Christopher Broughton was our December judge with Black and White as the assignment. We had 34 excellent submissions. Here are Christopher’s comments after selecting the top three images:
“As always it was my pleasure and you have a nice group. Thanks for the invite and always keep me in mind if I can ever help out with all your photography pursuits. This is not fair because they are all 1st place in my mind, just different categories. But if I must...”
1st is “Walking with my Dog” by Linda Pagter
2nd is “Underwater, a Reflection” by Dan Katz
3rd is “Sparrow Silhouette” by Bill Debley
We had Tom Raymondson, as a guest from the Ukiah Photo Club. He is visiting other clubs to get ideas for his group. Here are his comments after our meeting:
Thanks so much for letting me join your meeting last night. Great photographs! I’m not sure if it was intended, but I saw a pandemic theme - funeral, empty hallway and Ferris wheel, communicating on a cell phone, walking alone down a road - with a glimpse of the other side - the crowd around the cyclists and (my favorite) the live concert. I was impressed by the level of detail in Christopher’s critiques as well as his obvious love of photography. I especially appreciate his observation about the photographer’s responsibility to frame the shot after considering various POVs (that wasn’t previously in my vocabulary but I guess it is now). When our club does critiques one of my most frequent observations has been that the camera needed to be moved slightly left or right or up or down.
Other impressions that might translate well to our club (much smaller, typically around 10 participants at a meeting):
- Your designated social time. Our meetings usually start like that and eventually drift into the content.
- I’ll have to ask our DSLR shooters and mirrorless shooters about the difference in noticing lens flare and whether that has been an issue.
- Some photos look better small? I hadn’t thought about that.
- Switching eyes for composing? I’ll have to try that.
- Critiquing our Worst Image. Brilliant!
The Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop User’s Group will be meeting December 17, at 6:30 p.m. The basic agenda includes social time to start and then we can work on whatever we want. Please bring your questions and tips to the meeting and share.
Time: Dec 17, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
I wish you all a healthy and safe Holiday Season, Lloyd Delaney