Club Meeting Report, 1st Open PDI Results - Tuesday 29th October 2013.

On Tuesday 29th October, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed David Richardson from Ryton Camera Club to judge the first Open Projected Digital Image Competition.
Twenty seven members had entered eighty one images covering a very wide variety of subjects and David opened the evening by commenting that due to the high standard of work submitted it had been a difficult task to select the award winners.

Being an Open competition, members were able to use their imagination without the restraints of a set subject to consider. Asian street scenes, tribal ladies, pets, colourful floats in a parade, a still life study of feathers, a misty Cragside pond, car light trails, boats on the Tyne, abandoned mines in the Lake District, views of Ketchigan, Alaska, classic cars, a war cemetery in evening light and colours of the fairground were among some of the varied images judged on the night.

The use of people set in unusual situations appeared to be a popular theme in this competition, walking through fields, fishing, on the beach, spectators at sporting events and street scenes.

Throughout the evening David stressed the importance of good placement of objects and people in a scene, good framing of a subject, setting the scene with appropriate backgrounds and the use of diagonals, tone and textures.

After much consideration David gave a Highly Commended award to four images:

"A Special Place" by Jeremy Cooper, "Bamburgh & Herb Robert" by John Thompson,"Long Necked Child" by David Ranson, "Dancing on Air" by John Thompson.
David then announced his top five images,selecting in 5th place "Hungry Lady" by Glyn Trueman - an image of a ladle with a smoke trail raising from it in the shape of a mysterious lady."Cascade" - a beautiful monochrome image of a waterfall using a slow shutter speed - that gained new member Ben Wade 4th place.

"Eat my Dust", an action shot of two motorcycle sidecar scramblers racing saw Davy Bolam take 3rd place, while Dave Bisset was awarded 2nd place for "Twins", an imaginative shot of Sean Henry's offshore sculpture "Couple" at Newbiggin.

This left one image and the winner was "Blyth in a Bottle" - a very interesting depiction of the beach huts at Blyth by John Thompson.

Club Chairman, Steve McDonald thanked David for judging the competition and for his constructive comments and advice, the raffle and coffee concluded another interesting club meeting.

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