Monochrome image wins contest

Morpeth Camera Club' Ian Cadwallander's  The Beauty of Time
Morpeth Camera Club' Ian Cadwallander's The Beauty of Time
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Members were very happy to welcome experienced photographer Gerald Chamberlain to judge the First Open Photographic Digital Image Competition.

This is an open competition and it provides club members with an opportunity to submit images without the constraints of rules that apply in set subject competitions – giving authors free rein to showcase their own style and preferences.

Gerald was impressed at the wide range of photographs submitted, including life studies, river scenes, ships on the Tyne, birdlife, wind blown sand dunes, abstract vibrant Mondrian-style interiors, onion-domed churches, impressionist water reflections, Autumn landscapes, grainy sculptures, ploughmen at work and studies of children in both colour and monochrome.

The Angel of the North featured well, at sunset and in abstract form.

Throughout his commentary, Gerald praised the unusual filter effects, excellent use of colour, sharp detail and good balance, but stressed the importance of a focal point and adding a figure to add perspective. He also gave some useful technical advice, such as how to carry out good cropping to avoid distracting white areas and with the use of vignettes, a subject can be contained more successfully within the scene.

He Highly Commended Midnight on Holy Island and Angel by Steve McDonald, Hauxley at Sunset by Mark Harrison and Whirling Wire Wool by Davy Bolam.

Glyn Truman was awarded fifth place for his Big Foot image, 1959 Chrysler by Ian Cadwallender came fourth and third went to Above the Snow by Brian Morris.

Ian was also second in the competition with The Beauty of Time and Paul Saint was the winner. His successful monochrome image was entitled You’re Looking for Who.

Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Gerald for his comments and advice, which concluded a very interesting session at the club.

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