Club Meeting Report, Foreground Interest - Tuesday 11th December 2012.

On Tuesday 11th December 2012, Steve McDonald, vice chairman of Morpeth Camera Club, presented the results of the
Autumn Challenge – " Foreground Interest ".
In photography it is important to create depth in an image otherwise it will look very flat and boring. One technique that
is used to achieve this is to use a rock, tree or other object in the foreground to trick the brain into seeing depth where
there really isn’t any. Good quality of light and an interesting subject are essential ingredients so each image must have
excellent foreground and background interest to work effectively.
The challenge was to push the boundaries of landscape technique and aim for the best quality images where foreground
interest was expected to form a significant element of the composition. Members were also requested to include comments
on why they took the image, what elements of it did they think made it more effective, and what the author would have
liked to do to improve or change if they could.
Steve, who has recently been selected to be a judge for the Northern Counties Photographic Federation, offered varied
constructive comments on each image and selected five that in his opinion had best met all the requirements of the
challenge. These were, 1st - St Mary's Island in Late Autumn by John Thompson, 2nd -In the Rain at Chatsworth Woods
by Jeremy Cooper , 3rd - Stella Close Up by Mark Harrison, 4th - Dunstanburgh with Sand Castle by Sue Dibben and
in 5th - Glengarry by John Thompson. This was an interesting night with a high level of audience participation and
discussion which showed that everyone sees things differently when they are behind the camera.

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