Club Night, 2nd Open Pdi Competition - Tuesday 13th February 2018.

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On Tuesday 13th February, Morpeth Camera Club were pleased to welcome, Jim Welsh, LRPS, CPAGB, APAGB,
a member of Blyth Photographic Society, who came to judge the club’s 2nd Open Pdi (Projected Digital Image)
competition, entries having been in Jim’s possession for several weeks to consider.

Jim opened by saying that he had enjoyed viewing the sixty six entries, adding that he was looking for balance
in the images and although it didn’t always apply, the rule of thirds usually resulted in a more appealing picture.
An open competition gives the photographer freedom to express their personal interests, an opportunity to pull
something unexpected out of the hat, resulting in an eclectic and exciting mix of subject matter. The evening
opened with a glowing savannah sunrise with a silhouetted acacia tree perfectly place on the third and another
of a steam train in black and red which Jim said evoked memories of his childhood. An old and rusting tractor
set in overgrown vegetation, night loading at Blyth with spotlights reflected in the river, abstract floral patterns
in reds, greens, and yellows, sparkling blue and pink facets on crystal fish and a dramatic shot of an Arctic Tern
flying directly towards the camera lens followed.

Symmetrical arched roofs in the Edinburgh National History museum with seemingly miniaturised people dotted
throughout, open mouthed hippos playing, stunning birds of prey, colourfully dressed African children, a study of
a lime with sharp detail in rind and segments, a red umbrella through a rain spotted window, an eerie concoction
of a ladies face and hands and butterflies nestled in fishing nets, geometric patterns in abstract cityscapes and a
sepia toned scene of Woodhorn reflected in a miner’s lamp, were also included.

Following on, grey and blue plumage of a jay which contrasted with its surroundings of autumnal hues, slag and
detritus embedded in orange toned rocks at Lynemouth beach, shimmering water droplets from the tail of a diving
whale, a 360 degree shot of Byker wall resembling a wheel, colourful punks in studded jackets and a stunning shot
of Hạ Long Bay, in north east Vietnam, with red sailed junks in emerald waters surrounded by towering limestone
islands topped by rainforests.

Body Sculpture, an almost monochromatic angular life study of a girl, irridescent backlit golden flowers and the
warp and weft detail of hands on a loom were all included in the wide variety of images presented on the night.
Jim enjoyed the story telling quality of the images & throughout the evening he suggested cropping alternatives
adding words of caution concerning manipulation techniques.

Highly commended awards went to Steve McDonald for Ground Effect, an approaching orange eyed owl in flight;
Nuthatch by Mark Harrison, which Jim admired for the subtle blue and peach tones of its plumage; The Fly By by
Brian Morris, geese in flight with a backdrop of gradated grey hills and Puzzling Staircase by Glyn Trueman, a
symmetrical abstract in soft greys and strong blues.

Jim awarded fifth place to Steve McDonald for Sycamore Gap, an alternate view in sepia tones with a light covering
of snow which he said gave texture and character to the scene; fourth place went to Alan Barker with Private Fishing,
a reflected heron next to the warning sign; in third place was Peter Hetherington with Winter Wonderland, a snow
scene with diagonal fencing leading up to a copse on the horizon which Jim said conjured up the sensation of a cold
winter's day; Mark Harrison’s 7 Sisters, Copt hill Sunset came second, sunset glowing through trees, Jim saying that
the whole picture shone and almost jumped off the screen, describing it as a first class landscape shot. And finally,
the winner of the club’s 2nd Open PDI competition for 2018 was Pat Wood with Bowing in the Breeze, a group of
‘Fractalius filter' flower heads which Jim enjoyed for its beautifully lit textures of purples and greens.

Jim provided considered appraisal throughout punctuated with humorous anecdotes resulting in an informative and
entertaining evening at the club. Chairman Mark Harrison thanked Jim for his comments and recommendations after
which coffee was enjoyed.