The first Tuesday evening of June 2014 and it was that time of the month again. Our monthly camera club meeting. For those who are interested or wanted more information on our camera club such as meeting time and place, here is the website address of the Bloemfontein Camera Club (my home club):
Visitors are more than welcome to attend/come and look at the images submitted by various “types” of photographers.
For this month I’ve decided to enter 2 of the three allowed photos in the Nature division and the other image in the Pictorial division. Our set subject section was a very interesting one: Abstract in Black in White and I submitted my 2 allowed photos in the set subject.
I was one the three judges and therefor I was not allowed to score my own images. It was up to the other two judges to score my photos. Here is the outcome of my 5 images submitted – again some interesting scores 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:
Leopard in the dark – scored the perfect 15/15 (my first COM award in a long time)
This image was taken during our last predator photography safari to Mala Mala Nature Reserve with Greg du Toit earlier this year. I did not have any hope for this image because a year ago my wife also submitted a similar type of image – backlight image of a deer and it barely received a silver award. One of the judges commented on her photo that he could not see what the actual subject was. But I thought it is necessary to show some alternative wildlife photos during the camera club evenings. This time it worked for me as it was also selected as the winner of the Nature section for 4 & 5 star members as well as the overall winner for the senior division.
Guineafowl reflection – scored 10/15 (silver award).
Our first stop during our 10 day-predator photography safari with C4 Images and Safaris was at Mashatu Nature Reserve. This image was taken from the famous underground elephant hide in the reserve. I thought it is not your usual angle of a guineafowl and to get that almost perfect reflection was something extraordinary for me. My fellow judges were not as impressed as I was but they entitled to their opinion. Maybe the background is not perfect but that is Nature. Cannot ask the guineafowl to move a bit to the right and being in a hide, there is not much space to move around to improve the composition.
Eye through the door – score 10/15 (silver award)
Yet another silver award for an image taken during a photography safari to a stud farm just outside Bloemfontein organised by Lientjie Beyers. Once again, a very interesting angle and composition. Thanks to Bessie Vermeulen, I got this image of the horse looking through a hole in the door of the stable. I am not sure what the two other judges saw (wrong) in this image but this image already received a COM in an international photography competition (salon). Well, I am sure it is all about personal taste, I presume.
C. Set subject – Abstract in Black and White:
Chain shadow – score 12/15 (gold award)
An image taken during a photography safari with the Bloemfontein Camera Club to the Women monument (War memorial) in Bloemfontein. Not sure this image is an abstract image but I just love the lines and triangle visible in the image. Satisfied with a gold award anyway.
Coloured wheel – scored 12/15 (gold award)
Another image taken during a photography safari with the Bloemfontein Camera Club to the Women monument. Photographers should not ignore such photography safaris organised by camera club. Such safaris could at times be “overcrowded” but if you keep your eye open, you might get some interesting & useful shots. Thanks, judges for the score – appreciate it.
Message to take home:
With a few interesting/unusual photos submitted by myself to this month’s camera club meeting (angle and composition), I was thinking about this piece of advice: “As a photographer you are an artist not a forensic documentarian.” So, sometime you need to think outside the box in order to get that unusual shot. One thing you can do is to move away from shooting in the usual natural standing position. Believe me, compositions seem to get more dynamic and interesting if you move closer to the ground. Just try it for once and you’ll be amazed.
Until the next camera club meeting in July 2014, keep those knees bend while shooting!!!