Club favourite Gerald Chamberlin EFIAP DPAGB of Morton Photographic Society was our zoom judge for this year’s Panel competition, held on Wednesday 9th March.
Members had clearly taken on board all the recent advice offered on how to build a successful panel and we saw well balanced images, with matching tones and saturation, which told strong stories in creative ways.
I’ll start this week with advanced colour, where the top spot was shared between Bill Pickard with ‘Dancing on water’ and Gordon Mills with ‘Brown Pelican’. Both superb panels and well deserved winners. Second place went to Dave Nelson with ‘Ready Steady Go’ and third place was shared between Maureen Smith with ‘Sunrise on Meathop Moss’ and Jo Knight with ‘A Disabled Experience’.
In the Club colour section, first place was shared between Peter Kennedy with ‘Sunflowers’ and Bill Lowis with ‘Who ate all the seeds’ – well done both! Second place was awarded to Kim Rigg with ‘Mary’s Shell’ and third place to Suzy Braye with ‘Swaledale Barn’.
After a half time brew we resumed with Club monochrome, where big congratulations went to Suzy Braye with ‘Old Gang Smelting Mill’. No second place was awarded, but 18 points went to Kim Rigg with ‘Splash’.
Last but not least, we ended with Advanced mono where Bill Pickard scooped his second 20 points of the night with his panel ‘Shades of Blackpool’. Second place was awarded to Maureen Smith with ‘Storm’ and third place went to Jeff Bagnall with ‘Getting ready to play’.
Our thanks to Gerald for his careful consideration and constructive critique of our images 😊. This Wednesday prepare to get wet with our competition on the theme of ‘Water’. Look forward to seeing members and guests (click here to attend as a guest) at 7.30pm, either on Zoom or at Castle Street Community Centre.
I am delighted to announce that, this week, two of our members achieved their first photographic distinction. Maureen Smith and Russell Millner have been working hard for some months and both have been awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS).
The LRPS is available to members of the RPS and involves producing a panel of 10 images as either prints, PDIs or a book. To be successful at LRPS, applicants must show variety in approach and technique, but not necessarily in subject matter, evidence of creative ability and a high technical standard, together with a comprehensive knowledge and ability in photography. A successful submission should show:
Good camera work and technical quality
Clear communication through the image
A balanced and cohesive panel which has a strong overall impression
The RPS offers help and guidance with distinction applications in the form of Assessment and Advisory days, which photographers thinking of applying for a distinction can attend (currently being held online) to receive constructive critique and feedback regarding their proposed panel, and/or one to one advice via Zoom. There is a fee to apply for an RPS distinction and award holders must remain a member of the RPS in order to use RPS letters after their name.
During the pandemic the distinction awards have been taking place online and neither Russell nor Maureen knew the other was applying for the LRPS until Russell spotted Maureen on his Zoom screen! Distinctions take a lot of work and effort, so well deserved congratulations to both Maureen and Russell from all at the Club!
Our annual Panel competition took place on Wednesday 10th March, judged by Gerald Chamberlain EFIAP DPAGB of Morton Photographic Society. Gerald is a very experienced judge and we’d like thank him for his helpful and thoughtful critique and feedback on a diverse mix of styles and genres. Although it’s been rubbish not to be able to meet in person this season due to Covid, Zoom was a positive bonus on this particular Club night as the wind raged and the rain lashed down. I think everyone was grateful they didn’t have to venture outside!
Our panels consisted of 3 images which may be quite ordinary when viewed individually, but when viewed together had strong visual impact.
Top tips for creating a winning panel include:
Being well balanced – no image dominates.
Of a consistent subject/theme, but not just 3 shots taken with the motor-drive!
Of close and matching mood, tonal range, colour saturation, sharpness or softness, contrast etc. Colours should be similar or match well in the overall panel.
Any objects with “direction” e.g. a flying bird or leaning post, should “point into” and not “out of” the panel.
Entries were divided into two sections, colour and monochrome, though we didn’t differentiate between Club and Advanced members.
We started with the colour section, where Maureen Smith was awarded third place with ‘Late Autumn At Buttermere’. Second place went to Jo Knight with ‘Turning The Tables’ and well done to our deserved winner Seamus Bryans with his stunning & beautifully lit ‘Super Hero’.
Third place in the mono section was awarded to Simon Raven with ‘Cobbles’. Second place went to Seamus Bryans with ‘A Nostalgic Day Out’ and big congratulations to our winner Gavin Lowe with his striking & unusual ‘Up And Down’.
Thanks and a round of applause to Jeff, who had the daunting task of running his very first Zoom club meeting which was no easy task due to the weather affecting wifi and a complicated competition! Next week is our last Club competition of this season on the theme of Macro – hope to see you all there.