• Set Subject Competition - "Film, Book or Song Title"

    This season's set subject competition certainly gave our members some great opportunities to link their pictures creatively to the titles of films, books or songs. Although only eighteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall for the occasion on Monday 24th April, they were greatly entertained with a fascinating display of prints and projected digital images, (PDIs), plus hearing helpful comments and flashes of humour from our judge for the evening, Mr Chris Hutchinson from Yately Camera Club.

    There were two possible winners in this competition, one for each format, with the Leila Johnson Trophy going to the winner of the print section and the Gateway Cup to the PDI winner.

    Through the evening twenty four prints and thirty nine digital images were displayed in turn, each with an appropriate title linked to a film, book or song. Starting with the prints, and moving on to the PDIs during the second half of the evening, Chris considered each picture carefully, drawing attention to the positive attributes and also suggesting aspects that he thought might have been improved. For example, tighter cropping around the subject of the picture, the use of vignetting to obscure distracting areas within the background and the rule of thirds with the composition of a picture.

    In addition to such helpful feedback, Chris awarded a mark out of twenty to each picture. Of the prints, no fewer than fourteen had been awarded eighteen marks or more by the end of the first half, which will gain certificates of merit for those members. The following received the maximum twenty marks:

    THE AUTUMN LEAVES (SONG) by Bob Hoare

    MR BASSMAN (SONG) also by Bob Hoare

    THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND (SONG) by Joan Taylor

    INSIDE THE ARTISTS STUDIO (BOOK) by Richard Clarke Adams

    After further consideration, Chris announced that the overall winning print would be THE AUTUMN LEAVES, making Bob Hoare the eventual recipient of the Leila Johnson Trophy.

    By the end of the second half, twelve digital images had been awarded eighteen marks or more including the following six which were given the maximum twenty marks:

    WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN COMES BOB BOB BOBBING ALONG (SONG) by John Wadd

    MISERY (FILM) by Dave Johnson

    RIDE A WHITE SWAN (SONG) also by Dave Johnson

    THE LAST LAUNCH (BOOK) by Dick Read

    LOVE IS IN THE AIR (SONG) by Margaret Cooper

    THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND (SONG) by Richard Love

    Again, after further thought, the overall winner announced by Chris was Dick Read's excellent picture of the Selsey Lifeboat's final launch from the soon-to-be-demolished lifeboat station - thus making Dick the eventual recipient of the Gateway Cup.

    The evening concluded with club president David Nicholls giving a warm vote of thanks to Chris Hutchinson, and the club chairman thanking the fifteen members whose work had contributed to a most interesting and entertaining evening.

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