And so the windy month of August has arrived and the first Tuesday of the month was yet another local camera club meeting for the Bloemfontein Camera Club. And wow, what a night which surely must “belong” to the judges. A lot of bronze awards (total of 16) and even more silver awards. Not one COM – surely there was one or two images deserving a COM award. But that is the beauty of having 3 judges – 3 different opinions resulting in a more balance outcome (I presume).
Right, no more comments on the judging – the results of my images submitted to Bloemfontein Camera Club for the month of August 2015:
A. Nature category
Just a reminder – no manipulation using computer software is allowed in this category – so what you see was what I’ve captured (and I do not like the manipulation part of Photoshop/photography for that matter).
Vulture approaching – scored 13/15 (Gold award and winner of the Nature category for Galaxy and Golden Honors)
The image was taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park , South Africa
Image taken during a windy morning at Bedinkt waterhole – one can see the dust in the wind. There were a few vultures around the waterhole to drink some water. Two lappet faced vultures also arrived for a drink of water. I waited patiently for them to take off against the strong breeze and I was not disappointed. They provided me with some photography opportunities.
Cheetah stare – score 12/15 (Gold award)
Image taken in Tswalu nature reserve, South Africa
Once again – an “old” image of mine with my newly adapted Photoshop workflow. Because the image was taken during the very last day light, the original image had a nasty yellow cast – so I had to remove some of the colour cast. It looks like a much better image with the colour cast removed and it looked like the judges agreed. The two cheetah brothers were feeding on a young gemsbok when one was distrubed by movements a mile away – the reason for the stern look on his face.
Lapwing with butterfly 3 – score 10/15 (Silver award)
Image taken in Chobe nature reserve on Chobe river near Kasane, Botswana
The disappointment of the evening but hey, one cannot get everything right. If the judges do not like your image, so be it. Once again – lets look at the outcome of my salon entries with this image (and I know it is not right thing to do): 7 national and international acceptances out of 7 entries – 100% acceptance rate. Interesting! Just to show you – do not always have to rely on the outcome of the camera club judging. If you think you do have a good image, give the image a try in a national or even international salon
- Set subject – “Altered perspective”
I did not enter any images in this month set subject category
Message to take home
Once again, the judges provided comments on some of the images. I did not always agree with the comments of the judges but just remember the following piece of advice (I’ve decided to use it myself after being to many camera club meetings in the last few years):
Listen to the advice and/or critique given by other people on your photos. Use some of the advice to your advantage and more important: Do not take it personally – it is just another person’s opinion. If you do not agree with some of the critique, just take note of it and ignore it. Only concentrate on those critiques that you can use to improve your photography.
Until next month camera club meeting – keep on shooting