Tuesday, March 15

First In, Second to Last Out

Last night at The Walthamstow and District Photography Society meeting we had the first round of a print competition called The Walker Cup. The Walker Cup is actually a print and projected images competition for all members of the club, we enter three images each per round and they are assessed by an independent judge who has to whittle down the tens of entries to just four and award those 4th to 1st place. The photographer is then rewarded points based on the position their photo attained and over 3 projected image rounds and 3 printed image round those points are accumulated and an overall winner is ascertained.

The first two digital rounds have passed and I've come close to the top four once with this picture below, but missed out because of stiff competition from Gadget & Feet and Peter, and because of the large intrusive light area on the left of the photo (a clone or crop job).

Stephenwalrond_onlyhaveeyesforyou

Last night however, I entered three prints, two photos I really like and one judge-baiting sop. And to my total surprise and delight I was awarded second place for the first photo they showed, photo below (Titled 'Cool Eyes 2' for this competition but otherwise named 'Mother & Daughter').

Mother & Daughter

Obviously I'm delighted! What I hope is an interesting and off kilter but still beautiful and storytelling image has been recognised for it's qualitites. The judge (Maggie Tear) said that she could tell the image was created by a young photographer and at first I thought that may have been a subtle dig, meant to infer it was amaturish. However she went on to say that it obviously broke the rules but that is what worked about it, she claimed it had a tension, I'll accept that because I choose it for it's intensity.

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Monday, March 14

Busker, Balloon and Bus

My friend John enters competitions in which he films adverts for companies 'crowdsourcing' (getting cheap labour) for new advertising campaigns. Last night we stalked the streets of London getting footage for an ad for an international hotel chain. It was fun, but I hardly lifted my camera all night.

I only went out with my 50mm lens, I shot at 800ISO all evening and I never had an aperture smaller than 5.2 or something, you know, if that kind of thing matters to you. 

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Thursday, March 10

These Humble Places of Worship

St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol:

St Mary Redcliffe is an Anglican parish church located in the Redcliffe district of the English port city of Bristol, close to the city centre. Constructed from the 12th to the 15th centuries, the church is a Grade 1 listed building,[1] St Mary Redcliffe is renowned for the beauty of its Gothic architecture, having been described by Queen Elizabeth I as "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England."

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Wednesday, March 9

From Behind a Perforated Newspaper - *Click*

I've not been brave enough to play the "May I Take Your Picture?" Game for a while now, but I've been audacious enough to sneak some whilst my subjects weren't aware.

I have mixed feelings the results, I like the distance between me and the person I'm taking a photo of, I like that I can dwarf, obscure and multiply the people in frame. I don't like the lack of engagement I have with that person though. 

 

 

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Tuesday, March 8

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