Club Meeting Report, 2nd Open PDI Competition - Tuesday 11th February 2014.

On Tuesday 11th February 2014, Morpeth Camera club welcomed John Richardson from Cramlington to judge the 2nd Open Projected Digital Image competition where 26 members had submitted 78 images.

He commenced by stating that the competition was difficult to judge as the quality of images submitted was exceptional. His main criteria, with this being an open competition, was to establish the message the author wanted to convey, stressing that it was very subjective and depended upon what strikes a cord and appeals to the judge on the night. An open competition gives the author the opportunity to submit photographs which they personally like without the constraints of having to follow, for instance, a set subject or natural history competition.

John was looking for the use of movement in action shots, good lighting, contrast, definite blacks and whites, diagonals and composition.

With a wide variety of subjects, members submitted images of a shiny Harley Davidson, diagonal shapes of Amble Pier, the textures and colours of a ballroom in decay, highlights on tree bark, dew on spider’s webs, peregrine falcons in flight, smiling Balinese girls, crows in the evening skies and light trails. John discussed each image in turn giving constructive comments on how the image could be slightly improved by the use of cropping to keep the subject the main focal point of the scene.

Also submitted were lovely sunrise landscapes, pylons silhouetted against a red sunset, star trails at Wallington, abstract images of the Thames Barrier and striking images of the Red Devils and their colourful trails.

After much consideration John gave highly commended awards to Yvonne Fisher for Fern, Myra Jackson with Castle and Boat, Neil Baxter with Tulip Staircase and Winter Jay by Tony Scott.

John awarded fifth place to Jeremy Cooper for his colourful image of Rydal Water, fourth place went to Sue Dawson for her monochrome image entitled Comfort Me, Mark Harrison came third with his very colourful image, Time Travelling.
Last Leaf was awarded 2nd place for Davy Bolam and the winner of the 2nd Open PDI competition for 2014 was Davy Bolam with his stunning image of smoke trails, entitled Satanic Smoke.


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Club Chairman, Steve McDonald thanked John for taking time to judge the entries and for his very constructive comments. The raffle and coffee concluded another very inspiring evening at the club.
Stephanie Robson.