Anne’s useful advice for members

Morpeth camera club

On Tuesday, February 24, the club welcomed Anne Swearman of Whitley Bay Photographic Society to judge the club’s inaugural audio visual (AV) competition and provide feedback and encouragement to members in developing their AV skills.

Anne – who has been creating AVs since 1980 – stated that although judging them is subjective, there should be good picture quality and a variation of images. These presentations should also look to create an atmosphere.

The accompanying music is very important and it should be sympathetic to the subject.

Her other advice included that AVs should avoid overuse of transitions and when planning it out, always be aware that the subsequent image should complement the last.

First up was Glyn Trueman with Arctic Terns, set to lilting Scottish music. He included captions to inform the viewer of dimensions, habitat and lifespan, resulting in pin sharp images of terns swooping, mating, nesting and interacting with their young set against blue skies, ledges and nests.

Anne said that Glyn had succeeded in capturing the difficult contrast of black and white of the plumage and introducing movement into the piece and she appreciated the background information.

Mark Harrison continued with Cars – images of shiny American classic cars with details of headlamps, badges, gleaming grills, diagonal shots with HD effects, shiny hubcaps, interiors and exhausts all in brilliant colour.

Anne praised him for his excellent photography and colours, metallic HD effects, use of transitions and fitting music, which gave the feeling of movement and vibrancy.

Next up was Chris Hills with Fares Please. Set to amusing music, he provided a catalogue of old London buses, posters, street scenes, trams, London Transport signs, depots, advertising and fashions of the period.

Anne commented that she was impressed with the number of images included and that it was a fascinating social comment which worked well with the music.

Stephanie Robson’s More Observations followed. This lively AV had quirky images of glamour, glass, graffiti and gas guzzlers and they were fast moving in time with contemporary upbeat music depicting colourful observations.

Anne stated that it was fun, the fast pace could have been too much but the music suited the subject, it was well balanced with lovely colours and it was something different.

Mike Weighall’s ‘Nice – Cote d’Azure’ gave the audience an insight into the colourful life of the south of France. His AV included people relaxing, medieval buildings, shutters, quaint streets, shop fronts, markets, restaurant menus, modern art, cacti and colourful roof tiles.

Anne said that Mike had captured the area from his point of view using good music, captions, images in sharp focus and plenty of detail.

On the Rocks by Vince Rooker was then shown. Accompanied by soothing, classical music were photographs of rock patterns in subtle pastel pinks, greys, blues and tans, limpets, seaweed, tidal pools and compositions of coloured pebbles (pin sharp and set in glowing light).

Anne commented that the music matched the mood perfectly and she also liked the elegant type facing, subtle colours and thoughtful compilation of images.

The final one screened was Sheep by Steve McDonald. Pastoral music accompanied his images of lambs with their mothers, playing, on walls, sunning themselves in the hay, against Lakeland scenery and snow capped hills and looking inquisitively into the camera lens.

Anne enjoyed seeing the animals in beautiful landscapes, recognised the difficulty in photographing black and white animals and said he had succeeded in portraying a restful atmosphere.

She awarded a Highly Commended accolade to Mark and Chris’ presentation was third. Second went to Stephanie and the winning AV was by Vince.

Anne then treated the audience to three of her own AVs. Each presentation was very interesting and of a high-quality.