After September there is only two months of the year left to submit photos for judging at the Bloemfontein Camera club. In October our club has a AV evening where the members can submit a AV/slide show of photos with music and it is shown to all the attendees. No images will be judged – just a fun evening looking at AV/slide shows. Therefore, I am not going to post the club outcome in October 2013.
I’ve missed the club evening meeting in September because I was in the Kgalagadi with my two sisters and brother in law for about 9 days. But more about the trip later on. First the outcome of the club meeting – my 3 photos were submitted in the Nature category. I also decided to submit two images in the set subject division which as “Altered reality”. The members who attended the meeting informed me about the level of judging on that particular evening – no comment, I’ll let you be the judge.
Here is the outcome :
A. Nature category:
The image just made it into the gold award category (gold = 11-13/15). It is not often that one gets two lions mating so close to the road with minimal background interference – to me it is a unique photo. Maybe not the right time of the time but hey, who wants to tell a lion when to mate. If the opportunity is there – keep on shooting!!!
Now this image just made it into the silver category (silver = 8-10/15). Wow – I did not think the image was that bad. OK, the sun was from the wrong side and there is no catch light in the eye. But is that all what bird in flight (BIF) photography is all about? If one reads the criteria for wildlife photography judging in international salons, it stipulates that the story telling of the image is more important than the actual quality of the image. Does the image above tell a story? Does one get the unique opportunity every day to capture a Bataleur taking off in your direction at close range? Interesting.
My opinion – another controversial score because this image already received a COM award in a national salon. Just to show you subjective judging of photos can be. Like I said before – you be the judge.
B. Set subject – Altered reality:
I am not really into altered reality but I decided to support the club by submitting two images – I did not even think I would get a silver award for any of them.
Message to take home:
After another monthly camera club meeting and receiving a score of my images I was thinking of the issue of “judging photos and personal opinion”. Think about the following: Should you join a camera/photography club and get your images critiqued or not? One opinion is that you should not get critiqued because it is so subjective and it is all just about personal opinion. Secondly, you don’t want to be influenced by the critic of the judges because you might think their style is the only acceptable style and then you try to adopt their style. The other side of the coin is that it is impossible to know whether your images are good or not unless you ask someone’s opinion. And what better opinion can you get from experienced club and salon judges. Just remember, your family and friends will usually tell you that your work is great, so sometimes an unbiased opinion can be helpful. Just remember, their opinion is not the alpha and omega and therefore you should adopt you own style.
Until the next camera club meeting, join a camera/photography club, keep on listening to the critic of the judges, do not take it personally and keep on shooting!!!