Sepia shot steals the show at club night

Morpeth Camera Club, Amble View by Sue Dawson
Morpeth Camera Club, Amble View by Sue Dawson

Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, September, 29, Morpeth Camera Club staged its annual A4 Print Competition, an informal, fun event, with the aim of encouraging all members to display their work and to interact with views and recommendations.

A voting system was in place where members chose their five favourite images out of the 70 on display.

Presenter Steve McDonald was impressed by the standard of prints, a wide variety of subjects, including clowns, insects, containers, garden hammocks, hot air balloons, night club and street scenes, flowers, sunsets and the lunar eclipse.

He stressed how difficult it was to judge different styles against each other and how important it is to be objective and to try to establish what the author is trying to convey.

While the counting took place, Mr McDonald invited several individuals to choose a photograph, explain what caught their attention, whether it told a story, if a title would influence the success of the image and whether the use of a border, mount or enlargement would result in a more appealing image.

When counting was completed it was established that in fifth place, with 22 points, was Mike Weighall with a charming garden scene featuring a circle through which another scene was portrayed with great effect.

In fourth place was Stephanie Robson’s Mooring Reflections, a colourful scene of yachts silhouetted against blue and yellow watery reflections and an orange sunset, which encouraged discussions on saturation.

Third place was awarded to Steve McDonald with a sunset of more subtle hues and angular clouds, which led the eye into the picture and prompted discussion on the difficulty of achieving a sunset without flare.

Peter Downs was in second place, with 32 points, with a paint pot placed on a workbench with a black background creating a well-lit still life image, with an image of three park benches in monochrome, well placed to draw the eye through the picture, using infra red filters and a brush stroke application, creating a surreal effect.

In first place was a sepia toned scene of Amble Harbour, which was picked out earlier, while counting was taking place, as a favourite of Brian Morris, who thought that this image is reminiscent of an illustration in a book, has a good focal point and lead in encouraging the eye to explore its dramatic shapes and curves.

His views were obviously shared with the rest of the group as Sue Dawson was awarded first place, with 38 points, with this beautiful image.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked all members for submitting prints and contributing to interesting, informative views, resulting in another great evening at the club, after which coffee was served.