Each month I enter my camera clubs monthly competition, so i thought it would be good to share those images in a quick blog post.
Monochrome Print - Lining Up I entered this image as monochrome (black and white) print image, I have several different images from this location, but felt this had the best chance of scoring well. The image was inspired by Matt Hart who also has a image just like this, but with a couple kissing. I love his image, I first saw it on his Facebook page and later a huge print at The Photography Show at the NEC in March this year. We had a family trip to Chester Zoo and before coming home we went into Liverpool for a day, I'd been to Liverpool One before, but never saw this huge escalator before and I happened to come across it by chance. I probably spent 15-20 minutes there photographing different people going up and down the escalator and some teenagers racing up the stairs and escalator.
Judges comments - he had recently seen a similar image in a magazine, he liked the shapes and lines in the image, the women were well positioned and had interaction between them.
Colour Print - Billy Goat obvious title here, Billy goat, I've created this in both a pure monochrome and this version which is technically classed as a colour image because I've done a thing called split toning. This is where you take a monochrome image and colour the highlights in one colour and the shadows in another, here the highlights are in a yellow and the shadows in blue.
I took this image at White Post Farm in Nottinghamshire, removed the original background and put a textured background one in instead.
Judges comments - he liked the fact that it was a different type of animal portrait, it wouldn't be put into a nature competition due to the photoshop work. He liked the treatment and was pleased that the horns were captured in full, and thought that the crop to only include the head was the right decision, anymore of the body wouldn't add to the image.
Score - 18/20!
Monochrome Digital - City Living an architectural pattern photograph. In the past my pattern photos haven't done particularly well in club competitions, but learning from the experience I thought this one might stand a chance. It was taken in Berlin this year, this building overlooks the Holocaust memorial in the centre of Berlin.
I thought this image stood a chance because while you have the patterns of the windows, you also have the man smoking from the only open window, this breaks the pattern and provides a point of interest for your eyes to settle on. I've cropped it so the man is nicely positioned on the top right third (search rule of thirds).
Judges comments - the judge liked the patterns, the way the building is shaped with jaggered windows provides interest with the figure nicely positioned to break the pattern. The judge didn't hold this image back to see at the end, this is where they normally award the top marks, but to my surprise he did score it highly.
Colour Digital - Fields of Gold a stitched panoramic image of a field of rapeseed in Leicestershire. I spotted this on the way home from a dog portrait in Melton Mowbray. I passed it, turned around and it was conveniently placed by a layby. I like the positions of the tree running around the field. When taking a panoramic photo, make sure that you overlap each image, have your settings all on manual so each image has the same exposure, then stitch them together in Lightroom or photoshop back at the computer.
Judges comments - the judge liked the fact it was a panoramic image, there was no need to see more of the sky or the field, the point of interest is along the tree line, with the trees nicely reducing in size as they fall into the distance. The trees are also nicely spaced and the main tree on the left provides a nice focal point.
I'm delighted with the opening competition scores, I received some great comments which was really encouraging. I hope this will continue for the future competitions. I tend to consider any score over 17 to be a good image, any score over this tends to fall down to the personal taste of the judge.