At a recent meeting of the Fraserburgh Photographic Society saw members receive the results of the first print competition.
There were 32 entries in total, with the judge being James Smith.
James is a pharmacist at Summers Pharmacy, Broad Street, but he is also a photographer and graphic designer.
James takes pictures at the Oscars in Hollywood as an official photographer, has designed graphics for Union Square in Aberdeen and for local firms, and undertakes a wide variety of other photographic work. His work can be seen at www.factoryphoto.co.uk.
James described himself as an ‘assessor’ rather than a ‘judge’, hoping that members would find his comment useful, although he did stress that they were his personal opinion and that people were quite free to hold a different view. He had approached his task by looking at four aspects of photography:
Aim – did the photograph fulfil the promise of the title?
Technical – was the photograph in focus, well exposed and expertly manipulated where appropriate?
Composition - was the image pleasing to the eye, was it free from distractions.
Creativity – How much thought had been put into the framing and production of the image, getting a different angle, and how much effort had been put into achieving it?
The top three prints were as follows:
First - ‘Suzhou Gardens’ by Jim Gray;
Second – ‘Skylight’ by Norman Robertson;
Third – ‘Lest We Forget’ by Brian Sandison.
The next meeting of the group, tonight, will be a digital imaging tutorial led by Paul Woodburn, focusing on the techniques of ‘sharpening’ and ‘layers’.