Club Meeting, 2nd Open Print Competition - Tuesday 7th March 2017.

On Tuesday 7th March, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Bill Broadley, President of Blyth Photographic Society, to judge
the 2nd Open Print Competition. Bill is not only part of the Media Team for Blyth Spartans, he teaches Business and ICT
at Burnside business & enterprise college in Wallsend and until recently taught adult education classes in photography
at Gosforth Academy.

Bill commented on how he enjoyed looking at the 61 images submitted and began with the Monochrome Print Section
which included an eclectic range of subjects; a lone skeletal tree set against billowing cloud formations, icy landscapes,
Italian architecture, a still life study of a clear glass bottle, a St Petersburg onion domed palace, a graphic shot of the
Newcastle Millennium Bridge, a Russian Tall ship in full sail and a shot of an enormous American truck. He went on to
award highly commended positions to Peter Downs for Worst Nightmare, Sue Dawson for End of the Line, to Glyn
Trueman for Lismore Lighthouse, and Rhine Castle by Alan Harle.

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Fifth place was given to Sue Dawson for Budapest, a palace on the riverside with detailed architectural arches and stone
work; Fourth place went to The Windy Walk by Vince Rooker, a scene of Blyth beach featuring three groynes and three
waves forming diagonal patterns; Steve McDonald with The Ascent came third, with climbers’ tracks meandering up
snowy peaks which Bill admired for its clarity, texture, sharpness and good tonal quality; second place was given to Glyn
Trueman for Litchfield Cathedral, a 180º panorama of intricate roof patterns and columns which Bill appreciated for its
well controlled symmetry and it’s excellent exposure. The winner of the Monochrome section of the competition was
awarded to Wreck at Sandy Bay by Paul Appleby, a minimalistic, high key shot with detailed rot and decay, was
gently vignetted and toned which Bill described as simple but very effective.

Bill continued with the Colour Print Section which included a highly detailed shot of an owl, a beautiful Oban sunset, an
Italian street scene of an artist studio in afternoon light, Charlies Garden at Seaton Sluice, a baby elephant wallowing in
mud, a Skye landscape, orange hues of a Dubrovnik roofscape, a triptych sequence of a gull fishing, a night shot of a
yellow and red patterned helter skelter, autumnal landscapes, and a still life study of candles set against a sooty wall.

Highly commended places followed with Old Glass and Old Brass by Alistair Cooper, a lovely still life, printed on canvas
paper, grouped brassware softened by a yellow rose set on a windowsill with textured leaded glass; Tiger Lily by Peter
Downs, a delightful face painted child with a catch light in the eyes and a soft vignette, Lutheran Cathedral, Helsinki, by
Lionel Bryan, a sharp, detailed shot which Bill admired for its clarity and detailed shadow areas and Lac Blanc by Steve
McDonald, a lovely landscape of craggy, snowy mountains reflected in still water in evening light.

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Fifth place was awarded to Vince Rooker for Grasmere Morning which had an Old Master painting feel, with autumn
colours and mist descending through the trees on the fells; in Fourth place was Torres del Paine, a landscape of rocks
and snow mirrored in aquamarine water by Steve McDonald; Third place was given to Sue Dawson for Rendezvous Café,
which Bill was attracted to for its detailed arched windows and symmetrical leading lines; in Second place, also by Sue,
entitled When you Fancy a Nibble was of a charming mouse munching on an ear of wheat, chosen for its successful
depth of field, catch light in the eye and triangular composition. Bill awarded First place to Paul Appleby for Cooling Off,
a colourful scene of an Italian Gelateria which he chose for overall detail, capturing the atmosphere, the colours of the
shop, of tourist clothing and blinds in pinks and greens which all complimented one another.

Club Chairman, Glyn Trueman, thanked Bill for his constructive comments, after which, the awarded prints were then
displayed for club members to admire over coffee.