Club Meeting, A4 Print Competition & Assessment - Tuesday 27th September 2016.

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On Tuesday 27th September 2016, Morpeth Camera Club held its annual A4 print competition where members
were invited to bring up to four prints to be viewed, discussed and then judged by other members on the night.
Prints were displayed on the club’s display stands and each member had the opportunity to vote for their top five
(excluding their own). Among the sixty four prints submitted were a wide variety of subjects including colourful
flora, insects and fungi, sweeping landscapes, modern architecture, portraits of children and statuary.
Judge and past Chairman of the club, Steve McDonald who presented the evening, stressed how difficult it was to
judge different subjects against each other and how important it was to be objective. The aim of the evening was
to showcase members’ recent work, to look at the elements that come together to make a good print, to enjoy
our photography and to interact and share different opinions.
While the votes were being counted, Steve invited club members to choose a print and to discuss its merits
or failings and its author was then asked to explain what treatment and techniques they used. Among those prints
selected was the Scottish Parliament building taken from an unusual viewpoint by Steve McDonald, the Louvre, Paris,
displaying graphic triangles and arches by Lionel Bryan, eye catching red tomatoes treated with Fractalius effect by
Pat Wood, a minimalist monochrome silhouette of a man with a walking cane and shopping bag by Peter Downs, an
ethereal multi layered yellow flower by Davy Bolam, sepia toned Dutch windmills with a wood effect overlay by Sue
Dawson, a moody monochrome portrait by Mark Harrison, a colourful still life of fruit by Vince Rooker and an action
packed rugby shot by Alistair Cooper. Although most of the entries were in A4 format, Steve stressed that it is worth
considering whether some subjects lend themselves more to a smaller size while others would benefit from being
converted to monochrome and by how changing the format from landscape to portrait can lead to dramatic results.
With the counting completed it was established that in Fifth place was Vince Rooker with his beautiful still life study
of fruit and Fourth place went to Steve McDonald with his high definition image of Ashness Bridge in the Lake District.
In Third place was a nest building collared dove in flight by Glyn Trueman, Second place went to Davy Bolam with Red
Flower, a graphic red flower set against a white background, and the winning picture of the night was Steve McDonald
with ‘Lac Blanc Reflections’ a beautiful mirrored image of a mountain range at sunrise.
Chairman, Glyn Trueman, thanked all members for submitting their prints, for giving interesting opinions resulting in
another great evening at the club, after which coffee was served.