needed their highlight areas darkened. Some shots were not quite sharp enough where it mattered. Neil was pleased that so many members had decorated their images with a border, which helped delineate them when projected onto a screen, but he suggested that pure white is not necessarily the best colour to use. A very bright colour can draw the eye away from the centre. He suggested using a more neutral colour. The top scorers were (in reverse order):
- 5th place (48 points)
- Lorraine Roberts
- Gordon Davidson
- 4th place (49 points)
- Charlie Briggs
- Gavin Marshall
- Mike Clark
- 3rd place (50 points)
- Jennifer Davidson
- Joe Fowler
- 2nd place (51 points)
- Malcolm Roberts
- 1st place (55 points)
The top images were:
- Candlemakers (George Todd) – 20 points
- Not on Speaking Terms (Charlie Briggs) – 19 points
- Kelpies at Night (George Todd) – 18 points
- White Tailed Sea Eagle – Catch of the Day (Mike Clark) – 18 points
Well done to George Todd for winning the competition and getting the 1st and 3rd placed images. Commiserations to Charlie Briggs and Mike Clark, who had images placed 2nd and 4th but just missed out on a medal. But your great images will still help the club in our inter-club competitions. The total scores included a lot of shots scoring 17 points.
Next week we will go through the competition images a second time, with more opportunity for feedback, comments and questions. I am away on holiday, so next week’s meeting will be hosted by George and Joe.
See you in two weeks.