Mid Calder Camera Club

2014 Oct 15 Apraisal 1 Open – Judge Ian Fullerton from Haddington

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By Julia B
Last night we had our first appraisal evening of the year, over 30 members attended and the members who had entered had 3 images into the appraisal. Ian Fullerton from Haddington was the appraiser, his last attendance at MCCC being over 2 years ago. He chose to judge the images ‘hot’ on the night – a new style for us.

The beginner’s category brought us images of an AVRO Lancaster and some still life along with his joint winners being Chris’s “Bomber and Support” and Jackie M’s “Peace” of Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen and not, as many of the members suspected, of Princes St!
Ian described the Intermediates as an ‘interesting group of images’ and they were wide ranging however two of Jackie W’s images got the top marks the milky “Pattack Falls” being described as ‘lovely movement of water’, and the “Rail Bridge” with strong foreground and sky. Next highest marks were for the really wild (and not stuffed!) “Polbeth Prey” from Colin (Ian would have liked more gore!!) and Heather’s “Princes St at Night” with great traffic trails and a lovely sky.

The advanced workers produced a striking set of images, with Petra’s horse study of “Varus” wowing the audience and George’s “Trail Rider” taken from a great shooting position with nice sense of movement. Many photographers shared the next place including June, Margaret, Roy, Sam and Gordon.
Well done to all those who submitted, hope you all gained something from it. And whilst I fundamentally disagree with giving Nikon users an “extra mark” I think he chose well, delivering critique with good humour.
Get busy with your mono prints folks!

Varus by Petra M

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