The print competitions for Club and Intermediate got of to a great start last night, with some first rate images and with Sue Sibley as our excellent judge. Sue is an enthusiastic photographer, holding her ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP and BPE2* and is a member of both Southampton Camera Club (where she was President for two years) and New Forest Camera Club, as well as now chairing the Southampton International Exhibition. She’s a very encouraging judge, responding positively to the strengths in images as well as pointing out how they might be improved. Sue has the sharpest of eyes too, spotting the elephant’s bottom just in the bottom right of an image for instance! There were quite a few instances of poor cropping where critical parts of images had been missed – feet chopped off, a wave clipped or boat masts cut short, and while judges disregard the projected images, the audience could see that those important elements were in the original pictures. Perhaps these were due to putting prints into slightly mismatched mounts, but the need to check the edges of images was was quite theme last night, not just for cropping but also for bright spots.
Sue said she was feeling rather generous and with five prints scoring 10 in Club and seven in Intermediate the top scoring gallery below is rather larger than usual! Special mention to Sarah Nichol for her three 10s, which included the very lovely elephant study Sue had spotted that tail in!
We’ll be seeing Sue again in February when she will be presenting her Journey so Far.