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Open Print Competition 4

SIZE IS IMPORTANT!!! We welcomed back Jay Charnock as our judge for our final open print competition of the season. Jay is always welcome with her down to earth, honest and straightforward advice and comments and once again did not disappoint with her opening thoughts. For Jay, it is the whole presentation that is important. As she puts it, the photographer is giving Jay their unique view of the world, as seen through their eyes. Within the image, she is looking for an individual expression full of passion, feelings and emotions.  Jay will not get hung up on the usual photographic “rules” such as thirds, odd numbers and focal points. Her good friend, Henri Cartier-Bresson, stated that “sharpness is a bourgeois concept”, so for Jay, a beautiful image of any type is justification enough for entering the photograph! As she went through the images, her comments were always interesting. “Be careful with your titles as they should be a guide to the image.” She felt that one or two photographs did not represent what the title promised. Similarly, the size of the print in the mount is important. Not too big and not too small is the mantra here and of course, the bigger the image, the more the flaws will be noticed! There were many other nuggets of advice offered throughout the evening  and in order to keep this read a short one for all of you, I list a few more here:

  1. HAVE THE IDEA, THEN TAKE THE IMAGE

  2. THINK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS

  3. DO NOT OVERSHARPEN

  4. BE CAREFUL OF UNDEREXPOSURE – ESPECIALLY WITH “SHINY” WATER

  5. TAKE CARE WITH PRINTING

  6. BALANCE THE PRINT SIZE AND THE MOUNT FOR BEST IMPACT

  7. MAKE IT YOUR PICTURE!

For our Level 1 group, we had our only three entries of the night from Alan M. His top score of 10 was given for this great picture of HMS Belfast, titled “STANDING PROUD”.























Jay commented that it would make a perfect postcard for London. Very well lit with the emphasis on the Union Flag, immediately bringing the eye into the image. The dark sky is exactly right to highlight Tower Bridge and the overall balance of the light and colour make the image the top scorer in Level 1.

Level 2 saw 26 entries with 8 held back.

The overall 10+ winner was this terrific shot by Mandy B, titled “GOLDFINCH COLLECTING NESTING”














Jay loved the clarity and sharpness in the photograph, with every detail of the goldfinch and its mouthful of nesting material brought to life against a simple and effective background. To me, it looks like the bird is creating a great impression of the old handlebar moustache! Well done Mandy!

Our two other 10s on the night were from the writer of this week’s blog…er, me.


I was chuffed to hear Jay provide some very nice comments about both as being good examples of abstract work, with no single focal point in either image but working overall. Keeping it simple was another piece of good advice from Jay.


The first 10 was for “TIDAL EFFECTS”















The second was for “PORTLAND BILL LIGHTHOUSE”















Overall, this was an enjoyable and informative evening. I, for one, look forward to her next visit to Photocraft.