Yesterday evening was the first Tuesday of the month and it was again time for our monthly camera club meeting. As usual, I decided to submit the three images we are allowed monthly in the Nature category. The set subject category for the month was HDR and members are allowed to submit 2 images in the set subject which I did.
Here is the outcome of my 5 images submitted – some interesting scores, decisions and comments from the judges. Again the reminder – I do not take scores and comments personally but rather try to learn from it. Enjoy the images and comments with me!
A. Nature category:
Meerkat looking for love – scored 13/15 (gold award)
This image was taken during our last photography safari to Tswalu Nature Reserve in the Northern Cape – a week or two ago. We did enjoy our first interactions with the meerkats and we got some interesting shots – trip report to follow. Not much action in this photo but nevertheless an interesting family portrait of the meerkat family for me. I just love the way the one young meerkat looks up to the adult. Just missing out on a COM award.
Pygmy goose take off – scored 12/15 (gold award).
Not very easy to capture these pygmy geese taking off out of the water. Difficult just because there is no indication that they will take off. As a photographer one needs to sit and wait patiently and then with some luck you might capture one taking off. Any day I’ll take my hat off for a photographer that can capture these geese in flight. But the judges do not always consider the difficulty in capturing an image. Most of the time it is all about evaluating/judging the technical aspects of the image as well as the development afterward which is important but… Just thinking out loud.
Almost 2– score 12/15 (gold award)
Another image in a series of the well-known jackal hunting sand grouses at Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Once again – not an easy exercise to get a pin-sharp image (jackal and sandgrouse) of this action. Reason for the difficulty – it is difficult to keep the focus of your camera on the jackal all the time because there are lots of distracting elements. A comment from one of the judges: “Great images but some many photographers do have images of these jackals catching sand grouses”. Is it a valet point to make when judging an image during a camera club evening? You be the judge on that one.
C. Set subject – HDR:
Submitted the allowed two images and the scores:
Waves over the rocks – score 12/15 (gold award)
An image taken during a photography safari with landscape guru Hougaard Malan. Surely I do not need to tell you’re the location. I’ve struggled to remove of the halo on the edge of the Hole in the wall rock – however, totally satisfied and in agreement with the judges’ scores.
Munnick pass sunrise 22 – scored 10/15 (silver award)
An image taken from LAPA Munnick pass (only accessible with a 4 x 4 vehicle) in the Eastern Cape. I do agree with the judges’ scores. When the image appeared on the screen, I’ve realised the image was a bit on the dark side. So, a fault on my side. Agree with the judges’ scores.
Message to take home:
Just a short message after yesterday’s evening camera club meeting: “As the practise of photography begins, so with it the ensuing fun. Remember, if you are having fun, you are doing it right.” Do not let the outcome and/or crit of any decision of a judge have a negative influence on your photography and the enjoyment thereof.
Until the next camera club meeting in June 2014, keep on shooting!!!