14 April 2016 – Print Competition

This week was a print competition, the Carey Roberts Cup (prints), and there were 38 images entered in total.  Each member can enter a maximum of 4 images.

The judge for the evening was Miss Suzanne Flood DPAGB, who’s first evening as a judge apparently had been at our club, many moons ago.

I did not enter this competition as I hadn’t prepared any printed images for submission.  There is a particular way of preparing your images for a print competition, getting it mounted, so I just wasn’t organised enough on this occasion to submit anything.  Plus it was the last print competition for the Print League.

Therefore, I was there to support the other clubs members who had submitted their images and to take a note of the feedback they were given in the hope that I might learn more about a judge’s view of composition etc.

The scores ranged from 15 (the lowest score) to 20 (1st place).  There was a good range of images this week, from landscapes to still life to documentary style.

First place went to ‘Tree Fern’ taken by Albert Gilchrist.  This was a close up (macro image) of an unfurling tree fern.  You could see each of its tiny hairs which covered the fern very clearly.  A worthy winner.

The feedback given that I thought was noteworthy was:

  • Good colours to have together in an image are those opposite on the colour wheel e.g. blue and orange (or blue and yellow),
  • Take care when exposing for an open doorway image where the outside is brighter than the inside,
  • In portraits it is preferable to have a light in the eye/eyes but where the subject is wearing a hat this is sometime difficult to achieve,
  • Take care when using flash that you do not get any unwanted reflections from it showing in your still life,
  • When taking photographs of a showroom car (or any other car which is to be the subject of the image) ensure you get a good amount of the front and the side of the car in the image.  This may means moving round to the side more, rather than taking head on,
  • Try not to leave half of something in the frame, crop out or remove,

Lastly Suzanne noted that some of the mounts had been cut ‘in a rush’ and had not been backed so the light box frame could be seen through the photograph, noting that the presentation of your photographs is also important.

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