3 March 2016 – Digital Print Competition

This week was a digital print competition, the Medway Cup (Digital), and there were 60 images entered in total.

The judge for the evening was Raymond Bridges.  Raymond has been taking photographs for nearly 50 years.  He has been a member of Maidstone Camera Club since 1978.  He enjoys entering club, county, national and international exhibitions and has gained LRPS, CPAGB, ADPS (Association of the Disabled Photographers Society) and BPE3* awards.  A link to his website is here: Raymond Bridges Digital

These competitions have a specific format; firstly, the images are shown in succession one after another so everyone can see what the entries are, next they are shown one by one and the judge gives his critique of the image before moving on.  The critique usually includes what has been done well and what could be improved, and final part is the scoring.

The scoring for each image is out of 20 and as well as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, there are 2 highly commended awards given.

So how did I do…

THE JUMP : ISO 100 f/2.8 at 1/1250 sec

Score: 15

Critique:  This felt like more of a family album type of image.  It would have been better if the subject had had a more excited and animated expression on their face.  capturing the hair and the shadow added to the image.  The subject could have been bigger in the frame.



CATS EYES : ISO 200 f/2.8 at 1/125 sec


Score: 16

Critique: Good subject with good eye contact.  There is detail in the highlights.  It would have made the image more interesting and dramatic if it has been taken at the cats level.  The leaves add to the story.





POND WEEDERS by Elisabeth Smith

POND WEEDERS: ISO 100 f/5.6 at 1/400 sec

Score: 17

Critique: The title of the image was good.  The image was found to be amusing / entertaining. There were 3 subjects which were well positioned in relation to each other.  Brighter areas on the feathers could be toned down a bit.



CORNERED by Elisabeth Smith

CORNERED: ISO 400 f/2.8 at 1/20 sec plus Lightroom

Score: 16

Critique: This image has a mood of suspicion and is a little bit disturbing.  The expression gives a sinister feel, could it be in an asylum?  The sharpness is not 100% there but this is secondary as the image is more about the mood that is being created.




Overall I felt the critique had been fair and I didn’t think my scoring was too bad in the end.  The lowest mark given was 13.

As well as the critique for my images there was some other feedback worth sharing, in no particular order:

– An image needs a point of interest to settle the eye on,
– bright areas can be distracting, try using a neutral density filter,
– Lower lighting can bring out textures,
– flower photography is better done when it is overcast as this reduces the chance of burning out the highlights,
– post processing should not be overdone and careful consideration should be given to  cropping,
– diverging verticals and over exposed sky should be avoided,
– black backgrounds are coming back in to fashion and images of dog racing are out of fashion,

Note: This weeks winning entries will be posted on to the Reflex Photographic Club website in due course, which can be found via this link: Club website

Please feel free to leave me a comment, feedback and/or any suggestions.


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