November Competition Results – A Different Angle

November Competition Results – A Different Angle

Judge:  Barney Douglas

WITH COMPLIMENTS

Time flies so quickly, and here we are, almost at Christmas, and once again I would like to say a big thank you for the invitation to adjudicate on this competition. There are just six entries in the Beginners section, about a dozen in Intermediate and about thirty in Advanced. A quick scan-through shows a high standard of work, including once again a few outstanding submissions.

The subject title this time is ‘A Different Angle’, and I am therefore looking for images that meet that tagline. You really do need to think outside the box with a subject like this. Most appear to have done so, one or two had me baffled on quick inspection, but all have merit in their own way.

Once again I am taking the images in order of title and I’ll then pick out my highlight image(s) from each group.

And again I am checking the White Balance setting on all images for which it was available. However, in the Beginners section, there’s only one image, (the first), with this information.

So, here we go

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Beginners:

 

Intermediate:

Commended: Art Deco

Highly commended: Biker Daze

Juvenile Bald Eagle – The slight softness in the face just denied it a place in the top.

Three Places: 

1. Shell Light – This would have been Highly Commended in the Advanced group

2. On a Downward Spiral – This would have been Commended in the Advanced group

3. Planes Planes Planes – Missed the second place only because of the darker area top left

 

Experienced:

Advanced Results:

As in previous competitions, I have judged I have brought together those under consideration for the places in the Advanced group, and here they are for this competition:

  This is by far the toughest decision I have yet had to make. I thought the last competition I did gave me difficult decisions, but the standard this time is really high, and thank you all for really pushing yourselves and me. Again a different judge on a different day and any of my top images could be in contention.

Commended:

All images shown above not listed below:

Highly commended: BBC Building – Black Tailed Godwit – Chains – Juicy Fruits

Highly Commended with Special Mention

There are three images that came so close to being in the top three that I again felt it was only right that they got special recognition. They are:

2 Up. –   Hibiscus In A Hole.  –   The Eye

Third place: Compact. –  Second place: Rock in the Stream. –  First place: No 1. City Square

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And finally, something I would like to add.

  I am starting the move towards retirement with the closure of my studio in Worthing in December 2021.

The decision was taken just over a week ago after the landlord released me from the obligation to give three months’ notice, and the neighboring business is going to take over the unit temporarily as they need extra space in the short term. They will obviously have to move out when planned housing development starts.

Between January and March 2022, for my commercial studio requirements, (pack shots and fashion primarily), I have secured the use of another studio owned by a close friend of mine within a reasonably short traveling distance. In April 2022 I will be getting access to new facilities on a shared basis in Horsham in return for volunteering my time assisting the charity I have supported for the past two years. Arrangements for hiring out those facilities have yet to be agreed upon as it will be their premises, not mine.

Over the following few months, I will be training up and eventually handing over management of the facility to Liam Taylor who, at 18 years old, has already worked alongside me on fashion shoots and video work including a difficult Ted Talks production, and once he has taken the reins I will be moving on to pastures new.

I certainly won’t be hanging up the camera for good … far from it. I’ll still be shooting regularly for two of my biggest clients – spot-the-ball football, and travel and tourism work. In addition, I am submitting an application to become a regular photographer for Metart, one of the toughest calls in the field of fine art nude and erotic photography. I also have a little surprise up my sleeve that will, hopefully, be of very considerable interest to many of you starting in 2023 if everything stays on schedule. And that might give us the chance to meet …  After all, old photographers never die … they just get their shutters jammed … and mine’s still working fine.  Barney Douglas

Barney,  On behalf of Fuerteventura Camera Club, I would like to wish you every success in your new adventure. I thank you for your support over the past few years in judging our competitions and giving some fantastic constructive advice, especially to our Beginners and Intermediates. We hope everything goes according to plan for you and I am pleased you will still be able to judge a couple of competitions for us next year. The very best of luck to you and your family and have a great Christmas and New Year.   Gwynn Price – Competition Secretary & General Secretary.