Club Meeting Report, 1st Open Pdi Competition Results - Tuesday 9th February 2016.

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Throughout the season, Morpeth Camera Club hold a series of competitions for members to enter their photographic
images and receive feedback and constructive critique from a recognised judge. On Tuesday 9th February 2016, Dave
Richardson, APAGB, a member of Ryton Camera Club, was invited and he accepted the challenge to judge the 1st Open
PDI Competition.

Dave, who has been a member of his club for 30 years, stated that it was a privilege to view the images and that he
looks forward to judging an open competition as it is always exciting to see what is included in the selection, but that
it is also very challenging with such a wide variety of subjects.

This was evident on the night as well caught action shots of racing cyclists and runners, a silhouetted busker in a park,
old Tanfield trains with billowing steam, a distant house on wild moorland evoking space and solitude, a colourful hen
with chicks, bright blue shirts blowing on a washing line against bright orange walls and rally cross drivers creating
massive dust clouds, had all been captured.

Colourful Oxborough Castle sharply reflected in its moat, a dramatic, shimmering back lit image of daffodils, shore
erosion patterns on Amble beach, a detailed Passion Flower in green and purple with white tendrils and a stunning
group of snowdrops glistening with raindrops were included in the eighty one entries. During the evening, Dave gave
helpful suggestions regarding successful cropping, especially with foregrounds and commented that a letterbox format
could often enhance a landscape, but at the end of the day it was the author’s choice.

An atmospheric pastel shot of a French country house followed, colourful fishermen, copper pans, greasy oil cans on a
window ledge & grotesque Icelandic Trolls. The judge admired the quality and tone of Derwentwater jetty, the variation
of light falling on a white sunlit flower and a lake house shot in early morning mist amidst frosty trees. He appreciated
an inventive shattered backlit window creating patterns in blue and yellow, an artistic window display of a mannequin
in variations of pink, a charming portrait of a boy with golden curls, a pastel toned straw sunhat, a stark Icelandic
waterside village and a Lowryesque scene of walkers in sea fret.

In each pdi competition, four images are given a Highly Commended Award and Dave announced his selections as -

' Watching You ' by Pat Wood, a beautiful study of a barn owl;
' Last Light ' by Steve McDonald, the final glow of sun setting over mountains;
' Barn Owl Taking Off ' by Myra Jackson, a graceful image of an owl flying off;
' Grebes at Sunset ' by Stephanie Robson, a stunning red sun reflected in water with silhouetted grebes in the foreground.

The judge then selected the following as his top five images -

5th - ' Montbretia in Ice ' by Davy Bolam, a delicate icy shot of frozen Montbretia in sharp textured detail.
4th - ' How the Other Half Lives ' by Steve Mcdonald, a colourful image of millionaires yachts contrasting with simple
        street life in Venice;
3rd - ' Long Eared Owl ' by Elaine Illingworth, a beautifully detailed image of an owl set against camouflaging tree bark;
2nd - ' In the Maelstrom ' by Davy Bolam, water recorded with movement, an abstract depiction which the judge said had
        simple beauty & great appeal.
1st -' Majesty ' by Gordon Hine, Dave explained that the image expressed grandeur and authority, he especially admired
        the fur detail and the wetness and light reflected in the eyes.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Dave for the time and effort spent in the judging and the generous advice given
throughout, after which coffee and tea were enjoyed.