Club Meeting Report, Bates Cup Results - Tuesday 5th November 2013.

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On Tuesday 5th November 2013, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Jim Welsh LRPS, CPAGB, of Blyth Camera Club,
to judge the Bates Cup, a projected digital image Landscape Competition which comprised of fifty seven entries submitted
by nineteen club members.
A wide variety of scenes included reflections on water, billowing moody cloud formations, sweeping fields of corn, poppies
and lavender, misty sunrises through forests, sunlight on trees, hoare frost on hills, winter landscapes, stormy seas & the
golden glow of sunsets. These images had been presented in monochrome, colour or sepia tones to bring out the respective highlights or convey a mood to the viewer.
Jim, a well known photographer and judge in the area can always be relied upon to give a humorous, fair and constructive
critique of photographs submitted and he enjoyed friendly banter from the audience in return. Whilst commenting on each
entry he stressed the importance of finding the correct exposure, the dangers of over saturation & choosing a good angle
of view. He suggested several ways of improving technique including creating a focal point so that the eye naturally flows
through the image and choosing a time of day when shadows and light can add additional depth and contrast to a scene.
After serious consideration Jim announced his top five selection as follows -

1st. Winter by John Thompson.
2nd. Lindisfarne Light by John Thompson.
3rd. Budle Bay by John Thompson.
4th. In Flanders Field by Myra Jackson.
5th. Tynemouth Rock Mist by Mark Harrison.

and awarded Highly Commended to the following images-

H/C. Clinging to Life by Ian Cadwallender,
H/C. Baltic Reflection by Ian Cadwallender;
H/C. Winter Fence, Coquetdale by Davy Bolam,
H/C. View from Sigiriya by Chris Earl.

Club Chairman Steve Mcdonald then thanked Jim for judging the competition, the raffle and coffee then concluded another interesting night at the club where everyone had been able to see and enjoy other members work.