Club Report, Bates Cup Landscape Competition - Tuesday 2nd December 2014.

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On Tuesday 2nd December 2014, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed judge & member of Tynemouth Camera Club, Robin Sinton
ARPS, to judge the clubs annual Bates Cup Landscape PDI Competition. Sixty images were submitted and Robin went through
each image explaining how good cropping and the careful use depth of field can enhance landscape photography.

Although many of the photographs were "nice" and "acceptable" he was looking for that extra element which would make the
final placings. Many photographs were taken in the middle of the day so he suggested that authors return to the location at a different time of day, preferably the evening when the light is at its best and will produce the shadows and highlights needed
for a good landscape photograph.

There was a wide variety of locations chosen, snow scenes, Scottish lochs and rivers, waterfalls, misty moorlands, frosty
fields at dawn, glowing heather, white sands at Budle Bay, coastal graveyards, churches, castles and urban landscapes.

After much consideration Robin selected his top five images as follows -

1. End of the Pier by John Barnes.
2. Looking Towards Simonside by Steve Mcdonald.
3. Electric Wind by Chris Randall.
4. Under Saltburn Pier by Mark Harrison.
5. Farmhouse, the Lakes by Brian Morris.

Robin also awarded Highly Commended to the following four images -

The Church at Underbarrow by Brian Morris.
Lakeland View by Brian Morris.
Tommasson Force by Mark Harrison.
Iron Gate Gorge by Sue Dawson.

Vice Chairman, Glyn Trueman thanked Robin for taking the time to judge so many photographs and for giving his views and comments before members retired for coffee and much discussion about the evening.