Club Meeting, 1st Open pdi Competition - Tuesday 25th October 2016.

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On Tuesday 25th October 2016, Stuart Skelsey, LRPS, CAPGB, BPEI*, a member of Whitley Bay Photographic Society
visited Morpeth Camera Club to judge the First Open Photographic Digital Image Competition of the season. Stuart
moved from Berkshire to the north east just one year ago and feels that he has an advantage in that he is seeing
local scenes with fresh eyes and can therefore be more objective.
Sixty six images were entered , subjects included street photography, lively bandsmen playing on a fairground ride,
a hydrangea still life in soft focus, towering castles and bridges, cows feeding, an old stone steam furnace, lakeland
scenes, horses feeding and jumping, Art Nouveau stained glass, forest glades with purple heather, Kelpies, gentle
and stormy seascapes and dramatic urban cityscapes. Thought provoking refugees, dew laden spider’s webs, the
Flying Scotsman, shiny French glassware, a rusty tank, a rustic continental doorway and the Holy Island causeway
were all included in the line-up. Throughout the judging Stuart offered many suggestions as to how the images could
be improved such as slowing down shutter speeds to increase the feeling of movement, that still life subjects need
to be pristine to avoid distractions, and that adjustments in contrast can lift a subject and make it more punchy. To
choose unusual angles in landscapes for originality, sky and foreground can be cropped to contain the subject more
successfully, good backlight is important when working with glass, attempt to choose a time of day with softer light
and to take care if using a border as it is important that the eye is not led away from the subject.
"Highly Commended" awards were given to John Barnes for "Crime Prevention" "Lilburn Tower" by Mark Harrison,
"Judgement Day" by John Barnes, and "Evening Flypast" by Dave Bisset.
In fifth place was "Rock Chick" by Mark Harrison, a striking monochrome portrait of a leather clad girl, "Metropolis"
by Davy Bolam, a vibrant colour abstract of an urban motorway with dramatic trail light patterns was given fourth
place, in third place was "Safe and Secure" by Sue Dawson, a lovely low lit composition of a brother giving his
little sister a reassuring hug, second place was also awarded to Sue Dawson for "Ship at La Gomera", a beautiful
sailing vessel reflected in cloudy pink and blue waters. The winner of the 2016 First Open PDI competition was
Glyn Trueman with "Hareshaw Linn" which was a scene taken with a wide angle lens, looking upward through highly
detailed rocks and trees to the sky. Stuart chose this image for its originality and quality and described it as a
delicious and tremendous image. The Club Chairman then thanked Stuart for conducting the arduous task of judging
so many eclectic subjects and for his advice after which coffee was served.