Club Meeting, Browell Trophy Natural History Competition - Tuesday 21st March 2017.

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On Tuesday 21st March 2017, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed David Ord from Ryton Camera Club to give his comments
and select the award winners in this years Browell Trophy Natural History PDI competition. Members had submitted a
maximum of three digital images in colour and / or monochrome on the subject of natural history, the only criteria being
that images should not be of pets, farm animals, or captive animals including zoos and wildlife parks. David, who is not
only a judge but Competition Secretary for Ryton is well versed in what makes a good Natural History photograph. He
said the most important requirement is that it should be pin sharp in the right areas. He added that it was not his job to
pull entries to bits but to highlight strengths and to suggest how improvements can be made.

Among the images entered were a variety of colourful butterflies resting on white and purple buddleia, a baby elephant
protected by the herd, a pair of resting cheetahs, a brown hawker dragonfly, a nuthatch feeding and grey & red squirrels.
An exotic Giant Wood spider in dramatic black and red, a pied avocet wading on salt pans and an orange-eyed lemur
followed. Throughout the evening, David gave tips on ISO settings and shutter speeds to avoid softness, cropping and
composition to contain or give space to the subject, and added that while he appreciated that photographing insects was
a challenge, he reiterated that it was important to remember that sharp focus on eyes and antenna was paramount. The
evening continued with images of a delicate red damsel fly, black wildebeest dramatically stampeding through dust, a
beautiful leopard gazing into the camera, a vibrant lime green shield bug, otters surfacing among air bubbles & ripples,
mating gannets, slip streaming puffins, teasels and colourful wild flowers.

David then went on to comment on the Highly Commended photographs, a simple but detailed Common Seal by Glyn
Trueman, a well exposed Newly Emerged Burnett Moths also by Glyn, Cormorant Watching by Davy Bolam for its
good feather detail and oily sheen and Toad Stools, Gummer How by Brian Morris, which David said were perfectly
focussed and composed.

Fifth place was awarded to Davy Bolam for Female Pheasant in Habitat, for its fine brown and grey feather detail
which David described as a very good natural history photograph; Fourth place went to Zebras All In A Line by Myra
Jackson
, that David considered to be the best Safari photograph of the evening, describing it as outstanding, with five
zebras perfectly reflected in water. David stated he had problems when it came to placing the final three images as they
were all of such high quality, finally deciding that in Third place would be Guillemot Resting by Davy Bolam which had
sharpness, detail, was taken in good light and had great definition. He awarded Second place to George Sudlow for
King of the River
, a very difficult bird to photograph this image of a beautiful kingfisher which David described as perfect,
situated on the thirds, and had lovely feather, eye and beak detail. David then declared The winner of this years Browell
Trophy Natural History PDI competition which was
Breakfast by George Sudlow. He said that the image jumped out
at him, with perfect lighting and timing, great fur detail, the hare, taken in its own environment of long grass and meadow
flowers, adding that George had caught the moment perfectly to produce this absolutely charming image.

Chairman, Glyn Trueman, thanked David for his constructive comments, for pointing out strengths and also for his
suggestions of improvement, after which coffee was served.

Steph.