Club Meeting 26 October 2017 (Set Subject Competition – Circles and Squares)

This week we had the first of our three set subject competitions, judged by Mike Clark, who won last year’s competition. This year’s subject, “Circles and Squares”, was a particularly difficult one, as it is hard to find good subjects with a combination of both circles and squares. Nevertheless, the members rose to the challenge and submitted 69 images, many showing a lot of imagination. Some of the images didn’t quite match the theme – either containing a circle or a square, but not both, and there was some debate about whether a rectangle is square enough or a letter Q is round enough. Some members managed to find circles and squares in the outside world, but a large fraction of the images were still life, with circular and square objects cunningly arranged together. Framing, focus and composition were the most common criticism. Sometimes a square object looked squint because it wasn’t photographed face on, or a subject was cropped at the edge, or an opportunity to strengthen the theme by using a square crop missed. Many of the still life subjects needed a larger depth of field.

The top scoring images were

  • Circles and Squares 1 (Simon Wilkinson) – 20 points
  • Reflections (Martin Robertson) – 20 points
  • Tropical Hot House (Jim Tod) – 20 points
  • Circular Sky (Martin Lunden) – 20 points
  • Buttons and Chequered Cloth (Steve Williams) – 19 points
  • City Bubble (Helen Lunden) – 19 points
  • Wheels and Bricks (Martin Lunden) – 19 points

In the end, the deciding factor of the competition was consistency, with the eleven images scoring 18 points making all the difference. The highest scorers were:

  • 5th = place (50 points)
    • Martin Robertson
    • Jim Tod
    • George Todd
    • Elaine Gilroy
  • 4th place (51 points)
    • Simon Wilkinson
  • 3rd place (52 points)
    • Kenny Sharp and Patricia Sharp
  • 2nd place (53 points)
    • Steve Williams
  • 1st place (55 points)
    • Helen Lunden and Martin Lunden

Helen and Martin Lunden win the privilege of judging next year’s competition. The scores will be carried forward to the next set subject competition (themed “movement”) on 1st March 2018.

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