• John Sayers Landscape Cup

    Just twelve members attended this week's meeting to enjoy fifty-four fascinating landscape images submitted by ten fellow club members. A warm welcome was given to our judge for the evening, Dick Saunders from Middleton Camera club, who gave his expert opinion on each of the PDIs entered for this popular annual competition.

    Following a preview of all the images, each one was brought up on the screen for us all to see and for Dick to comment upon and give a mark out of twenty. As always, it is fascinating to view the work of fellow club photographers, and I believe we all learnt a great deal from hearing Dick's interesting and helpful feedback.

    Dick drew attention to a number of compositional factors affecting the quality of landscape pictures including the importance of the foreground, middleground and background each showing something of interest. He commended landscapes that reflected the "Rule of Thirds" and the addition of a person or something of interest within the landscape to provide a focus for the viewer. Dick also stressed the importance of "Lead-In Lines" starting from a corner of a picture and taking the viewer's eye into the picture rather than out of it. Dick also suggested cropping out areas of a picture that didn't greatly contribute to its overall quality.

    By the end of the evening, eight pictures had been awarded eighteen marks or more as follows:

    With eighteen marks, the following qualify for a bronze certificate of merit:

    STEAMING THROUGH MID HANTS by Tony Storey

    MOUNTAIN PASS and REFLECTION both by David Richardson

    POMPEY SUNSET ECLIPSE by Dick Read

    With nineteen marks, the following qualify for a silver certificate of merit:

    CANAL D’AMOUR CORFU by Margaret Cooper

    SHARD SKYLINE by Dick Read

    With twenty marks, the following qualify for a gold certificate of merit:

    BEATS BEING IN THE OFFICE by Pony Moore LRPS

    NEW YORK NEW YORK by David Richardson

    After further careful consideration, Dick announced that the overall winner, and eventual recipient of the John Sayers Landscape Cup, should be David Richardson for his stunning picture of the New York skyline photographed by him from the top of a passing cruise ship.

    The evening concluded with the Club Chairman congratulating David, our worthy winner, and on behalf of all the members, thanking Dick Saunders along with all the contributing members, for giving us such an interesting and enjoyable evening.

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  • Members’ Table Top and Outdoor Shoots

    Our members have recently had opportunities to apply their photographic skills within two very contrasting environments.

    Firstly, on the 28th October, we were greeted in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall with a vast array of random, small and medium sized objects, set out on the tops of tables arranged around the hall for us to photograph, using various lighting and magnification devices. This had all been organised and provided by committee member Dave Johnson, who is recognised by us all as the club’s past master of small-scale creative photography.

    Throughout the evening we moved around with our cameras, working experimentally with the various objects, either as we found them or rearranging them, trying different lighting effects and changing the settings on our cameras to create the most effective images. The subjects of our pictures included natural objects such as small plants, sycamore seeds, shells and feathers to small model people, marbles and even a set of kitchen knives. As we worked, Dave circulated to offer advice and to show how the objects could be manipulated in combination with different lighting effects to give some pleasing photographic results.

    One week later, on the 4th November, there was a very different photographic opportunity available for members when we met for our annual late afternoon and evening shoot, which this year was held in the city centre of Winchester. Those of us taking part arrived by car at around 3.30 pm to begin a photographic search of the area. There was certainly much to explore, starting at the bridge over the old mill stream, passing the statue of King Alfred followed by the Guildhall, then up through the pedestrianised high street to the ancient 11th century cathedral.

    This magnificent structure was certainly one of the main highlights of our visit with its stunning architecture. With very few visitors that afternoon, we were treated to some uninterrupted views up the extremely long nave, through the choir towards the highly decorated main altar. There was certainly much to photograph as we wandered around, including colourful stained glass windows, magnificent ceilings, ornate stonework and ancient statues, all showing up well with a good mix of natural and artificial lighting. There were also some good architectural shots to be taken around the outside of the cathedral with the spotlights switched on and a dark blue early evening sky overhead.

    Yet another week later, on the 11th November, we gathered once again in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall to enjoy seeing a selection of images taken by various members during the two club shoots. As will be seen in the accompanying slide show, between us all, we took an extremely varied yet interestingly satisfying set of pictures.

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