Morpeth camera club
The club welcomed Ian Woodley, a member of Whitley Bay Camera Club, to judge the Browell Trophy Competition, which comprises photographic digital images on the theme of natural history.
There were a wide variety of subjects relating to natural history, including Alaskan seals and humpback whales, golden funghi, colourful butterflies and flowers, woodland bluebells, a jay, river reflections of a heron, a powerful shot of a swan, glossy squid egg clusters, gulls, gannets, oyster catchers among seaweed, mating damselflies, a lone foxglove among industry and greater spotted woodpeckers in flight and feeding.
Ian’s criteria for a successful natural history image were, especially with birds, a good catch light in the eye together with detail in feathers and plumage, the appearance of movement, good exposure, texture, the use of an appropriate depth of field creating a background which does not detract from the subject or with a gradual fall off of focus to create a D effect, a true rendition of colour and good composition.
He awarded highly commended to Stephanie Robson for Tortoishell on Rudbeckia, Neil Baxter with Squirrel, Dave Illingworth’s Black-Headed Gull image and Davy Bolam with Robin on Hawthorn.
In fifth place was Dave Bisset with Jay, a good representation of a bird rarely seen, and Mating Damsels by Mark Harrison was fourth – Ian said it had good technical quality with a good depth of field preserved.
Davy’s Porcelain Fungus picture, awarded third, was described as well lit with details of droplets, in soft creams and beiges.
Second place was given to Mark for Common Blue, with well controlled depth of field given that the butterfly was shot at an unusual angle.
Ian awarded the first place and winner of the 2015 Browell Trophy Competition to Glyn Trueman for Shag.
He said it was a striking, bold shot which filled the frame and successfully caught wonderful eye reproduction.
Glyn, the club’s vice chairman, thanked Ian for judging the competition and his carefully considered comments and recommendations.
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