Club Meeting 08 February 2018 (Black and White Print Competition)

This week we had the privilege of entertaining Doug Hamilton CPAGB and Sue Hill CPAGB, long-standing members of Edinburgh Photographic Society. In their early days of photography, Sue and Doug had specialised in monochrome landscape prints, making them ideally suited to judge our black and white print competition.

There were 48 prints entered altogether, including landscape, architecture, portrait, wildlife and still life subjects. Doug and Sue gave a detailed critique of each image. Lighting was a common theme, as there were some subjects with too much light on the background and not enough light on the subject. Some images can be improved by dodging and burning, so the advice was “work on your images”. Composition is also very important in black and white photography. Some images contained distractions, such as tree branches overlapping with the subject, and in others the main subject was too small, or was looking away from the camera.

The top scorers in the black and white print competition were (in reverse order):

  • 4th place (49 points)
    • Jennifer Davidson
  • 3rd place (50 points)
    • Steven Beard
    • Steve Williams
  • 2nd place (53 points)
    • Mike Clark
  • 1st place (56 points)
    • Joe Fowler
    • Jim Tod
    • George Todd

Well done to Joe, Jim and George. There hasn’t been a dead heat like this for a long time. We’re going to have to find a way of sharing the trophy.

The top images were:

  • Mr Crunchy (Joe Fowler) – 20 points
  • Young Activists In Posnan (George Todd) – 20 points
  • The Old Cavalier  (Mike Clark) – 20 points
  • Fabrication Welder (Joe Fowler) – 19 points
  • Rick (Jim Tod) – 19 points
  • Baboon (Jim Tod) – 19 points
  • Last Push For The Line (George Todd) – 19 points