The results of the fifth monthly competition were announced at the meeting of Fraserburgh Photographic Society on March 5.
The judge was Guy Phillips, a member of Helensburgh Photographic Club.
Some of Guy’s images can be found online at www.ephotozine.com/user/phillips-39699
In his comments on the images submitted into the competition Guy picked up on several themes.
One was about achieving critical sharpness in an image. He said it was important to avoid camera shake by ensuring the shutter speed is matched to the focal length of the lens.
Guy also advised using clamps and wind breaks to stop the movement of the subject when taking flowers pictures. In action shots there had to be a balance between sharpness and showing movement with blur but, he felt, that even then there should be some part of the image that is perfectly sharp.
Guy also gave advice about exposure. He thought that many images were not correctly exposed and said that too much reliance had been made on the camera’s metering system in ‘evaluative’ mode. He suggested that several different shots are taken using different exposures to make sure there is a good one to work on.
Guy’s second point was that an image should be, in his word ‘pictorial’, a word he used frequently in his critique of the 39 images submitted into the competition.
By this he meant it should not merely show a record of the subject. He wanted to see more. Sometimes this was showing the subject from a different angle, others he wanted to see it in the context of a wider view, he wanted to see an ‘extra dimension’. Other judges have described the quality as ‘telling a story’.
Third place went to ‘Lonely Tree and the Sky’ by Iam Maben.
The tree is a great find by the photographer, it is crying out to be photographed. The yellows of the foreground set it off well and work well with the deep blue sky.
In second place was Stuart Fenty’s ‘Crested Tit’.
The judge said this had obviously been taken by someone who knows about bird photography. Having the bird side on means that it is sharp from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail. The eye is sharp and has a good highlight. There is good feather detail and the background of defused and pleasant greens sets the bird off nicely.
The first placed image was ‘Train Journey’ by Scott Fraser.
Guy said that on his initial run through of the images in the competition this one stood out as ‘quality’. He knew it had been taken with a 50mm prime lens.
Guy commented: “The skin tones are excellent, the look in the face of a dreamy expression and the quality of the face and the bitingly sharp eyes made this image highly commendable indeed.”
All the images entered into the competition can be seen on the Fraserburgh Photographic Society website at http://fraserburghps.weebly.com/
The next meeting on March 12 is a show by Jim Grey. On the March 19 the results of the themed competition ‘Natural Patterns’ will be revealed.