An evening with Will Cheung and the Major Miscellaneous projected competition

Get out there, take lots of photographs and have fun!  This was one of the main messages of the professional photographer Will Cheung when he addressed  members and visitors at the Leek Photographic Club recently.  And he most certainly provided us with an evening full of fun and entertainment. Will is a freelance photographer, journalist and photographic tutor.  He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and serves on the RPS’s distinctions panel for the applied photography category.  He is a generalist who ‘dabbles with lots of things as the mood takes him’.   He dreams up projects which interest him and then goes out to make them happen.   Thus we were treated to a lot of variety from superb wildlife images in Antarctica and Africa to many candid shots of people and cultures as diverse as Japan, Hong Kong and India.  He advised us that you often need patience – he will wait for ages for the right light conditions or for the desired number of people to walk into his shot!  We all agreed that it was indeed an inspiring evening. You can enjoy Will’s work by visiting www.williamcheung.co.uk .

It was another evening of variety for Club members on March 4th when the Miscellaneous digital competition was staged.  This was open to images which did not fit the criteria for the other ‘major’ competitions, (Landscape and Natural History).  It is always difficult to judge such a competition where the subject matter can include almost anything, such as portraits, still-life, action shots and creative or impressionistic work, illustrating the way in which photography is diversifying and mingling with art.  The judge, Alan Towers, pointed out that, whatever the image, it is always important to provide a focal point so that the eye does not have to ‘wander around’ looking for somewhere to settle.  And be sure to pick your title carefully because ‘it is not a good idea to baffle the judge!’.   Creative photographic work is becoming very popular in competitions but the judge stressed how important it is to take care to make composite images blend together well.  For example, the light has to fall naturally on each part of the images and the shadows have to look convincing.   He chose a superb creative image by Don Barker entitled ‘The lark ascending’ as the winner for the evening.

The Lark Ascending 400 px

'The lark ascending' by Don Barker

Lisa Burdett came second with an interesting and original impressionistic image  ‘Girl with a trolley’.  Tony Kinder was in third place with a superb motorbike shot , ‘Hanging on’, where the concentration in the eyes of the side-car rider was very apparent as he hung on for dear life. Babs Robinson did well, achieving ‘Very Highly Commended’ with a dramatic shot of the Red Arrows and ‘Highly Commended’ with a sailing shot ‘Red spinnaker’.

'Red arrows' by Babs Robinson

'Red arrows' by Babs Robinson

Other awards were: ‘Very Highly Commended’ achieved by Paul Matthews, Chris Sherratt, Brian Ross, Tony Kinder and John Wakefield: ‘Highly Commended’ achieved by Ann Sharratt, Richard Bryant and Ray Baddeley: and ‘Commended’ achieved by John Wakefield and Bernard Beech.

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