Morpeth camera club
On November 18, the club welcomed Ivor Robinson, former President of the Hartlepool Photographic and Digital Group, to judge its first Open Print Competition of the season.
As usual, there was a varied selection of subjects in both the monochrome and colour sections of the competition, including a detailed marble statue, minimalist street furniture, a street scene with a touch of infrared, Raby Castle against billowing clouds, glistening roof tiles, textured rocky landscapes, a high key glamour portrait and atmospheric remembrance poppies.
Mr Robinson gave constructive comments on positioning, good presentation and cropping. In the mono section, he was looking for crisp images with detail and contrast, with a full range of tones.
With these criteria taken into consideration, he awarded highly commended positions for Scullery Maid and Station Master by Elaine Illingworth, Strength in Depth by Davy Bolam and Touching Silver by Dave Illingworth.
Fifth place was awarded to Paul Saint with Paris Reflection, John Barnes’ End of the Pier image was fourth and third went to Lacemaker by Vince Rooker.
Glyn Trueman received the first and second placings with Thank You for Visiting and Engrossed respectively.
The colour section of the competition also included a high key image of a surfer on the beach, a contra-jure image of woodland, a brightly lit mobile rock cafe, a beached wreck in the mist, colourful street performers, boat racers on the Tyne, a detailed still life image of cheese and wine, birdlife, glowing sunsets, the Winter Palace in sunlight, wild water rafters, quirky chimney pots, abstract flowers, light through a stained glass window, autumn leaves and moving night time traffic.
Mr Robinson was looking for crisp, colourful, detailed images and he awarded highly commended positions to Lionel Bryan for Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Cafe Rock by Dave Illingworth and Where Did You Get That Hat by Steve McDonald.
Davy Bolam’s Autumn Leaves Impression was the fifth placed picture and Elaine Illingworth was both third and fourth with Keeping Score and Working Light.
Second went to After the Rain by Chris Randall and the winner of the colour section was Ian Cadwallender with Last Post.
Mr Robinson was thanked for judging the 90 images, commenting on each one and generously giving helpful advice interspersed with his own humorous anecdotes throughout the evening.
Morpeth Camera Club meets in Morpeth Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings between September and May.
Visitors and prospective members are welcome to come along to up to three meetings with no obligation to join for a small cover charge of £2 for each visit – this includes tea or coffee and biscuits.
For more information about the club, including its activities and membership details, and the gallery of members’ photographs, visit www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk