Competition with Chapel Camera Club

On Tuesday 23 February we welcomed members of Chapel Club to Poynton for a Print and DPI battle. Our Judge was Graham Shaw, a member of Sale Photography Club, who informed us that Landscape photography had been an early passion of his. He noted that with only 40 images to consider he could spend more time than usual on each image. This gave us a better than usual insight into a judge’s thinking. Inevitably, faced with an array of good images, a judge is led to comment on the small aspects of an image which detract, in the judge’s view, from perfection. Was the girl in the picture a real girl, or a mannequin? Would the image of the bridge, extending in an arc into the distance, have been improved with a lorry in the foreground? Does the man in another image look too dis-interested? Did the landscape image appear a bit too flat and monotone? It was revealing that images that have done well in other competitions, became average in this one – giving hope to us all!

The Chapel President proposed the vote of thanks. He was always keen to discover how a judge’s mind worked – it was a shame that this was always a retrospective discovery. Nevertheless, it had been a good competition, with Chapel winning for a change. He made the confession that the “Tree Godess” image which had received high praise from the judge was really two separate images! He only hoped their good luck held as they attempted to get home to Buxton in the snow.

Bill Chadband