Wildlife in the frame for club competition

Female Stonechat by Mark Harrison.
Female Stonechat by Mark Harrison.

Morpeth Camera Club

Malcolm Kus visited Morpeth Camera Club to announce his results of the Browell Trophy Natural History competition.

Malcolm spent 26 years as a member of Cannock Camera Club, 16 as chairman. Since 1989 he has travelled all over the country to judge competitions, moving to Northumberland in 2008, where he is a member of Alnwick and District Camera Club.

His main aim is to encourage photographers to enjoy their hobby and take pictures for themselves, not for a judge.

In this competition members were invited to enter up to three digital images of subjects in a wild or natural setting, not including pets, farm animals or captive animals.

Among the 32 images submitted were English bluebells, red squirrels and an emerging locust.

Malcolm stressed that when photographing woodland scenes it is important to “garden” — to get rid of extraneous objects which could detract from the subject.

Providing helpful tips along the way, next came thrift among wet rocks, a bright green lizard and a yellow and red daisy with beetles. A variety of butterflies and birds were included. Malcolm was particularly impressed by the feather detail and distinctive eye light achieved.

He said the standard of photography was so high that he had difficulty in whittling down the final nine.

Highly commended awards went to Glyn Trueman with Arctic Tern With Fish, Where am I going by Alan Harle, and two to Stephanie Robson for Flamingos and Fledgling.

Fifth place was given to Pat Wood for Male Chaffinch, in fourth was Barn Owl Flying by Myra Jackson, third went to Karin Jackson for Broad Bodied Chaser, and second place was given to Mark Harrison for Female Stonechat, which Malcolm admired for its excellent control of depth of field.

The winner was Vince Rooker for Hind, chosen for the sharpness and detail in the coat and eyes.

Malcolm showcased some of his own recent work, with three studies of an abandoned boat on Holy Island.

Together with humorous anecdotes of his travels, Malcolm displayed a trio of images of a multi coloured glass hotel ceiling, striking monochrome sand patterns, and still life flower studies.

A visit to Herculaneum illustrated temple paintings and an excavated boat shed with human remains. There was an atmospheric shot of St Mark’s Square and vibrant photographs of Murano and Burano houses on the waterfront.

Malcolm was thanked by Club Chairman Glyn Trueman, for his useful observations, highlighting good points and providing tips on improving others. He was thanked for his own contribution and interaction with the audience, which resulted in a truly entertaining evening.