Linda Thackeray writes:
On Friday 4th December David Silk, from AG Mono and Isle of Thanet Camera Club, was our judge for the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition and Chris Rogers, taking the evening in the absence of our Chairman, banged the gavel precisely on time to start the evening. David, a member of the RPS for 40 years has been judging now for ten to fifteen years and informed us that he had taken a great deal of time looking at the PDI's, (of which there were over 70), to the extent of downloading them into his Dropbox so he could examine them in detail. He had much to say on each image, was impressed with the overall quality of the club's efforts and remarked on the outstanding quality of some of the prints on show. He came across as very professional, articulate and knowledgeable. David professed to a liking for the more natural image; he did not enjoy the HDR effect so much and thought some of them were 'overcooked'. He did mention a couple of times how envious he was that he had not been able to photograph in a few of the locations depicted, which covered The Grand Canyon, China, Finland, The Lake District and Australia to name a few.
In some of the images, although David liked them, he had a notion that he wanted to move boulders, stones, even a seagull, to a different location in the shot - he thought that it would have improved the image. David also mentioned that, had points been available, an extra half mark would have been given to all of the early sunrise shots as he personally admired the photographers for getting out of bed so early!
Throughout the evening, there was much laughter, brought about mostly by David's friendly sense of humour. The atmosphere was relaxed and very friendly.
Chris had to chivvy him along though as there were so many photographs to get through, so his comments then had to become succinct, but were always to the point.
1st Anthony Wright with Calmed
2nd Chris Shore with Bottalack Relics
3rd Anthony Wright with The Loch.
1st Chris Yates with Pulpit Rock Portland Bill
2nd Chris Yates with Royal Military Canal
3rd Gordon Chapman with Evening in Alesund.
The overall winner of the trophy was Anthony Wright with Calmed, a pin sharp scenic lake shot.
1st Pulpit Rock Portland Bill by Chris Yates
2nd Royal Military Canal by Chris Yates
3rd Evening in Alesund by Gordon Chapman
The winner of the 2nd Small Prints Competition was Dominique Huxley with Peregrin, 2nd was Fiona Beadle with Retriever in the Woods, and 3rd Christine Marshall with Giraffes.
Next Friday, 11th December, we have Steve Carroll judging our third PDI Competition. And then on 18th December, our last before the Christmas break, members will be able to relax – once the quiz is over – and enjoy an amazing variety of Christmas nibbles. We return to the club on 8th January 2016.