Club Meeting, Bates Cup Competition - Tuesday 27th March 2018.

On Tuesday 27th March 2018, Morpeth Camera Club was pleased to welcome David Stout, EFIAP, DPAGB, PPSA, to judge
the annual Bates Cup Pdi Landscape Competition. Before he commenced his reviews, David, who was a close friend of our
late Life President, Vince Rooker, conveyed his condolences to the club saying that he was truly missed and an inspiration
to all.

Quoting the renowned photographer and member of the Photographic Society of America, Dr Erik Kissa, whose motto was
‘Crop til it hurts’, David stated that if some elements of a photograph do not enhance the scene then crop them out, adding
that he would use this criteria throughout the evening to judge the photographs.

Among the 51 images submitted by 17 members were photographs taken at Derwent Reservoir, the Cheviots, Alnmouth,
Tweeddale, the Lake District, Edinburgh vistas, night time cityscapes, sweeping seascapes, many local beauty spots with
snow scenes, valleys, mountains and waterfalls.

He said that this was a high standard competition and there were some images which he described as near misses, ones
which nearly made the grade, such as a view of Alnmouth from St Cuthbert’s Cross with its sweeping coastline; a perfectly
mirrored image in Wastwater, a Las Palmas townscape in vibrant colours; snowy Dove Crag in warm evening light; a sunset
glowing on Cullercoats arch; a minimalistic sepia toned copse of skeletal trees & a farmhouse nestled in the Yorkshire Dales.

Although, in his words, he may seem to nitpick, David judged the photographs from his own perspective and how he would
have presented them. With this in mind he went on to announce the Highly Commended entries. Derwentwater Panorama
by Stephanie Robson, which David admired for its letterbox format, light on submerged rocks, a dominant horizon, the ripple
effect on the water and for keeping all the elements to the minimum; Tre Cime di Lavaredo, by Steve McDonald, the Dolomites
in snow with light highlighting the peaks in warm orange colours against the winter landscape; Parliament Plains, Iceland by
Chris Earl which the judge was attracted to for its snow detail, sky reflected in water and which was balanced throughout and
Setting Sun on Sussex Barn by Roseanne Robinson for its quality of reflection in the water of a red brick and tiled barn in rich
tones which the judge described as very well controlled.

The judge continued with his top five selections, In Fifth place was Iceland Waterfall by Chris Earl, admired for its good skies,
no burn out in the cascade and its curved foreground adding depth to the scene, describing it as a beautiful winter landscape.
Fourth place was given to Paul Appleby, a monochromatic scene of a squall over Coquet Island, with a classic lead in of the
pier where the beacon breaks the horizon, balanced by the lighthouse on the island beneath massive ‘magnificent’ stormy
skies. Lone Tree, Malham, by Mark Harrison was given Third place which David said had a ‘sky to die for’, with blue black
clouds above, the judge was drawn to the lone, dramatic tree set amid limestone pavements in spectacular light. Second
place, Wharnley Burn Autumn Colour was also given to Mark Harrison which David praised for its strong lead in of russet
autumn leaves to an S shaped cascade; with rich greens and with the use of beautiful technique the author had captured a
starburst of sun through the leaves at the top of the cascade. The judge described Marks image as technically spot on.

                                        3rd.   2nd.
The judge went on to announce the winner of the 2018 Bates Cup Landscape Competition, as Dawn on Lagazuoi, Dolomites,
Italy, by Steve Mcdonald. An alpine chalet surrounded by banks of cloud, a very early shot captured just before sunrise with
jagged rocks emerging from low cloud giving the illusion of islands in the sea. The shape and dominance of the ski centre with
a sole light catching the eye, the exposure was described as excellent. The judge went on to say that this entry was taken by a determined and dedicated photographer, which resulted in being the epitome of landscape photography.


Club Chairman Mark Harrison thanked David for his considered opinions and kind comments, resulting in an informative and
entertaining evening at the club, after which coffee was enjoyed.