Morpeth Camera Club
On November 25, vice chairman Glyn Trueman presented the results of his Autumn Challenge, which was called Autumn Colour, Woodland and Forest.
The objectives of these challenges are to encourage members to develop and diversify their photographic skills and improve their techniques.
They are useful for those who want to push themselves and they enable members to receive some informal feedback on their photography.
The subject could include various sizes, shapes and conditions of trees and roots, showing interplay with light and shade provided by plants, animals and paths and other structures and focusing on a particular feature in a woodland or forest to capture a dramatic, interesting and attractive image.
Seventeen members submitted 71 images in total and each one was screened. The author was asked to explain to the audience why they took the image, any manipulation that was undertaken and what, in their opinion, could be changed to improve the image.
A member in the audience, then a club judge were each invited to give their views about each image, explaining the benefits of cropping, the use of a polarizing filter, getting down to a lower angle of view and advising the use of flash to illuminate shadows.
The autumnal-themed photographs on display included fallen leaves in water, glowing backlit autumn leaves, horse chestnuts, golden beech leaves, the vibrant reds, golds, and browns of Virginia creeper showing texture and veins, zoom burst images of green and gold beech trees, boughs of russet leaves reflected in water, orange and red leaves of the acer contrasting with evergreens and sparkling dewy spiders webs.
In addition, there were groups of golden fungi mixed with red berries and moss, a leaf abstract image in gold and black highlighting the detailed structure, light beams through woodland, thorny sweet chestnuts, an amazing variety of fungi, bronze and russet woodland floors, tree fungi contrasting with blue lichen and moss and a dew drop on a golden leaf.
The aim was to produce well-composed images that ideally had some original creative elements, giving them interest and impact. With this in mind, Mr Trueman awarded Best Collection of Images to Peter Downs and Pat Wood, Sue Dawson, Paul Saint and Mark Harrison and the Most Creative Images accolade went to Davy Bolam.
There were three images which were of special interest and led to considerable discussion – Pixie High Rise by Roseanne Robinson, White Fungi by Jeremy Cooper and Leaf Trails in Water by Davy Bolam.
Chairman Steve McDonald thanked the vice chairman for his hard work in organising the challenge and the members who had responded, as they provided the club with such an interesting evening.