Club Night, 1st Open Pdi Competition - Tuesday 17th October 2017.

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On Tuesday 17th October 2017, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed judge Catherine Ball who provided us with the results
of this season’s First Open Projected Digital Image Competition. Catherine is a member of North Shields Photographic
Society and describes herself as an environmental lifestyle, wedding and fine art photographer.

Included in the 69 images projected were Monet type water lilies, abstract infra red tree reflections, rocks on a shoreline
in golden light, wildlife, milky waterfalls, curves & symmetry of Canary Wharf tower blocks, dark, side lit gritty portraits
of a train driver, a blacksmith, softly lit studio shots, a character with a white plaited beard, and silhouetted figures on a
beach in a sea fret.

Having a fine art degree, Catherine tends to see things in that way, looking for balance, symmetry and good diagonals.
She admired the illustrative quality of an abstract colourful evening urban street scene and a story telling sepia toned
image of a couple at a station which she described as visually inspiring. She pointed out the triangles and circle patterns
of racing bikes, the curves and shapes of the Cordoba Mosque, symmetry and angles in cathedral architecture, coloured
shells grouped to form circular patterns and the graphic simplicity of a dandelion seed head. An image of smoke patterns
which Catherine described as illusory, with an excellent use of shapes and a skeletal painterly quality, stacks of gleaming
chrome chairs which formed curves and lines had an unusual abstract quality, and a striking composition of abstract circles
formed by oil on water in blues and greens particularly impressed her.

Throughout the evening Catherine generously provided the entrants with suggestions and pointers on how to improve their
images to give them more impact, such as boosting colours, closer cropping and tips on experimenting to achieve a more
artistic result.

Catherine then proceeded to announce her four highly commended images, Ribblehead Stormy Skies by Mark Harrison,
which she admired for its good lead in lines and textures, Contemplation by Steve Mcdonald, a lone lady on rocks, for its
quiet reflective quality; Tillie by Mark Harrison, a beautiful portrait of a girl which Catherine said portrayed sensuality and
innocence and to Storm Brewing by Steve Mcdonald, a lovely landscape which evoked stillness and solitude. John Barnes
was awarded 5th place with Clennel Street, a fellside scene which Catherine said drew her in to the simple yet complex
landscape. Paul Appleby with Raindrops on Daisies was given 4th place, a flower with vibrantly coloured petals with droplets
of rain which Catherine admired for its vibrant colours, good post production and depth of field, an artistic graphic image
which, in her view would look amazing displayed on a wall in a minimalist setting.

In 3rd place was Brian Morris with Lunchtime Band, a monochrome silhouetted composition of five wooden benches two
of which had people sitting grouped together three seagulls flying above. Catherine said it was a very appealing image
with a complimentary crop and very good design. 2nd place was given to John Barnes with Minimal, a very high key image
of receding groynes, Catherine describing it as simple, with objects which had a relationship to each other and worked
very well. The winner of the 1st Open Projected Digital Image Competition was Steve McDonald with Fitzroy, a mountain
and lake landscape which Catherine admired for the mountains’ perfect mirror image in the lake, possessing an Ansel
Adams like quality she felt, describing it as a truly classic landscape.

Chairman Mark Harrison thanked Catherine for her detailed analysis of all the images and for providing advice and
suggestions, after which coffee was served.

Steph.